The Change Starts Here webinar series builds on the work of organizations and communities supported through Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund. The Fund’s first phase distributed $3.3 million through 420 grants to grassroots organizations across the borough. Its second phase begins with a community engagement process called Brooklyn Insights 2020 that gathers the ideas and insights of hundreds of residents in communities of color in order to identify and invest in strategies for the future.
This series consists of conversations with experts and notables in the space, scheduled from April through June 2021.
Please note: there will be live Closed Captioning available during each webinar. Watch discussions from past webinar series below.
Change Starts Here: Fighting AAPI Hate
Wed. April 21, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST | RSVP HERE
Local community-based organizations have been mobilizing to combat racism and violence against Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities as xenophobic attacks have risen in the past weeks and months. Join us for a conversation with WABC-TV New York Reporter CeFaan Kim, Chief of Staff at Chinese-American Planning Council Alice Wong, Executive Director of Asian American Federation Jo-Ann Yoo, and Executive Director of Homecrest Community Services Karen Zhou as they discuss what has been missing from the greater conversation and how communities can unite in solidarity to effectively disrupt and repair the harm caused by anti-AAPI discrimination and racism.
Change Starts Here: Immigration & Biden's First 100 Days
Tues. April 27, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST | RSVP HERE
By the end of April, the Biden administration will reach its 100 day milestone—a traditional benchmark in the path of a presidential administration. Join us for a conversation with Murad Awawdeh, Interim Co-Executive Director of New York Immigration Coalition, Abraham Paulos, Deputy Director at Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), and Mazin Sidahmed, Co-Executive Director at Documented as we discuss the most pressing issues facing immigrant communities right now—both on the local and national level—in the context of the new White House administration.
Change Starts Here: 'The Sum of Us' with Heather McGhee
Tues. May 11, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST | RSVP HERE
Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out? Join Heather McGhee, the Foundation's inaugural Fair and Just Fellow, as she shares her powerful exploration of inequality and racism in her new book 'The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.' 'The Sum of Us' is a brilliant analysis of how our nation arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved and vastly unequal.
From left: Heather McGhee, 'The Sum of Us'
Change Starts Here: COVID-19 Healthcare Equity & Trust
Tues. May 18, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST | RSVP HERE
As we announce a new commitment of $250,000 from our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund* for frontline health outreach, education, and navigation in Brooklyn communities of color this Spring, we are gathering local experts to discuss vast inequities in both treatment and vaccination during the pandemic—in the context of a system that has historically abused and neglected Black, indigenous and other people of color—and the steps that need to be taken now to repair harm, build trust, and ensure self-determination in care. Join us for this conversation with Oni Blackstock (MD, MHS), Founder and Executive Director at Health Justice, Torian Easterling (MD, MPH), First Deputy Commissioner & Chief Equity Officer at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and local nonprofit leaders.
*This conversation is tied to the first grantmaking cycle in the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund’s second phase of funding, for frontline health outreach, education, and navigation in Brooklyn communities of color. Dr. Oni Blackstock and Dr. Torian Easterling will join local nonprofit leaders to discuss inequities in both treatment and vaccination during the pandemic—in the context of a system that has historically abused and neglected Black, indigenous and other people of color—and the steps that need to be taken now to repair harm, build trust, and ensure self-determination in care.
CHANGE STARTS HERE: PAST WEBINARS
Change Starts Here: Brooklyn Insights 2020
Mon. April 5, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST | VIDEO COMING SOON
In Fall 2020 we launched Phase 2 of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, beginning with Brooklyn Insights 2020, an extensive community engagement process to inform an additional $3M in grants. Join our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett, our Brooklyn Insights 2020 Community Engagement Consultant Renee K. Smith, Executive Director of viBe Theater Experience Toya Lillard, and Brooklyn Elders Fund Advisory Council Member Samuel Manning as we share the findings of these community discussions, including community-led solutions to barriers of systemic inequity.
From left: Toya Lillard, Samuel Manning, Renee K. Smith, and Marcella Tillett
PAST WEBINAR SERIES
Spark Change for Justice: Critical Conversations for Community-Led Change
5 Webinars, September-December 2020 | WATCH HERE
Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Spark Change for Justice: Critical Conversations for Community-Led Change webinar series focused on racial justice, how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated oppressive systems that harm communities of color, and critical work that is happening right here in Brooklyn by Foundation grantees.
Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Webinar Series
6 Webinars, March-June 2020 | WATCH HERE
Our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Webinar Series focused on the scope and impact of the Fund across the borough in the intital months of our COVID-19 response, featuring the integral work of our frontline grantee partners.