The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) and Urban Design Forum joined forces for Power After the Pandemic: Rebuilding Our Post-COVID Cities. Collaboratively, they convened civic leaders from New York City and across the nation to reimagine a path toward a just recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.ANHD & UDF
In an event featuring panelists from ANHD’s Center for Community Leadership (CCL), Assembly Member Marcela Mitaynes (CCL ‘17-18) shared how her grassroots organizing work has shaped her legislative process and Louis D. Bailey of WE Act for Environmental Justice (CCL ‘14-15) shared strategies for centering empathy in the transition to virtual organizing. Hatuey Ramos-Fermin of the Laundromat Project (CCL ‘16) discussed coalition building and UDF Member Fernando Ortiz Baez of NYC City Planning shared the importance of community-led organizing.
“While I’m organizing at the legislative level and pushing my colleagues, I’m also funneling information that’s helpful to the ground for the work that [organizers are] doing, and we’re coordinating, and they’re pushing on the outside while I’m pushing on the inside. [I’m] really seeing that develop as part of a larger movement and being able to take my cues.” – Assembly Member Marcela Mitaynes