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Us vs. Them: Interrupting the Cycle of Fear in American Policy

Us vs. Them: Interrupting the Cycle of Fear in American Policy

Tuesday, July 24 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The Century Foundation – 1 Whitehall Street (between Stone and Bridge Streets), 15th Floor

Admission: Free

From the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII to Trump-era initiatives such as the Muslim Ban and family separation, American policy has too often framed immigrants, people of color, and religious minorities to be a threat. What can we do to cut through this cycle of fear and support change that honors the history of this country and the diverse people who built it?

Join this thought-provoking discussion and hear the stories of those affected by these policies, what we can learn from them, and how to move forward. The event features Natalia Aristizabal, Director of Organizing, Make the Road, the largest grassroots community organization in New York servicing the immigrant community; Paige Austin, Staff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU); Tom Ikeda, Executive Director, Densho, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII; Paul Ochoa, Legislative Representative at NYC Mayor’s Office (TBC).

This event is part of The Century Foundation’s series Think. Drink. Mingle. Every summer, The Century Foundation hosts a series of events bringing together civically engaged professionals working in New York City to expand their networks and discuss policies that promise to build a better future—all while enjoying a spread of wine and cheese. Whether you’re new to the city, here for the summer, or just really enjoy meeting other incredibly smart people, you’re invited to join the discussion and share a drink (or two) and discuss issues that matter.

Founded in 1919 as the Co-Operative League, The Century Foundation is one of the oldest public policy research institutes in the country. It is a progressive, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad.

To register for this free event, please visit The Century Foundation’s website.