Syracuse Symposium: Conventions

In conjunction with The Most Beautiful Home…Maybe and Syracuse Symposium: A series of four free special events examining housing insecurity in Central New York leading up to performances of The Most Beautiful Home…Maybe.

The Most Beautiful Home... Maybe is a devised theatrical performance that brings together artists with local residents, community development corporations, and government officials to undo some of the policies that keep our most vulnerable on the margins

EVENT 1: Historical Conventions: How we got where we are

A presentation and discussion that explores how historical conventions have brought Syracuse to its current housing issues. Presenters will guide participants through the history of how individuals living in Syracuse’s 15th ward have been impacted by redlining, federal policies on “urban renewal,” and unwritten rules on housing discrimination. Balancing first-person accounts with expert historical and legal background, this discussion will share the stories of Syracuse neighborhoods thriving in spite of implicit segregation, resistance to their destruction in the name of economic development, and the dispersal of the community as I-81 tore through their homes.



Watch a recording of session that was held Monday, October 18, 2021 at the CFAC Galleries and over Zoom.

PRESENTERS:
Deka Dancil, president, Urban Jobs Task Force, and Bias Response and Education Manager, Syracuse University
Dana Olesch, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University
Maggie Sardino, research assistant,City Scripts, and student, Writing and Rhetoric and Civics and Community Engagement, Syracuse University

Facilitated by Joann Yarrow, director of Community Engagement and Education, Syracuse Stage
Covid Safety Guidelines: All patrons must provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid test prior to entry. Masks must be worn properly at all times.


EVENT 2: Current Conventions (and best intentions)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
IN PERSON: CFAC Galleries | 805 E. Genesee St.
Virtual: Zoom Webinar


A community story circle centering on current fears and truths around communities dealing with the pandemic, removal, eviction and the realities of how policies have impacted lives, led by Lenessa Chaplin, Esq., Project Counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union. Chaplin and NYCLU fight for civil liberties and rights through a multi-layered program of litigation, advocacy , public education, and community organizing.

Immediately prior to joining NYCLU, Chaplin was lead attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Project where she defended formerly incarcerated individuals from employment discrimination. She began her legal career in 2012 at Hiscock Legal Aide’s Appellate division where she drafted appeals on behalf of inmates to right the wrongs of the lower courts, where her work with the incarcerated population sparked her interest in public policies. Chaplin served as Legal Counsel to Assembly member Sam Roberts and went on to serve as the Deputy Secretary to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, working closely on anti-poverty initiatives and criminal justice reform. Most notably, she is the Founder and Executive Director of the William Herbert Johnson Bar Association of Central New York, the only minority bar association in the region. Lanessa is a native of Syracuse and a proud Henninger Black Knight.

FREE EVENT, ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED
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Covid Safety Guidelines: All patrons must provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid test prior to entry. Masks must be worn properly at all times.


EVENT 3: Breaking Conventions: New approaches to old housing issues

MONDAY, February 7, 2022 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
IN PERSON: CFAC Galleries | 805 E. Genesee St.
Virtual: Zoom Webinar

Dr. Juhanna Rogers, vice president of racial equity and social impact at CenterState CEO, leads a creative hand-on workshop. As I-81 planning continues, how can we keep those who are creating policy accountable to their promises? What's missing? Who hasn't had a voice and what are ways to ensure voices don't get lost in the policy? How do we break up current models of policy and community engagement?

FREE EVENT, ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Registration will be available at a later date.

Covid Safety Guidelines: All patrons must provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid test prior to entry. Masks must be worn properly at all times.


EVENT 4: Creating Conventions: Causing a new future of housing for all

MONDAY, February 28, 2022 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
IN PERSON: CFAC Galleries | 805 E. Genesee St.
Virtual: Zoom Webinar

A workship about concretizing hopes and dreams. We can't build towards something if we don't know what it is supposed to look like and the conventions to promote its evolutions. Mark Valdez and Ricky Pak will lead a "Housing for All Drea" to articulate and assess the intentions of the community. How do we expand community policy activities, leadership initiatives, humanizing policy, and more?

FREE EVENT, ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Registration will be available at a later date.

Covid Safety Guidelines: All patrons must provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid test prior to entry. Masks must be worn properly at all times.

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