Overbrook's Visit to UPROSE

This past summer, I had the pleasure of visiting UPROSE’s office in Sunset Park, Brooklyn to meet and interview various members of the organization’s staff. UPROSE is an intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally-recognized community organization that promotes the sustainability and resiliency of the Sunset Park community through organizing, education, leadership development, research, advocacy, and cultural/artistic expression. The organization is engaged in a range of projects that include, but are not limited to, conducting research and data around how Superstorm Sandy cleanup impacted recovery worker’s health; hosting an art build in their collective space to bring together local community members; and convening youth from across the country who have been on the frontlines of climate justice efforts at the Climate Justice Youth Summit to discuss social justice issues and develop leadership skills.

My strongest recollection of the office was the vibrant, welcoming, and powerful meeting space, which housed artwork, pictures, and many sunflower painted parasols displaying “We Rise”, “Climate Justice”, and “Resist”. The characteristics of the meeting space were reflected in every staff member I spoke with. Across all my discussions, I recognized a passion for the work, a profound respect for the community served, and a love of the organization that brought these elements together. I encourage you to watch the four-minute video below to see for yourself and learn about UPROSE’s work from those that know it best.

In the wake of Hurricane Maria and the current crisis in Puerto Rico, I also encourage you to visit UPROSE’s website to learn more about local environmental organizations based in Puerto Rico that are working at the grassroots level.

A big thank you to Elizabeth Yeampierre, Ting Ting Fu, Ana Orozco, Kiya Vega-Hutchens, and Sylvia Gonzalez for taking the time to speak with me, and letting me record them on my iPhone.

A New Video Series: Overbrook's Visit to Urban Green

A few months ago, Foundation staff began brainstorming on how we might better utilize the abundance of new communication mediums to highlight and amplify our grantees critical work. And who better to explain and bring to life their work than the grantees themselves. With this in mind, Katie, armed with a tripod, microphone, and iPhone visited Urban Green in downtown Manhattan to interview a few members of their team and hear about their work.

The result is the three-minute video below which introduces you to a few of Urban Green’s amazing staff as they tell us about the organization’s mission, recent accomplishments, and upcoming projects. Urban Green is doing incredible work in our own back yard helping to transform NYC into a leader in green buildings. If you want to learn more about Urban Green check out their website here

This video series will be an ongoing project of Overbrook as we visit other grantees in our Environment and Human Rights programs. We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoy creating these videos! 

Finally, we want to send a big thank you to Urban Green who graciously offered to be our first ‘guinea pig’ on this project.

June Grants Awarded!

The Foundation is pleased to announce its June 2017 grants to the following organizations.

The Human Rights Program awarded grants to nine organizations:

The Environment Program awarded grants to eleven organizations:

Congratulations to these groups on their many achievements and great work!

The People's Climate March

Exactly one week after the March for Science, over two hundred thousand demonstrators congregated in Washington D.C. for the fourth annual People’s Climate March. It was an ominously hot April day, ninety-one degrees Fahrenheit, as demonstrators chanted “We’re here, we’re hot, this planet’s all we got” down Pennsylvania Avenue. When the crowd reached the White House, it sat down in silence and then collectively roared to both symbolically drown out the many climate denying voices that now presided there and let President Trump know that the resistance was present and alive on his 100th day of office.

The People’s Climate Movement was founded in September 2014 when people of different races, ethnicities, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds came together on the eve of the UN Climate Summit to demand bold, urgent, and equitable action to the global climate crisis. Demonstrators marched for action: investment in an economy that benefited frontline and indigenous communities and a transition to a new and renewable energy economy.

This year, demonstrators, including students, workers, faith communities, indigenous nations, community organizations and environmental groups, marched to protect the gains that have been made in recent years and continue to demand initiatives that move the US to a new, clean energy economy. Led by the frontline communities that are experiencing the impacts of climate change first and worst, marchers demanded jobs, justice, and climate action. Organizers hope to capture and harness the continued energy and participation around this movement and turn it into a political coalition capable of countering the Trump agenda at all levels, including the devastating cuts to efforts combatting climate change.

There were over five hundred amazing partnering organizations for the march. Overbrook wants to send a special thanks to our many grantees who served on the march’s steering committee or as a partner organization. Thank you for your incredible work!

Overbrook Grantees on the Steering Committee:

Overbrook Grantees that served as Partners:

 

The March for Science

This past Saturday, on every continent, in every US state, tens of thousands of people gathered and marched for the first March for Science. Described as a pro-science, political, but not partisan event, the march celebrated and championed science. The march’s goals ranged from supporting scientists, humanizing science, uniting scientists and supporters in partnership, advocating for open, inclusive and accessible science, to affirming science as a democratic value. Participants creatively translated these ideals to humorous signs proclaiming “Got Plague? Me Neither. Thanks Scientist” and “What do we want? Science based policy. When do we want it? After peer review.” The march’s full mission can be seen below.

The march had humble beginnings when one of the co-founders Caroline Weinberg mentioned the idea this past January on social media. Two and half months later, Caroline and her co-leads, Jonathan Berman and Valorie Aquino had coordinated, organized, and facilitated a global movement and march with six hundred rallies and tens of thousands of people participating in both major metropolis’ as well as more remote locations like Wake Island and Atka Island, Alaska. Some of The Overbrook Foundation’s own staff marched through the drizzle in New York City. Please enjoy some of our favorite pictures (and signs!) below.

Overbrook played a small role in supporting the march’s organization by providing space to Caroline. Our staff can personally attest to the hard work and long hours put into making this march a reality. Caroline, Jonathan, and Valorie have mentioned that in the coming months they will try to harness and translate this incredible energy into action. We congratulate them on this monumental success and wish them luck with their future work! We encourage you to check out their website here to learn more.

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.

February Grants Awarded!