Monday, May 15, 2017

FPWA Panel Dissects Trump’s Urban Agenda

Zerlina Maxwell (second from right) shares her thoughts on the President’s first 100 days. (pictured from left to righ): Dr. Shirley Leyro, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, BMCC; Steve Choi, Executive Director of New York Immigration Coalition; Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice, The New School; Zerlina Maxwell, Director of Progressive Programming, SiriusXM; and L. Joy Williams, National Political Strategist.
New York, NY – FPWA hosted its latest installment of Personally Speaking entitled The First 100 Days: Examining the Impact of Trump’s Urban Agenda on Thursday, May 11th. Panelists, varying from academics, political experts, media analysts, to social justice and nonprofit leaders, convened to discuss Trump’s first 100 days and dissect the impact of his urban agenda on low-income communities across New York City.

FPWA’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Jennifer Jones Austin started the evening by highlighting FPWA’s intent to ignite a timely and powerful discussion amongst leaders and social activists. The panel focused on addressing the most urgent issues, their implications for marginalized communities, and how people can take action and engage others moving forward.

An insightful discourse, moderated by Borough of Manhattan Community College Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Shirley Leyro ensued featuring Executive Director of New York Immigration Coalition Steven Choi, Senior Vice President of Social Justice at The New School Maya Wiley, Director of Progressive Programming, SiriusXM Zerlina Maxwell and National Political Strategist L. Joy Williams.

Zerlina Maxwell, who is also part of the DNC Transition Advisory Committee, reflected on the Trump presidency posing a bold question, “What does it mean for us as citizens when our leader brazenly lies to us over and over again?” Sentiments in the room echoed the concern and how revealing it is that the Trump administration boasts about executive orders and the 28 laws signed in the first 100 days rather than communicating the impact of those laws on the most vulnerable.

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Source: Mercury

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