Thursday, March 7, 2019
Ossining Library’s Budarz Theater: 53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562
Acacia Bamberg Salatti
Vice President of External Affairs
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic
Acacia Bamberg Salatti is a leading voice on the issues of health equity, reproductive health care access, and community stakeholder outreach.
She currently is the Vice President of External Affairs at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. In that role, she leads communications, policy development, community organizing and mobilization, and advocacy efforts for the organization. She develops, prioritizes, and implements the policy, legislative, and communications agendas. Acacia coordinates with local, state, and federal legislators and policymakers. She also oversees community health education.
Acacia served as Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Obama Administration. As Director, she was responsible for furthering the priorities, mission, and goals of the Secretary and the White House concerning public health engagement. While at HHS, Acacia was a highly visible face of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) external outreach. As one of HHS’ most requested surrogates for President Obama’s healthcare legislation, she delivered hundreds of presentations and media interviews across the country educating stakeholders on the law and its benefits.
Before HHS, Acacia worked for six years in the office of South Carolina Congressman and House Majority Whip, James E. Clyburn as a policy advisor, eventually assuming the position of Staff Director on the House Democratic Faith Working Group, which Rep. Clyburn chairs. In addition to advising on policy, she most notably helped to increase Clyburn’s and the Democratic Caucus’ footprint and relationships among faith leaders. Her expertise helped to shift the conversations on what constitutes a faith issue, broadening the understanding to include food insecurity, healthcare, and immigration beyond the traditional issues of abortion and gay marriage.
Acacia received a Bachelor’s degree in English cum honore from Columbia College in Columbia, SC. She has an M. Div from Candler School of Theology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Founder / Board President
Women’s Empowerment Institute
President and founder of the Women’s Empowerment Institute, Gina Avila, has spent fifteen years working with numerous nonprofits throughout all of New York City and the Westchester area. Some of her contributions have included the directing of nonprofit marketing initiatives, the development of volunteer and internship programs, and the planning of special events. In addition to her professional work, she also enjoys volunteering her time with organizations such as The Guidance Center of Westchester, the Center for College and Career, El Centro Hispano of White Plains and Family Services of Westchester.
Along with her experience advocating for the underserved, Ms. Avila has also been involved in the mentoring of over 1,000 women at the Grace Institute, serving as their career coach. Her passion for the improvement and strengthening of the education system continues on today as seen through her position at Mercy College. Currently, her role as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, requires her to lead a team with the responsibility of promoting high quality higher education to students attending schools in the Bronx, New York. With a clear passion to help support others, Gina is utilizing her knowledge and experience to continue to inspire women… now through the Women’s Empowerment Institute!
WCLA – Choice Matters
Catherine Lederer-Plaskett is an internationally-recognized advocate for women’s reproductive rights. Her lifelong civil rights activism has focused on gender, race and economic disparities. As President and Chair of the Board, for over two decades, Catherine has spearheaded the growth and revitalization of the oldest, ongoing, pro-choice advocacy organization in the nation, WCLA – Choice Matters. Catherine has advised in the election and re-election of more than 50 legislators at federal, state and local levels of government on the issue of Choice, and on how to engage pro-choice voters. Frequently, Catherine can be heard discussing abortion rights issues on radio and television, as well as found running educational workshops and seminars at colleges, high schools, and community centers.
Catherine is a founding member and former co-chair of the New York State Alliance for Women’s Health, a primary focus of which was the drafting of the Reproductive Health Act which passed into law in NYS on January 22, 2019. Catherine is also the Chair of the Town of Greenburgh Antenna Review Board and co-author of the “Antenna Law”. She is proud of being the Back-to-School Clothes coordinator who devised a system whereby the “invisible poor” – suburban children living in poverty but not in shelters – received new clothes and school supplies every fall, as she personally insured the coverage of 1,000 children. Among her accomplishments she counts the Ridge Historical Society. Catherine established this historic organization to recognize the contributions of people of color to the founding of Westchester County, and secured funding from the History Channel to develop and educate children about the history of slavery in Westchester County and New England.
“In feature films the director is God; in documentary films, God is the director.” ~Alfred Hitchcock
We choose documentaries we hope will open our eyes collectively to issues that are important to our lives in Ossining.
At these free screenings, we will have a panel of experts available to answer questions and facilitate our discussion.
We hope that the issues raised in the documentary will encourage the viewers to ask questions and seek out ways to make a difference in Ossining and in The World. Please check our schedule and mark your calendars for our upcoming screenings.
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This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered byArtsWestchester.