September 29, 2022 under Press Releases & Statements
For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2022
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Emma Brodsky, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, NY (September 28, 2022) – FPWA announced today that CEO and Executive Director Jennifer Jones Austin will join acclaimed journalist and newly appointed Dean of Columbia Journalism School Jelani Cobb on Monday, October 3 for a virtual conversation on systemic racism in New York City. Presented by Brooklyn Public Library’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, BPL’s Center for Brooklyn History, and FPWA, the talk will address the national conversation surrounding racial inequality, and how we can move the needle forward towards meaningful change, on both an individual and structural level.
This conversation comes at an especially crucial moment for democracy and civil rights in the United States: violent hate crimes against Black Americans are on the rise; protections under the 1965 Voting Rights Act face their greatest threat in nearly 60 years; and low voter turnout due to voting fatigue is almost certain to carry into the fall despite tight races in the midterms. Jones Austin, who chairs the NYC Racial Justice Commission, and Cobb, staff writer for the New Yorker, will speak to the importance of leaning in as opposed to tuning out, and provide answers on where to start in terms of advancing racial equity in our city.
This virtual event is free and open to the public and members of the press. To attend, please register here on Brooklyn Public Library’s website.
Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of FPWA, Chair of the NYC Racial Justice Commission
Jelani Cobb, Author, Journalist, and Dean of Columbia School of Journalism
Monday, October 3, 2022
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET
Virtual – RSVP Here
FPWA is an anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization committed to advancing economic opportunity and upward mobility for New Yorkers with low incomes. FPWA has long served New York City’s social service sector, advocating for fair public policies for people with low incomes and the agencies that serve them. FPWA’s member network of 170 human-service and faith-based organizations reach more than 1.5 million people living in New York’s communities each year. Find out more at fpwa.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.