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The Center for Popular Democracy's Standing Strong Together NYC Benefit

On Monday, October 30, hundreds of you joined us for a fantastic celebration of organizing, resistance, and the progressive movement in New York City! Together with our host committee, we honored a few exceptional people with the 2017 Center for Popular Democracy Social Justice Award: Gara LaMarche, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Bill Samuels, and Susan B. Plum.

With your support, we successfully raised essential funding that will enable us to, together with our network of 49 affiliates and partners, resist attacks on our nation, our people, and our values.

Tony-award winning playwright and performer, Sarah Jones, entertained guests with a staged reading of The Foundation, modified especially for our event, followed by a talk-back with honoree Gara LaMarche. After mingling over cocktails, guests were then entertained by Brandon Victor Dixon and Joel Perez with original music and stories from the field, directed by Leigh Silverman. We heard moving speeches from attorney, public advocate, and philanthropic leader, Maya Harris, as well as CPD Board Member and Senior VP for Social Justice at the New School, Maya Wiley.

Relive all the action on our Facebook live stream!

CPD continues to catalyze and support the upsurge of resistance energy and activity, to take action to the streets, to protect vital victories of the past, to win new progressive change, and to elevate our collective voice and vision for justice. Learn more about our work by watching the short video below!

Thank you to all of our incredible sponsors who helped make this evening a success. We'd also like to extend gratitude to all of the people who have generously donated their time and talent to make this event possible.

If you weren't able to make it to our New York City benefit, please still support our vital work and give today!

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Learn about our honorees!

Hyatt Bass, Bliss Broyard, Aaron Dorfman, Christine Doudna and Richard Grand-Jean, Eliza Factor, Héctor J. Figueroa (Co-Chair), Kara Gilmour, Judy Goldberg and Matthew Brune, Katherine Greenwald, Michael J. Hirschhorn and Jimena P. Martinez, Stacy Kramer and David Kramer, Brad Lander and Meg Barnette, John Leguizamo, Jessica Marshall, Benjamin Rader, Cecile Richards, Anthony Romero, Leigh Silverman, Jen Small and Adam Wolfensohn, Meredith Tucker, Victoria Westhead and John Levy, Kamy Wicoff and Matthew Kaplan, Maya Wiley (Co-Chair)


EffectiveNY, New York Trial Lawyer Association, Skadden Foundation

Abigail E. Disney and Pierre Hauser, National Employment Law Project, Outten & Golden LLP, Antonia Stolper and Bob Fertik, Kamy Wicoff and Matthew Kaplan

Patty Abramson and Les Silverman, ACLU, Brown & Brown of NY Inc., Communications Workers of America, Christine Doudna and Richard Grand-Jean, Eliza and Jason Factor, Susan and Michael Friedman, Michael Hirschhorn and Jimena Martinez, Jessica Marshall, Robert and Elizabeth Sheehan, Jen Small and Adam Wolfensohn, Benjamin Radar and Elke Lehmann, Maya Wiley

Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) provide​s​ strength and build​s ​support for a network of 49 leading community-based organizing groups from 33 states across the country in order to create equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy. We strive to transform the local and state policy landscape so as to help protect and support immigrant communities, raise the minimum wage, win paid sick leave, expand voting rights, expand access to childcare, and much more.