02 August 2010

Social Justice in the Garden: A Huge Success!

On Wednesday, July 28, the Ms. Foundation for Women hosted an exciting event for young professionals in New York City. "Social Justice in the Garden" drew approximately 50 friends and supporters to La Plaza Cultural, a community garden that is one of Manhattan’s hidden treasures. Together, we mixed, mingled and learned that:
  • Fierce and powerful advocates like Domestic Workers United can convince Albany to do the right thing -- in July 2010, their multi-year campaign succeeded and they celebrated the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights;

  • "If you can't slap 'em, snap 'em": Hollaback makes it possible to fight street harassment with cell phones, by providing a platform that collects pictures of street harassers in action;

  • Legal Momentum provides security to women at risk of losing their homes because of domestic violence;

  • The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum elevate the voices of women and girls who, all too often, are invisible in political conversations.
The evening concluded with an electric performance by spoken-word duo, Climbing PoeTree.

Thank you to everyone who came out and made the evening engaging and inspiring!

Read here  for information on preserving vital, grassroots-run community gardens like La Plaza Cultural and its peers, which are at risk of losing the legal protections that guard against using the land for development purposes.

If you missed the event, but would like to be added to the growing number of young professionals supporting the Foundation, email Irene Xanthoudakis at IXanthoudakis@Ms.Foundation.org and Join Us on Facebook.

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