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Building Power Birthday

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Valery Jean

THE STORY:

I turn 36 on September 1st of this year. It's not a cool number like 35 but, who's counting?

Instead of receiving gifts, I want to give back. Please help me raise $3,600 to support Voter Organizing at FUREE (Families United for Racial & Economic Equality). FUREE is a people of color and women-led, intergenerational grassroots organizing group that challenges racism, patriarchy and classism both in its organizing work and in its organizational structure.

Apart from campaigns around preserving/protecting affordable housing, winning sustainable jobs and protecting needed services, we also have a voter engagement program that has turned out more than 10,000 unengaged voters over the past few years.

This year, our members want to reach out to 5,000 low income and working class people of color in Brooklyn communities where displacement is real - in fact, the African American population in one neighborhood we organize has dropped by 24% over the past 10 years. That's nothing to sneeze at.

Building political power is critical in reclaiming power for those who don't have power in money. It allows people to hold their elected officials accountable, push for systemic changes and pays homage to the Voting Rights Act, an important win from the Civil Rights Movement that has recently been decimated by the Supreme Court.

To get there, we need your contribution, but most importantly, a sign of solidarity. 

Reaching this goal will help us to hIre FUREE members as precinct captains who recruit and coordinate their own team. $3,600 translates into 300 hours of door-knocking and phone banking or reaching to 2,100 people.

Can my birthday gift from you be a donation to FUREE?

A donation (or pledge) of $20, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford will help us get there. Sharing this link means that we can get to our goal even faster.

I hope that I can count on my extended family to help FUREE to build power in Brooklyn and make my 36th year causing trouble on this planet even more special!

Love, light & liberation.
Val

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