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By Matthew J. Camp
Building community. Uplifting voices.
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CivicList: NYC Council Candidates Abigail Martin and Nantasha Williams


CivicList June 2021 with Ken Miles
West Harlem community leader Ken Miles shares how he builds community and uplifts voices.
June 09, 2021
CivicList April 2021: With Kathryn Garcia
Kathryn Garcia is running for Mayor of New York City and shares her ideas on about a healthier, safer, and more equitable city.
April 01, 2021
CivicList: NYC Council Candidates Abigail Martin and Nantasha Williams
Abigail Martin is running for District 11 in the Bronx; Nantasha Williams is running for District 27 in Queens. They discuss the issues of concern in their communities and their vision to improve New York City.
January 30, 2021
CivicList: Interview with NYC Council candidates Dan Cohen and Johanna Garcia
SHOW MOREDan Cohen is running for City Council District 7 in the west side of Manhattan. Johanna Garcia is running for City Council District 10, in upper Manhattan. We discuss the issues their communities face and how they plan to address them.
January 30, 2021
CivicList January 2021: With Eric Adams
Eric Adams is Brooklyn Borough President and a candidate running for Mayor of New York.
January 05, 2021
CIvicList October 2020: with Dirk Liedig
Dirk Liedig, co-founder of Life Labs Learning discusses how he builds community in projects like and the United States of Listening.
October 02, 2020
CivicLIst August 2020: With U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat
U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat gives an inside look at a how a Congressional office works, discusses what he's fighting for, and offers ideas on how people can take action every day.
August 18, 2020
CivicList July 2020: With Rahsaan Harris
Rahsaan Harris is CEO of the Citizens Committee for New York City, which helps make  communities greener, friendlier and more resilient.
July 14, 2020
CivicList June 2020: With Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz
This month’s CivicList features an interview with Professor Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with at the Advocacy Academy@Teachers College. She just published a new book of poetry called Love from the Vortex (which you can buy here) and talks about how love can be the foundation of advocacy. You can also watch it here.
June 16, 2020
CivicList May 2020: with Sr. Paulette LoMonaco
Sr. Paulette LoMonaco has been described as “a nun who fought the power.” For 39 years, she was Executive Director for Good Shepherd Services, which now has more than 1,000 employees. She practices Robert Greenleaf’s “servant as leader” model in which listening and building the skills of others is foundational. As her proud nephew, I’ve always admiring heard stories from all quarters about her supreme efficacy in politics, even hearing her called “a New York City icon,” but I never got the opportunity to see her “at work.” Today, she shares with the CivicList community her insights on decades of advocating for 30,000 people in high-need communities in New York City. Watch the full interview here,  read the interview at
May 04, 2020
CivicList April 2020: with Chris Nickell
Chris Nickell is Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Robert Jackson, who represents western Manhattan-—from Marble Hill to Chelsea—-in the New York State Senate. I've gotten to collaborate with Chris on a mutual aid network in New York City that Senator Jackson’s office is jump-starting; Chris approaches the COVID-19 pandemic and the response of mutual aid “from the perspective of a bilingual organizer and from a personal belief in the power of decentralized grassroots organizing."  Originally from Pittsburgh, Chris "grew up in the church," which they see as "a really shining example of a robust social network that can provide much needed support in difficult times." Chris is from "a household where my grandma kept all the ingredients for a cheese souffle ready for whatever family might have just experienced a loss, and she would have it to them that afternoon." Chris is also a classically trained tenor and holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from New York University, which informs how they listen and build community. Read the interview at
April 13, 2020