FUREE's Annual Convention - Take Back our CommUNITY!

Convention 2010 Flyer

Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 12pm-4pm
PS 67/Charles A. Dorsey School
51 St. Edwards Street
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

A FREE community and family event.
Food, child care and Spanish/English translation provided.
RSVP TODAY by calling (718) 852-2960 x300 or by emailing
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While banks, corporations and real estate developers are swimming in kick-backs, bail outs and tax breaks...
While public housing moves towards privatization...
While summer youth jobs are slashed...
While condos sit empty during a housing crisis...
Our communities are in crisis with increasing poverty, unemployment, lack of truly affordable housing, lack of services, hunger and our youth face day care closings, lack of quality schools, no youth jobs...

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and IT'S TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR COMMUNITY!

STAND UP, SPEAK OUT AND TAKE BACK:

  • Truly affordable housing for low income and working families!
  • Local, permanent and sustainable jobs!
  • Access to quality, healthy and affordable food!
  • Services to support and move people PERMANENTLY from the cycle of poverty!
  • Inclusion in community and economic development planning!
  • Quality schools and day care for our children!
  • An end to the attack on low income families, working families, people of color and women!

Also, support our Youth Organizing Initiative's roll out of their new Sustainable Jobs for Youth Campaign! RECLAIM, SHIFT & REDEFINE POWER OUR COMMUNITIES!

Featuring performances by Hasan Salaam & Desiree Marshall, art exhibit by FUREEous Youth and Pratt Institute students, political theater, and the Housing is a Human Right exhibit.

Confirmed Guests (list in formation): NYS Assembly District 57 Leader/Committeewoman Olanike Alabi, NYC Council Member Charles Barron, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, NYC Council Member Letitia James, NYS Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery, NYC Council Member Stephen Levin and NYS Assemblyman Joseph Lentol

Endorsers (list in formation): Brooklyn for Peace, Center for Third World Organizing, DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving, Fort Greene Peace, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), Housing is a Human Right, Hunger Action Network of NYS, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, Kevin Powell - Activist/Author, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, May Day New Orleans, NESRI - National Economic & Social Rights Initiative, Picture the Homeless, PATOIS: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, Right to the City, Sistas and Brothas United, Social Justice Leadership, Youth on the Move, Quito Ziegler

Nitza Nieves
Board of Directors, Co-Chair

I have been a member of the Board of Directors, elected by my fellow FUREE members. It has given me the opportunity to lead our members in making important decisions in the organization.

I have participated in various activities and campaigns at FUREE. The child care campaign has helped providers to win recognition and value for the work they do. We want them to receive a just salary, raises and other basic benefits. The NY VOTE campaign gave me the opportunity to understand why it is important that we as voters go out and vote. I learned that our vote is our voice and the way that we can demand change and benefits for our communities, and at the same time I could educate and motivate other people to go out and vote. In the Education campaign – Parents Making a Difference – I learned that it is important to involve yourself in your children’s schools, that we have rights to demand services and a good education for our children. Also, we all learned how to exercise our rights as parents.

Last year & like the years before, I participated in many activities this year, including protests, meetings, trainings, our Annual Convention, parties, our annual retreat, and more.

In FUREE I have received support from all the staff and members. It has given me the opportunity to learn to make myself strong and useful. I feel that FUREE is like my family. I already have many friends in the organization and they bring me their support in times when my family and I need it.
In the name of all the people who speak Spanish at FUREE, I want to thank all the staff because they are concerned that in all the activities that FUREE offers, that we are accommodated, that we understand what is happening through translation, and that we get the same message and information as everyone else.

I hope that for next year, we will have more active members, we’ll have more campaigns, that we will build the parent organizing campaign, and that we continue to have our great staff and members.

Beverly Corbin
Board of Directors, Co-Chair

Peace to all. 2005 has been a good year. A year where FUREE has grown in numbers and strength. We will take our place in the world to show how people who know the system, can teach the system how to work for them.

We, at FUREE, have been empowering ourselves through many campaigns such as NY VOTE, the Fulton Mall Campaign and the Child Care Campaign.

In NY VOTE, we went out to the neighborhoods where we live to get more people involved in voting and putting the needs & issues of the community members, in the face of our public servants such as the Mayor & the Governor. We want to show our politicians that we, the people, have the power and they must listen to what we have to say.

We have a new race coming up with the Governor this year. We will again resume our NY VOTE mobilizations next summer to make sure our families, neighbors, and communities know the issues and get out and vote.
We made some victorious strides this year! We won $4.5 million, in the city budget, for child care providers across New York City. But that’s not enough and we know it. We will work hard to win the other $5 million for the women and men who take care of the littlest New Yorkers.

You, the members of FUREE, have done this for yourselves. You stood up in the face of those who did not want to hear you and you made them listen. They heard you loud and clear, that this is a new day. We are telling the representatives in government that they work for us. That we work hard to put you in office and we need you to support our goals.

This year, we would also like to have Members’ Night, regularly, once a month so there will be a place for all of FUREE to come together and meet each other. Here, we can get to know the work each campaign/committee is doing and to bring FUREE to the forefront. We can learn what is going on in all the different parts of FUREE and maybe support each other. But most of all, Members’ Night is for us to have a good time, and to relax. I hope each of you will come out to our Members’ Events and enjoy yourself.

With that being said, we need to raise money to make us a much stronger, powerful organization. We need to do fundraising and membership building. Also, through the membership, I would like us to get our message out to as many people as we can. There is power in numbers. We have learned this from the last year of work. Keep talking about FUREE to everyone you meet.
I would also like to thank the staff for the work they have done to support us in meeting our goals. We know they have given our work a lot of time. The Members and the Board would like to thank you for the hours you have put in and a heartfelt thank you from all of us.

Each of us will fight until the end for our members to win the rights all of us deserve.

I will end with this— WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE THE POWER, SO THE POWER IS IN EACH OF US.

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