Eighty students, faculty, and community members came together on Tuesday, April 18th for “Brooklyn in Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees: Turning Interscholastic Conversations into Collaborative Action.” Inspired by the collaboration of the heads of four Brooklyn independent schools, this joint faculty/student programming initiative was co-organized by Natania Kremer at Brooklyn Friends Tené Howard at Packer, Matt Budd at Berkeley Carroll, and Diane Gnagnarelli at Saint Ann’s along with student leaders for all four schools.
Brooklyn Friends School student organizers included Angel I (Class of 2018), Maxine S (Class of 2019), Ashley B (Class of 2019), and Salma B (Class of 2020).
The event featured a student-led art and community-building activity, and an incredible panel of activists including Adama Bah, Angy Rivera with the New York State Youth Leadership Council, Zainab Abdullah with the The Arab-American Family Support Center, Kaberi Banerjee Murthy with Brooklyn Community Foundation, and Lindsay Mullett with Lutheran Social Services of New York’s Immigration Legal Program.
Participants heard from all four Heads of School and explored how immigrants and refugees are dealing with urgent contemporary challenges, and how to take accountable action in solidarity with community partners.
Here are details for several upcoming opportunities that were announced at the event:
- April 25th from 6-8pm @ Brooklyn Borough Hall – Know Your Rights Immigrant Workshop
- April 27th from 5:30-8pm @ Brooklyn Borough Hall – Arab-American Heritage Celebration
- April 28th from 6:30-8:30pm @ 108 East 89th Street – Dalton Syrian Refugee Panel
- May 4th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm @ Packer Collegiate Institute – Film Screening and Panel on the Syrian Refugee Crisis
- May 13th from 11am-2pm @ Cadman Plaza – Next Generation Now Youth Rally & March
- May 20th from 9am-5:45pm – IYECon Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference
And you can check out this video footage of the panel discussion as well: