"We the People"
Educational Alliance's Initiative Against Hate
Following the 2016 presidential election, there has been an increase in hate speech and hate crimes in New York City targeting religious, racial, and ethnic minorities. We are doubling down on our work to ensure that every person, regardless of their color, language, or creed will be treated with respect.
To that end, we are proud to announce our "We the People" initiative, promoting inclusiveness and protection from the hateful and divisive rhetoric targeted at vulnerable populations, including immigrants, Muslims, Jews and LGBTQ+ youth served by EA.
Below you will find a list of community resources organized by Educational Alliance along with ways that you can get involved. The Lower East Side and East Village remain a place where all people are welcome and we're here to ensure it stays that way.
Ongoing - "We the People" Mural Signing at Manny Cantor Center
Join the community in standing for inclusiveness as we official kick off our "We the People" initiative with a large mural in the lobby of the Manny Cantor Center at 197 East Broadway. Everyone is invited to sign our mural, showing their stance against divisive rhetoric and hate crimes in NYC.
Community Partner Program
We invite businesses in the Lower East Side and East Village to join our movement as Community Partners. Our partners across the city have our "Everyone is Welcome" graphic (pictured above) displayed in their storefront, signifying that they stand with us and that their establishment is a place where all are welcome. If you are interested in becoming a community partner, please reach out to Director of Communications Jake Link at JLink@Edalliance.org.
Every Saturday in January from 4-5pm - Community Meditation at Manny Cantor Center
Meet us on the mat to re-center and breathe. Guided meditation will be facilitated to help all participants slow down, be present, and manage stress and anxiety. Click here for details.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT EA
Anti-violence and De-escalation Workshops
Many members of our community have been asking how they can safely help if they witness an instance of prejudice or a hateful attack. In response, we will be launching a series of anti-violence and de-escalation workshops. These workshops are free and open to all. Local business owners are especially encouraged to attend so we can make sure every business in lower Manhattan is a safe space for all.
The first of these workshops will take place on Sunday 3/26 from 1:30-3pm at Manny Cantor Center and will be led by experts from the Center for Anti-violence Education.
If you are interested in participating in this workshop, CLICK HERE to RSVP.
Revisit this page and join us on facebook and twitter to stay in the loop about upcoming events to combat hate and divisiveness. Upcoming events include:
- -More immigrants rights workshops
- -Anti-violence and de-escalation workshops
- -Volunteer summit addressing needs of the community
Additional Community Resources
Parenting Support | New Parents Group, Breastfeeding Support, Newborn Care and other free classes at our Parenting Center. Call 646.395.4251
Job Support | One-on-One Counseling, Resume Help, Computer Lab and other job support services at our Educational Alliance Job Services. Call 646.395.4260
Teen Support | Mentoring, College Preparation, Recreational Activities and other services at our Teen Center. Call 646.395.4295
ESL/GED Classes | Tuition free ESL & high school equivalency (GED) classes at Manny Cantor Center’s new sister site: Educational Alliance’s Center for Recovery & Wellness. Call 646-395-4384
Benefits Enrollment |Medicaid, Medical Services Plan, Nutrition Assistance, Housing Rent & Heating Bill Assistance at Weinberg Center. Call 646.395.4270
Social Services | Long-term care planning, Crisis Intervention, Supportive Counseling at Weinberg Center. Call 646.395.4270
Meals & Activities | Breakfast & Lunch, Stress Management Workshops, Exercise Classes and other activities. Call 646.395.4270
Get Community Help in the Lower East Side
Free Mental Health Services, Benefits Screening, and Legal & Financial Services available at:
Get Immigration Help in the Lower East Side, New York City, and Nation-Wide
Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC | 139 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002 | Immigration-Related legal and other services for immigrants, refugees, asylees, and their families.
Mental Health Support Hotline | Call or text NYC-Well or txt WELL to 65173, if you or your loved one is feeling anxious about the future. Free & confidential.
Trauma, Social Media & Self Care: Tips to balance social media usage and self-care
How You Can Help: Get Involved
Yes, I’ll Walk My Neighbor NYC | Sign Up To accompany neighbors on their commute in light of recent harassment spikes.
Yes, I’ll Lend A Hand | Volunteer at Manny Cantor Center to translate materials into English and Spanish, teacher computer class, serve lunch to older adults in the community and more.
What To Do If…
For press inquiries and further information about EA's "We the People" Initiative, please reach out to Director of Communications Jake Link at JLink@EdAlliance.org