Making Policy Public
October 27
A program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

2015 Collaborators

Immigrants’ Healthcare Rights in NYC
Designer: Pratima Mani
Advocate: The New York Immigration Coalition

Helping Migrant Farmworkers Navigate Income Taxes
Designers: Michela Buttignol and Andrew Sloat
Advocate: Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

Rent Succession Rights
Designer: Everyday We
Advocate: Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

How Do Worker Cooperatives Work?
Designer: Amanda Buck
Advocate: Center for Family Life


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Immigrants’ Healthcare Rights in NYC
Helping Migrant Farmworkers Navigate Income Taxes
Rent Succession Rights
How Do Worker Cooperatives Work?

Pratima Mani

Pratima Mani is a graphic designer with roots in print and illustration and a focus on information design. She is a proponent of thoughtful, user-based work that helps deliver visibility to important social issues, and believes that successful design is less about pixel perfection, and more about exploration and prototyping in service of creating an engaging experience, facilitating an interaction or telling a compelling story.

The New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigrant Coalition (NYIC) aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. NYIC is made up of more than 150 member organizations serving New York’s low-income immigrant communities. Their work includes advancing more equitable policies, building immigrants’ political power, empowering immigrants through community education, and providing training and technical assistance to other community groups and advocates.

Michela Buttignol

Born and raised in Northern Italy, Michela Buttignol is a New York-based freelance illustrator whose technological fortitude has enabled her to branch across a variety of mediums. In 2011, she moved to New York to become a freelance illustrator, and since has been featured in The New York Times, American Illustration 31, 3X3 Annual N.10, Illustration Age, Brain Pickings and she just got selected for Illustrators 57 by the Society Of Illustrators in New York. The Fox Is Black described Michela’s style as dark and mysterious, yet still retaining an aspect of cheekiness.

Andrew Sloat

Andrew Sloat is a graphic designer and filmmaker. His studio makes books, identities, educational videos, ads, and websites for non-profits, cultural institutions, and corporate clients. He lives and works in Brooklyn, is active in local and state-level good-government activism, and teaches in the graphic design MFAprogram at RISD.

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project (PFP) of Philadelphia Legal Assistance is a legal services program whose mission is to provide legal assistance to low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout Pennsylvania. PFP represents Pennsylvania farmworkers in matters relating to the violation of local, state, and federal employment laws, and now, through a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant, in tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service. A large part of PFP’s work is conducting outreach at labor camps throughout Pennsylvania to educate workers about their employment and tax rights.

Everyday We

Everyday We is a research-driven, collaborative design studio that uses design to translate pressing public and social urban issues into innovative communication strategies, services and programs. Everyday We collaborates with designers, educators, advocates, students, and communities in order to create opportunities for discovery around the everyday. Amy Findeiss and Christopher Patten believe that by closely analyzing these behaviors we can amplify community knowledge and networks into new models of ownership, governance, and public policy through communication and awareness.

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

Through innovative neighborhood-based advocacy, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A assists individuals, families, organizations, and coalitions in sustaining vibrant, healthy communities primarily in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. We embrace the meaningful role that lawyers have in combating poverty. We firmly believe that legal services organizations are accountable to low-income communities and are charged with the responsibility of understanding their needs and collaborating with them, through an array of advocacy methods, to address the problems they confront. Together with the voices of our communities, we advance social and economic justice.

Amanda Buck

Amanda Buck is a print and web designer from Ohio. Since graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in visual communication, she has been building a career as a designer working within the public realm. She’s worked with Project M as a co-founder, baker, event planner, and designer at PieLab, a community cafe in rural Alabama. She served as a Senior Designer in the Obama for America 2012 campaign. Other clients include the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Atlantic, GOOD, and IDEO. Amanda is pursuing her MFA in Graphic Design at Maryland Institute College of Art, where she also teaches.

Center for Family Life

Center for Family Life, a program of SCO Family of Services, is a neighborhood-based family and social services organization with deep roots in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Our mission is to promote positive outcomes for children, adults and families in Sunset Park through the provision of a comprehensive range of neighborhood-based family and social services. We partner with the community to provide access to resources and opportunities for personal growth and the development of interpersonal relationships that sustain and nurture families, support youth to develop into confident, capable adults and enrich the quality of life for neighborhood residents.