May 29, 2021

Many Threads, One Fabric: 'Hope Gathering 2021'

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Caption: Music legends Paul Anthony (Full Force, "House Party") and Doug E. Fresh (The Human Beat Box) are the special guests for NYSUT and AFT's next Many Threads, One Fabric event Wed., June 16.

Hope Gathering 2021
with Paul Anthony of Full Force and Doug E. Fresh
Wed, June 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (EDT)

Mark your calendar for "Hope Gathering 2021," a special Many Threads, One Fabric online event to recognize and celebrate NYSUT members for demonstrating resilience, strength, courage -- and most of all, hope -- in persevering through the pandemic.

This event will stream live on this page ( It will also be available on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

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  • Special Guests: Music legends Paul Anthony of Full Force and Doug E. Fresh
  • Guests: AFT President Randi Weingarten, NYSUT President Andy Pallotta
  • Host: J. Philippe Abraham, NYSUT
  • Moderators: Leven "Chuck" Wilson, Viri Pettersen and Cheryl Teare (AFT)

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About the Event

For more than a year, the world has endured devastation brought on by a pandemic. Throughout, our union family has demonstrated resilience, strength, courage, and most of all, brought hope into our daily lives.

On June 16, NYSUT and the AFT will come together to share our expectations and desires for the promise of defeating the virus, reconnecting with families and friends, returning to fully in-person workplaces and working together to address the challenges, disparities and inequities that we face as nation. We will hear from our leaders, members -- and special guests Paul Anthony and Doug E. Fresh.

Paul Anthony, Grammy Award winner of Full Force and actor who was born in Brooklyn and appeared in groundbreaking urban classic films, is also a social worker, union member and community activist. Today, his Paul Anthony Foundation raises awareness, funding and support to fight and cure cancer as well as promote health, fitness and wellness.

Doug E. Fresh is a record producer, rapper and beatboxer. Raised in Harlem, he now works with the public school systems to use rap to reach the minds, creativity and genius of students. He is also a founding artist and honorary board member of Hip Hop Public Health.

Participants will leave with resources and daily practices to nourish an optimistic state of mind. They will be better prepared to enter the summer knowing that together we will survive and thrive.

Join us on June 16th for Hope Gathering 2021.




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