Over the past 100 years, Planned Parenthood of New York City has become a leading resource for health care and information for New Yorkers from all communities. We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be partnering with the Speak Up, Rise Up Storytelling Festival, where patients, staff members, volunteers, and supporters will share their stories of resistance and resilience. Inspired by Michelle Chen’s 2015 article, “The War Against Planned Parenthood Is Also an Assault on Poor Women of Color,” the showcase will shine light on how the assault on reproductive health and rights has impacted and oppressed various communities, stemming from the GOP-led insistence on putting an end to safe, affordable health care for all.
Started in January of 2015, NYC Veterans Alliance is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that improves the lives of veterans and their families in the NYC metropolitan area and empowers military veterans to become politically active through four engaging programs – Policy & Legislative Advocacy, Community Information, Get Ready to Run, and Civic Leadership. With the mission to advocate legislative action for all military veterans and their families while offering political engagement opportunities, NYC Veterans Alliance serves NYC’s 220,000+ veterans and 250,000+ dependent family members. For more information, please visit www.nycveteransalliance.org.
The Muslim Community Network is a nonprofit organization that identifies and cultivates the leadership skills of all Americans to fully participate in the social landscape. MCN’s strategies include creating strong relationships with other faith-based communities; articulating and advancing an understanding of the need for citizen engagement; developing the skills and ability of our community to affect change; and building the next generation’s identity and capacity as leaders.
The Future Project’s mission: To power the possibility of people.
The Future Project places Dream Directors in schools across the country. Part social entrepreneur, part community organizer, part transformative coach, Dream Directors guide students and school communities through The Dreamer’s Journey—the process of discovering a dream that lights you on fire and building a Future Project that brings it to life.
Razom is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building a prosperous Ukraine by increasing civic engagement and by amplifying the voices of Ukrainian citizens around the world. Razom was established in 2014 to support the people of Ukraine in their continued quest for democracy, justice and human rights. Learn more at RazomForUkraine.org
Lady Parts Justice League is a coven of hilarious badass feminists who use humor and pop culture to expose the haters fighting against reproductive rights. Every damn day, LPJL’s vigilant and hilarious coffee fueled abortion defenders use original rapid response media to fire back at the relentless attacks on repro rights. We go from WHAT-THE-F**K-CAN-WE-DO?! to MAKING-SHIT-HAPPEN by bringing communities together with their local abortion provider through kick ass comedy shows, werkshops, and events. We're the not-at-all-secret-or-subtle admirers that show up to abortion clinics around the country to remind them they’re loved, appreciated, and essential by providing physical and emotional support.
Through partnerships with social service organizations and city agencies, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) creates theatre troupes with community members who face pressing social, economic, health, and human rights issues. The troupes create and perform plays based on real-life struggles, which engage diverse audiences in theatrical brainstorming- or Forum Theatre - to activate communities and creatively challenge systems of oppression.
Theater - The Connelly Theater
The historic Connelly Theater is a beautiful 99-150-seat miniature opera house in the heart of NYC's East Village that now serves as a home for adventurous independent theater productions. Past productions include Soho Rep's DUAT, Mac Wellman's The Offending Gesture (as part of The Tank's Flint & Tinder series), Daniel Kitson's A Show for Christmas, Soho Rep. & Ars Nova's Futurity, Lyspinka! The Trilogy, Mission Drift (The TEAM), The New York International Fringe Festival, Lucy Thurber's Monstrosity (13p), Anne Washburn's Apparition, and many others. The theater also serves as a location for film and television productions, including shows on HBO, ABC, MTV, PBS, and many more. The building, originally an orphanage, dates back to the mid 1870s. The theater itself was once a choir hall, with the distinctive proscenium arch and raised stage added later.
Theatrical Partner - The Tank NYC
The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter serving emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. We serve over 1,000 artists every year in over 400 performances, and work across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, public affairs, and storytelling. Our goal is to foster an environment of inclusiveness and remove the burden of cost from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. The heart of our services is providing free performance space in the 62-seat blackbox that we operate in Manhattan, and we also offer a suite of other services such as free rehearsal space, promotional support, artist fees, and much more. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all. Since its founding in 2003, artists who have come through The Tank include Alex Timbers, Amy Herzog, Lucy Alibar, Mike Daisey, Reggie Watts, Kyle Abraham, Andrew Bujalski, We Are Scientists, and tens of thousands of others.
Event Partner - Civic Hall
Civic Hall is a collaborative community center and ideas incubator where government staff, nonprofit leaders, community organizers, policy wonks, philanthropists, civic entrepreneurs, developers, data scientists, journalists and academics come together to solve pressing civic problems with technology.
Growing List of People Who This Wouldn't Possibly Happen Without
(a Thank You list)
Susan Kent, Nicole Ferraro, David Crabb, Kevin Allison, Peter Michael Marino, Jenn Shaw, Danielle Tomson, Ellen Mendlow, Jordan Schultze, Rob Penty, Mark Pagan, Larry Rosen, Julia Whitehouse, Robin Gelfenbien, Joanna Solotaroff, Katie Osborn, Sean O'Brien, Chris Ryan, Anita Flores, Lindsay Hoffman, Destiny Arturet, Alena Almonte