Immigrant Rights Fund News, Documentary Screening at BAM, Crown Heights Residents Direct Grants, and More from Your Community Foundation

July 26, 2018

Immigrant Rights Fund: New Grants and Update on Detention Cases

This week, our Immigrant Right Funds grantees successfully fought for the release of Brooklyn immigrants detained by ICE:
On Tuesday evening, Legal Aid Society won a ruling for the release of father of two Pablo Villavicencio, who was detained in early June when attempting to deliver a pizza to the Fort Hamilton Army Base in Bay Ridge. 
On Monday, Concepción and Margarito Silva, the Brooklyn grandparents detained at Fort Drum in upstate New York on July 4th, were freed after Make the Road New York helped mobilize and raise a $20,000 bond.
We are also pleased to announce two new grants from our Immigrant Rights Fund: a $15,000 Sustained Response grant will support Families for Freedom’s outreach to communities most at risk of detention and deportation, and a $2,500 Action Fund grant will enable the Yemeni American Merchants Association to do strategic planning for future actions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Muslim Ban.
These grants are made possible through the generosity of our donors. Make a contribution today to support immigrant rights across Brooklyn.

BAM Screening: Crime + Punishment

Join us on Thursday, August 2 at 7PM at BAM for a special screening of the award-winning documentary Crime + Punishment, followed by a discussion with local advocates.

The documentary exposes racism, corruption, and intimidation within the NYPD. Shot between 2014 and 2017, Crime + Punishment chronicles the efforts of the NYPD 12, a band of officers of color who speak out against the continued use of arrest and summons quotas—an officially illegal practice that overwhelmingly targets young black and Hispanic men. 

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Crown Heights Residents Direct $50,000 to Continue Support for Inclusive Community Spaces

Our resident-led grantmaking model, Neighborhood Strength, is one way in which we strive to put decisions around local investments in the hands of local experts. This year, our Crown Heights Advisory Council voted to renew funding for three nonprofits addressing the challenge of limited space in the neighborhood for inclusive community engagement—a concern identified through our neighborhood visioning process

• $20,000 to Bethany United Methodist Church to open the church facilities to the wider Crown Heights community

• $20,000 to Repair the World NYC to increase community access to their Nostrand Avenue storefront 

• $10,000 to Haiti Cultural Exchange to engage the community in Haitian cultural arts in the local community gardens

This summer, Foundation intern Simone Roberts-Payne is profiling the efforts of each organization on our blog! Read about her first two visits here.

Insights to Impact Report 2018

We've just released our annual report highlighting strategic investments and leadership initiatives through our Community Fund, as well as spotlighting the generosity of our donors and Donor Advised Funds. Take a moment to explore all the ways Brooklyn's community foundation is fueling impact across our borough!

Image courtesy of New York Counts 2020 

Census 2020: Challenging the Citizenship Question

This spring, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross added a Citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which he said was in response to a request from the Justice Department to improve enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. 

We believe the new question will make it harder to get a fair and accurate Census, unjustly suppressing the count of both immigrants and their families across Brooklyn and the rest of the country. 

A complete and accurate Census is essential to securing billions of dollars in federal funds for local needs, and it impacts the allocation of electoral seats in the House of Representatives as well as at the state level. Last month, we announced a preliminary $100,000 commitment to Census 2020 advocacy and organizing

The Commerce Department is accepting public comments on the Census until August 7. You can submit a comment letter about the citizenship question at