Public Engagement

General Public

Launch of A New Social Contract

Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Join the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative at their public launch of A New Social Contract!

A New Social Contract advances comprehensive, transformative, community-led solutions that protect human rights, build equitable systems for everyone and deepen our democracy. We need a new social contract, one that values every human life, treats all people with respect and dignity, recognizes our interdependence with each other and our planet and enables everyone to reach their full potential.

This vision for a new social contract is already emerging, not in Washington or other centers of power, but in the communities that are most impacted by our current crises. Communities are calling for a new social contract that:

  • Prioritizes human needs and human rights as the primary purpose of all private and public systems, focusing our entire economy and social systems on meeting our shared needs as individuals, families and communities;

  • Creates universal systems that meet the needs of all by designing our systems equitably around the needs of the most marginalized, recognizing our interdependence and mutual responsibility, and building solutions that are stronger for everyone; and

  • Builds deep democracy through inclusive local democratic structures that reclaims our political, economic and social systems from corporate control and reactionary impulses and re-grounds them in our communities and our core values.

Speakers will include Maya Wiley, Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at The New School; Cathy AlbisaNESRI’s Executive Director; Carol Anderson, Chair of the African American Studies Department at Emory University; Nijmie Dzurinko, Co-Founder of Put People First! Pennsylvania and the Tri-Chair of the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral RevivalGlenn Harris, President, Race ForwardScot Nakagawa, Senior Partner, Change Lab; Greg Asbed, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers; and Imara Jones, Creator of “The Last Sip.”

Interested in hearing more updates about A New Social Contract?

For media inquiries, please contact Jordan Flaherty at 

The event is co-sponsored by People’s ActionResource Generation, and The New School’s Henry Cohen Lecture Series.

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Politics, Policy and Government


Economics, Urban Design, Development and Policy, Social Justice



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Getting Here

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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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