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#BlackWealthMatters: Black Land Ownership – March 2017

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The Center for Law and Social Justice is excited to continue our financial empowerment series focused on building personal & collective financial legacies in the Black community.

Why? Well, an average Black family needs 228 YEARS to build the wealth of a White family today. These disparities between the two groups persist REGARDLESS of the level of education attained.

When Black employees go to work, they are typically employed by non-Black owned entities. When Black employees spend their money, it is typically spent with businesses owned by non-Black people. This matters more than we know.

This series will explore the state of personal finances; entrepreneurship and business development; collective wealth generation; and land ownership in the Black community. Each month, hear from experts who will help us understand how we arrived to our current financial position AND learn how we can improve our finances on an individual and collective level. See the flyer and details below for additional information.

March: Black Land Ownership

The History and Current Reality of Black Land/Home Ownership

Key Challenges Facing Black Land and Home Owners Today

Resources for Land/Home Shoppers Seeking Opportunities

How Land Cooperatives Can Increase Black Land/Home Ownership

Next month, our final program will focus on Cooperative Economics (Apr. 21, 2017). Check here frequently for updates!

 

#BlackWealthMatters: The Untapped Potential of Black Owned Businesses – February 2017

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The Center for Law and Social Justice is excited to continue our financial empowerment series focused on building personal & collective financial legacies in the Black community.

Why? Well, an average Black family needs 228 YEARS to build the wealth of a White family today. These disparities between the two groups persist REGARDLESS of the level of education attained.

When Black employees go to work, they are typically employed by non-Black owned entities. When Black employees spend their money, it is typically spent with businesses owned by non-Black people. This matters more than we know.

This series will explore the state of personal finances; entrepreneurship and business development; collective wealth generation; and land ownership in the Black community. Each month, hear from experts who will help us understand how we arrived to our current financial position AND learn how we can improve our finances on an individual and collective level. See the flyer and details below for additional information.

February: the Untapped Potential of Black Owned Businesses

On Friday February 10 we will take a look at the Untapped Potential of Black Owned Business and explore the following:

  1. History and current reality of Black-owned businesses
  2. Key challenges facing Black entrepreneurs today
  3. Resources for business owners to grow their companies
  4. The possibilities of a targeted #BuyBlack campaign

Subsequent programs will focus on Black Land Ownership (Mar. 24, 2017); Cooperative Economics (Apr. 21, 2017). Check here frequently for updates!

Black Financial Legacy Series | #CLSJ30

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The Center for Law and Social Justice is excited to provide a financial empowerment series focused on building personal & collective financial legacies in the Black community.

Why? Well, an average Black family needs 228 YEARS to build the wealth of a White family today. These disparities between the two groups persist REGARDLESS of the level of education attained.

When Black employees go to work, they are typically employed by non-Black owned entities. When Black employees spend their money, it is typically spent with businesses owned by non-Black people. This matters more than we know.

This series will explore the state of personal finances; entrepreneurship and business development; collective wealth generation; and land ownership in the Black community. Each month, hear from experts who will help us understand how we arrived to our current financial position AND learn how we can improve our finances on an individual and collective level. See the flyer and details below for additional information.

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January: Personal Finances Matter

On Friday January 20, 2017 we kick off our series with a deep dive into the state of personal finances. We’ll take a look at the following:

1. What is the current condition of personal finances in the Black community?
2. What are the historical and current conditions that preserve Black economic inequity?
3. What is a financial legacy and how can Black people create one for their families?
4. How can a community in financial distress strengthen its economic health?
5. How can cultural mindsets around Black people and money impact our financial future?
6. What steps can individuals take to strengthen their financial outlook?

Subsequent programs will focus on Black Entrepreneurship & Business Development (Feb. 10, 2017); Black Land Ownership (Mar. 24, 2017); Cooperative Economics (Apr. 21, 2017). Check here frequently for updates!

 

“Our” Neighborhood: Gentrification in Brooklyn

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“Our” Neighborhood: A Forum on Gentrification in Brooklyn


Gentrification in in NYC is not new – but it is having an increasingly noticeable impact on central Brooklyn neighborhoods.

How is gentrification shaping the racial and housing dynamics in your Brooklyn community?
Will you be able to afford living in the community where you grew up? Will your children?
If you or someone you love is being harassed by landlords or developers – what steps can you take for protection?
How can “old” and “new” neighbors work on community relations in a way that minimizes the more harmful impacts of gentrification in our neighborhoods?

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CLSJ 30th Anniversary Gala

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Save the Date: CLSJ Celebrates 30 Years!

Thirty years ago, the Center for Law and Social Justice opened its doors under the leadership of legal legend, Esmeralda Simmons, Esq. Under her guidance, CLSJ has proudly provided quality advocacy, training, and expert services in a personal manner to people of African descent and the disenfranchised…and that was only our beginning.

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Brooklyn Votes: Voter Engagement Conference

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bkvotesJoin the Center for Law and Social Justice and The Brooklyn NAACP for a voter engagement conference and take the pledge to register, educate and mobilize Brooklyn voters during the 2016 election cycle.

OPENING PLENARY

The Fight for Voting Rights, Not Just In the South
This opening plenary will provide an overview of the current voting rights landscape and empower participants to continue the fight to protect our communities.

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The Beauty of Blackness and the Law

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The Beauty of Blackness and the Law: Black Hair Edition
Monday, March 28, 2016

In honor of Women’s History Month, CLSJ invites you to “The Beauty of Blackness and the Law: Black Hair – Past, Present and Future.” This ALL DAY symposium will feature a full day of panels and workshops and will take place at Medgar Evers College, CUNY in the Edison O. Jackson (EOJ) Auditorium.

The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC but YOU MUST REGISTER here: www.bit.ly/CLSJBlackWomensHistory.

To get more details, visit: www.bit.ly/CLSJBlackWomensHistory or send an email to info@CLSJ.org or call 718.804.8893.

Educating Black children Panel Discussion

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February 29 at 6:15PM: Panel Discussion

As part of the Living History theme for the Medgar Evers College 2016 Black History Month celebration, the Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) will sponsor a panel discussion focused on educating Black children from a #BlackLivesMatter perspective.

How do racist education materials and books impact the classroom? How can parents actively shape an education that protects Black children? Do Black children fare better in predominantly Black institutions? How can educators incorporate materials and curriculum that promote the healthy intellectual development of Black children?

To learn more about this event, click here.

Select CLSJ 2015 Events

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Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 4 pm: TEXAS IN PARIS “Talk Back” with ESMERALDA SIMMONS
TEXAS IN PARIS, a world premiere musical play starring Tony Award Winner Lillias White with Scott Wakefield. Written by Alan Govenar with spirituals, cowboy songs and country hymns Directed by Akin Babatunde. Now playing through Mar 1, 2015!

Esmeralda Simmons, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice will host a “talk back” with the cast and crew of TEXAS IN PARIS at the York Theatre Company. The focus of the discussion will be on the intersection of arts, faith and social justice as evidenced in the play.

The York Theatre Company
Theatre at St. Peter’s
619 Lexington Avenue (at East 54th Street)
New York, NY 10022

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409494046014120/

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm: Environmental Justice Townhall Meeting
The Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) along with major environmental justice advocates Uprose and the Move NY Coalition is sponsoring a TOWN HALL MEETING for students and community members!
MONDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2015
6:30pm – 8:00pm
This Event is FREE and Open to the Public!
Refreshments Will Be Served

Join CLSJ and Allies To Get The Facts And To Plan Social Action!

Environmental justice is one of the major civil/human rights for Black people in the 21st Century. This community education program is designed to involve students and community members in advocating for environmental justice in NYC’s transportation policies.

As the MTA moves to raise the cost of public transportation and the tolls for local bridges (again!), as they determine which communities will receive enhanced neighborhood bus services, and as the MTA determines how and when subway repairs and cuts in services are conducted, New Yorkers must not remain silent.

WE MUST SPEAK UP!
The Townhall Meeting Will Take Place At
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
in the E.O. Jackson Auditorium
1638 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Central Booklyn)

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/925496530823698/

Select CLSJ 2014 Events

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Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm: Esmeralda Simmons Joins Peniel Joseph for “Stokely” Booksigning
Esmeralda Simmons Joins Award-Winning Author Peniel E. Joseph in Conversation about Stokely Carmichael
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Medgar Evers College (Brooklyn)

As part of its John Oliver Killens Reading Series at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, the Center for Black Literature will host author and professor of history Peniel E. Joseph on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his latest book, “Stokely: A Life,” about activist Stokely Carmichael.
Professor Joseph will be in conversation with Esmeralda Simmons, Esq., founder of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College (CLSJ). Former Councilmember Charles Barron will serve as a respondent following the conversation. The event is free and open to the public, and following the discussion there will be a question-and-answer session and a book-signing.

In this book about the charismatic and controversial Stokely Carmichael, Joseph captures the life of this giant of the Civil Rights Movement. Author, cultural commentator and Professor Michael Eric Dyson stated, “Carmichael was the Prince of black revolution, and ‘Stokely’ is the brilliant chronicle of his complicated and remarkable reign during tempestuous times.”

Edison O. Jackson Auditorium at Medgar Evers College,
1638 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225.
This program is co-sponsored by the CLSJ, Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp.

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587874358098928/

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm: CLSJ and the Center for Black Literature Welcome Dr. Kokahvah Zauditu-Selassie: A Book Signing and Discussion
Dr. K. Zauditu-Selassie is Professor of English at Coppin State University in the Humanities Department. A 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cocody in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, she is the author of “I Got a Home in Dat Rock: Memory, Orisa, and Yoruba Spiritual Identity in African American Literature” and “Orisa: Yoruba Gods and Spiritual Identity in Africa and the Diaspora,” as well as several journal articles including, “Women Who Know Things: African Epistemologies, Ecocriticism, and Female Spiritual Authority in the Novels of Toni Morrison,” and “Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone: Using Adinkra Symbols to Frame Critical Agenda in African Diasporic Literature.”

She is also the author of a book of critical essays titled, “African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison,” a 2009 publication of the University Press of Florida, which won the Toni Morrison Society’s 2010 award for the best single-authored book.

Her latest book, “At the End of Daybreak” is a collection of short stories.

Friday, October 24, 2014
The School of Professional and Community Development
1534 Bedford Avenue – Conference Room
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1692858267605175/

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at 12 pm: Joan P. Gibbs on BK Live re: Immigration Rights and Issues
On BK Live, the topic is immigration and how the NYPD and the federal government are working together and whether their collaboration helps or hurts the immigrant resident in NYC. Segment also examines the new, upcoming municipal ID, as well.

Join Joan P. Gibbs, Esq and others to will discuss this issue. Here is the panel…
» Joan P. Gibbs, Esq. (Center for Law and Social Justice)
» Carlos Menchaca (City Council Member, District 38)
» Marika Davis, Esq. (Make the Road New York)

In case you missed it, watch the segment here: https://vimeo.com/109177212

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/719334904813451/

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014: Esmeralda Simmons at Town Hall on Race, Policing, and Civil Rights
On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, starting at 7pm, BRIC will host the town hall in the BRIC House Ballroom, the 240-seat performance space inside BRIC Arts | Media House (BRIC House), the organization’s new 40,000-square-foot facility in Downtown Brooklyn. The public is encouraged to attend the event and participate in the discussion.
As the media storm over Eric Garner and Ferguson subsides, Brooklyn Independent Media seeks to keep the conversation going while finding an empowered way to move forward in a borough and nation where people of color continue to be subject to racially biased police conduct.

WHAT: Race, Policing and Civil Rights: A Community Town Hall
WHO: BRIC and Brooklyn Independent Media
Moderator: Brian Vines, BRIC/Brooklyn Independent Media

PANELISTS:
Esmeralda Simmons, Executive Director Center for Law & Social Justice at Medgar Evers College
Lumumba Bandele, Senior Community Organizer for Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Jumaane Williams, NYC Council Member
Rinku Sen, Publisher of Colorlines and Executive Director of Race Forward
Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of Arab American Association

WHEN: Tuesday, October 14, 7-8:30pm

WHERE: BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn (Open to the public)

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/786063314790980/