COVID-19 has shown us not just our vulnerability to crisis — but laid bare the deep racial inequality that has long existed in New York City. Over the past two months, nowhere have we seen this so starkly as in the city’s largest borough. Brooklyn, home to the largest black population in North America, has emerged as the clearest case study for the disease’s vastly disproportionate toll on black and brown communities.
For more than a decade, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, a fund with about $75 million in assets, has distributed donor monies to borough nonprofit outreach organizations that share its vision of, as its website says, "a fair and just Brooklyn."
Alloy Development’s new building in Dumbo will ask condo owners to make a donation to the Brooklyn Community Foundation and help make decisions about where in the community the money should go.
When a new condo development opens in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood in late 2020 or early 2021, residents will get a unique request when they move in: an invitation to donate to a new philanthropic fund to support social causes in neighboring communities.
Restorative justice asks “after a harm is committed, how do you repair the harm that has been done by bringing all parties into a conversation,” says Amy Chou, project officer for a restorative-justice pilot program launched by the Brooklyn Community Foundation at two high schools and a middle school.
The moment demands that every institution with a platform use it to speak out. Together, we must raise our voices to drown out the hate and call it out for what it is. This is racism. We must not tolerate or normalize it. We must condemn it, and then we must connect that rhetoric to the policies that are ruining the lives of people of color and holding back progress for us all.
Brooklyn Community Foundation has selected six local organization for the next cohort of its 2019-2020 Incubator Project. The program boosts emerging social justice nonprofits dedicated to sparking change for a fairer Brooklyn by providing them with a $5,000 seed grant, 18 months of free co-working space at Brooklyn Creative League and professional development support.
New York state and city governments have turned the 2020 Census into a slow-moving train with no conductor. Given the major challenges tied to this Census — including the likely inclusion of a citizenship question that recent evidence indicates was explicitly designed to suppress the count in cities with large immigrant communities — we are desperately behind where we should be.
When Amazon announced they were pulling their new HQ2 from New York, taking with it the promise of billions of dollars in new revenue, many in the state Assembly celebrated while Gov. Cuomo railed on Twitter.
But in the midst of this blame game, a new $50 billion dollar windfall is being almost entirely ignored by the same New York state officials.