MAKERS: Community Screening & Discussion
Thank you to our panelists and guests who attended our screening and discussion of 'MAKERS: Women Who Make America' with featured MAKER Councilwoman Barbara Smith on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany.
MAKERS: Women Who Make America | Trailer
Premieres February 26, 2013 at 8pm on WMHT TV
Ivette Alfonso - Moderator
President, Statewide Board of Citizen Action of NY
M. Ivette Alonso has been an educator for over 30 years, primarily in early childhood education. Since 2004, Ivette has directed the Unity Sunshine Program (a program of Unity House of Troy) located in south Troy. The child development center serves both special needs and typical children from six weeks to five year olds and their families.
She has also been an activist in many different movements ranging from Puerto Rican independence to LGBT rights to equal education for all. Currently Ivette is the statewide president of the board of directors of Citizen Action of New York, a grassroots organization working on economic and racial justice issues.
Virginia Eubanks - Panelist
Associate Professor, Department of Women's Studies
University at Albany, SUNY
Virginia Eubanks is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age and a co-editor (with Alethia Jones and Barbara Smith) of Liberation for Everyone: 40 Years of Social Movements with Barbara Smith, to be published by SUNY Press in early 2014. She is also a cofounder of Our Knowledge, Our Power (OKOP), a grassroots economic justice and welfare rights organization, and the Popular Technology Workshops, which help community organizations make the connection between technology and their other social justice goals. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Barbara Smith – Panelist & featured Maker
Member, Albany Common Council Fourth Ward
Public Service Professor, School of Social Welfare, the University at Albany.
Barbara Smith has played a groundbreaking role in opening up a national cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. She was among the first to define an African American women’s literary tradition and to build Black women’s studies and Black feminism in the United States. She has been politically active in many movements for social justice since the 1960's. She is currently serving her second term as a member of the Albany Common Council. In 2005 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.