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Inequality for All? (NYC)

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A film exposing the nation’s widening economic gap. A postcard that could save 2.5 million people who are trafficked. Plus, several volunteer opportunities this month from CCAR NYC.

The Center for Community Action and Research at Dyson College has a busy few weeks ahead. If you’re interested in making change in the community, whether it be in two minutes or two hours, keep reading!

Take Action to End Human Trafficking
Wednesday, February 19
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Civic Kiosk Lobby
Did you know that an estimated 2.5 million people—1.2 million of whom are children—are in forced labor, including sexual exploitation, at any given time resulting in $31.5 billion in global annual profits? Stop by the CCAR's table to learn more about human trafficking and to participate in the International Justice Mission's postcard challenge to urge Congress to take notice of and work to end trafficking. Take two minutes to sign your name and help give children the hope and help they deserve to find better and safer futures!

Inequality for All: Documentary Screening and Discussion
Thursday, February 20
6:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall North (2nd Floor of One Pace Plaza)
Join Dyson's Body & Mind House and the CCAR for a free screening and discussion of Inequality for All, a 2013 documentary film that examines the widening income inequality in the United States. In the film, American economist, author, and professor Robert Reich, distills the story through the lens of widening income inequality—currently at historic highs—and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on the U.S. economy but American democracy itself. At the heart of the film is a simple proposition: What is a good society and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of the nation's economic health? This screening is part of a national campus screening event and will be followed by a live interactive webcast with Robert Reich himself.

D4D on the Road
Friday, February 21
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Wagner College (Free transportation provided by CCAR)
Project Pericles will begin its sixth year of the Debating for Democracy (D4D)™on the Road workshop series. These workshops build on the success of the D4D on the Road workshops of the 2012-2013 academic year and provide both novice and seasoned activists with the tools and tactics they need to get their message across to policy makers, community leaders, and the public. This year's workshops will be led by Naomi Long and Mattie Weiss of Campus Camp Wellstone (CCW), an interactive, high energy, problem-solving environment for all types of learners. More than 350 organizations have partnered with CCW to advance change on the issues they care about.

Since 2008, Project Pericles has brought these important workshops to 28 Periclean campuses across the United States. The workshops are open to students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community leaders. For more information or to RSVP, contact Dan Botting at dbotting@pace.edu.

Volunteer at the Food Bank of New York
Friday, February 28
9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Help distribute food to needy families. Volunteers will sort, package, and distribute food for families involved in the Food Banks Program. This is the very first service event of the semester. Spots are limited, so sign-up as soon as possible. Volunteers will meet at One Pace Plaza and travel together to the site via public transportation. Make sure to have a Metrocard with at least two fares on it. RSVP required. E-mail ccarny@pace.edu by Friday, February 21 with your name and phone number.

Everybody Wins! Power Lunch Program
Get involved and make a difference by volunteering one hour a week or every other week during the school year with the Power Lunch program. Everybody Wins! places volunteers in local elementary schools for weekly reading and mentoring sessions to meet one-to-one with the same child, building a mentoring relationship around books. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Complete the volunteer application online at http://bit.ly/ewpowerlunch to get started. Learn more by visiting http://www.EverybodyWinsNY.org.

In addition, CCAR will host a series of thematic months, with events including a Make a Difference Monday, E-Digest Tuesday, #throwbackthursday, #factfriday, and Blog Friday to learn more about the topics. February’s topic is Equality. Learn more by liking CCAR NYC on Facebook and by checking out their blog at http://ccar.blogs.pace.edu.  You can also follow CCAR PLV on Facebook here.

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