Informed and Involved - August/September 2017

The church cannot effectively address the ills of poverty and racial injustice based on its limited knowledge and awareness of these issues. While frequent mission activities in urban neighborhoods are helpful, they are no substitute for living among the poor and gaining the unique insight of being up close
— John Perkins - endorsing The Power of Proximity from Michelle Ferrigno Warren

These posts provide opportunities for community organizations to hear from others working closely and purposefully in addressing the needs, concerns and desires of at-risk populations and justice issues.

A VIEW OF FERGUSON FROM THE PEOPLE

Tonight at 7PM, Whose Streets a powerful new documentary, which tells the story of the Ferguson Uprising from the perspective of the activists on the ground is being screened.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with leaders from Brooklyn Community Foundation grantees Movement Netlab and The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, introduced by our President Cecilia Clarke.

The screening is at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 E. Houston Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available online and at the box office.

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE SERVING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES

Mother to Mother is sponsoring a Back to School Supply Drive with Mixteca for the families involved with our English class and Mixteca's other programs. THEY are looking to provide school supplies for 30-45 students, grades K-12, and help set them up for a great start the 2017-2018 school year.  You can find out more about how to volunteer and donate HERE

BUILDING SAFE, COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITIES FOR OUR CHILDREN: RESTORATIVE JUSTICE & TRANSFORMATIONAL GROWTH

Restorative Justice Initiative is bringing Eric Butler and Hannah Bronsnick to do a 2-day circles training in restorative justice. This powerful practice is being used in communities and schools around the country to help bring healing and reconciliation.

They have secured space at Medger Evers College (1534 Bedford Ave., 2nd Floor conference room) for Monday, 8/21 and Tuesday, 8/22from 10AM-5PM.

The trainers can accommodate up to 40 participants.

The per person cost of the training is $200. RJI will subsidize the cost of the training for anyone for whom it would be a barrier to attendance.  Contact them for more details

BROOKLYN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Because of the great work of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow and through Netflix 13th, more people are becoming aware of mass incarceration and the need for systemic change to the criminal justice system.
With that, the Brooklyn District Attorney election becomes an important way to be involved in change at the local level

THE FAITH COMMUNITY on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND POVERTY

In the midst of our current cultural and political climate, how can the faith community better understand the issues and purposefully engage with those working and most affected?
Consider this event September 9th

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