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Henry Cohen Lecture | Restore and Repair: A New Social Contract to Decolonize Our Institutions

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Room UL104, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

How do we tackle the devastating harms of criminalization imposed on communities of color that continue, among other things, to prevent us from creating an inclusive democracy?

The movement for restorative and transformative justice in schools offers a path forward. Parents and students have built an alternative framework to repair and restore relationships and decolonize how our institutions work. Please join this conversation on how we can move from social control and criminalization to inclusive democracy and liberation.

Speakers will include:

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, Dignity in Schools Campaign (moderator)

Tafari Melisizwe, Dignity in Schools Campaign

Anne Looser, Teachers Unite & Movement of Rank and File Educators (M.O.R.E.)

Dermott Myrie, M.O.R.E. nominee for UFT president

Andrea Colon, Rockaway Youth Task Force

This event is presented jointly by the New School Henry Cohen lecture series and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative Michael Ratner Roundtable series. It is part of a larger conversation being advanced through the New Social Contract project. The project seeks to build a collective new understanding of ourselves as a country in order to face the challenges revealed, as the fragile veneer of our democracy has been pulled back. It also focuses on community- and social movement-driven solutions to our deepest problems and argues that the many transformative solutions already being practiced at a smaller scale provide the scaffolding for a new social and economic model that can define our future. You can read or download the New Social Contract at

Hosted by Milano School for Policy, Management, and Environment

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Humanity, Society, Social Justice


Schools of Public Engagement, Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment





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