Pictures from a Vigil

Today University Settlement staff members attended a vigil on the Lower East Side to protest against the separation of families at the border. The vigil was coordinated by Families Belong Together.

Families Belong Together includes nearly 250 organizations representing Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight family separation and promote dignity, unity, and compassion for all children and families

Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Women’s Refugee Commission, MomsRising, FWD.us, United We Dream, People’s Action, ACLU, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, MoveOn and others, the coalition has raised millions of dollars for immigrant children and families, mobilized hundreds of thousands of people in all 50 states to take action, and helped to reunite thousands of families

Families Belong Together continues its work to permanently end family separation and detention, seek accountability for the harm that’s been done, and immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart. 

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Sunset Park Community Career Expo – Saturday, June 8th, 11AM-3PM at PS1 at 309 47th Street, Brooklyn

The event is open to all community members. Through a combination of workshops, career panels, and tabling throughout the day, it is aiming to provide community members with information about workforce development programs, workers rights, and job opportunities. This fair is designed specifically for ESOL learners. Participating agencies include: MassMutual, Hot Bread Kitchen, Census Bureau, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, UPROSE, NYU Langone Family Health Centers, Innovation Lab, LEEP Dual Language Academy, Brooklyn Rise Charter School, Make the Road NY, Center for Family Life, NY College of Technology, Atlas: DIY, Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Fifth Avenue Committee, Huang & Associates, and many more!

 

Volunteering

Here are some photos from a recent outing our students took to the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to do some spring planting prep work. More on the garden below…

From https://www.mkgarden.org/

M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden is a kind of “communal backyard” for those who live and work in the area. By volunteering to participate as gardeners, we express a shared interest and commitment to gardening, as well as acknowledging that we are also here to maintain the garden as a community green space.

In exchange for this small patch of nature, we’ve agreed to be active participants in the maintenance and growth of this valuable community resource. Members have responsibilities which, when shared equally among all of us, are not time consuming or difficult.

The M’Finda Kalunga Garden means “Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World” in the Kikongo language. It is named in memory of the “second” African American burial ground that was located on nearby Chrystie Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets.

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