Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Malcom X Fest This Sunday

This Sunday the Malcom X Grassroots Movement and the Crystal House Project are sponsoring Malcom X Fest from 12pm-5pm at 89 Crystal St. in Brooklyn. Activities will include Self Defense/Anti Police Brutality Training, t-shirt making workshops, children's activities, and DJ Asere mixing Malcom X speeches and hip-hop all day. Bring a potluck dish to share and eat for free.

For more details, contact Kana at 347-265-4484 or

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NASW-NYC Recognizes Amy Ellenbogen

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers recently recognized Project Director Amy Ellenbogen with a Social Work Image Award for her work in community organizing at the Mediation Center.

Other honorees included Martha Adams Sullivan (Chapter Service Award), Patricia Volland (Lifetime Achievement Award), Marlene Rodriguez (Social Work Image Award, Administration), and Juan David Gastolomendo (Social Work Image Award, Direct Practice). The keynote address was given by the President of Medgar Ever College Dr. William Pollard, M.S.W. on the topic of social workers as first responders to human need.

Congratulations to Amy and to all the honorees!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tools and Resources Men Need for 2010 and Beyond

Community Board 8 is co-sponsoring an event called Tools and Resources Men Need for 2010 and Beyond on Saturday, June 12th from 12:00-5:00pm. The event will be at Berean Missionary Baptist Church, 1635 Bergen St between Rochester and Utica Aves.

The event will feature a panel discussion, "What I Wish My Father Told Me," with Jitu Weusi, Mark Winston Griffith, Mark Pollard, Esq. and Louis Reyes Rivera. Call 718-467-5620 or 718-467-5574 for more information.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Citizenship Drive May 26th - Free Assistance to Apply for U.S. Citizenship

This spring, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is offering FREE ASSISTANCE to eligible individuals to complete the U.S. citizenship application. 

If you are eligible to apply for citizenship, you will be scheduled to meet with a trained volunteer to fill out the N-400 form and receive information about the additional requirements to complete your application.

The next session is May 26 from 4 pm-8 pm.   
 To find out if you are eligible, call (718) 773-6886  
and ask about the “Citizenship Drive.”  
 All information will be kept confidential. 

This event is sponsored by Council Member Darlene Mealy District 41.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Year Up Taking Applications for September 2010

Year Up is a program that prepares ambitious young adults ages 18-24 for careers in IT and finance through offering intensive training in these areas while students receive a weekly stipend and college credits. Over five months, students learn technical, financial, and professional skills and then have opportunities to work as information technology or investment operations interns in a corporate setting.

The program is now taking applications on a rolling basis for its September 2010 term, with deadlines June 9th and July 21st. For more information, visit or visit an open house every Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm at 55 Exchange Place, Suite 403, New York, NY.  You can also call 212-785-3340 x1338 or email

New CB8 Website

If you haven't already seen the new website of Community Board 8, be sure to check it out here. Along with a great redesign, the website also features employment and community news listings, as well as various resources around the community and a lovely running slide show with pictures of the area.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Upcoming Events at LaunchPad

LaunchPad, a new creative space located at 721 Franklin Avenue, is dedicated to hosting free events focused on the arts, community programming, technology, and more. The following are some of their fun upcoming events, which are also on their Facebook page. And while you're on Facebook, don't forget to become a fan of the Mediation Center!

Thursday, 5/13 at 8pm, 721: Art Talks (featuring Michael Dalton)
The first of a new series of forums where photographers can showcase their work in front of their peers, neighbors, and the photography community at large.

Saturday, 5/15 at 2pm, Potluck BBQ and Crawfish Boil
LaunchPad is teaming up with Brooklyn Brainery to celebrate spring and their upcoming semester with a Crawish Boil and Barbecue.

Friday, 5/21 at 9:30am, Coworking Day & BBQ
Free wifi, interesting people, fun projects all around. Work inside or outside. After work BBQ starts at 5:30pm.

Friday, 5/28 at 8pm, Dymaxion Quartet
A jazz performance of nine original compositions inspired by Asca S. R. Aull's "Heaven on Earth" photography series.

Food, Inc. Screening Hosted by LTI

Last week, the Mediation Center's Leadership Training Institute hosted a screening of "Food, Inc." at our office. Throughout their training sessions this year, the group has developed a strong interest in food justice and food activism and are working hard to organize a healthy food fair on June 26th that will educate the community about the benefits of eating healthy, locally, and sustainably.

As a preliminary event the group hosted a screening of the documentary "Food, Inc., " attended by LTI participants, community members, and Mediation Center staff.  After watching the film, which exposes some of the darker aspects of the U.S. industrial food system, the group discussed some of the ways to get involved in changing the food system and becoming more aware of the food we put into our bodies every day.  Some of the ideas for getting involved in the Brooklyn local food/food justice scene included joining the Brooklyn Food Coalition, joining a Crown Heights Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group, joining a food co-op (Park Slope Food Co-op and Lefferts Farm Food Co-op are two options), and watching other films that document where our food comes from such as  "Fresh" and"King Corn."

Keep an eye out for more information about LTI's June 26th healthy food fair soon!