We're FIREd Up!

When: Friday, March 30, 2012 (All day) - Saturday, March 31, 2012 (All day)

People are FIREd up!!! We guess it’s because more and more people are growing tired of oppression, inequities and the run-around by the powers that be. We also guess it’s because we won’t get the changes we want unless those who are negatively impacted lead the battle for justice for our communities! Read more »

Are You on FIRE?

What makes FUREE unique?  We are led by people who are directly impacted by racist,
sexist and classist policies and practices. 100% of our Board of Directors are
members. All of our organizing strategies are designed by our members.

Why is FUREE member led? Because it takes people to move a movement. Grassroots
leadership is power and people power wins racial, gender and economic justice.

How do we build this up? By teaching members everything we know!!!

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FUREEous Youth Protest City Council Hearing

CITY YOUTH SHUT OUT OF BUDGET HEARINGS

Youth Jobs Group Challenges Bloomberg, City Council to Get Youth Input in Youth Budget Matters…With Tape Over Their Mouths

New York City, Today:  Several city youth staged a silent protest to symbolize the absence of youth at the City Council’s Youth Services Committee budget hearing Thursday morning, at a time when most children and youth are in school. Young people from the group FUREEous Youth, wanted Bloomberg and the City Council to see that the nearly 2 million youth who are directly impacted by the mayor’s proposed $118.32M cuts to youth services, child care, youth jobs and afterschool programs are shut out of the democratic process of providing testimony to pending city budgets.  Read more »

Campaigns: FUREEous Youth
FUREE In the Media

NYCHA residents: Repairs too slow

Amsterdam News, 03/09/2012 -

Residents of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings in Brooklyn are fuming over what they claim are hazardous living conditions and years of unattended repairs. The issue has now spawned a lawsuit to get the repairs done.

Tenants and advocates from Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) gathered last week in front of Brooklyn Housing Court, claiming that NYCHA is forcing residents to live in dangerous and unhealthy conditions and is misusing capital repair funds for other programs. Read more »

FUREE In the Media

Greene Hill Food Coop Is Open — But Few Low-Income Residents Have Joined In

NY Times Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Local, 03/09/2012 -

The opening of the Greene Hill Food Coop has been widely billed as a major improvement for less-affluent residents, but very few low-income foodies are taking advantage of the affordable prices.

In the two months since the members-only supermarket has been open on Putnam Avenue, only 3.7 percent of the 800 members are low-income residents taking advantage of a special payment plan that allows people on public assistance to pay just $5 to join the coop and then pay the remaining $145 membership fee over 5 years. Read more »

FUREE In the Media

Tenant Advocates Sue NYCHA

New York Nonprofit Press, 03/02/2012 -

Tenants and advocates from Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) gathered in front of Brooklyn Housing Court yesterday to demand that the New York City Housing Authority move to improve its maintenance and repair programs.  Following the event, attorneys from South Brooklyn Legal Services filed a group lawsuit against NYCHA to force repairs for tenants of three Brooklyn NYCHA properties.
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FUREE In the Media

Public Housing Residents — One With Her Mold Brush — Sue the City

NY Times Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Local, 03/02/2012 -

Residents of a trio of Fort Greene housing projects — including one woman showing off the a toothbrush she uses to fight persistent mold — sued the city on Thursday, claiming that the Housing Authority is a “slumlord” that violates laws that mandate timely repairs. Read more »

FUREE In the Media

VIDEO: Tenants and Housing Advocates Take NYCHA to Court

Bed-Stuy Patch, 03/01/2012 -

 

 

Attorneys from South Brooklyn Legal Services representing three public housing developments in Fort Greene announced this morning they are suing the New York City Housing Authority for forcing residents to live in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

The lawsuit -- on behalf of the tenants in Whitman Houses, Farragut Houses and Ingersoll Houses -- was announced at a rally led by Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE), outside of the Brooklyn Housing Court building.

Campaigns: Public Housing
FUREE In the Media

Residents of Fort Greene Houses File Suit Over Living Conditions

Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch, 03/01/2012 -

Residents from Farragut, Ingersoll and Whitman Houses gathered in front of Brooklyn Housing Court in Downtown Brooklyn Thursday to file a lawsuit against the city for what they called a pattern of neglect and put-off repair work.

Leading the way in the effort, with help from South Brooklyn Legal Services, was Families United For Racial and Economic Equality—many members of which openly criticized the New York City Housing Authority's efforts to rehabilitate and maintain buildings that are now more than a half-century old.

FUREE In the Media

Breaking: Public Housing Tenants Suing City Right Now

NY Times Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Local, 03/01/2012 -

This morning, residents of Housing Authority projects are suing the city to make long-overdue repairs and reallocate budget money towards maintenance.

The rally, organized by Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, featured several residents of Fort Greene public housing, including Sharon Davis-Knight (right), who showed up with the toothbrush that she said she uses to scrape away mold in her bathroom that grows because of a plumbing problem that the Housing Authority will not fix. Read more »

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