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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
Our Methods and Activities: Relationships. Ideas. Action.
The MC is a social justice action plan brought to life by local people. Whether through door knocking efforts, campaigns, or the building of alliances with local groups, we build community around on-going issues, rather than personalities or incidents.
- Parent and Education Organizing - The MC is a multi-issue organization. Currently we train parents and other stakeholders to become more effective in creating change in their neighborhood schools and in the public school system city-wide. We are also using participatory research to assess Community School District 16 needs in an effort to raise student achievement levels. In time, as our membership grows and we increase our volunteer and staff capacity, we will tackle new issues and build campaigns around them.
- Street Action - During the summer the MC goes door-to-door and block-by-block to interview and survey residents to identify issues of greatest importance to them.
- Leadership Development - The MC uses internships, organizing apprenticeships and group trainings to support emerging community leaders and to create a space where they learn policy issues, hone their organizing skills, and activate their own networks and allies.
- Communication Organizing - The MC integrates web property and social media with grassroots activism. The MC looks to establish highly interactive digital platforms that feature citizen journalism, policy forums, community bulletin board, blog discussions, and other vehicles that allow members to drive conversations and address relevant issues in Central Brooklyn.
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