Summer Baddness
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With schools letting out and people heading outdoors, BMC will be looking to mobilize Central Brooklynites around several different campaigns. Join our food co-op organizing and other street actions that are detailed below.
We Are Back!
BMC has returned to its office headquarters at 375 Stuyvesant Avenue after a month of temporarily setting up shop at 677 Lafayette Avenue. As the first tenants of 375 to resume full time operations, BMC is committed to working closely with both our neighbors and our landlord, the Sheppard family, to recover from the fire that occurred last month.
Huge thanks go out to Amy Ellenbogen and the good people at Crown Heights Community Mediation Center for literally opening their door to BMC and giving us shelter.
Join Our Food Justice Movement
This summer we are doing major outreach to get more people involved in building our food cooperative. We'll be gathering volumes of important information about food and grocery needs in our area. To make this happen we need YOU and other Central Brooklyn residents to join us!
The first step is to attend one of the outreach trainings we have planned during the week of July 7th at the BMC headquarters, located at 375 Stuyvesant Avenue:
  • July 8, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm â€“ RSVP
  • July 10, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm â€“ RSVP
  • July 12, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm â€“ RSVP
Contact Harvir Kaur, Food Justice Organizer, at (718) 771-7000 with any questions.
Parents Rising
Parent Teacher Home Visits
BMC has officially become the community partner of Middle School 57 in their Parent Teacher Home Visit (PTHV) program. PTHV is a nationally replicated model of teachers visiting the homes of their students in order to build relationships and trust between the school and student’s families. This summer, a group of M.S. 57 teachers will reach out to all of the incoming sixth grade families to schedule visits. Meanwhile, BMC will provide various forms of support to the M.S. 57 team, as well as alternative meeting space for the visits. Contact Mark at if you have any questions about the PTHV initiative.

Incoming PTA Officers Reception
On Monday, June 23, BMC hosted a reception to welcome newly elected Community School District 16 (CSD16) parent leaders. It was a great opportunity for local PTA leaders to get to know one another and be introduced to BMC's parent organizing work. We're looking forward to conducting leadership trainings with parents in the fall in order to further strengthen CSD16. Are you a PTA leader who wasn’t able to make it to the reception? Contact Felicia P. Alexander at to connect!
BMC Third Rail
"Brooklyn Summer"
With the summer here, political campaign season is also in full effect! On BMC’s Third Rail, James Subudhi (BMC board member and neighborhood activist) and Britney Whaley (Political Organizer, Working Families Party) dive into the 2014 Central Brooklyn races and talk about what it takes to hold elected officials accountable.
And in our second segment, we pinpoint what makes Brooklyn summers SO damn good! Listen Here! Check out all podcast episodes on our website and automatically download shows on your phone by subscribing in iTunes.
Veralyn On the Media
(L to R) Veralyn & Brooklyn Gladstone, Host, On the Media
BMC’s own Communications Organizer, Veralyn Williams, showed off her journalistic prowess with her appearance on the influential NPR show, On the Media. Veralyn was on hand to share her insights into the controversial canceling of NPR’s “blackest show,” Tell Me More with Michel Martin. Veralyn tells us why the plug was pulled on the popular show aimed at people of color in her opinion piece for You can also hear Veralyn, along with co-host Anthonine Pierre, on BMC’s Third Rail.
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