Sunday Night on MNN: Step Up, Speak Out

As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his powerful words on equality this Monday, we need to think about ways we can all contribute to making his dream a reality. This Sunday night, tune in to MNN programming and get inspired by local advocates for change who are working hard to improve the quality of life for everyone.

First at 7pm on “Represent NYC,” learn about community boards and why you should join. Then at 8pm on “The Radical Imagination,” author Jeremy Dauber discusses his book on Jewish comedy. Finally at 9pm, celebrate 50 years of advocacy with the Fortune Society on “Both Sides of the Bars.”

Tune in to Sunday night programming starting at 7pm on MNN1 (Spectrum 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33), MNNHD (Spectrum 1993), or streaming live on

7pm: Represent NYC - Make Your Voice Heard on a Community Board

Community boards are the most grassroots, local form of government in New York City, weighing in on everything from liquor licenses to real estate development. Community Board members deal directly with government agencies, and sit across the negotiating table from some of our city’s most powerful real estate interests. But as important as they are, the people who serve on these boards aren’t politicians – they’re volunteers of all ages, from all walks of life.

In this episode of Represent NYC, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer welcomes three current community board members: Zoe Markowitz of Community Board 8 on the Upper East Side, Andrew Zelter of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan and Tina Branham of Community Board 7 on the West Side, who will share their experiences and insights into why community boards are vital to the city.

Want to get involved?

This is the time of year when the Borough President's office begins the appointment (or re-appointment) process for 300 Community Board membership slots. The application deadline is February 9, 2018. You can find out which Community Board district you live or work in and apply online.

8pm: The Radical Imagination: Imagining a World of Jewish Comedy -- Seriously!

Throughout history, the Jewish people were often the targets of violence and hatred, yet they still found ways to laugh. They used comedy as a coping mechanism and today there are many Jewish comedians who are keeping it alive.

This Sunday on “The Radical Imagination,” Jim Vrettos talks with Jeremy Dauber about his critically acclaimed book, “Jewish Comedy: A Serious History” and the role that comedy has played in the Jewish culture.

Mr. Dauber is also a professor of Yiddish Literature and Culture and the director of the Institute for Israel and Jewish Study at Columbia University.

9pm: Both Sides of the Bars - Celebrating 50 Years of Advocacy

The Fortune Society was founded 50 years ago with the goal of helping formerly incarcerated individuals get their lives back on track. Since then they’ve served thousands of people and continue to have a major impact on the community.  

This Sunday on “Both Sides of the Bars,” tune in as the Fortune Society celebrates their golden anniversary with Founder David Rothenberg, Associate Vice President Ronald Day and Associate Vice President of Policy Khalil A. Cumberbatch. Watch as they discuss the history of the organization, the issues they fight for and their goals for the future.