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ABNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to the constant growth and renewal of New York City’s people, businesses and communities. We are a coalition of business, labor, non-profit and political leaders focused on exploring and implementing ideas that keep the city moving forward. With more than 300 member organizations, ABNY incorporates a comprehensive and diverse view of the issues and challenges facing New York City. 

In keeping with ABNY's mission to make New York City a better place to live work and visit, the ABNY Power Breakfasts and Young Professionals Network serve to bolster civic engagement. ABNY Power Breakfasts offer an opportunity for elected and government officials, as well as civic and business leaders to present the ideas and policies they believe can help foster a better New York. The ABNY Young Professionals Network is a unique opportunity for the future leaders of New York City to explore the importance of civic engagement and learn about the critical issues facing our city and state. 

A Letter from our Chairman

Monday, June 1, 2020

Dear ABNY Friends,

New York is built on an audacious dream: that we are a city where everyone equally belongs, and where the color of our skin or the ZIP code we grew up in does not dictate the trajectory of our lives. But the truth is, we have much more work to make this dream a reality for everyone.

George Floyd’s horrific and heart-breaking death did not occur in New York, but as New Yorkers we must confront the institutional racism and inequality that has been marginalizing and killing Black Americans in communities across our country throughout American history, including in New York. The Coronavirus pandemic laid bare longstanding disparities in healthcare and health outcomes, housing, and socioeconomic status, and George Floyd’s death is leading us to much needed introspection on many fronts.

We must listen, get involved, and work together to bring about long-term structural change for a better New York. If you believe in a better New York, then you believe in this issue.

ABNY was built on respect for each other, respect for our diverse communities, and respect for our City.

As an organization, ABNY has always been a convener. In that spirit, in the coming weeks, we plan to convene virtual meetings and calls to listen to Black leaders across our City, and to learn how we can help and to change the conversation on a personal level with our children and families, in business, and in our City.

This past weekend was painful, and at times terribly ugly. But there were also hopeful displays of solidarity that show what New York City is all about. You might have seen the coverage of a peaceful protest in Queens, on 168th Street and Jamaica Boulevard, where protesters and police took the knee together, and we hope that this can be replicated all over the City.

It is our moral obligation to fight for the Black community, to fight for a just and equal society, and not return to our normal lives. Today, the ABNY community comes together to say: we hear you, we support you, and we stand with you.

Yours for a Better New York,



Steven Rubenstein
Chairman

Learn more about about the Census and how we are going to get every New Yorker countedwww.abnycensus2020.org

 

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