Wednesday, October 14 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Neighborhood Conversations Part 2: Option A - Local Movement Building and System Change: Community Gardens and Racial Equity in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

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Option A: Local Movement Building and System Change: Community Gardens and Racial Equity in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Visit the 462 Halsey Community Garden in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn to hear from the garden’s co-founder Shatia Strother on why she founded the garden and how it has been resourced, including her experience securing seed-funding from neighbors through an ioby campaign. She’ll also discuss how a small-scale project that promotes neighborhood connection and food justice connects to the Black Lives Matter movement. Arif Ullah, Program Director of Programs at Citizens Committee of NYC, will discuss his organization’s model for delivering resources to neighborhood groups. We’ll then be joined for a conversation with Ms. Strother’s fellow activists from the Brooklyn Movement Center and Black Alliance for Just Immigration, who will discuss issues of race and equity in Brooklyn. We’ll walk to the Central Bainbridge Street Community Garden, established in 1978, where we will meet with the garden’s leaders and learn more about the history of food justice in Bed-Stuy.


(Bus to site; Includes about 15 minutes of walking total; seating will be provided at both discussion sites.)

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Mark Winston Griffith

Brooklyn Movement Center
Prior to coming on staff at the Brooklyn Movement Center, Mark was on the Faculty of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and was most recently the field organizer for the MOVE NY campaign. A Central Brooklyn native, Mark Winston Griffith is the former Executive Director and Senior... Read More →
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Demetrice Mills

Community Leader and Board President, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust
Retired Business System Analyst of JPMorgan Chase where he worked for 25 years in the Corporate Trust Division (Information System). A member of Brooklyn Queens Land Trust since 2006, BQLT owns, operates, and steward 34 community gardens in Brooklyn and Queens. BQLT also lease 2... Read More →
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Shatia Strother

Founder, 462 Halsey Community Garden
Shatia Strother is a Bed-Stuy native and resident who's life passion is maintaining the history and culture of communities of color through activism in social, food and environmental justice issues. Her role as mother and wife has lead her towards a path of intentional radicalism... Read More →
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Arif Ullah

Director of Programs, Citizens' Committee for NYC
Born in Bangladesh and raised in Queens, Arif is a typical immigrant New Yorker. He manages Citizens Committee's programs, including grants, workshops, and project planning. He is on the boards of Farm School NYC and the Brooklyn Food Coalition. Prior to Citizens Committee, Arif worked... Read More →

Wednesday October 14, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Bed-Stuy Neighborhood Conversation The Conversation will be in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, but depart from Brooklyn Historical Society

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