#ELP2014 kicked off with a busy week in New York City! The fellows learned about media, shaping stories, and building awareness from The New York Times Foreign Affairs Assistant Editor Douglas Schorzman, NBC Asian America Editor
Amna Nawaz, and Buzzfeed Foreign and National Security Editor Miriam Elder.
Through meetings with various foundations, the fellows learned about grantmaking and its impact on building peace in the global community. They met with Open Society Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund President Stephen Heintz and Peacebuilding Program Director Ariadne Papagapitos, UN Democracy Fund Deputy Executive Head Annika Savill, and Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian, plus Deana Arsenian and Stephen Del Rosso.
At the grassroots level, the fellows met with Witness, an organization promoting and protecting human rights trough video; and Acumen, a social enterprise organization bridging markets and philanthropy. A midday trip to the Harlem Children’s Zone provided a visit to an American classroom, and conversations with both young high school children and educators supporting lower-income communities.
Being election week in America, the fellows received a view into the American politics. They met with the Office of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and later visited a polling station, where many fellows were surprised to see handicap voter accommodations (an uncommon provision in Pakistan). A meeting with the NY Taxi Workers Alliance serendipitously moved to City Hall, where NYTWA leadership witnessed their sponsored bill, for which they fought for 15 years, signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The fellows packed into the small room to witness the testimonies and a few met the mayor!
Check out the pictures here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.572984092833205.1073741839.221351554663129&type=3