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Prof. Eve Baron Quoted in City & State Article on Community Planning

With pledges and rhetoric from city officials circulating about better integrating communities into the planning process, some questions remain: what does a community planning process entail? And, given the current state of New York City politics, is it reasonable for communities to expect rhetoric to translate into a truly inclusive process?

Last week, City & State ran an article examining these questions and more. The article features perspectives from respected planners and academics in the city, including Eve Baron, Academic Program Manager for the Urban Studies Program here at Murphy. From the article:

Eve Baron, an expert in community development, advises taking a wait-and-see approach to the new administration. But she notes that a salient feature of a true community-based plan is that it’s “first and foremost one that originates in the community. Not government meeting the community, but the community reaching out,” she said.

For the full article, visit City & State.

Photo by Dan Reed via flickr (CC-BY-NC).

News Round-up

Heroes in our midst and historical commemoration. Some highlights from the week…

  • This past Wednesday marked the official commemoration of the Triangle Factory Fire by the Workmen’s Circle. The fire took place in March 1911 and was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of NYC, causing the deaths of 146 garment workers.
  • One of our alumni, Richard Singleton, saved a man from a stabbing in a subway station. Amazing.
  • Some questionable comments from a New York City Councilwoman regarding NYCHA. Meanwhile, the housing authority is apparently looking at a $400mill deficit by the year 2025. And, the Cuomo administration is proposing to keep control of $100mill in state funding for NYCHA, adding layers of bureaucracy to the authority’s ability to access the funds.
  • Wikileaks released a chapter from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. The Teamsters, like the rest of the labor movement, aren’t into it.
  • Missouri police will restrict the use of tear gas after a settlement that determined police need to warn protesters and give them time to disperse before using it (via Time).
  • Swarthmore students launched what’s being called the first indefinite occupation for fossil fuel divestment (via Waging Nonviolence)
  • As Seattle’s $15 minimum wage heads into effect, some question as to whether university and airport workers will be left behind. (via Next City)

Photo by Alexander Rabb via flickr (CC-BY-NC-ND).

Murphy Alum Saves Man From Stabbing

Joseph S. Murphy Institute alum and MTA worker Richard Singleton successfully intervened in an attempted assault at his subway station at 28th Street and Park Avenue South on Sunday, March 22nd.

Richard has served as an MTA worker for almost two decades. He has graduated from the Murphy Institute with Masters of Arts in Labor Studies and Urban Studies.

Read more from the Daily News on this act of heroism.

Sean Sweeney at Society for Ethical Culture

On March 19th, Murphy Professor Sean Sweeney participated in a panel hosted by 350NYC and New York Society for Ethical Culture about COP21, the global climate treaty conference taking place in Paris in December 2015.

Sweeney was joined by Jeffrey Salim Waheed – Representative of Maldives to the UN; Tamar Lawrence-Samuel, Associate Research Director at Corporate Accountability International; Reinhard Krapp – Economic Department, UN Mission of Germany to the United Nations; and City Council member Helen Rosenthal. The panel was moderated by Claire Vondrich and introduced by Lyna Hinkel of 350NYC. Video by Joe Friendly.