Invitation to Rally for the New York Public Banking Act (S.1762-A/A.5782)
RALLY! Fight Back Against Wall Street, Fight Forward for a Just Recovery!
Dear friends and supporters of WESPAC,
Across New York, communities are calling for local public banks to help lead a just recovery.
Join us on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 at 1 p.m on Facebook live to rally in support of the New York Public Banking Act (S.1762-A (Sanders) / A.5782 (Pichardo)), a transformative bill that would create a framework for the creation of local public banks dedicated to advancing racial and economic justice.
Through public banking, communities can divest public money from predatory Wall Street banks that harm New Yorkers and New York communities, and invest in cooperative and community-led economic development, including permanently affordable housing, small and worker-owned businesses, community-controlled renewable energy, and more.
When: Tuesday, April 13th 2021 at 1 p.m.
Where: Facebook livestream
Who: Co-sponsored by the NYS Community Equity Agenda, Public Bank NYC, and the Rochester Public Banking Coalition
Speakers: NYS Senator James Sanders, Jr.; NYS Assemblymember Victor M. Pichardo; Hae-Lin Choi, Communications Workers of America; Stanley Fritz, Citizen Action of New York; Sarah Ludwig, New Economy Project; Melissa Marquez, Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union; Brendan Martin, The Working World; and others.
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Skills to keep in mind for navigating controversial conversations
We can all become better listeners.
Listening is to gain understanding.
Listening does not equal condoning
Listening does not equal agreeing.
Listening does not equal compromising your beliefs.
Listening = valuing and understanding.
“One of the sincerest forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply.” Steven Covey
“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Steven Covey
When we are engaged in conversation, we have been trained to think about opposing arguments. Someone gives their opinion and while they are talking, we are planning our response.
A mistake we often make is we feel so urgent that our position be understood that we assume everything has to be solved and shifted in one conversation.
Our goal is to reach for the person behind the position.
Find an entry point to engage that is based on curiosity and real interest without the agenda of changing the person.
We are training for the long haul, especially with colleagues, family and community members. This is about building something authentic where we can find common ground so we can work toward moving issues and policies forward as well as building and strengthening relationships.
Culture of shaming – the only thing that shaming accomplishes is we either we get the person to shut up in the moment, and they look for somewhere else to spew their offensive remarks or they become combative, and the conflict escalates.
When do we use these skills?
When we have a long-lasting relationship and want to maintain and build bridges to greater understanding,
When we a share common goal and want to have civil conversations to create path forward even when there are points of disagreement.
We may NOT be able to reach everyone.
There may be people or groups that you don’t have the attention to listen to – YET.
Start small and recognize and celebrate every time you can shift the interaction forward. (This is part of the muscle building process. We are more likely to keep trying when we experience success.)
The National Coalition Building Institute (ncbi.org)
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Dear Social Justice Forum Participant,
Joe Czajka – Senior Vice-President – Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
Cea Weaver – Campaign Coordinator, Housing Justice for All
Rich Nightingale, CEO Westhab
William G. Balter – Principal, Wilder Balter Partners Inc.
James Rausse, AICP, WEDG – Director, Planning & Development Office of the Bronx Borough President
Vanessa Agudelo – Councilmember – City of Peekskill
Rebecca Garrard – Campaign Manager for Housing Justice, Citizen Action of NY
Lisa Burton – Office of County Legislator Damon Maher
Thehbia Hiwot – President of the Office of Finance and Development, NYS HOUSING TRUST FUND CORPORATION
Important message from Veterans for Peace, NYC:
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR FINAL PROGRAM OF THE SOCIAL FORUM SERIES ON MARCH 31ST at 7pm
MOVING BEYOND POLITICS AND POSITIONS – HOW TO ENGAGE IN PRODUCTIVE DIALOGUE WHEN THERE IS CONTROVERSY AND POLARIZATION
Name an issue and there are multiple opinions and strong emotions – immigration, facing and moving forward to correct the impact of 400+ years of systemic racism on our country, the climate emergency, healthcare, housing, criminal justice, the economy, abortion, and the Middle East are some examples.
This interactive workshop will engage participants to practice listening and coalition building skills with people who have diverse points of view. Come prepared to connect and practice using issues that are close to your heart.
(Be prepared to practice skills that can be applied to activism and conversations with family members, neighbors and friends.)
Offered by Stephanie Low, the National Coalition Building Institute
Registration required here if you have not previously registered.