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Social Media for Social Movements

July 13 - 17, 2020

Images of police violence and killings of Black people have galvanized current and historical civil justice uprisings. We will explore how social media and digital media have been central to the movement for Black lives. The week will feature a new film imagining the trial that never happened after a Staten Island grand jury refused to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the murder of Eric Garner.

Art by @bpeppersart

Defend Black Life - a protest scene with young BIPOC protestors holding signs saying "Say Their Names," "We Must Fight for Justice," and "Defund Police - Fund Youth."

Week of Action Events

Monday, July 13, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Civic Engagement in 2020 

We will explore what civic engagement can look like in the midst of a pandemic that disproportionately kills Black and Brown communities due to systemic racism and health care bias, and during current protests against police brutality and white supremacy in the United States. 

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Tuesday, July 14, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

A Townhall on Reproductive Justice 

A community discussion on how racial injustice is a reproductive justice issue. Will include a virtual reproductive justice timeline gallery, and calls to action, including PPGNY's own equity action plan and commitments. 

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Wednesday, July 15, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Centering Youth in Social Justice Movements 

This event will be youth led and will explore using social media as a tool for social justice, as well as focusing on issues that impact youth including school pushout, housing issues, and policing in schools. 

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Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m.

American Trial: The Eric Garner Story

Q & A with Eric Garner’s widow Esaw Garner Snipes and Filmmaker Roee Messinger 

American Trial: The Eric Garner Story is an unprecedented film event, an unscripted courtroom drama that presents the trial that never happened against the NYPD Officer who was filmed choking Eric Garner to death in 2014.

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Friday, July 17, 7 - 9 p.m.

Black Joy as Resistance – A Celebration of Life 

July 17 is the anniversary of the day that Eric Garner was murdered in 2014. To celebrate and honor Garner’s life, and the lives of so many of our Black community members who have been killed by police violence and systemic racism, we will have a virtual vigil and open mic to remember that Black joy is a form of resistance.  

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