The District 16 Project
Bed-Stuy Patch/C.Zawadi Morris
November 6, 2012
Poverty and Community Education Panel
City Limits – Conversation and Networking SeriesOctober 3, 2012
Executive Director, Mark Winston Griffith was invited to serve on a panel as part of City Limits’ Conversation and Networking Series. This event focused on the connection between poverty and education.
Brian Lehrer’s CUNY TV ShowOctober 3, 2012
Mark Winston Griffith and other guests sat down with Brian Lehrer of WNYC to discuss the issues of importance of New Yorkers in the upcoming presidential election.
BMC Live on WBAI Rise Up Radio
BMC was invited to join host of WBAI’s Rise Up Radio, Veralyn Williams, live on air! Check out our very first live radio interview where we discuss everything from Evelyn and Ocho Cinco to education and police accountability.
August 17, 2012
New coalition aims to sway 2013 race using education researchGotham Schools/Geoff Decker August 7, 2012
With One Photo a Day, Citizen Journalism Project Rallies a CommunityIjnet/LindsayKalter July 19, 2012
Central Brooklyn Organizers Mine Citizen Journalism for Photo A Day ProjectDNAinfo/Sonja Sharp July 19, 2012
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — In the kingdom of Bedford Stuyvesant, the stoop is a throne — at least, that’s what the locals say.
“You call them stoops, we call them thrones,” tweeted resident @shannboogie, aka Shannon Washington, under an Instagram picture of brick-lane steps in Bed-Stuy.
Her neighborhood shoutout and dozens like it were inspired by the brand new Brooklyn Movement Center, Bed-Stuy based community organizing group, which recently challenged residents of Central Brooklyn to document their rapidly changing neighborhoods, one picture at a time.
“The photo a day project was to change the perception of what it means to report on something,” Mary Pierre-Louis, the center’s communications organizer, said of the project. “Taking a picture of something from your perspective (as a resident), that’s just as valid as a trained reporter or journalist coming into a community and doing a report on it.”
Something’s Moving in Central Brooklyn…The Bed-Stuy Patch/C.Zawadi Morris April 30, 2012
In Central Brooklyn, a movement has just kicked off by a handful of Bed-Stuy residents. The group is known as the Brooklyn Movement Center, and they are a coalition of some really smart, really motivated regular folks who seek to build the capacity of their community around organizing and campaigning for social justice.
So yes, BMC officially is on the move! But like with any new movement, it requires the fuel of the people to keep it going.
What makes BMC different than any other group of community organizers? #1. It’s membership-based; and #2. Its focus is not so much on driving advocacy, but instead on giving residents the instructions, practice and tools to learn to drive themselves.
Questioning the Food Desert/Obesity LinkThe Brian Lehrer Show April 19, 2012
Leadership Development Center Coming SoonThe Bed-Stuy Patch/Shane Dixon Kavanaugh February 7, 2011
Set to launch this month, The Brooklyn Movement Center will aim to align residents around some of the biggest issues facing Central Brooklyn, giving them the tools and organizational support to effectively address them.
And the timing seems appropriate for such an organization. Bed-Stuy continues to confront a host of challenges, including likely school closures, crime and other ongoing public safety issues.
“We have pressure points around which people can organize and restore a sense of power,” Griffith said. “We have an opportunity to create fundamental change in the neighborhood.”
Power of the PowerlessBrown Alumni Magazine/Ben Muessig January/February 2011
Griffith currently runs the Brooklyn Movement Center, a community organizing group and public-policy think tank founded in June. It is the latest step in Griffith’s 25-year-long career fighting for social and economic justice in the New York City borough where his family has lived for four generations.