Speak Justice


Our series—Speak Justice: Stories from Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Organizers—profiles a new wave of courageous activists and civil rights pioneers from Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities who are organizing in the face of institutional and systemic challenges, galvanizing movements, activating greater levels of civic engagement and impact, and sparking new partnerships.

Our first video features Reem Ramadan, lead organizer at Arab American Association of New York.

Our second video features Murad Awawdeh, Vice President of Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition.

In Their Own Words


To better understand what makes for effective community engagement, we went right to the source. What draws someone to this work? What skill set do community organizers need in order to succeed? Sure, strategic thinking, an eye for politics, and the ability to spot strong leaders are necessary, but we found these alone are not sufficient. Follow our new video series, “In Their Own Words,” and hear directly from leaders about the personal experiences that drew them to the craft of organizing.

In this installment, we sit down with Chhaya Chhoum, executive director of Mekong NYC.

In this installment, we sit down with Victor Pate, New York statewide organizer of The New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (NYCAIC).

In this installment, we sit down with Topeka K. Sam, New York statewide organizer of The Ladies of Hope Ministries.

In this installment, we sit down with Kathy Goldman, Agnes Molnar,and Liz Accles, co-founders and executive director of Community Food Advocates.

In this installment, we sit down with Quardean Lewis-Allen, founder and executive director of Made in Brownsville.

In this installment, we sit down with Naftuli Moster, founder and executive director of Young Advocates for Fair Education.

Engage to Change


Explore how some nonprofits are shifting the way they engage the people they serve. Learn how community members moved from being recipients of expertise to becoming partners in transforming their own lives, the organization, and the surrounding community. In a series of conversations with a dozen New York City nonprofits, hear the motivation behind engaging clients and community members as agents of change in challenging times.

In this video we interview Jamel Burgess, Youth Organizer with Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation.

In this video we interview Talia DeRogatis, Public Policy and Community Engagement Liaison & Gabriella Marrero, a student working with Henry Street Settlement.

In this video we interview Talia DeRogatis, Public Policy and Community Engagement Liaison & Gabriella Marrero, a student working with Henry Street Settlement.

In this video we interview Rollie Hernandez, Program Participant with Neighbors Together.

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