Happy Social Justice To All
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In 2013, BMC claimed major victories in parent organizing, food security, anti-street harassment, and civic engagement. These actions were expressions of community love, otherwise known as justice. So in the spirit of the season, we here at BMC say to you, gentle readers: "Happy Social Justice to all. And to all, a good fight!"
You came. You ate. We thanked.
How did BMC accomplish so much in 2013? Because our members and donors held us down. So on Friday, December 6th, we took the opportunity to tell them “thank you” with a food-filled, libation-soaked, soiree. Check out this view to a party!
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November: What Went Down?
#DropTheAppeal: BMC Board Member Monifa Bandele was a lead organizer of Communities United for Police Reform's (CPR's) November 6 press conference. BMC's Executive Director Mark Winston Griffith, a featured speaker at the rally, joined Monifa and activists from across the city to demand that Mayor Bloomberg stop using the City's court appeals to block this year's major stop-and-frisk reforms. The following week, BMC teamed up with Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the Brooklyn NAACP, and scholar & TV personality Mark Lamont Hill (right picture: top, left) for a public forum on the status of New York community policing reforms.
Choosing the Next Council Speaker: BMC served as the lead organizer of Brooklyn’s November 18th City Council Speaker Forum. Attended by 200 people, including a dozen council representatives, the forum gave the people of Brooklyn an opportunity to find out where Speaker candidates stood on issues such as affordable housing, economic growth, and immigration reform.
Talking Transition: BMC's Executive Director hit the Talking Transition tent last month to disscus organizing in neighborhoods of color, systemic change, and Black-led movements. Check Mark out on video, along with The Gathering for Justice's Carmen Perez, Brotherhood Sister-Sol's Khary Lazarre-White, and anti-violence activist Erica Ford.
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