Westchester Social Forum Presents Virtual Series
At 7 p.m. every Wednesday in March, the Westchester Social Forum planning team will host an online series of presentations and workshops on a range of social justice concerns. The goal is to exchange ideas and information, foster solidarity and celebrate the forum’s work to create a more just and equal society.
The series kicks off on March 3 with Justice Roadmap 2021, a legislative agenda designed to address the harms caused by the deeply entangled criminal, legal and immigration systems. On March 10, the forum will present Fund Our Future: How Can NYS Address Our Budget Crisis? This panel discussion features representatives from statewide organizations and coalitions who are advocating for a fairer taxation system to support essential services and avoid budget cuts to public education, health care, mental health services, housing, environmental issues and unemployment benefits.
On March 17, the forum will present Organizing for Health Equity in Our Communities, a panel discussion of the longstanding health disparities affecting people of color, and how healthcare institutions, insurance companies and community organizations are beginning to address them and ensure health equity in Westchester County. The March 24 presentation will be Courageous Conversations about Race among Westchester Teens, an interactive workshop led by teens from the Westchester Youth Alliance in partnership with the Peekskill Youth NAACP Leadership Council. They will describe their journey making sense of institutional racism and segregation in Westchester communities and building bridges through dialogue and activism.
The final event in the series, on March 31, is Moving Beyond Politics and Positions: How to Engage in Productive Dialogue When There Is Controversy and Polarization. Participants in this interactive workshop will practice listening and coalition building skills with people who have diverse points of view.
For info and registration, visit WestchesterSocialForum.org.