Working Class Women Changing Their World is a film from the National Congress of Neighborhood Women’s first conference in Washington, DC., directed by Christine Noschese and produced by Jan Peterson and Christine Noschese, 1977.
The Washington DC conference in 1975 was organized by Jan Peterson, Nancy Seifer and Barbara Mikulski to bring the concerns and perspectives of women to discussions regarding urban policy and civil rights. Funding from Monsignor Geno Baroni, through his National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs, made possible for one hundred and fifty women from the National Congress of Neighborhood Women to gather, share their stories and describe the work they had been doing in their local neighborhoods.
Film Credits: Working Class Women Changing Their World directed by Christine Noschese and produced Jan Peterson and Christine Noschese, 1977.
Text Reference: How Did Working-Class Feminists Meet the Challenges of Working across Differences? The National Congress of Neighborhood Women, 1974-2006, Documents Selected and Interpreted by Tamar Carroll.
Ann Giordano was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is a member of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women and Neighborhood Women of Williamsburg-Greenpoint. Ann learned the relevance of collective action at an early age when she volunteered to run a candy store after the owner, an elder member of the community, collapsed. Throughout the years she became a community leader, organizing the residents of Williamsburg-Greenpoint to solve problems facing their community. She led Operation Main Street to rehabilitate Grand Street through a process of beautification and business improvement. Continue reading
On June 14th, 2013 students from The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology led a tour of the area surrounding Grand Street Campus. This walking tour was the culmination of the Leadership Workshop developed by the National Congress of Neighborhood Women (NCNW) and Student Community Action Tours (SCAT). The students spent the spring interviewing neighborhood leaders, researching the history of Williamsburg, and reflecting on community leadership and power.
Excerpt from “Partnership in East Harlem” featuring women activists Ethel Battle Velez and
Jan Peterson, both members of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women.
“Partnership in East Harlem” directed by Lyn Pyle.