Six dialogues looked at New York as a “global city” —an economic and sociological term that locates New York, and other cities like London and Tokyo, as geographic nodes where global finance is organized, concentrated, re-dispersed, and circulated. Decisions made in these metropolitan centers impact the lives of billions of people across the world. As the recent economic upheaval illustrates, this is simultaneously a powerful and vulnerable reality. In New York, we bear witness to the ways in which the basic elements of our livelihood – from work, to housing, to education, to health care – are increasingly shaped by the needs of global finance that put profits before people.
January – June, 2009 : The Cooper Union, NYC
Work and Labor
David Harvey: Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.
Ai-jen Poo & Lois Newland, Domestic Workers United
Esther Kaplan & Max Fraser, The Nation Institute
William Cerf & Jeff Mansfield, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York
Victoriana Navarro & Jennifer Arieta, VAMOS Unidos.
“The financial crisis and the bailout of Wall Street point to the increasing precariousness that those of us who live in cities like New York face. More often than not, when the ‘global city’ is discussed, it is in isolation from the very communities most affected, say, by the increased reliance on service sector economies.”
Ujju Aggarwal, curator of Out of the Global City
The cost of education in a global city. Will our schools – which represent the last remaining universal public good in the United States – remain public?
Luci Dania Mejia & Ujju Aggarwal, Center for Immigrant Families
Harmony Goldberg, Educator, Founding member of SOUL (School of Unity & Liberation)
Edwin Mayorga, New York Collective of Radical Educators
Nilaja Sun, writer and performer of No Child, an award-winning theatre piece based on Sun’s experience as a teaching artist in the NYC school system.
Una Aya Osato, performer and educator
Listen: Public Education w. Ujju Aggarwal & Luci Dania Mejia
Listen: Public Education Q & A
How will the fiscal crisis and budget cuts impact health care in New York City? What kind of health care is on the horizon?
Jacoby Ballard, 3rd Root Health Collective
Maria Angela Soto, MPH, CHCC OPEN-IT CLINIC
Maryse Mitchell Brody, Rock Dove Collective
Soniya Munshi, Activist, Organizer, Writer
Trudy Lieberman, Journalist, Director of Health & Medicine Reporting Program at The CUNY Grad School of Journalism
Listen: Maria Soto, Open-It Clinic
Listen: Trudy Lieberman’s Introduction
Housing and Gentrification
Starbucks, Starbucks everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Now that everyone’s neighborhood has been impacted by gentrification, what’s next?
Co-sponsoredby The Maysles Cinema
Amanda Alexander, Journalist, Associate Producer/News Editor for Pacifica Radio’s Wake Up Call (WBAI 99.5 FM);
Caron Atlas, Director of Arts & Community Change Program at Pratt Center for Community Development
Monique “Ndigo” Washington, Coalition to Save Harlem
MamaJoy Chatel, FUREE
Natasha Florentino & Tamara Gubernat, Directors of Rezoning Harlem
Steve Cosson, Founding Artistic Director of The Civilians
The Safe City
Safe for whom? A conversation on prisons, policing, Blackwater and their relationship to war, empires, and the global city.
Andrea Ritchie, Attorney, Director, Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center
Desiree Marshall, Founder, FIERCE
Hasan Elahi, an interdisciplinary artist
Sara Garland, Journalist and author of How Immigration, Segregation and Youth Violence Are Changing America’s Suburbs
The Economic Impact of a Global City
Where are we now? How has the economic shift impacted the organizations presented in the previous five conversations?
Adriana Valdez Young, Chez Bushwick.
Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark, Journalist, Co-host of WBAI’s Beyond the Pale; Co-founder of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Carl Lipscombe, Right to the City
Virginia Louloudes, Executive Director, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York