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30-day challenge to raise $4000 this October for BEFORE IT’S GONE// TAKE IT BACK Documenting Brooklyn - Fighting Gentrification (B4G)

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September 29, 2014

Dear Friends & Community

We have a 30-day challenge to raise $4000 this October for BEFORE IT’S GONE// TAKE IT BACK Documenting Brooklyn - Fighting Gentrification (B4G), a community documentary art, resource and organizing project to save affordable housing in Brooklyn.  Because of the generous donations of supporters like you, we were able to begin taking photo, video and art submissions from Brooklyn residents and hired a web development firm to build our website hub. Your monthly or one-time contribution in the next 30 days will help sustain this important work.  

As you know, we are a grassroots effort and currently do not receive any grant funding.  Every donation is vital to us and will be truly appreciated. Whether you live in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Boston, Baltimore or Barcelona - if you believe in affordable housing and are against corporate gentrification then please GIVE to this project.

To Volunteer or to Get Involved:  Here are the Work Areas and Tasks currently needed for B4G http://equalityforflatbush.tumblr.com/post/98118888717/here-are-the-work-areas-and-tasks-currently-needed

If enough of us get behind it, we can make ‘BEFORE IT’S GONE , TAKE IT BACK Documenting Brooklyn - Fighting Gentrification a reality!

Thanks so much
Imani Henry, Lead Organizer, BEFORE IT’S GONE// TAKE IT BACK Documenting Brooklyn - Fighting Gentrification


BEFORE IT’S GONE // TAKE IT BACK is a Brooklyn-wide project of  Equality for Flatbush  (E4F) a new people of color-led grassroots organization which does anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification organizing in the Flatbush and East Flatbush sections of Brooklyn, NY Equality for Flatbush


equalityforflatbush:

Before It’s Gone // Take It Back is launching ! Submit your videos, photos and artwork celebrating Brooklyn life today to: submit@beforeitsgone.info or Contact us at: flatbushequality@gmail.com or call /text (646)820-6039 BEFORE IT’S GONE // TAKE IT BACK: Documenting Brooklyn - Fighting Gentrification is a Brooklyn-wide project of Equality for Flatbush : E4FTO Help us Build our Website and Sustain this project PLEASE DONATE: http://www.gofundme.com/Before-Its-Gone
equalityforflatbush:

Before It’s Gone // Take It Back is launching ! Submit your videos, photos and artwork celebrating Brooklyn life today to: submit@beforeitsgone.info or Contact us at: flatbushequality@gmail.com or call /text (646)820-6039 BEFORE IT’S GONE // TAKE IT BACK: Documenting Brooklyn - Fighting Gentrification is a Brooklyn-wide project of Equality for Flatbush : E4FTO Help us Build our Website and Sustain this project PLEASE DONATE: http://www.gofundme.com/Before-Its-Gone

equalityforflatbush:

Before It’s Gone // Take It Back is launching ! Submit your videos, photos and artwork celebrating Brooklyn life today to: submit@beforeitsgone.info or Contact us at: flatbushequality@gmail.com or call /text (646)820-6039 BEFORE IT’S GONE // TAKE IT BACK: Documenting Brooklyn - Fighting Gentrification is a Brooklyn-wide project of Equality for Flatbush : E4F
TO Help us Build our Website and Sustain this project PLEASE DONATE: http://www.gofundme.com/Before-Its-Gone

equalityforflatbush:

Here are the Work Areas and Tasks currently needed for BEFORE IT’S GONE // TAKE IT BACK: Documenting Brooklyn - Fighting Gentrification (B4G). 

We have Volunteers and Collaborators in who currently live in Brooklyn and across New York City, as well as in Connecticut, North Carolina and Toronto,CA.

Please feel free to think of  New and Creative Ideas to support these Work Areas!  Please let us know what area(s) of work most appeal to you and what dates and times you are available in the next week or so to talk via phone, SKYPE  or in-person.

Also please estimate how many hours a week or month you would like to give.

 If you want to be part of the growing grassroots movement to respond to the crisis of gentrification in Brooklyn then please contact us at  flatbushequality@gmail.com  (646) 820-6039

Looking forward to working with you

Imani Keith Henry for B4G

Funds are Urgently Needed - So Please Donate Today http://www.gofundme.com/Before-Its-Gone

Work Areas & Tasks of BEFORE IT’S GONE // TAKE IT BACK:

Administrative & Office Team

  • Are you good at create organizational infrastructure for virtual offices?

  • Can you help make or coordinate phone calls to volunteers or community groups?

  • Are you able to write thank you letters and maintain correspondence with project donors?

  • Are you a whiz with Mailchimp, Powerpoint, or Excel?

  • Can you proofread and/or edit documents, grant proposals, press releases, etc?

  • Do you have access to a car?  Can you coordinate pick ups or drop offs of our supplies and deliveries ?

  • Can you help with us find a central convenient location to work or meet from?

Anti-gentrification Research and Resource Team

  • Can you help coordinate and compile housing, legal and community organizing resources for a specific Brooklyn neighborhood or population to go up on the B4G website hub?

  • Are you excited about compiling research, data, case law, etc that would helpful to a community group fighting displacement?

  • Would you love to research and solicit info about other anti-gentrification projects in NYC, nationally and internationally to be included in the resource sections of the B4G website?

Anti-oppressive Best Practice Tips and Resource Team  

“I want to be part of the solution: How to live in a consciously anti-oppressive way in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods” is a section of the website that will offer tips, political writings, and resources for strengthening the cultural awareness of both new and long-time residents

  • Would you like to help research writings and/or write for this section of the website?

Documentary Archival Team

  • Can you help with outreach to existing Brooklyn community groups, block associations, historians, archives to solicit footage, pictures, artwork to be included in the project?

  • Are you a Brooklyn resident, that can organize photo, video and artwork submissions from your family, neighbors, and friends?

  • Can you be a documentarian for your neighborhood and conduct interviews with the tenants and homeowners, document community events, track gentrification in your neighborhood and submit to the website?

  • Can you help document the stories of elders and long time residents in your Brooklyn neighborhood?

Fundraising, Grants & Donors Team

  • Do you like to do Grant Research and know people in the Grant Funding field who you can pitch our project to?

  • Can you write Grants or Fundraising Promotional Materials?

  • Would like to help plan a large scale Fundraiser,  Host a House Party or Club Night ?

  • Could you Promote our GoFundMe Campaign widely to your social media networks?

  • Do you know people who you could recruit to be Major Donors?  Could you ask them to give a $200 , $500  $2000 donation or more to the project?

  • Would you love to work on our committee for the B4G Launch Party Fundraiser tentatively scheduled for February 7, 2015?

In-kind Donations/ Perks Team

  • Are you  interested in soliciting  “perks”  -  free t-shirts, mugs, art-work, services, etc -  from local businesses and artists that we can offer as rewards to donors on the GoFundMe page?

  • Can you find businesses and professionals who will donate their  administrative, legal, artistic, etc services to the project?

  • Would you like to coordinate the ordering of perks from our vendors and make sure they arrive to our donors each month?

International Anti-Gentrification Selfie Campaign & Celebrity Outreach Team

  • Do you know Spike Lee, other celebrities, or artists  who could support our project by doing a selfie, give us a shout-out in the press, on stage or over social media, perform at a fundraiser, write a song about us, make a video for us etc?

  • Would you love to  get selfies from community leaders, tenant rights groups, student activists, trade unionists, health professionals, etc ?

  • Are  you interested in soliciting selfies from other cities/states/ or countries?

  • Can you help get selfies from people and groups whose signs are written in different languages such as Spanish, Korean, Greek, etc?

Media & Spokespeople Team   

  • Are you already well-connected within the press and media world? Would you like to be ?

  • Can assist with creating a media strategy and help pitch stories to the press ?

  • Do you like writing press releases?

  • Have you been displaced or have a compelling anti-gentrification story that would be important to get out in the press?

  • Would you like to go through training on our project’s talking points  and become part of our Media Spokesperson Team?

  • Can you use your podcast to promote our work  or connect to online media sources


Promotional and Literature Materials Team

  • Are you a graphic designer or artist who can help design flyers posters, t-shirts, etc for the project?  

  • Can you create and design promotional materials to would help us better reach different demographics and communities?

  • Do have creative concepts that you think could help boost the signal of the campaign?



Social Media & Online Outreach Team

  • Can you promote the work of B4G on a daily or weekly basis through your social media or online networks?

  • Can you use your podcast to promote our work  or connect to online media sources ?

  • Do you experience developing social media strategies and campaigns?



Street  & Community  Outreach Team

  • Would you like to help organize a B4G meeting in your neighborhood?

  • Can you help get out flyers and posters up in your neighborhood, shopping center, school, or in your building ?

  • Could you organize or be a part of a rush hour flyering team at train stations, bus terminals, or shopping centers

  • Would you allow your home, office, community center to become a neighborhood drop off/pick up site for the campaign?  

  • Can you take B4G flyers to and announce our events at your PTA, tenant rights, block association, art collective, union, etc meetings?

  • Are there stores, cafes, barber shops, places of worship that you could do regular drops or outreach to?



Translation/Language Accessibility Team

  • Of the 800 languages spoken in New York City, which language(s) can you make sure Before Its Gone // Take It Back (B4G) project’s literature is written in?

  • Can you orally translate or interpret using American Sign Language (ASL) at B4G events or meetings?

  • Can you help to develop literature, graphic design or linguistic creative concepts that would be most effective to a specific community?



Video Public Service Announcement Production Team

  • Would you love to create a video Public Service Announcements about B4G’s work and campaigns?

  • Do you ideas about create ways to use video to boost the reach of the project?



Wall of Shame Website Team

The website will also include a weekly feature entitled the “Wall of Shame” to expose greedy corporations, real estate developers and landlords whose lust for profit, for example orchestrates the tearing down of low-income or senior housing to build luxury apartments. We will also use this section to highlight current lawsuits brought against landlords by tenants.

  • Can you help coordinate and compile articles and photos from the wall of shame section?



Website Maintenance  & Submissions Content Team

  • Do you have frontend and backend web developer experience that you can lend to the project?

  • Are you proficient in WordPress and could create new pages or help with updates of information to the website?

  • Can you help correspond with Brooklyn residents who submit artwork, videos, photos for the website?

  • Can you support our Content Manager and view submissions to ensure they meet the project’s guidelines?

  • Can you help to make the sure that submissions are of a high digital quality?

BEFORE IT’S GONE // TAKE IT BACK is a Brooklyn-wide project of  Equality for Flatbush  (E4F) a new people of color-led grassroots organization which does anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification organizing in the Flatbush and East Flatbush sections of Brooklyn, NY

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YouTube Star Shane Dawson Apologizes For Blackface Videos But I’m Not Buying It

naijaboi:

Bring yourself, your friends, communities to view, be in action and community around Trans Lives Matter!  My photographs will be on view 24/7 @ Wooster St. Window Gallery of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, presented by Queer Art Mentorship
Trans Lives Matter! at Leslie Lohman Museum’s Wooster St Window Gallery
https://www.facebook.com/events/703076413118367/
 September 24-November 19, 2014, Exhibition Dates
November 14th, Group Show & Celebration 7-9pm
November 21st, Video Program 7-9pm includes excerpt of films:
             The New Black by Yoruba Richen, 
            Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa! 
            by Seyi Adebanjo, and much more. Q & A with directors to follow.
Queer Art Mentorship presents Seyi Adebanjo: Trans Lives Matter! at Leslie Lohman Museum’s Wooster St Window Gallery. For the exhibition, artist, activist and QAM 2013-14 fellow in film making, Seyi Adebanjo has produced eight large scale photos. Selected from Adebanjo’s series of photographic and video works that document Black trans community rallies, their empathic eye bears witness to people as they collectively grieve, give each other strength, and voice outrage at, “Cops, court, racism, jail, transphobia, prison, neighborhood violence, policing, classism and profiling. The level of criminalization and violence we deal with at the intersection of our black trans lives reveals the need for healing and justice in our communities.” (Quote from Sasha Alexander, founder of Black Trans Media)
A powerful and intensely moving document of a community vigil for Islan Nettles a transgender Womyn of Color, concerning her spirit and life. Because the personal is political. Because healing and action tighten our fists and boom our voices. Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles. – work made possible by City Lore & Bronx Documentary Center (BDC)
 Artist Statement Seyi Adebanjo  I am a visual artist who raises awareness around social issues through multi-media photography, performance art and documentary video. My work is the intersection of art, media, imagination, ritual and politics. My work is lyrical, engaging people in trans-formative, political and spiritual dialogues. 
 The Museum will embark on a new collaboration with the Queer/Art/Mentorship program based here in New York City. Queer/Art/Mentorship was founded on the belief that the more vibrant and supported the queer artistic community is, the more porous its boundaries will become, thereby cultivating superior artistry and sustainable creative careers. 
 There will be exhibitions of work by Q/A/M participants in the Wooster St. Window Gallery running from late September 2014 until mid-February 2015, curated by 2014 Q/A/M fellow Rick Heron.
 THE WINDOW GALLERY AT LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM The Window Gallery at the Leslie-Lohman Museum is a street facing gallery featuring work by contemporary, emerging or under-represented LGBTQ artists who address issues of gender, identity, sex and pop culture. The Window Gallery is only visible from the street and is on view 24 hours a day. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013 (212) 431-2609
Wooster St. Window Gallery 26 Wooster Street Street level on view 24/7
Photograph of Katrina Goodlett, Lourdes Ashley Hunter & Janet Mock  by Seyi Adebanjo.
Exhibition Dates: September 24-November 19, 2014
Support the work of 
Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater New York
Black Trans Media
Black Trans Men Inc.
CK LIFE 
Bronx Documentary Center (BDC)
City Lore  Brook Cerda
Katrina Goodlett host of the KittyBella Show. 
naijaboi:

Bring yourself, your friends, communities to view, be in action and community around Trans Lives Matter!  My photographs will be on view 24/7 @ Wooster St. Window Gallery of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, presented by Queer Art Mentorship
Trans Lives Matter! at Leslie Lohman Museum’s Wooster St Window Gallery
https://www.facebook.com/events/703076413118367/
 September 24-November 19, 2014, Exhibition Dates
November 14th, Group Show & Celebration 7-9pm
November 21st, Video Program 7-9pm includes excerpt of films:
             The New Black by Yoruba Richen, 
            Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa! 
            by Seyi Adebanjo, and much more. Q & A with directors to follow.
Queer Art Mentorship presents Seyi Adebanjo: Trans Lives Matter! at Leslie Lohman Museum’s Wooster St Window Gallery. For the exhibition, artist, activist and QAM 2013-14 fellow in film making, Seyi Adebanjo has produced eight large scale photos. Selected from Adebanjo’s series of photographic and video works that document Black trans community rallies, their empathic eye bears witness to people as they collectively grieve, give each other strength, and voice outrage at, “Cops, court, racism, jail, transphobia, prison, neighborhood violence, policing, classism and profiling. The level of criminalization and violence we deal with at the intersection of our black trans lives reveals the need for healing and justice in our communities.” (Quote from Sasha Alexander, founder of Black Trans Media)
A powerful and intensely moving document of a community vigil for Islan Nettles a transgender Womyn of Color, concerning her spirit and life. Because the personal is political. Because healing and action tighten our fists and boom our voices. Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles. – work made possible by City Lore & Bronx Documentary Center (BDC)
 Artist Statement Seyi Adebanjo  I am a visual artist who raises awareness around social issues through multi-media photography, performance art and documentary video. My work is the intersection of art, media, imagination, ritual and politics. My work is lyrical, engaging people in trans-formative, political and spiritual dialogues. 
 The Museum will embark on a new collaboration with the Queer/Art/Mentorship program based here in New York City. Queer/Art/Mentorship was founded on the belief that the more vibrant and supported the queer artistic community is, the more porous its boundaries will become, thereby cultivating superior artistry and sustainable creative careers. 
 There will be exhibitions of work by Q/A/M participants in the Wooster St. Window Gallery running from late September 2014 until mid-February 2015, curated by 2014 Q/A/M fellow Rick Heron.
 THE WINDOW GALLERY AT LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM The Window Gallery at the Leslie-Lohman Museum is a street facing gallery featuring work by contemporary, emerging or under-represented LGBTQ artists who address issues of gender, identity, sex and pop culture. The Window Gallery is only visible from the street and is on view 24 hours a day. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013 (212) 431-2609
Wooster St. Window Gallery 26 Wooster Street Street level on view 24/7
Photograph of Katrina Goodlett, Lourdes Ashley Hunter & Janet Mock  by Seyi Adebanjo.
Exhibition Dates: September 24-November 19, 2014
Support the work of 
Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater New York
Black Trans Media
Black Trans Men Inc.
CK LIFE 
Bronx Documentary Center (BDC)
City Lore  Brook Cerda
Katrina Goodlett host of the KittyBella Show. 

naijaboi:

Bring yourself, your friends, communities to view, be in action and community around Trans Lives Matter!  My photographs will be on view 24/7 @ Wooster St. Window Gallery of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, presented by Queer Art Mentorship

Trans Lives Matter! at Leslie Lohman Museum’s Wooster St Window Gallery

https://www.facebook.com/events/703076413118367/

 September 24-November 19, 2014, Exhibition Dates

November 14th, Group Show & Celebration 7-9pm

November 21st, Video Program 7-9pm includes excerpt of films:

             The New Black by Yoruba Richen,

            ya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa!

            by Seyi Adebanjo, and much more. Q & A with directors to follow.

Queer Art Mentorship presents Seyi Adebanjo: Trans Lives Matter! at Leslie Lohman Museum’s Wooster St Window Gallery. For the exhibition, artist, activist and QAM 2013-14 fellow in film making, Seyi Adebanjo has produced eight large scale photos. Selected from Adebanjo’s series of photographic and video works that document Black trans community rallies, their empathic eye bears witness to people as they collectively grieve, give each other strength, and voice outrage at, “Cops, court, racism, jail, transphobia, prison, neighborhood violence, policing, classism and profiling. The level of criminalization and violence we deal with at the intersection of our black trans lives reveals the need for healing and justice in our communities.” (Quote from Sasha Alexander, founder of Black Trans Media)

A powerful and intensely moving document of a community vigil for Islan Nettles a transgender Womyn of Color, concerning her spirit and life. Because the personal is political. Because healing and action tighten our fists and boom our voices. Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles. – work made possible by City Lore & Bronx Documentary Center (BDC)

Artist Statement Seyi Adebanjo
 I am a visual artist who raises awareness around social issues through multi-media photography, performance art and documentary video. My work is the intersection of art, media, imagination, ritual and politics. My work is lyrical, engaging people in trans-formative, political and spiritual dialogues.

 The Museum will embark on a new collaboration with the Queer/Art/Mentorship program based here in New York City. Queer/Art/Mentorship was founded on the belief that the more vibrant and supported the queer artistic community is, the more porous its boundaries will become, thereby cultivating superior artistry and sustainable creative careers. 

There will be exhibitions of work by Q/A/M participants in the Wooster St. Window Gallery running from late September 2014 until mid-February 2015, curated by 2014 Q/A/M fellow Rick Heron.

THE WINDOW GALLERY AT LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM
The Window Gallery at the Leslie-Lohman Museum is a street facing gallery featuring work by contemporary, emerging or under-represented LGBTQ artists who address issues of gender, identity, sex and pop culture. The Window Gallery is only visible from the street and is on view 24 hours a day.

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013
(212) 431-2609

Wooster St. Window Gallery
26 Wooster Street
Street level on view 24/7

Photograph of Katrina Goodlett, Lourdes Ashley Hunter & Janet Mock  by Seyi Adebanjo.

Exhibition Dates: September 24-November 19, 2014

Support the work of

Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater New York

Black Trans Media

Black Trans Men Inc.

CK LIFE 

Bronx Documentary Center (BDC)

City Lore
Brook Cerda

Katrina Goodlett host of the KittyBella Show. 

BECOME a Before Its Gone // Take It Back (B4G) Fundraising, Grants & Donors Team Volunteer or Collaborator TODAY !

BECOME a Before Its Gone // Take It Back (B4G) Fundraising, Grants & Donors Team Volunteer or Collaborator TODAY !

  • Do you like to do Grant Research and know people in the Grant Funding world who you can pitch our project to?

  • Can you write Grants or Fundraising Promotional Materials?

  • Would like to help plan a large scale Fundraiser,  Host a House Party or Club Night for B4G ?

  • Could you Promote our GoFundMe Campaign widely to your social media networks?

  • Do you know people who you could recruit to be Major Donors?  Could you ask them to give a $200 , $500,  $2000 donation or more to the project?

  • Would you love to work on our committee for the B4G Launch Party Fundraiser tentatively scheduled for February 7, 2015?

  • Please feel free to think of  New and Creative Ideas to support this Work Area!

Here are  ALL the Work Areas and Tasks currently needed for B4G:http://equalityforflatbush.tumblr.com/post/98118888717/here-are-the-work-areas-and-tasks-currently-needed

Please let us know what area(s) of work most appeal to you and what dates and times you are available in the next week or so to talk via phone, SKYPE  or in-person.

Also please estimate how many hours a week or month you would like to give.

Please contact us at : flatbushequality@gmail.com  or (646) 820-6039

Looking forward to working with you

Imani Henry, Lead Organizer for B4G


BEFORE IT’S GONE // TAKE IT BACK is a Brooklyn-wide project of  Equality for Flatbush  (E4F) a new people of color-led grassroots organization which does anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification organizing in the Flatbush and East Flatbush sections of Brooklyn, NY

whatchu-know-bout-me:

Imani Henry is an artist, social worker, and revolutionary. He is a founding member of TRANSJUSTICE, one of the only political organizing groups by and for trans and gender non-conforming people of color, and started the BEFORE IT’S GONE//TAKE IT BACK campaign to fight gentrification in his Flatbush neighborhood. 

FLATBUSH NEEDS IMANI BACK! Help #GetImaniBack2Flatbush by making a contribution at 

http://www.gofundme.com/GetImaniBack2Flatbush

Earlier this summer, he was displaced from his long-time residence in Flatbush. A recent graduate of NYU’s MSW program, he is seeking community support so that he can get back to Flatbush and devote the next  6 months of his life as a part-time organizer and community social worker back on the streets of his neighborhood, working with Equality for Flatbush on the BEFORE IT’S GONE//TAKE IT BACK PROJECT. 

 

soymalahierba:

Testimonial from Loan Tran: “it’s time to ‪#‎GetImaniBack2Flatbush‬

Imani is a friend, a comrade, a mentor, a fierce, fearless, loud-mouthed, booty-shaking, movement-making bad ass. he has dedicated much of his life to anti-war efforts, queer & trans liberation, and economic and racial justice. for the past several months he’s been working to bring Before It’s Gone // Take It Back to life: uplifting the stories, culture and art of folks being displaced by gentrification in Brooklyn and his efforts have created ripples nationwide, in neighborhoods everywhere where poor people and people of color are being pushed out. the message that Imani brings rings clear: we can resist gentrification and we can do it together.
he’s been displaced and now it’s time to get him back to Flatbush so he can be a part time community organizer for Equality for Flatbush : E4F and community social worker.

let’s celebrate Imani’s 45th birthday by giving a lil bit back of all he’s given to us.”

Imani Henry is a name you should know. To say that he is one of a kind doesn’t do him justice.

Imani is a veteran social justice organizer, artist, and social worker with a long history with the anti-war movement, queer and trans liberation, and struggles for racial and economic justice.

Imani has touched thousands of lives. By consistently refusing to be pigeonholed into one struggle, he reminds us of the power of building coalitions and practicing solidarity.

From being a founding member of TRANSJUSTICE, one of the only political organizing groups by and for trans and gender non-conforming people of color, to founding BEFORE IT’S GONE//TAKE IT BACK, Imani is always on the forefront of movement organizing.

Imani has never failed to be present for others doing the work. He’s always the first one to help in a meeting, and one of the last ones cleaning up after the march.

Now it’s our time to give back.

On August 30 Imani turned 45. Earlier this summer he had to give us his long-time residence in Flatbush. A recent graduate of NYU’s MSW program, Imani wants to get back to Flatbush as soon as possible - to spend the next 6 month of his life as a part-time organizer and community social worker back on the streets of his neighborhood, working with Equality for Flatbush on the BEFORE IT’S GONE//TAKE IT BACK PROJECT.

To make this a reality, we need to all practice a little solidarity and reciprocity. Chances are you, or someone in your community, has benefited from the legacy of Imani’s political work.

We need your help! We want to raise $10,800 in the next 30 daysto provide 6 months of support to help Imani transition back to Flatbush and set him up to be able to focus on PT organizing for Equality for Flatbush. 

Go Fund Me

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