Saturday 10:00am - 11:00am

Hosted by: Bich Ha Pham, Larry Schimmel, Mark Dunlea and Bill DiFazio

Our vision for City Watch is to be a forum for detailed discussion and analysis of social, economic and political issues affecting New Yorkers.  We air the voices of the people living and working in the communities, the researchers, the government leaders, the budget advocates and the organizers, and give them the time to talk in detail about the issues they are confronted with.  Because the three co-hosts work in policy advocacy and government relations, we think our questions and dialogue help to make the issues come alive for our listeners.  City Watch also serves as a source of counter-information to the powers that be.
Bich Ha Pham:  Bich Ha Pham is a committed advocate for social and economic justice and works to promote equitable public policies. She worked as a legal services attorney providing civil legal representation to low-income clients before becoming an anti-poverty and economic justice advocate. She is a Board member of World Hunger Year and is a member of the West Harlem Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program.

Bill DiFazio: Bill DiFazio Ph.D. is a co-founder with Deena Kolbert of CityWatch in March 2000. Citywatch was originally the media arm of the Same Boat Coalition which was formed as a coalition of 200 organizations to fight Mayor Giuliani's drastic budget cuts. He is the author of Longshoremen: Community and Resistance on the Brooklyn Waterfront, Ordinary Poverty: A Little Food and Cold Storage, The Jobless Future, 2nd. edition with Stanley Aronowitz. He is a professor of Sociology at St. John's University, on the Board of Directors of Hunger Action Network of New York State and The Peoples Firehouse.

Mark Dunlea: Mark is a community organizer and long-term welfare rights advocate. He is a graduate of RPI and Albany Law School. He is a former Head Organizer for ACORN; researcher for the Environmental Planning Lobby; and National Field Director of the Campaign for Safe Energy. He is co-founder of New York and national Public Interest Research Group; New York State Greens; Capital District Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild; Social Justice Center/Peace Offerings; and Hudson-Mohawk Independent Media Center. He recently left his position as the Executive Director of Hunger Action Network. 

Larry Schimmel, Esq.: Larry has over 26 years working in government, law and advocacy.  Serving in senior roles at the Office of the NYC Public Advocate, the New York City Comptroller and NYS Comptroller’s Office in areas of law and policy he has been a dedicated public servant.    Having also worked as the Executive Director of the Task Force on the Disabled for the NYS Assembly, he began his early career as an advocate fighting for laws to protect the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities.  He also was a founding board member of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) a leading immigrant rights organization.  Originally on the CityWatch show to host the “Candidate’s Corner” segment, a featured segment of political candidates for City and State office, he became a co-host in 2013.

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