Civic Engagement and Local Democracy

  • SBK regularly hosts Community Town Halls to ensure that elected officials represent the interests of low-income and minority residents.

  • SBK supports black, female leadership. Two of SBK’s black, female Board Members were elected to City Council, one serves as and the other as Chair of Youth Committee . Additionally, SBK rallied the community to elect a black woman to the School Board .
  • SBK mobilized public housing residents to take power over the governance of their homes, resulting in the election of one SBK board member and two community leaders to the Housing Board of Commissioners , who were able to build a coalition to force an audit by the NY State Comptroller to exact change within the agency

  • SBK has staged rallies, marches, and vigils in response to national police killings and local harassment. 250 local residents attended a recent vigil, in a city of under 7,000.
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