FUREE In the Media

FUREE In the Media

Facing an Occupying Army in New York

SocialistWorker.org, 05/07/2013 -

NEW YORK City public housing residents and community organizations have joined forces in support of the class-action lawsuitFloyd v. City of New York. The historic case, now being heard in a federal courtroom, challenges the constitutionality of the New York Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" program of racial profiling.

Residents of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) properties have packed the courtroom to stand against the NYPD's policy of stopping and harassing residents, overwhelmingly Blacks and Latinos, with residents of public housing serving as a special target. Read more »

Campaigns: Public Housing
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Gowanus Houses still without power 1week after Sandy

News 12 Brooklyn, 11/07/2012 -

GOWANUS - Many residents in the Gowanus Houses remain without power more than a week after Sandy struck the metropolitan area.

With temperatures continuing to drop and today’s nor’easter bringing snow to the area, residents of the five buildings without power say the lack of hot water and heat has become a major issue.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Con Edison was reporting 10,905 outages across the borough.


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Beyond Scandal, NYCHA Residents Seek More Power

City Limits, 09/05/2012 -

Amid the controversy over the management of New York's public housing, NYCHA officials are contemplating historic changes to how the agency operates. Tenants are looking for more ways to weigh in on those ideas.

Campaigns: Public Housing
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Brooklyn tenants take NYCHA to court

Brooklyn Downtown Star, 03/06/2012 -

Residents who say they are forced to live in dangerous, health-hazardous conditions for months and years at the hands of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) banded together last Thursday, March 1, calling the housing authority a “slumlord.”

With the help of South Brooklyn Legal Services, nine tenants filed a group lawsuit against NYCHA to force repairs in three Brooklyn NYCHA properties – the Farragut, Whitman and Ingersoll houses.
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Campaigns: Public Housing
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Valery Jean, Executive Director of Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, on FUREE's 10th Anniversary Party

The Village Voice, 12/14/2011 -

It's the holidays and time for nightly benefit parties. This month, we're be circling back to non-profits and art groups we've talked to through out 2011 as they gear up for their annual shindigs. Read more »

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Occupy Brooklyn Storms Back with a Weekend of Action in Downtown

Brooklyn Paper, 11/11/2011 -

This weekend, Brooklyn will be occupied with Occupy Brooklyn.

The borough’s fledgling social justice movement will offer two days of rallies, teach-ins, speeches and, yes, some good old-fashioned protesting as longstanding progressive groups embrace Occupy Wall Street.

“The weekend is in line with the various struggles that have been going on here already for a long time,” said an organizer who’s been involved with the movement since its inception, but requested not to be named. Read more »

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FUREE, Elected Officials Want Input on Selection of New Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President

Brooklyn Eagle, 11/10/2011 -
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A letter to the board of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership sent by Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) and signed by several elected officials demands that the community have input in the hiring process for the organization’s new president.
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Community Leaders Hopeful That Red Apple Owner Will Keep Promises

Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch, 10/21/2011 -

The supermarket for which Fort Greene Houses residents have been waiting years may now be only more than a week away.

Red Apple Supermarket, located at The Andrea building on Myrtle Avenue, has been given a tentative opening date of Oct. 31, according to a source at the Gristedes organization, which owns the store.

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Cut, Baste, Stitch, Sing!

NY Times , 06/21/2011 -

The big voice and dramatic flair that served Wanda Imasuen well as a community organizer are turning out to translate nicely to another stage: musical comedy.

Ms. Imasuen plays several roles in an updated revival of the fabled 1937 revue “Pins and Needles” that aims to demonstrate that when it comes to the struggles of working people, as she puts it, “the same thing that was happening then is happening now.”

Running at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, from Wednesday through July 9, the show, comprising sketches and songs, is a joint endeavor of the Obie-winning Foundry Theater and Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (Furee), which since 2001 has worked to increase access to housing, jobs and services for low-income families.

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