In Loving Memory of Sandra Robinson
It is with great and deep sadness to announce that Sandra Robinson, Leader and Co-Chair of the FUREE Board of Directors transitioned on May 17th, 2011, after a very brief battle with pancreatic cancer in Brooklyn at the age of 58.
Sandra was a native New Yorker and a family day care provider in her Bedford-Stuyvesant community for seven years. She worked with youth for 25 years throughout New York State and California. Sandra is survived by her mother, Shirley Robinson, her daughter Kymberly Paul and her grandchildren, Nicole and Kwame, after whom her child care center in Bedford-Stuyvesant is named.
Sandra was an active and vocal leader of FUREE for over seven years. She first joined FUREE’s Child Care Campaign in 2005. Sandra was elected to FUREE’s Board by our members in 2007 and elected as Co-Chair in 2009. She served on the Board with dignity and with a very clear understanding that she represented the hundreds of members who believed in her humble leadership and vision for our work. Under her stewardship, FUREE has launched two new campaigns, transitioned its directorship, played leading roles in sustaining FUREE’s work with funders and individual supporters, and positioned FUREE as a leader in social change movements at the local and national level. On a recent trip to New Orleans, Sandra appeared on a panel that discussed opportunities for housing organizing during the economic recession. Her poignant responses didn’t come from years of experience but rather from her heart. This is just one example of how Sandra shared her passion for justice with others. Sandra was committed to building deeper relationships and creating a safe space for members, staff and Board Members at FUREE, and worked hard to build a sense of family, camaraderie and unity throughout our work and within our office.
The Sandra we all came to know and love is akin to a lioness protecting her cubs: calm, peaceful and vigilant in protecting the refuge that members needed as people struggle with the impact of the economy, while nurturing the leadership of women and youth from low-income and working class communities. She also protected us by sparing the FUREEous Family the pain of knowing that she was seriously ill and would be returning home shortly.
Condolence cards and contributions can be mailed to: FUREE, 81 Willoughby Street, #701, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Rest in peace and in power, Sandra. We all love you and will miss your spirit and presence at FUREE. Thank you for sharing your life, your hopes and dreams to win racial, gender and economic equity in Brooklyn and beyond. Please know that you are an inspiration to many.
The Board, Members and Staff of FUREE
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