What can we all do, as organizations, businesses, institutions, and individuals, in this complicated and overwhelming time to help address these issues and move the justice landscape forward in concrete ways?
On top of the destabilizing COVID-19 pandemic, the killing of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests and calls for police reform. While these past weeks and months have been difficult and painful, we must not get overwhelmed and mired in despair. We need to come together and talk about how we can move forward together to make things better. This panel provides a space for local organizations, instutitions, and businesses to share their responses to the dual crises so we can learn from each other and think about how we can all do more.
Featuring an introduction to Collective Recovery from Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD and local leaders who will share how they are responding to advancing racial, economic, and social justice in these trying times.
Elliott Lee — Executive Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development Services (HANDS), inc.
Dr. Mindy Fullilove, MD — Professor of Urban Policy and Health at The New School, co-founder of the University of Orange
Barry Devone — Community Engagement Officer, Orange Public School District
Larisa Wick Holderied — President-Elect and Community Vice President, Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills
Ari Laura Kreith — Executive Director, Luna Stage
Debbie Rembert — Founder and Director, Concepts In Choreography Dance Company and Youth Dance Program in Orange
Reverend Bill Rutherford — Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Orange
Jaden Thompson — University of Orange Summer Intern; Harvard College Rising Sophomore; West Orange High School graduate
Panel sponsors include Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, University of Orange, The HUUB, inc., Healthy Orange Coalition, Maplewood Memorial Library, Orange Public Schools, and HANDS inc.