Annual Squadron Community Convention to ‘Make National Fight Local’ with Akeem Browder to Keynote

Akeem Browder, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, to Deliver Keynote

Squadron Convention to Focus on Participatory Governing For Local Results

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced his annual Community Convention to "Make the National Fight Local" will be held Sunday, April 23rd from 2-5 p.m. at Stuyvesant High School (345 Chambers Street) with a keynote by Akeem Browder. This year's Convention will focus on how local action can address national concerns. Akeem Browder, brother of the late Kalief Browder, is a criminal justice reform advocate, and was central to the recent successful push to Raise the Age for criminal responsibility.

Squadron hosts this Convention each year to focus on results-oriented participatory governing. The Convention will begin with a keynote session, followed by moderated sessions on a variety of topics focusing on local results and national issues. Community members can RSVP on Squadron's website (here) or by calling 212-298-5565. The Convention is multilingual and will include Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish-language translation.

A full listing of break-out sessions, with descriptions for attendees, is below:

  • Government in Crisis: There’s a lot wrong with the way things work in government -- from D.C. to Albany to our neighborhoods. Get involved with the push for reform.
  • Safeguarding Progress: Progress on choice, equality, and America’s long-standing embrace of immigration must not be lost. Help safeguard rights across the state.
  • Defending Affordability & Tenants' Rights: Ensuring tenant protections and housing affordability continue to be the city’s most important challenges -- join to discuss the push.
  • Chinese & Spanish Language Conversations / Conversación En Español / 中文小組討論: Our country’s commitment to inclusion must continue. Join our Chinese and Spanish language conversations to join the effort. El compromiso de nuestro país con la inclusión debe continuar. Únase a nuestra conversación en español para unirse al esfuerzo. 我們國家的包容性承諾必須 繼續。請參加我們提供的中文小組討論去為此而努力.
  • Supporting Section 8 & Public Housing: Changes on a federal level will have a big local impact. Join to help protect section 8 and public housing.
  • Streets, Transportation & Infrastructure: Our city depends on public transit -- with or without federal help. Strategize to help keep our roads, buses, and subways on track.
  • Fairness in Justice: Our state is lagging in criminal justice reforms that would make a fairer, more just state. Get involved in the push.
  • Lifting Up Education: The city and state are critical to protecting and improving public education. What do you think would help?
  • Saving Healthcare: The healthcare system is facing dire threats. Help make sure New York ensures access to quality, affordable healthcare.
  • Senior Citizens & Accessibility: Help ensure seniors and people with disabilities can continue to make a life in our city -- including getting around in it.
  • Neighborhood, Quality of Life & Emergency Preparedness: Engagement begins at our own front doors. Organize to address issues that impact neighborhoods.
  • Protecting the Environment & Parks: Protecting our environment is an urgent challenge -- advocate for our environment and your parks.
  • Advocating for Arts & Culture: New York is stronger because of a deep commitment to the arts. Help advocate for more.