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The Organization

The Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC) is a membership-led, direct-action, community organizing body based in Central Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and the surrounding area). We bring together residents to develop local leadership, identify important issues in their lives, win concrete improvements in the community, and build power. BMC is staffed by local organizers, supported by members, governed by a community-based board of directors, and guided by campaign working groups made up of organizational leaders.

We establish relationships with a growing base of local people and mobilize them to:

  1. Identify social and economic issues of critical importance to them;
  2. Acquire the information and leadership skills necessary to transform our community
  3. Change local conditions and win concrete improvement in their lives;
  4. Join broad coalitions and build alliances with other communities;
  5. Create long-term, structural change through the reform of city, state, and national policies.

What We’re Doing

BMC is a multi-issue organization. Currently organizing around:

Anti-Street Harassment

BMC’s anti-street harassment working group, No Disrespect (ND), works to end all forms of gendered and sexualized street harassment in public spaces. ND is committed to transforming the culture of intrusions, intimidation and harassment in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights to one of community-building and mutual respect. Read more.

Education Self-Determination

BMC works with local stakeholders to rebuild the public education order in Community District 16 (CSD16). We train and support parents to lead school change efforts and reform Department of Education policies. Read more.

Environmental Justice

BMC is working to secure energy options for Central Brooklyn that are sustainable and owned by local stakeholders. 

Food Sovereignty

BMC seeks to assert control over the local food system in order to improve health conditions and nutrition options in Central Brooklyn. Current campaigns include the organizing and incubation of the Central Brooklyn Food Co-op, an affordable neighborhood-owned, non-profit grocery. Read more.

Police Accountability

BMC works on local and city-wide policy campaigns to end abusive policing and the criminalization of Central Brooklyn residents. This work includes mass mobilizations, political education and trainings, policy advocacy, and community self-defense. Read more.