Meatpacking Unpacked: June recap
July 10, 2020
June kicked off the second month of Meatpacking’s new series on YouTube Meatpacking Unpacked: Community Connected. On Saturday mornings over coffee, we chat with New Yorkers shaping the cultural, political, and business landscape across the city. In June, Jerika Richardson, New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) Senior Advisor & Secretary to the Board, and Glennda Testone, Executive Director of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, joined in on the conversation. See 5 takeaways from this month’s guests below and be sure to tune in for upcoming guests in July.
1. Ever heard of the Civilian Complaint Review Board?
The CCRB is the largest independent all civilian oversight body in the nation. It is empowered to receive, investigate, mediate, hear, make findings, and recommend action on complaints against New York City police officers alleging the use of excessive or unnecessary force, abuse of authority, discourtesy, or the use of offensive language. The CCRB was established as a result of riots that occurred in Thompson Square Park. Community leaders, everyday New Yorkers, advocates, and activists all came together and pushed their elected officials and government officials to establish an independent oversight agency. Learn more about the board here and here.
2. The global impact of George Floyd.
The murder of George Floyd put a spotlight on systemic race issues, resulting in transformational discussions, business practices, and protests around the world — all during a global pandemic. “I think what we’ve seen is incident after incident building up with people. And then we came to a moment where you had everyone across the country for the first time in generations, locked down at home….and I think people really have been focused on what’s going on and what’s happening in this country.” Watch here to hear more of Jerika’s thoughts.
3. The Center is here to support New Yorkers.
The Center was founded in 1983 and is an LGBT community center for New York City and an LGBT advocacy force for New York State. The Center provides programs and services for people in and around New York City that includes families, youth, adults, really, wherever the community needs some support. Learn more about what The Center offers here and here.
4. Why it’s important to fill out the 2020 Census.
This year, The Center is focused on getting LGBTQ+ New Yorkers to fill out the census as the community is a historically undercounted and underfunded community. This will help provide reliable data to inform policy makers and advocates working on LGBTQ+ issues. They are also encouraging voter engagement and voter participation in local, state, and federal elections. Hear more about The Center’s push here and fill out the 2020 Census here.
5. There are some striking parallels between the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and the Black Lives Matter movement.
In recent events, the country has woken up to something that Black Americans have known for a long time, that America is not equal for everyone. Glennda believes there is a strong parallel between what the LGBTQ+ community has gone through and for the Black community “who for hundreds of years have been victimized.” Hear more about what Glennda had to say on the topic here.
To watch full conversations from June guests click links below: