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Social Justice Tours

New York City, NY, USA
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About Social Justice Tours
Social Justice Tours is a nonprofit grassroots organization using walking tours as a method of radical education to expose injustice, highlight inequality and inspire action.
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Environmental Justice in Gowanus

Gowanus is an intensely contaminated community that is simultaneously undergoing multiple processes of environmental remediation and gentrification. The tour will explore these dynamics and the challenges and opportunities posed by the Gowanus Canal Superfund Clean Up, the rapid disappearance of commercial establishments and services that are affordable to low and moderate-income households and the recently announced housing authority plan to build market-rate apartments at Wyckoff Gardens. You will also learn about the Turning the Tide initiative, a multi-neighborhood effort that focuses on building social and environmental resiliency in five Brooklyn public housing developments in the face of climate change.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE).
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2 hours
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Gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn

This tour will highlight the development that has recreated downtown Brooklyn as a result of the Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning of 2004. We will also go into political conversations around the use of the 421a subsidy to build new affordable housing and the use of eminent domain at Atlantic Yards in the construction of the Barclays Center.

Sites Covered: MetroTech Promenade, 227 Abolitionist Place (Underground Railroad stop), Myrtle Avalon Plaza, The Giovanni (formerly Associated Site), City Point (formerly Albee Square Mall), BAM Cultural District, Barclays Center & Atlantic Yards
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Protests and Riots in the East and West Village

From Greenwich Village to Alphabet City, we’ll visit the locations of some of the many protests, strikes, and riots that have rocked New York City. Looking at their causes, tactics, immediate aftermath, and long-term effectiveness, we’ll consider how publicly disrupting the civil order had succeeded or failed to achieve desired political ends, and what the broader consequences on the city’s racial and economic dynamics have been.

Themes Covered: Racism, Labor Movement, Class Conflict, Anti-War Movement, Gentrification, Police Violence, Use of Public Space

Sites Covered: Little Africa, Washington Square, NYU, Astor Place, Cooper Union, Tompkins Square

10% of ticket sales will be donated to Unicorn Riot.
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2 hours
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Queer History of the Village tour

Journey back to the queer '60s with someone who experienced it all first hand. Writer, storyteller and queer legend Jay Toole leads folks on a walking tour of the West Village, sharing personal stories and stopping at important places and historical moments along the way. Learn more about the neighborhood through stories about historic lesbian bars, the Women’s House of D (Detention), homelessness in Washington Square Park, the mafia's connection to local gay bars and much more.

Themes Covered: Prison, Homelessness, Queer Bars & Queer Bar History, Police Harassment, The Three-Piece Rule

Sites Covered: Washington Square, “House of D”, Stonewall Inn, 8th Street, Christopher Street, West Side Piers
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3 hours
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Reproductive Freedom in Lower Manhattan Tour

This tour traces the people and places in New York that have been instrumental in the fight for reproductive health, rights and justice, and the adversaries that they’ve encountered along the way. Focusing on the 100 years from the end of the Civil War to the 1970s, the tour also looks at the universal desires for reproductive freedom and the struggles that still exist today.

Themes Covered: History & Status of Reproductive Freedom, Rights, Health & Justice, Changes in Abortion Laws, Suppression of & Access to Contraception & Birth Control, Maternal Mortality, Activism, Safety, Nondiscrimination, Equality, Human Rights

Sites Covered: Susan B. Anthony Marker, Anthony Comstock Outpost, House of Relief, Trojan Condom & Margaret Sanger’s Diaphragm Headquarters, Illegal Abortion Meeting Site, Mid-19th Century Brothel Setting, 1910 Tenement, First Italian Catholic Church in the US, Washington Square Church, Judson Memorial Church, Washington Square Park
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2 hours
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Patricia wrote a review Nov 2019
New York City, New York10 contributions5 helpful votes
These people are so knowledgable that it's inspiring! Great topics talked on the way where they take place.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Maisie M wrote a review Oct 2019
Brooklyn, New York12 contributions1 helpful vote
Cindy can make a building come alive. She digs up the history of the age-old (as she demonstrates) fight for reproductive rights by revealing some former occupants of downtown New York's stone edifices. You meet abortion providers, madams, right-wing anti-"pornography" crusaders
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Dide wrote a review Aug 2019
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We really enjoyed this tour with Cindy Cooper on reproductive justice. It was our first time visiting New York, so it was a great way to see more of the city and learn about the history related to reproductive health. Cindy has a very clear and beautiful way of talking about
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Date of experience: August 2019
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LRoy wrote a review Aug 2019
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Cindy Cooper is a lawyer by training and a long-time New Yorker who's clearly passionate and well-informed about the history of reproductive rights and freedoms in New York City. Highly recommend this tour!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Emma G wrote a review Aug 2019
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I took the Reproductive Freedom Tour today with Cindy Cooper, and I highly recommend it! She knows her stuff! I learned so much! And I saw parts of NYC I've never seen before even though I live here. The tour covered a lot of ground and a lot of history but I never felt rushed
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Date of experience: August 2019
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