Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. Presents: Combating Systemic Issues in the Urban Community

May 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
TAJ Lounge
48 W 21st St
New York, NY 10010

Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. 


Combating Systemic Issues in the Urban Community

Date: Tuesday, May 9th

Venue: TAJ Lounge 

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

2 For 1 Drink Specials: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Panel Discussion: 7:00 – 8:00 pm




An Afterwork Mixer and Panel Discussion about

Illuminating the root causes that create the dysfunctions in the urban community

 Family, Judicial System, School, and Community 

Practical, proven solutions to rectify certain root causes, and controlling the narrative telling our stories

 How to control the narrative in the media

How to bring more attention/resources to people who are doing the work and making substantive change

Where to allocate resources to organizations/systems effectively improving our communal issues

Effective measures to change local policy affecting our community

How to become an active stakeholder in our local schools, politics and judicial system


Naquan Thomas

Former inmate / Correctional Social Worker

Rikers Island

Patria Frias-Colon, Esq.

Brooklyn Borough Chief, NYC Law Department

Oversees prosecution of court involved juvenile justice youth

Professor Ron Howell

Esteemed Author, Journalist & Reporter

Illuminating the plight of black & brown males

Sierra Brown

High School Social Worker

NYC Public Schools 

Jason Clark

Community Activist / President-Elect

Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Adelia Gibson

Educator / Family Services Social Worker

NYC Public Schools

 Partner Organizations

Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Black Ivy Alumni League 

National Society Black Engineers – NYC Professionals

Yale Black Alumni Association 

Dominican Bar Association

Columbia University - Black Alumni Council

Puerto Rican Bar Association

New York Alumnae Association of Spelman College

New York Association of Black Journalists

Hampton University NYC Alumni Association

Caribbean Attorneys Network

NY Association of Black Psychologists

Empire State Medical Association