What's New at FUREE

A New Year Brings New Transitions

FUREE would like to formally announce the departure of our Lead Organizer, Lucas Shapiro.  Lucas has been with FUREE through our successes and our struggles, he will be sorely missed. 

As of December 31, 2014 Lucas has transitioned out of FUREE to focus on a collaborative project, Mayday: Read more »

Meet Shatia, FUREE's new organizer!

FUREE is thrilled to introduce to you our new community organizer, Shatia "Tia" Strother! Read more »

Letter from Val: "My Transition and the Way Forward"

August 7, 2014

Dear FUREEous Family,

Last year, as many of you know, I experienced a brain hemorrhage. It was July 24, 2013, the day of NYCHA’s Annual Plan hearing and my son’s 17th birthday. If it weren't for the quick thinking of FUREE leader Deedra Cheatham, and staff members Desiree Marshall, Les Shelton and Lucas Shapiro, I would not even be here to write this letter. Read more »

Update on Valery's Health - Your Support Needed

Valery and FUREE urgently need your support in this critical time (more details below).  Please contribute to both funds. Read more »

FUREE Joins Unions & Electeds in Lawsuit to Stop City Point Project

On May 1st, FUREE joined allied unions and elected officials as the lead petitioners in a lawsuit challenging Downtown Brooklyn's largest development project.  The lawsuit represents an escalation in the community-labor joint effort to win good jobs and fair development at City Point. Read more »

Stop & Frisks Lead to Greater Repercussions for Public Housing Residents




NYCHA Tenants, Elected Officials, Advocates Pack Floyd, et al. v. City of New York Courtroom; Hold Press Conference Calling for an End to Stop & Frisk Read more »

Labor and Community Organizations Call for Fair and Equitable Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

FUREE joins other Non-Profits, Unions, and Faith-Based Groups to Urge Local and National Leaders to Create Transparent, Community-Driven Rebuilding Process

We Must Learn Lessons From Hurricane Katrina, Group Asserts in the Following Open Letter: Read more »

Report from rally for Good Jobs & Fair Developmenmt at City Point

On Tuesday, December 18th, FUREE members joined union workers from the building trades, allied organizations and local elected officials for a joint rally at the largest development site in Downtown Brooklyn.

Click here for a video summary of the rally and by sure to check out our caroling crew in action! Read more »

FUREE members promote Participatory Budgeting in Councilmember Levin's District

FUREE members have been knocking on doors and chatting with our neighbors about an exciting new opportunity to advance accountable development in our communities.

Council Member Stephen Levin is empowering residents in the 33rd District to engage in a bottom-up process of deciding how $1million will be spent on physical improvements within the community (like parks, schools and transportation).  And FUREE is on board, energizing our members, and making sure low-income people of color and public housing residents are at the table in the diverse district. Read more »