Last night, approximately 15 community members spent their night learning and talking about organizing to make change, and beginning to put those lessons into practice. 

During our last Community Conversation in December, participants looked at a number of sub-issues that affect and are affected by gun violence, which had been identified during previous conversations. They then divided into groups to begin working on strategies to address these issues.

Last night, Anthonine Pierre of the Brooklyn Movement Center presented to the group of Crown Heights residents about her work in community organizing and helped particpants think more about strategies for making change.

After sharing an overview of ways to organize, community members divided into groups to talk through different questions related to the issues they were focusing on, such as education and workforce development. Questions included: “What are the strengths and weaknesses of your movement?” and “Who are your opponents/allies?”

After the small groups spent some time discussing these issues together, the entire group came back together for a question-and-answer session with Anthonine.We discussed how to ensure that planning committees remain inclusive for their members. Everyone left with a bit more knowledge about how to work to create change, and with ideas about how to get there.
Thank you so much to Anthonine for joining us. We invite everybody to join us for our next Community Conversation, where we will continue to work on strategies to make our community safer. All are welcome. Stay tuned for the upcoming date in February.