How should we understand the increasing demonization and criminalization of homelessness across America? Is shelter alone enough for meeting the call of this moment, or merely an essential starting place? What can leaders in this field teach us about invoking empathy and critical analysis in responding to this complex set of issues?
MORE THAN SHELTER: A Town Hall about Homelessness and Community
Join us online on 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.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Anthonine Pierre, Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center
Sharon Lee, Founding Executive Director, Low Income Housing Institute
Imam Omar Niass, Jamhiyatu Ansaru-Deen
Sheri Riemers (White Earth Nation of Ojibwe), Executive Director, Ain Dah Yung Center
Alexander Roque, President & Executive Director, Ali Forney Center
Donald H. Whitehead Jr., Executive Director, National Coalition for the Homeless
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Violin Soloist & Chamber Musician; Founder & Director, Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul
PANELISTS IN THE NEWS
Anthonine Pierre: Black Leaders Are Conveying the Far Left’s Unease With Eric Adams – New York Times
Sharon Lee: Seattle’s Asian American homeless need visibility – International Examiner
Imam Omar Niass: This Mosque is A Refuge for Migrants and Asylum Seekers in the Bronx – Documented
Sheri Riemers (White Earth Nation of Ojibwe): Minnesota tribal members ponder future of Native child welfare ahead of Supreme Court challenge – StarTribune
Alexander Roque: After City Bans Sleeping at Homeless Youth Centers, a Center Resists – New York Times
Donald H. Whitehead Jr.: Liberal US cities now also clearing homeless camps – Miami Times
Kelly Hall-Tompkins: Bringing classical music to both concert halls and those experiencing homelessness – NBC15
ABOUT THE SERIES
CLOSE TO HOME: Town Halls on Housing Equality (Wednesdays, April 26-May 24) is a five-part digital summit with frontline thinkers and doers from across New York City and around the country. 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.
Join us online on Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET, from April 26-May 24.
Presented by The WNET Group, home to THIRTEEN, America’s flagship PBS station.
Curated by Brian Tate.
Program management by Jasmine Wilson.
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
April 26: Housing and Economic Justice
May 3: Food Sovereignty and Security
May 10: Homelessness and Community
May 17: Culture and Displacement
May 24: Journalism and Housing Narratives