Pratt Students Hosting a Neighborhood Focus Group This Thursday

This school semester, a group of Pratt Institute graduate students are working on a planning studio in Bed-Stuy with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Brooklyn Movement Center as their clients. They’ve been learning about the neighborhood through research and outreach. Now they’re hosting a focus group this coming Thursday, November 15th, with an open invitation to neighborhood residents. The group will share what they’ve learned, and would also like to hear from the community on matters like housing, economic development, health and the environment.

Here are the full details — dinner is included! And notice the RSVP details below.

A group of Pratt graduate students are hosting a discussion group about BedStuy this Thursday evening, Nov. 15th at the Brooklyn Movement Center. Please join us for a fruitful conversation and a free dinner!
Event Details
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Nov. 15th, Thursday
Address: Brooklyn Movement Center, 375 Stuyvesant Ave
How to get there: A/C Utica Ave station or B25 bus lines
Dinner will be served
The conversation will cover housing, economic development, community services, health and other issues that you would like to put on the table.
Please email us at prattbedstuystudio@gmail.com to confirm your attendance!

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Neighborhood News: A Tenants Rights Workshop This Week and a Scholarship Opportunity

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A few things of note in the nabe!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11th at 6:30pm, the Brooklyn Movement Center is hosting its first-ever tenant’s rights training. Here are details:

Maybe you’re a tenant whose landlord is making it more and more difficult for you to live in your Central Brooklyn apartment.

Or maybe you’ve wondered how to go about getting repairs and improvements made in your building, or whether the rent you’re paying is legal.

The Brooklyn Movement Center, in partnership with the Community Development Project, is offering a training on tenants’ right so that you can answers these questions. During this session, we’ll also discuss BMC’s early efforts to strengthen the ability of long-time Black residents to remain in Central Brooklyn, and how you can possibly play a role in building tenant power in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

It will happen at the BMC’s headquarters at 375 Stuyvesant Avenue. RSVP here.

Secondly, applications are open to graduating high school seniors in Central Brooklyn for the Elsie E. Richardson Scholarship. Here are details on that:

Elsie E. Richardson was a community activist in Bedford Stuyvesant for a number of decades. She was born in 1922 in New York, NY and following high school, where she developed secretarial skills, she put these skills to work to serve her country in Washington D.C. during WWII. Following the war she married and relocated to Brooklyn. Elsie’s involvement and activism placed her in the forefront in supporting and/or forming the following well known organizations: Crown Heights Health Center, St. John’s Recreation Center, Pratt Institute Center for Community Development, Medgar Evers College, Boys and Girls HS, Weeksville Society, and Magnolia Tree Earth Center.

Elsie, a strong supporter of education, earned her BA from Pratt Institute and her MA from the New School for Social Research. As the Co-Chair of the Bedford Stuyvesant Housing Committee in the 1960s she escorted Senator Robert F. Kennedy on a tour of the area. Following the tour upon his recommendation she formed a committee which led to the formation of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

Her tireless energy led to her employment as a Broadcaster on Medgar Evers College Radio and a position with the NYC Board of Education. Her family is paying tribute to her commitment to community by offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who meet the criteria identified below.

To check out that criteria and submit an application, go here.

Tonight! Learn About the Central Brooklyn Food Co-Op

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The Central Brooklyn Food Co-op is a member-owned and operated food store with membership open to all, now in development under The Brooklyn Movement Center. If you’re interested, there will be a new membership orientation and general meeting this evening. The group is just starting to get the co-op up and running, so now’s the time to get involved! The meeting is taking place between 7:30 and 8:30pm at the Brooklyn Movement Center’s HQ, 375 Stuyvesant Avenue. Here are details:

On Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30pm, the Brooklyn Movement Center (375 Stuyvesant Ave) will be hosting an Orientation and General Meeting for the Central Brooklyn Food Coop. The Orientation will take place first from 6:30 to 7:30 and will be designed to introduce newly-interested people to the coop. It will include a short presentation on the history of cooperatives in Brooklyn and our mission statement.

The General Meeting will be from 7:30 to 8:30, and we will update our existing members on our progress since the last meeting.

We are especially looking for folks to get involved as organizing members; people who are interested in working on committees such as Outreach & Membership, Business Development, and Fundraising to help move the coop through its planning stages. We’ll discuss this more in-depth at the General Meeting, and later in the summer we’ll be having a follow-up meeting for all who are interested in playing a more substantial leadership role with CBFC.