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Saheed “Sy” Vassell was well known in the Crown Heights neighborhood he called his home for over 20 years before being gunned down by police in front of his teenage son on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. He was unarmed and harmless, but was killed in broad daylight eight seconds after the police arrived on the scene. Our love is with his family. Our eyes are on justice. To keep Saheed's memory alive, say his name.

Justice for Saheed

BMC Deputy Director, Anthonine Pierre, leading a demonstration in response to the killing of Saheed Vassell (Photo Credit; Reuters)

Beginning with an April 5th demonstration, BMC has helped lead a series of street actions, press events and press statements designed to demand Justice for Saheed and to correct the narrative being spun by the NYPD. Along with Saheed’s family and Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), BMC is demanding:

  • a release of all of the video footage of the incident
  • the names and disciplinary records of the officers involved in Saheed's killing; and
  • an explanation of why the SRG police unit - designed to respond to civil unrest and terrorist incidents - was deployed. 

Want to join us in calling for justice for Saheed? Donate here to directly support Saheed’s family. To get plugged into future actions, send an email to

We're Honored

BMC is the North Star Fund’s 2018 Frederick Douglass honoree. Considered one of the most prestigious social justice awards for NYC organizations, the Frederick Douglass Award recognizes BMC for creating an “intersectional organizing space that centers Black leadership” while “taking on the complex range of issues affecting the lives of New Yorkers.” BMC members Rae Gomes and Ogonnaya Newman will receive the award on BMC's behalf at North Star’s April 17 Gala.

Who Cares?
Join Brooklyn Movement Center's No Disrespect Collective and Harriet's Apothecary for an event examining and celebrating how we care for ourselves and our community - beyond candles and consumerism - in the face of endless news stories about sexual assault and harassment. 

Workshop by: Brooklyn Movement Center's No Disrespect
Healing Village by: Harriet's Apothecary

Saturday, April 21
11 AM - 4 PM 
Workshop at 2 PM
More information and RSVP here. 
Make Yourself At Home
Looking for a space to have your next meeting, party or special event? BMC is helping the owner of 375 Stuyvesant, BMC’s headquarters, book events. Starting at $75 per hour, depending on which room you use, the Stuyvesant Mansion can be an ideal location for gatherings between 15 and 100 people. Contact us at for details.
Brooklyn Deep: Third Rail Podcast
In Third Rail’s first all-youth roundtable discussion, homegrown Central Brooklyn youth leaders Nana Samake and Eugena Pierre-Paul discuss their work and their views on what proactive safety and non-violence look like in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre.
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