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Anne Gregory, Phd
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University

This month, we’re bringing you a multi-part update on our Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project. In this post, our evaluator Dr. Anne Gregory discusses the outlook for the second half of the project.

Since October 2017, 14 youth activists have been learning and organizing as part of our new Reproductive Justice Activists (RJA) program. In June, they will share their advocacy experiences and recommendations with Brooklyn Community Foundation and celebrate the culmination of their 10-month project. 

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Our President and CEO Cecilia Clarke reflects on actions taken by corporations and foundations in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, and highlights the Foundation’s 2016 decision to divest from gun manufacturers and our deep commitment to investing in the leadership of young people to advocate for policy change.

The New York Civil Liberties Union has published a stunning analysis of new data made public through the Student Safety Act, which requires the New York City Police Department to issue quarterly reports on arrests, summonses, and other police-involved incidents in New York City public schools.

All across New York City, criminal justice advocates and organizers are celebrating one of the biggest victories in recent memory: the Mayor’s announcement of a plan to close Rikers Island by 2027.

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

We stand with you, today and every day. 

You are lifelines and you are visionaries. 

You protect, sustain, and empower our communities, while you lift up values, solutions, and roadmaps to propel us toward change.

For many of us, Tuesday’s decision opened the door to uncertainty and fear about what is to come. 

Yet, in the face of fear and uncertainty

In the face of racial injustice

In the face of deep economic inequity

In the face of religious persecution

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Today we are announcing that Brooklyn Community Foundation is formally divesting from private prisonsgun manufacturers, and predatory lenders in alignment with our commitment to advancing racial equity across all facets of its institution. 

Ben and Jerry’s is in the news—and not for a new flavor, but instead for a strong and exemplary stance on racial justice

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

A report released today by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Corporation for Enterprise Development, The Ever-Growing Gap, examines our country’s growing racial wealth divide and the trajectory of that divid

In response to the unceasing assaults on black women and men across our country, Brooklyn Community Foundation invited all of our grantees to join in a circle for reflection last Friday morning.

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