Tuesday, October 13 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Neighborhood Conversations Part 1: Gowanus C - Public Housing Voices in a Rapidly Changing Neighborhood

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The Gowanus/Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn is an intensely contaminated community that is simultaneously undergoing multiple processes of environmental remediation and gentrification. The 4,500+ public housing residents of this neighborhood face unique challenges including environmental racism; poor housing conditions and disproportionate impacts from extreme weather associated with climate change. In this Neighborhood Conversation, we’ll explore these dynamics and the challenges and opportunities posed by the Gowanus Canal Superfund Clean Up, neighborhood combined sewage overflow (CSO) issues, the remediation of several manufactured gas plant sites, the rapid disappearance of commercial establishments and services that are affordable to low- and moderate-income households and the recently announced housing authority plan to build market-rate apartments in the parking lots of Wyckoff Gardens. Attendees will also learn about the Turning the Tide initiative, a multi-neighborhood effort that focuses on building social and environmental resiliency in five Brooklyn public housing developments. The Conversation will be hosted by staff and members of FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Justice), who organize low-income families to fight for a seat at the decision-making table, mobilize voters around community-identified demands, and win economic justice battles for residents of Gowanus-area public housing. FUREE leaders will be joined by staff of the 5th Avenue Committee, a community development corporation with a long history of community organizing that works to advance economic and social justice, advocate for affordable housing, and combat displacement caused by gentrification.

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Sabine Aronowsky

Campaign Manager of the South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative, Fifth Avenue Committee
Sabine Aronowsky joined Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) in 2013 and is the Campaign Manager of the South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative (SBADI). SBADI engages low- and moderate-income residents in local public processes to ensure accountability by government and private... Read More →
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Beverly Corbin

Activist, FUREE
Beverly Corbin resident of Wyckoff Gardens for 30 years and FUREE activist for 12 years
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Theresa Davis

Activist, FUREE
Theresa Davis is a resident of the Gowanus Houses and a FUREE activist.
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Michael Higgins, Jr.

Community Organizer and Gowanus resident, Families United for Racial and Economic Justice
Michael Higgins Jr. is a member turned organizer at FUREE, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality. A native of Fort Greene, Michael works with public housing tenants in developments around Downtown Brooklyn, building power in low-income communities around issues of accountable... Read More →

Tuesday October 13, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Gowanus Neighborhood Conversation The Conversation will be in Gowanus, Brooklyn, but depart from Brooklyn Historical Society

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