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February 2018

Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

This week we’ve seen a spotlight on youth activism around the country that has inspired both hope and action. Here in Brooklyn, youth activists are showing their commitment to justice by rallying for immigrant rights legislation and organizing to invest in local youth leadership.

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

As federal policies on immigration become increasingly restrictive, the work of community organizations supporting immigrants and their families is more important than ever.

In a surprise announcement this week the Mayor indicated that the projected 10-year timeline to closer Rikers Island may be shortened as he and newly appointed City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced a public review process of four alternate detention facility sites near local courthouses. 

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

On Thursday morning we awarded $500,000 to 5 Brooklyn nonprofits for their commitment to racial and social justice while honoring philanthropic leader Hildy Simmons

Last week we officially welcomed Carley Roney and Zul Jamal as the newest members of our Board of Directors. Both are long-time Brooklyn residents who are enthusiastic about our mission to spark lasting change in the borough.