Brooklyn’s Oldest Latino Community Based Organization Celebrates 50 Years of Community Activism11:07 PM
UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community based organization, celebrates 50 years of activism and community organizing in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and beyond.
The focus of the organization shifted to environmental justice when Elizabeth Yeampierre took over as the Executive Director in 1996.
Executive Director, Elizabeth Yeampierre had this to said, “I am truly honored and humbled by all the love that our community and allies have shared with us on our 50th anniversary. We have worked tirelessly to protect, defend and honor the Sunset Park community and environmental justice communities throughout the city. Over the past few decades, we have accomplished a lot. We stopped the siting of a fourth power plant in our community, we brought back the B37 bus after that line was cut by the MTA, and we were instrumental in the opening of Bush Terminal Park as an added green space for our community. I look forward to the work that lies ahead. We are committed to the transition toward a regenerative energy economy and we strongly believe that Sunset Park can be the manufacturing hub for renewable energy in New York City.”UPROSE is part of several alliances and coalitions working to reduce carbon emissions locally and nationally.
In addition to policy work, UPROSE continues to focus on the youth of Sunset Park and their development as young leaders and community organizers.
“UPROSE continues to organize one of the largest and best youth-led gatherings on climate and environmental justice. It is an event primarily of, by and for young people of color. I left the Climate Justice Youth Summit completely energized” Michael Leon Guerrero, Former Executive Director for the Climate Justice Alliance, said.
“The grassroots environmental and climate justice movements are influencing the national dialogue around climate change. UPROSE has played an instrumental role in amplifying the environmental justice voice locally and nationally.” Bill McKibben, Co-Founder of 350.org, said.
“It is beautiful to see the influence that the environmental justice movement has had on mainstream environmental groups. It only makes sense that the communities most vulnerable to climate change lead the movement to end our reliance on the fossil fuel based economy, which literally fuels climate change. Groups like UPROSE have put in the hard work to change the discourse of the climate change debate to focus on communities hit first and worst by climate chaos” Rev. Yearwood, President of the Hip Hop Caucus, said.
Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance said, “The leadership of frontline communities and communities of color is essential for us to transition to an economy that protects both human dignity and the integrity of our planet. In the struggle for climate justice, UPROSE has played a transformative and visionary role, strengthening our movements not only in New York but nationally and globally.”The anniversary celebration took place Friday at BRIC Arts Media in Downtown Brooklyn with approximately 300 people in attendance from NY and around the country.