Saturday 10:00am - 11:00am

Hosted by: Bich Ha Pham, Larry Schimmel, Cris Parque, Bill DiFazio, Edwina Martin, Jonathan Feinberg

Twitter: @CityWatchWBAI

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.

Cris Parque: Trained as a social worker and with a homeless, housing, aging, healthcare, and labor background, Cris is a dedicated social justice advocate who is passionate about creating strong and healthy individuals and thriving communities. Recognized as a leader in human services, homeless services and behavioral health sector, Ms. Parque is frequently called upon to present expert testimony at public hearings, and is a frequent guest lecturer at conferences and universities. In addition to her leadership role at The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Ms. Parque is on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of the Institutionalized Aged and Disabled (CIAD), and the Gateway Housing Corporation. Stay in touch with Cris on Twitter @Crispcommentary

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.

Edwina Frances Martin, Esq., is a public interest lawyer focusing on Public Policy, Government Relations, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Communications. Ms. Martin is a recipient of several awards including the SI African-American Political Association 2005 Community Service Award; a 2008 Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of University Women-NYS; the 2010 Women’s History Month Woman of Distinction Award from NYS Senator Diane Savino and NYS Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis; and a 2012 Ruby Award from Soroptimist International/SI.  

Ms. Martin volunteers with several bar associations and is active in several civic organizations. Ms. Martin is a 1992 graduate of NYU School of Law and holds a B.A. in Art History from Williams College.

Jonathan Feinberg has more than seven years experience as a full and part time radio announcer, voice-over specialist, commercial producer, and webcast host/producer. He also spent more than 15 years with non-profit trade associations, organizing conferences and events ranging in size from 50 to 100,000 people. Jonathan is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and the Northeast School of Broadcasting (Dean's List).

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