We are all very much looking forward to welcoming you at the 2019 Westchester Social Justice Forum!
The 2019 Westchester Social Justice Forum will take place on Sunday, March 24th, in the Music Building at SUNY Purchase College, located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, New York 10577. Please use parking lot W2, just past the Performing Arts Center parking lot on your right.
Please plan to arrive between 12pm and 12:30 pm.
There will be volunteers showing you where to park and where to go. All the organizations tabling will be on the ground level of the Music Building - VIEW CAMPUS MAP. This is also where registration will be held for the social justice forum and where we will be providing complimentary refreshments.
The opening plenary will start promptly at 1:30pm in the Music Building auditorium one floor up from where all the tabling and workshops will take place. We will hear from The Peace Poets, Amy Goodman (co-host of Democracy Now!) and Amani Olugbala with Soul Fire Farm.
The 2019 workshops will be posted early in 2019. VIEW WORKSHOPS
We will close out the social forum with a collective dance in the Self-Care space on the ground level of the Music Building.
The planning committee is providing complimentary refreshments. Please bring a reusuable water container to fill from the water fountains in the building. We are trying to minimize waste.
The planning committee of the Westchester Social Forum is very pleased to announce that Democracy Now! radio host Amy Goodman will now present at the Opening Plenary of the Westchester Social Forum (Juan Gonzalez is not able to join us) scheduled for Sunday, March 24th at SUNY Purchase College (Music Building). She will speak to the important role of independent media in a healthy democracy. All details at https://www.westchestersocialforum.org
Please note that Zeltzyn and her mother will welcome us with an opening Indigenous prayer and blessing at the beginning of the Opening Plenary promptly at 1:30pm. Please do not enter the Recital Hall if they have begun the prayer. It is disrespectful. Wait until their piece is over and you may enter for the remainder of the program with the Peace Poets etc. There will be no photography or filming allowed for the opening prayer.
We have learned from the campus authorities that there is a sold out event at the Performing Arts Center (next to the Music Building) starting at 1pm, so there is a chance that if you arrive after 12:30pm, campus police may direct you to a parking lot that is further away from the Music Building. Campus authorities have waived parking fees for social forum attendees. If you would like to attend the Opening Plenary, we highly recommend that you arrive on campus no later than 12:30pm to make sure you get through registration in time. Everyone is strongly encouraged to register ahead of March 24th to avoid lines: https://www.westchestersocialforum.org/register No one will be able to attend either the Opening Plenary or any workshop without a wrist band proving registration (this includes all panelists, volunteers, media, tablers, etc). There is no cost to attend the social forum but we are asking for a voluntary contribution of $10 to $20 per person to help us continue our movement. No one will be turned away.
I will be contacting all those who have signed up to table separately.
Update Regarding Workshops:
Regarding workshops, we are very pleased to announce that Abby Tolchinsky (a Westchester J Street leader) will be joining the workshop on BDS. I believe this may be a first in the United States to have a community conversation around BDS with panelists who both support and oppose BDS as a means of achieving a just and lasting resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict.
The Executive Director of the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, Christian Philemon, will be offering a workshop on Raise the Age. He and his team have worked hard to transform the shelter as a "best practices" model for the nation.
Other important workshops offered with community leaders, experts and activists include: The Deadly Dance: Gas and Nuclear Power; Responding to Hate Speech, Hate Incidents, and Hate Crimes in Westchester County; Regenerative Health: Growing and Using Medicinal Plants of the Northeast; Listening for the Voices of Survivors in the #MeToo Movement; Understanding Power as a Tool for Undoing Racism; The Tree and Its Ancestral Healing Properties; Ending Racism and Injustice in our Food System; Criminal Justice Reform; Gun Violence Workshop led by local high school students from three different Westchester school districts; All details at https://www.westchestersocialforum.org/workshops
The Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2087336018245120/
Since it is a long afternoon, we will be offering complimentary bagels, fruit and food bars.
Please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any additional questions/concerns.
We very much look forward to welcoming everyone for the big day on March 24th,
We are all very much looking forward to welcoming you there for an afternoon of solidarity and community building,