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Tonight: Panel discussion on racial justice in the Capital Region

The featured event of our Time for Reckoning Symposium

Watch a special edition of New York NOW titled “The Time for Reckoning: Confronting Systemic Racism, Seeking Justice and Reimagining Society."

Featured guests include Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins, Albany Common Council President Corey L. Ellis, along with members of the Albany community, Paul Collins-Hackett, Morgan Jones-Marinia, Jamaica Miles, and Shawn Young.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares choose to not participate.

Watch the full episode at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, on WMHT-TV.

More information on where to watch:

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About The Time for Reckoning

The recent killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and numerous other unarmed Black people at the hands of white police officers touched off a volatile period of racial unrest across the Capital Region, the nation and the world. This moment of collective outrage and action against systemic racism feels as powerful and potentially transformational as the civil rights movement of the 1960s. What important lessons can we learn from the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing protests? We are all asking ourselves: Where do we go from here? This one-hour program is a centerpiece of a major symposium titled The Time for Reckoning: Confronting Systemic Racism, Seeking Justice and Reimagining Society, co-sponsored by the Center for Law and Justice in Albany and the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany – in conjunction with several community partners. The symposium strives to create an ongoing dialogue between community members of color who live in urban communities where tensions with police run high and elected officials whose job is to protect and serve the public. The symposium will also present conversations with nationally-known experts on systemic racism and bestselling authors who will discuss ways to imagine and begin to create a more just society built upon a foundation of racial equality. The symposium and its website -- -- offer a multi-media, interactive and collaborative forum for all voices to be heard and a portal to distribute informational materials and resources that can change the hearts and minds of our communities while offering suggestions for further study and calls to action.

The Time for Reckoning is a production of The NYS Writers Institute and The Center for Law and Justice and collaborators WMHT, the Times Union, the Justice Center of Rensselaer County, All Of Us, Youth FX, Amnesty International USA, and other community partners.

Themes for the Time for Reckoning series

Week 1:

The impact of systemic racism in Capital Region communities.

Week 2:

Highlight issues of trust between community members and the government officials who serve them -- particularly police.

Watch video: Susan Burton, the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, and co-author, with Cari Lynn, of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.

Watch video: Amnesty International USA's Roger-Mark De Souza in-conversation with Paul Grondahl

Week 3:

Explore possible avenues of reform to ameliorate systemic racism.

Watch video: Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All with Mindy & Robert Fullilove and Alice Green

Week 4 beginning October 26:

The final week will address accountability --- how can the community monitor government actions to guard against further injustices due to systemic racism?

9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26: A New York NOW special edition: Time for Reckoning panel discussion. Visit

Video premiere 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28: Derik Smith, executive board member for Albany’s Center for Law and Justice, in conversation with Paul Grondahl



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