Redistributing Power and Resources Against Gentrification: The Brooklyn Economic Justice Project
Date & Time
Thursday, May 2, 2024, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Rob Solano Mallory Thatch Allyson Martinez Cecilia Cortes Vila

The Brooklyn Economic Justice Project (BEJP) brings together community-led organizations focused on collectively interrupting the negative impact of gentrification while strengthening economic prosperity for women, transgender, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary (TGNCNB) people, and their families in four underinvested neighborhoods: Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, and East New York. Through collective action, a cohort of grassroots groups has come together to redistribute power and funding across the community, specifically by providing microgrants to emerging leaders that might not be funded through other mechanisms to support economic security, healing justice and safety initiatives. During this session, members of the BEJP cohort will discuss the experience of resource redistribution through this microgranting process, uplift lessons learned to date from this work, and explore future opportunities for the cohort to further build a community-led movement to revitalize the local economy through BIPOC owned business and enterprise.

Session Type
Concurrent How To Session
Issue Area
Economic Development
Conference Theme 2024
Listen to and act with community