LAND, WATER, FOOD AND HOUSING
July 13, 2019 - Brooklyn, New York
As part of the High Level Political Forum, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office, Why Hunger, Just Foods and the Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) present “Land, Water, Food and Housing: A Grassroots Political Forum.”
From July 9-18, the High Level Political Forum will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. During this time, member states and civil society actors will examine the progress made towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (aka Sustainable Development Goals). This year’s gathering takes place under the backdrop of increasing economic inequality. Therefore, it’s no wonder why this year’s HLPF theme is “[e]mpowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” with foci on battling climate change, reducing economic inequality between countries, promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
In what has become a yearly tradition for our office, we are hosting an unofficial side event in a rotating borough (see our previous events in East Harlem and South Bronx). This year’s iteration will be hosted in Brooklyn. These events are an allow for an exchange between local and international activists on best practices on bringing local to global action. This year’s focus will be on “Land, Water, Food and Water” and will center on how accessing these commons is critical in the fight against poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness. A particular focus will be on the development of social solidarity economies, land trusts and the building food self-determination.
July 13, 2019
East New York Farms!
613 New Lots Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Doors open 12:30, program begins 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. Dinner will be provided afterwards.
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PROGRAM | Land, Water, Food and Housing: A Grassroots Political Forum
Welcoming to the Space: Iyeshima Harris, ENYF!
1:00 PM, First Session | Human Rights vs. Civil Rights
Kazembe Balagun, RLS–NYC (moderator)
Rob Robinson, Activist
Lorena Zárate, Habitat International Coalition
Rodrigo Faria G. Iacovini, Global Platform for the Right to the City
2:00 PM, Second Session | Land and Water
Alison Cohen, WhyHunger (moderator)
Melissa Miles, Ironbound Community Corporation
Sawdayah Brownlee, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust
3:00 PM, Third Session | Food/ Social Solidarity Economy
Qiana Mickie, Just Food (moderator)
Steph Wiley, Brooklyn Packers
Rae Gomes, Brooklyn Movement Center
Emily Mattheisen, FIAN International
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