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 each month, 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, April 24, 7:30 PM
Civic Engagement Series: New York Writers Coalition

Greenlight’s new Civic Engagement Series takes place on the last Monday of each month and hosts nonprofit groups working in social justice, community organizing, and the arts, with the goal of providing tools for community involvement and support to those doing necessary work in our culture. 20% of all book sales on the entire day of the event will be donated to the featured organization, and an option for direct donation will be available at the event. For April, Greenlight hosts New York Writers Coalition, which 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. All are welcome to attend this free and interactive event.

 

 

Monday, May 22, 7:30 PM
Civic Engagement Series: Make the Road

Greenlight’s new Civic Engagement Series takes place on the last Monday of each month and hosts nonprofit groups working in social justice, community organizing, and the arts, with the goal of providing tools for community involvement and support to those doing necessary work in our culture. 20% of all book sales on the entire day of the event will be donated to the featured organization, and an option for direct donation will be available at the event. For May, Greenlight hosts Make the Road New York, a Brooklyn-based organization that builds the power of working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. MRNY’s advocacy and litigation work affect millions of working class New Yorkers at the city and statewide levels, and increasingly at the federal level, and their recent work on behalf of immigrants has brought them into the public eye like never before. All are welcome to attend this free and interactive event.