Civic Engagement Series

In 2017, Greenlight launches a new Civic Engagement Series, a monthly series outside of its traditional focus on books and authors. On the last Monday of one month each quarter, Greenlight will host nonprofit groups working in social justice, community organizing, and the arts, with the goal of providing tools for involvement, creativity, and action. Each event will involve an hour-long interactive session, with a variety of formats depending on the organization’s focus and priorities, and 20% of Greenlight’s sales on the day of each event will be donated to the featured organization to support their important work.

“An independent bookstore is a unique kind of community space: welcoming, inspiring, and humanizing,” says Greenlight co-founder and events director Jessica Stockton Bagnulo. “Along with our colleagues in bookstores around the country, we at Greenlight are looking now for new ways to use our space and other resources to address the issues that affect our community. We have always been a place for conversations, stories and ideas; we hope to become a place where neighbors can make connections and find tools to help one another when we need it most.”

Events in the Civic Engagement Series take place at Greenlight’s store location in Prospect Lefferts Gardens on the last Monday of each month. Greenlight’s donation of 20% of sales applies to all purchases made in either store location or through Greenlight’s e-commerce website at any time on the day of the event, so customers can support the organization through their purchases. An option to donate directly to the organization will be available at the event, as well as other options for involvement.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, June 26, 7:30 PM
Center for Popular Democracy: On Policing, Incarceration and Racial Equity

For June, Greenlight's Civic Engagement Series hosts the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). CPD builds the power of communities in seeking a more inclusive, equitable society -- where people of color, immigrants, working families, women, and LGBTQ communities thrive together, supported by a resilient economy, and political institutions that reflect local priorities. For this session, Co-Executive Director Andrew Friedman and Senior Attorney Kumar Rao will lead a discussion on how government relies on policing and incarceration policies to advance public safety, but how advocates are pushing for less damaging, fairer, and more effective safety investments in communities that promote opportunity and racial equity. They will explore tools to reduce over-policing and criminalization of communities of color, and highlight the school-to-prison-pipeline work they are doing, particularly in the context the new administration

 

Past Partners:

You can reach out to any of these organizations to find out ways you can get involved with their mission!

 

Make the Road New York (May 2017) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Their model integrates multi-issue, multi-generational organizing – on workers’ rights, tenant rights, LGBTQ justice, youth power and policing, public schools and education justice, immigration justice, and climate – with an array of wraparound services that create a space of safety and support for entire families.

 

 

New York Writers Coalition (April 2017) empowers and enriches the lives of New Yorkers of all backgrounds and experiences through the art of creative writing, with workshops particularly targeted toward underserved people, including youth, seniors, women, LGBT communities, people living with disabilities, people who are incarcerated or have been incarcerated, and others from traditionally silenced groups.