What will it mean for America if its vibrant cities and towns are remade as enclaves where only the wealthy can thrive? How do campaigns for housing equality amplify moral calls for racial and economic justice? How is housing activism today informed by ancestral wisdom about settler colonialism, anti-Blackness, xenophobia, and old-fashioned greed? What can organizers on the frontlines of those experiences teach people across the United States about empowering communities and disrupting historic inequality?
CLOSE TO HOME: Town Halls on Housing Equality
Wednesdays, April 26–May 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET
This five-part virtual summit with frontline thinkers and doers from across New York City and around the country is presented by The WNET Group. Each week, we will gather with frontline thinkers and doers to examine the core topic through a specific lens: housing and economic justice, food sovereignty and security, homelessness and community, cultural displacement, and media narratives about housing.
To register, click Learn More for each event, below.
Presented by The WNET Group, home to THIRTEEN, America’s flagship PBS station.
Curated by Brian Tate.
Program management by Jasmine Wilson.
Week 1: Wednesday, April 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET
With Mark Crain, Alana Greer, Angie Liou, Barika X. Williams, and Mel Willie (Navajo). Moderated by Annetta Seecharran. Opening performance by Mahogany L. Browne.
CIRCLE MADE OF SOIL: A Town Hall about Food Sovereignty and Security
Week 2: Wednesday, May 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET
With Naima Dhore, Rosalinda Guillen, Lilian Hill (Hopi), Rita Nguyen, MD, and Malik Kenyatta Yakini. Moderated by jocelyn ramirez. Opening performance by Renee Goust.
MORE THAN SHELTER: A Town Hall about Homelessness and Community
Week 3: Wednesday, May 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET
With Sharon Lee, Imam Omar Niass, Sheri Riemers (White Earth Nation of Ojibwe), Alexander Roque, and Donald H. Whitehead Jr. Moderated by Anthonine Pierre. Opening performance by Kelly Hall-Tompkins.
THE ROOTS RUN DEEP: A Town Hall about Culture and Displacement
Week 4: Wednesday, May 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET
With Najmah Abraham, Djali Brown-Cepeda, Candice Hopkins (Carcross/Tagish First Nation), Ronald Moten, and Betty Yu. Moderated by Brian Tate. Opening performance by Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache).
THE BIGGER PICTURE: A Town Hall about Journalism and Housing Narratives
Week 5: Wednesday, May 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET
With Greg Kim, Natalie Y. Moore, Jaisal Noor, Nushrat Rahman, and Luna Reyna. Moderated by Kavitha Rajagopalan. Opening performance by Felukah.
Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center
Ali Forney Center
Asian Community Development Corporation
The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD)
Brooklyn Movement Center
Chhaya Community Development Corporation
Dream of Detroit
Food As Medicine Collaborative
Low Income Housing Institute
Music Kitchen- Food for the Soul
Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance