After a down-to-the-wire battle to hold the event, on Wed night 550 people, largely Columbia students, packed the Lerner Hall Auditorium on the campus of Columbia University in NYC for a powerful, moving event challenging and organizing everyone to take up Rise October. The event was sponsored by the Columbia University School of Social Work caucuses: Latina/o caucus, Black caucus, Policy caucus, Education caucus, Criminal Justice caucus. Featured speakers were Jamal Joseph; Eve Ensler; Nicholas Heyward, Sr.; Kimberlé Crenshaw; Carl Dix; and Cornel West. The atmosphere was electric and determined. Check back tomorrow for more coverage of this important event.