New York City — Justine Calma and Seelai Karzai are set to share their experiences in the NYC Aspiring Writers Mentoring Program during the Len Ragozin Foundation fundraiser and cocktails on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in mid-Manhattan.
Calma, a fresh graduate of Masters in Journalism at the Columbia University, and Karzai, a poet and community organizer, will share their experiences in writing and data gathering on domestic violence and immigration.
The mentoring program for aspiring writers is headed by Marivir Montebon. It currently has five active writers pursuing stories on women and social issues. The other three New York-based students are Mona Lunot Kuker, Vanette Colmenares, and Wandalynn Miftahi. The mentors include Terry Schwadron, former senior editor of the New York Times, Gregg Morris, Journalism professor at Hunter College, Esther Cohen, poet and teacher, and Tim Sheard, former chair of the National Writers Union-New York.
Two documentary filmmakers will preview clips from their films and activists from the Justice for Michael Brown campaign will report on that struggle during the fundraiser event.
From 4 to 7 PM at the 256 West 38th Street, 12th Floor, New York, the LRF guests and donors will hear from following recipients:
1. “Fordham SDS”, is an award winning documentary by Bert Schultz who believes “it is important for progressive student movements to know the real history of the student left in order to effectively organize based on our successes and failures as they really happened…”
Bert Schultz will show and discuss a clip from the film.
2. “Profiled” is a documentary in the making by the award winning documentarian, Kathleen Foster. This time Ms. Foster has turned her cameras on the pattern of racial profiling of black and Latin workers by the police in the United States.
Kathleen Foster will show and discuss a clip from the film.
3. NYC Aspiring Writers Mentoring Program directed by Marivir Montebon. This progressive writer’s workshop is focused on issues of immigration, social justice, human and labor rights and women’s rights. Experienced writers volunteer as mentors to aspiring writers.
Marivir Montebon and writers Justine Calma and Seelai Karzai will share their work.
4. The Ferguson Activism Project. Organized by CUNY professors and students whose aim is to provide an on-the-grounds experience of activism and civic engagement at the ground zero of racism: Ferguson, Missouri.
Three participants in the activity will report on their experiences.
Suggested donation is $100 which will go to future projects of the LRF that provide support for groups working on new, innovative ways to put progressive ideas into practice. It taps into groups working on topics from education to immigration are challenged to create thoughtful, practical ways to bring about meaningful change in a measurable way in the real world. (With an article by the LRF)
Please visit the LRF at www.lenragozinfoundation.org