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January 22, 2011

MC in the News

The District 16 Project

Bed-Stuy Patch/C.Zawadi Morris

November 6, 2012

 

In March, 2012, School District 16 in Bedford-Stuyvesant was identified in an annual report by the Schott Foundation for Public Education as – once again – one of the lowest-performing districts in the city.
The report, A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City, concluded that because of the city’s policies and practices that result in an inequitable distribution of educational resources, children who are poor, Black and Hispanic have far less of an opportunity to learn the skills needed to succeed on state and federal assessments.
The findings—a somewhat familiar re-telling of the pernicious cycle of poverty—were less surprising as they were troubling, while District 16 emerged as the prototype of what happens when an educational system goes terribly wrong.

Poverty and Community Education Panel

City Limits – Conversation and Networking Series

October 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.

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Brian Lehrer’s CUNY TV Show

October 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.

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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

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New coalition aims to sway 2013 race using education research

Gotham Schools/Geoff Decker
August 7, 2012

 

Indeed, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools hasn’t gained steam since its arrival on the scene. Its social media pages have been dormant for months, and its online pledge list has attracted only about 100 signatures, a far cry from the 100,000 that its website says is the group’s goal. Kest said he expected more pledges to come as a result of union organizing efforts.
And even education leaders on the other side of the aisle have agreed that the conversation is growing old. Last month, Success Academy Charter Schools CEO Eva Moskowitz derided some candidates for not speaking with conviction on education.
Mark Winston Griffith, of the Brooklyn Movement Center, said he shared Gotbaum’s and Moskowitz’s concerns.
“I don’t want to be defined by what we’re against,” said Winston-Griffith, who is a member of the A+ coalition. “I want to be defined about what we’re for.”
That’s where organizers for A+ NYC believe they fit in.
Many of the coalition’s members are traditional opponents of Bloomberg and his education policies. The Alliance for Quality Education, New York Communities for Change, and New York’s chapter of the NAACP have received financial support from the teachers union and been a regular presence at school closure and charter school co-location protests in recent years.

With One Photo a Day, Citizen Journalism Project Rallies a Community

Ijnet/LindsayKalter
July 19, 2012
Armed with cell phones, locals in some New York City neighborhoods are documenting the changes as they head to work, talk with their neighbors and play with their kids.
The photo-a-day project, started by the Brooklyn Movement Center, a New York City-based community organizing group, aims to capture those quotidian changes and start conversations about city life as the photos are shared with social media.
The organization, which opened in March, asks participants to submit photographs that tell a story about their Brooklyn neighborhoods. Volunteers also conduct video interviews with residents. The project started in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in June and moved to Crown Heights in July. Marly Pierre-Louis, communications organizer for the organization and urban planning graduate student at Hunter College, talked to IJNet about using citizen journalists to delve deeper into local communities:

Central Brooklyn Organizers Mine Citizen Journalism for Photo A Day Project

DNAinfo/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.”

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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.

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Questioning the Food Desert/Obesity Link

The Brian Lehrer Show
April 19, 2012

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Leadership Development Center Coming Soon

The 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.”

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Power of the Powerless

Brown 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.

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Brooklyn Movement Center

Brooklyn Movement Center

The Brooklyn Movement Center (the “MC”) 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 identify important issues in their lives, win concrete improvements in their community, and build power. The Brooklyn MC is staffed by local organizers, supported by volunteers, governed by a community-based board of directors, and guided by an advisory group made up of activists and organizers from across the city

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