Podcast: Let’s Be Real

Let's Be Real PodcastNew Economy Project’s podcast, Let’s Be Real, introduces you to the people, places, and organizations at the forefront of the movement for justice in NYC. Interviews with organizers on the ground will let you know what’s happening across the five boroughs, and how you can get involved. The podcast is hosted by our very own Juleon Robinson.  Follow us on iTunes or Soundcloud, and keep an eye on this page for new episodes.


 Episode 4: #DefendDACA video-podcast

“What’s happening is a major assault on immigrant communities that…will go down in the history of this country as one of the most inhumane moments of discrimination towards one particular group.”

That’s how Walter Barrientos, Make the Road organizer and longtime leader in the immigrant rights movement, described the Trump Administration’s recent termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In the latest episode of our podcast, we speak with Walter and other New Yorkers about this attack on immigrant communities and why it is so critical that people take to the streets and demand justice.


Resources for Action!

Hosted by Juleon Robinson | Produced by Sarah Ludwig & Juleon Robinson. 

 Episode 3: “Who knows better than the people who live there?”

This episode, we feature a conversation with Mychal Johnson, co-founder and leader of South Bronx Unite, about the group’s work organizing for sustainable, community-driven development in the Mott Haven & Port Morris neighborhoods of the South Bronx.


Resources for Action!

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Hosted by Juleon Robinson | Produced by Sarah Ludwig & Juleon Robinson. Graphics by Ben Hagen | Special Thanks to Evan Zavidow


Episode 2: Neighborhood organizing for community control

We speak with Nova Lucero and Renzo Moyano, member/organizers from Northern Manhattan is Not For Sale, about their work organizing Inwood and Washington Heights residents against unwanted private development in their neighborhood. 


Resources for Action!
Find out if your NYC Council Member sponsors the Housing Not Warehousing Act
Harlem Rent Guidelines Board Public Meeting – June 8, 2017

For more information:
Northern Manhattan is Not For Sale
Baltimore Housing Roundtable
New York City Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI)


Rally Roundup:
Exxon, Trump, BP, Shell; NYC, Give ’em Hell!

Hear sounds from the teach-in we led on May 9 in the Privately-Owned Public Space at Trump Tower, along with New York Communities for Change, 350.org, and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. Being in a POPS, we decided to give a POP(s) quiz on why NYC should divest from banks supporting climate change and harming NYC neighborhoods. 


For photos and more information:
Fossil Free USA
Rally photos / video
Sign the petition demanding that NYC divest from banks funding #DAPL


Episode 1: How frontline communities power the environmental justice movement

We speak with Eddie Bautista, executive director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, about the intersections among environmental, racial, and social justice movements in NYC. 


Take Action!
People’s Climate March – April 29, 2017
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
Go Fossil Free

For more information:
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
WeACT for Environmental Justice


Promo: An Introduction to Let’s Be Real

Wondering what to expect from Let’s Be Real? Listen to this short clip for an introduction to some of the themes, topics, and sounds of our new podcast.