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Video Highlights from Next System Project NYC Convening at Murphy

On March 11th and 12th, the Murphy Institute hosted The Next System Project NYC, an incredible two days filled with workshops, panels and discussion around the question:

If the current system isn’t working, then what comes next? And how can we get there?

Over 500 people came through to join in the conversation, where we dug into topics including alternatives to incarceration, community land trusts, reinvestment networks, alternative currencies, building low carbon cities, open source technology, social movements and much more. Check out some highlights from the event in this short video.

What’s Next: A Career Networking Evening (3/8)

Career Networking Event

On International Women’s Day, this networking event will be an opportunity for Murphy Institute students and alumni to speak with successful women (and men) from a variety of fields in order to help better understand how to improve their careers.

Light refreshments will be provided.

You will:

  • Practice and Improve your networking skills
  • Find out what potential employers are looking for when hiring
  • Find out about potential job openings


Event: Solidarity Economies & Worker Coops (12/4)

December 4, 8:30 -10:30am
The Murphy Institute
25 W. 43 Street, 18 Floor

The local movement of worker cooperatives, supported by the City Council, has increasingly caught the imagination of workers and organizers.  What is the potential and what are the limitations of worker co-ops in building a movement for economic and social justice? To what extent does the co-op model enable working people to create secure jobs with decent pay and dignity, and, in doing so, begin to envision a new economy?  What is the nature of organized labor’s role in this new movement?


  • Amy B Dean, Editorial Board Member, New Labor Forum; Fellow, The Century Foundation; Co-author, A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement
  • Roger Green, Director, Dubois-Bunche Center on Public Policy, Medgar Evers College; collaborating on a conversion of hospitals to cooperative ownership models
  • Adria Powell, Executive Vice President, Cooperative Home Care Associates
  • Melissa Risser, Attorney, Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project; co-founder of 1worker1vote.org

Livestream: Black Lives Matter/Fight for $15: A New Social Movement (10/19)

With: Jelani Cobb | Kendall Fells | Alicia Garza | Francis Fox Piven

This event is currently at capacity. To watch the conversation, check back here on 10/19 from 8:30 AM to 10:15 AM (EDT). Livestream will appear below.


Black Lives Matter and Fight for $15 are linked, growing social movements. As these two movements converge, how are they influencing each other? What are the chances their convergence might sow the seeds for a broader social and economic justice movement? What obstacles remain?


  • Jelani Cobb, journalist, historian, Director of the Africana Studies Institute, UConn, Hillman Judge
  • Kendall Fells, Fast Food Forward- SEIU/Fight4$15
  • Alicia Garza, National Domestic Workers Alliance, #SayHerName, #BlackLivesMatter

Introductory remarks by Francis Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor, CUNY, Consortial Faculty, Murphy Institute

This event is being co-sponsored by:

Photo by Paul Silva via flickr (CC-BY).

Event: Women Leading the Global Labor Rights Movement (9/25)

Date: September 25, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Murphy Institute, 25 W. 43rd St., 18th Floor (Room 18A/B)

Registration link

In the past 20 years neo-liberal globalization has forced de-regulation of labour markets, increased the power and movement of capital and resulted in lower real wages, higher profits, increased inequality and diminished labor power. In Asia this has resulted in the highest gender pay gap in the world, and the majority of women work in employment that lacks basic security, benefits, and safe working conditions. Women workers comprise the majority in the garment industry and domestic work is the most common occupation for women in Asia, accounting for one-third of all waged female employment. It remains to be among the lowest paid, least valued, and least organized sector.

Come hear and meet with three labor rights leaders from Bangladesh and Indonesia share their work organizing domestic workers and garment workers. Hear their stories and the importance of women’s leadership in the fight for labor rights in the context of a global economy geared towards profits for multinational companies. Inequality is now so high that a woman garment worker in Bangladesh earns less in a year than the Walton family earns every second. Within this development model, women face additional barriers to organizing as they often do majority of the household work. We will also show a documentary short on garment worker organizing in Bangladesh.

  • Moderator: Chaumtoli Huq, Editor & Attorney, Law@theMargins
  • Nazma Akter, Bangladesh, President, Awaj Foundation
  • Eni Lestari, Indonesia/Hong Kong, Chairperson, International Migrants
    Alliance (IMA)
  • Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

For more information, please contact Chaumtoli Huq at (347) 445-1867.

NYC Organizers Share Lessons from Spanish Anti-Austerity Movements at Murphy

This article was originally featured on The Indypendent.

By Janaki Chadha

After Greece, Spain has been one of the European countries hardest hit by the economic crisis that began in 2008. Unemployment stands at almost 25% and for young people it is twice that high. Spanish voters registered their desire for change in municipal elections on May 24 that brought leftist to power in Madrid, Barcelona and a half dozen other cities.

NYC to Spain, a diverse group of 20 mostly New York City-based activists, was on hand to witness and learn from Spain’s democratic uprising. On Tuesday evening, they gathered at the Murphy Institute to share their experiences and observations on Spain’s vibrant social movements. A crowd of about 100 people was on hand.

“We all know that the context is really different, but there are still commonalities,” said Lucas Shapiro, one of the organizers of the delegation. “Part of the importance of global solidarity is to be able to learn from other movements.” Continue reading NYC Organizers Share Lessons from Spanish Anti-Austerity Movements at Murphy