FUREE’s July Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 24TH 7 – 9 PM
BROOKLYN ANTI-GENTRIFICATION NETWORK                       
                                                                                                                

GENERAL MEETING AND MARCH PLANNING

Join BAN for a general meeting where we’ll continue to plan for our Brooklyn-Wide Day of Action against Racism, Gentrification and Police Brutality scheduled for September 9th, and also discuss other upcoming events and opportunities for BAN. Endorse TODAY! To have your community group, place of worship, small business, tenant organization, etc. endorse the Brooklyn-wide Day of Action against Racism, Gentrification & Police Brutality, please email info@bangentrification.org or call/text (646) 820 – 6039

LOCATION: WORKERS WORLD PARTY OFFICE (147 W. 24TH STREET, MANHATTAN)

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26TH 6 – 9 PM
F.I.R.E.D UP WORKSHOP 5: ‘ECONOMIC POWER’
FINANCIAL HEALTH AND LONG TERM SECURITY

How can we build our communities and economic determination if we can’t manage our personal finances efficiently and smartly? What does it mean to leave a legacy/estate for our children and generations to come, so we can leave them in a better position to build from our work?  Economic Power: Financial Health + Long-Term Security will provide the fundamentals of financial planning and management, securing long term stability, and what it means to build a financial/networking legacy that we can pass down through generations.  This workshop will also cover issues of race and class, how social caste systems lend to the disenfranchisement and generational poverty we experience, and how we can begin to change these systems for long-term change.


LOCATION: INGERSOLL COMMUNITY CENTER (177 MYRTLE AVENUE, BROOKLYN)

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO & RSVP: Shatia Strother – Program Coordinator (shatia@furee.org  718.715.1352 ext. 201)

MONDAY, JULY 31ST 5:30 – 8 PM
FUREE’S JULY GENERAL MEMBER MEETING
MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITY

(MANDATORY FOR ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS!)

What have we done over the past year and how can we improve as an organization in a way that helps us grow? Join us for a conversation about our vision for the next year as well as what our capacity needs are and how members and volunteers can help fill them. If you would like to check back into what FUREE has been up to for the last few months, this is your best opportunity to hear about the progress of our campaigns.


LOCATION: FIFTH AVENUE COMMITTEE (621 DEGRAW STREET, BROOKLYN)

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO & RSVP: Michael Higgins Jr. – Lead Organizer (michael@furee.org  718.715.1352 ext. 202)


FRIDAY, AUGUST 4TH  5:30 – 9 PM
FUREEOUS FILMS SCREENING: “INGLORIOUS BASTERDS’

 

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans for the same. Join us for the film and stay for a conversation about the intricacies of this Quentin Tarantino thriller on resistance during the Holocaust and lessons we can learn today.


CONTACT FOR MORE INFO & RSVP: Mo Beasley – Youth Organizer (mo@furee.org  718.715.1352 ext. 203)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH 10:30 AM – 3 PM
F.I.R.E.D UP WORKSHOP 6: SOCIAL MOVEMENT
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND POLITICAL EDUCATION

Our last workshop builds off our established understanding of oppression, and combines a case study of Social Movements in history with an examination of contemporary strategies for building collective power.  Participants will round out this session with a basic understanding of political mechanisms and structures; build their power mapping and strategic targeting skills, as well as the fundamentals of campaign building. We will also review basics civics of New York City, and delve into strategic ways to organize and mobilize our communities for both sustained resistance and reclaiming power for our liberation, as well as how to defend our communities in the face of threats physically, philosophically, legally and economically/politically.

 

LOCATION: FIFTH AVENUE COMMITTEE (621 DEGRAW STREET, BROOKLYN)

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO & RSVP: Shatia Strother – Program Coordinator (shatia@furee.org  718.715.1352 ext. 201

FUREEous YOUTH TABLING EVENTS

Warren Street Houses – August 19th

Wyckoff Gardens / Gowanus Houses – August 26th

     CONTACT FOR MORE INFO & RSVP: Mo Beasley – Youth Organizer (mo@furee.org  718.715.1352 ext. 203)

FUREE CAMPAIGNS AND PROGRAM UPDATES

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

FUREE is already half-way through its annual FIRED UP Leadership Academy and has hosted two workshops since the release of the last newsletter, Big Brother: Digital Privacy Defense & Identity Protectionand Effective Communication and Media Messaging (Part 2). On June 17th, members learned about the long history of surveillance as a tool oh social control and how they can keep their communication safe by using certain strategies and applications, such as Signal and Tor Browser to keep their information and conversations safe. On June 29th, participants learned about the basic of mass media as we know it and had a discussion on media portrayals of the low-income Black and Brown communities that call public housing home in New York City. Join us for the two remaining workshops, Economic Power: Financial Health and Long Term Security on Wednesday, July 26th and Social Movements: Community Organizing and Political Education on Saturday, August 5th.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

On June 7th, FUREE, along with partners such as Fifth Avenue CommitteeFriends of Thomas Greene Park, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC), and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest submitted comments to the Department of Environmental Protection on the siting of two combined sewer overflow(CSO) retention tanks as a part of the Gowanus Canal Superfund remediation process. As a part of the extended cleanup, the EPA and DEP have agreed to place one of the tanks, necessary to increase the capacity of the sewer system to treat greywater used in human activities, along the head of the canal rather than on the closest parcel of land owned by the city, which is the site of Thomas Greene Park and Douglass Degraw swimming pool. We as advocates for an accountable and just process also believe this is an opportunity to make a commitment to environmental justice and the impact this will have on the low-income communities living in public housing and rent-stabilizing units in the vicinity of the canal that should be reflected in the forth-coming Environmental Impact Study (EIS). To read these comments in their entirety or to learn more about Turning the Tide(T3), please send a message to Michael at michael@furee.org.

ANTI-DISPLACEMENT AND NYCHA

The DCP Working Group Summit on July 11th marked the end of a four-month planning process as a part of the Gowanus PLACES Study which consisted of five specific working groups: Housing, Resiliency & Sustainability, Public Realm, Arts & Culture and Economic Development.  Members of the Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice (GNCJ) have engaged in the process  to ensure that the market investments that stand to come into the neighborhood be leveraged to fund capital needs in NYCHA as well as preservation of community as well as tools to prevent displacement. If you would like to learn more, contact Sabine at saronowky@fifthave.org about our next GNCJ meeting in August.

FUREE’S HIGHLIGHTS AND FUTURE PLANS

TENANT MARCH ON WASHINGTON

On July 12th, hundreds of tenants and housing activists from across the country traveled to Washington D.C. to protest the projected $7.4 billion cut in the FY 2018 federal budget to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Attendees to the day of action were joined at the Church of the Reformation in the shadow of Capitol Hill by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-7) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) before leading a march to the down to the headquarters of HUD. Receive updates on future actions by following nocutscoalition.org or carsonwatch.org by searching the #NoCuts hashtag on social media.

RENTERS WEEK OF ACTION

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 18 – 23

Background: Last year, Homes for All coordinated the first Renters Day of Action(RDA), a day of trans-local actions declaring a Renter State of Emergency and uplifting grassroots solutions to the national housing crisis. The actions were coordinated by a 17-member coordinating committee made up of HFA partners and housing justice organizations that threw down with support from RTC’s national staff to build out the trans-local infrastructure, direct action toolkit, website and messaging.

The RDA was a powerful success, mobilizing thousands of residents, sparking mass-interest in renter-led organizing and getting national and local coverage.

52 cities in 19 states took action using coordinated messaging & 4 common targets to center renters as a political force, uplift HFA’s analysis, and make connections across movements. Through the RDA we emerged with a national action toolkit and national demands, which we will build on in 2017.
 

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