Center for Social Inclusion Hosts Forum on Climate Change, Race and Rebuilding In The Lower East Side One Year After Hurricane Sandy


October 22, 2013

Contact:  Dennis Chin
Phone: 212-248-2785 x1450; 609-954-2111

Marfa Dialogues/NY Partner, the Center for Social Inclusion, Hosts Forum on Climate Change, Race and Rebuilding In The Lower East Side One Year After Hurricane Sandy

New York, NY:  New York City is sinking. Or, more accurately, sea levels are rising. We see more super storms and wild weather events.  Hurricanes and tornadoes, once historic, are now commonplace.  Climate change may be contested in Congress, but real people are struggling to weather the ravages of storms like Hurricane Sandy a whole year later. These weather events hurt us all.  And yet, we are all not equally able to rebuild and to implement our innovations to make us stronger.  People of color make up almost two-thirds of the City’s population.  Places of innovation, not just tribulation, communities of color in and around the City are integral to its future.

What:  Our Climate, Our City, Our Future: Community Conversations on Environmental Justice & Rebuilding, a forum featuring experts and community leaders to discuss the impact of Hurricane Sandy in New York City, specifically in the Lower East Side, one year later.

This panel is the first of three that the Center for Social Inclusion is organizing as part of the Marfa Dialogues/NY, a series of events examining climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice. The other two panels will take place in Brooklyn on Nov. 6 and Queens on Nov. 20.

Who:   Maya Wiley, Founder & President of the Center for Social Inclusion;
Ron Shiffman, Pratt Institute School of Architecture;
Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance;
Damaris Reyes, Good Ole Lower East Side (GOLES);
Helena Wong, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities
Mazz Swift, Musician and performer.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6pm-8pm;

Where:  University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY;

How:   For more information or to RSVP to the Lower East Side event, please contact Dennis Chin at or 212-248-2785 x1450 or 609-954-2111.

About the Center for Social Inclusion:
The Center for Social Inclusion is a national policy strategy organization that works to identify and support policy strategies to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion.  CSI works with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive no matter our race or ethnicity. For more information about the Center for Social Inclusion, visit

About University Settlement:
University Settlement is one of New York’s most dynamic social service institutions with deep roots on the Lower East Side. Each year University Settlement’s diverse programs help over 25,000 low-income and at-risk people build better lives for themselves and their families. With an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the United States, University Settlement has been an incubator for progressive ideas for more than 125 years, offering pioneering programs in early childhood education, adolescent development, literacy, mental health, homelessness prevention, senior well-being and arts education that set the standard. Building on the strength of this experience, University Settlement now provides services at 28 locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  For more information about University Settlement, visit

Part of the Marfa Dialogues/New York: 

Marfa Dialogues/NY brings to New York an examination of climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice in collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation.  Taking place this October and November 2013, Marfa Dialogues/NY will feature more than 20 Program Partners, including the Center for Social Inclusion, and a spectrum of exhibitions, performance, and interdisciplinary discussions at the intersection of the arts and climate change.  For the most current calendar of Marfa Dialogues/NY events and additional information about partners and programs, visit


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