#Brooklyn Shows Love Mutual Aid Project

May 13, 2020 Brooklyn Shows Love Material Aid Project (BKSL) Update

Equality for Flatbush (E4F) and The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network (BAN) have decided that we will no longer close our #BrooklynShowsLove grocery delivery list and will instead continually maintain waiting lists in the hope that we will be able to take new orders at a faster rate.

If you have called Equality for Flatbush between April and May, please know that you do not need to call again as you are already in our system. Here is what will happen:

  • A BKSL volunteer will be in touch shortly to put you on an upcoming waiting list as well as help you find other food resources in your neighborhood from our extensive resource list in the meantime.
  • We will let you know when to expect a call to take your grocery and supply order which will be delivered within 7 days. We also highly encourage community members to frequently check our 23 paged resource list for updates and new resources

We want to apologize profusely for any delays you may have experienced in getting your deliveries. We are Black/People of Color-led organizations that have been fighting displacement and police violence in Brooklyn for the last 7 years. This is our first time doing food distribution, so we are learning as we go. We thank you and truly appreciate your patience and understanding.

Equality for Flatbush and Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network have committed to feeding Brooklynites and providing other forms of material aid until May 2021, and maybe even longer depending on the circumstances. As of May 2020, we have doubled our food distribution work, and have committed to providing two large bags of non-perishable food and COVID-19 household supplies to more than 400 households. If you would like to help the #BrooklynShowsLove Mutual Aid Project expand our capacity, please sign up to volunteer: bit.ly/bkshowslovevolunteer and/or donate to the Emergency GoFundMe page: bit.ly/BKshowsLoveGOFUND

#WeLoveBrooklyn #BrooklynShowsLove #BrooklynIsNOTforSale

To contact us about grocery/supply deliveries, medication pick-up/drops, tenant/rent-strike organizing support, and other forms of material aid,
people can text, call, or email us at:

English: (646) 820-6039 + (929) 277-1490 

or bkshowslove@equalityforflatbush.org + b4g@equalityforflatbush.org 
Banglabangla@equalityforflatbush.org or (908) 793-8195
Frenchenfrancais@equalityforflatbush.org or (929) 314-0222
KreyolEnKreyol@equalityforflatbush.org or (646) 801-3032
Mandarinmandarin@equalityforflatbush.org or (929) 314-1292
SpanishEnSPA@equalityforflatbush.org or (862) 438-5060

Resource Pagebit.ly/BKShowsLoveResourceList 

#BrooklynShowsLove:

Voici une liste de ressources pour COVID-19 de #BrooklynShowsLove, y compris des informations sur les aliments, les suppléments, les livraisons et les ressources de santé mentale: bit.ly/BKShowsLoveResourceList
enfrancais@equalityforflatbush.org – (929) 314-0222

আপনি যদি ব্রুকলিনে থাকেন এবং আপনার জরুরি গ্রোসারি ডেলিভারি প্রয়োজন, তাহলে ইকোয়ালিটি ফর ফ্ল্যাটবুশ এর সাথে যোগাযোগ করুন
bangla@equalityforflatbush.org – (908) 793-8195
# ব্রূকলিন  শোউস লাভ কোভিড 19 রিসোর্স তালিকাঃ খাবার,ডেলিভারি ও মানসিক স্বাস্থ্য সেবা । bit.ly/BKShowsLoveResourceList

Si vive en Brooklyn y necesita recibir una entrega de emergencia de comestibles, comuníquese con Equality for Flatbush al: EnSPA@equalityforflatbush.org – (862) 438-5060
Aquí hay una lista de recursos para COVID-19 de #BrooklynShowsLove, que incluye información sobre comida, suplementos, entregas y recursos de salud mental: bit.ly/BKShowsLoveResourceList

如果你是布鲁克林居民,需要食品或其他生活必需品紧急递送,请联系E4F: mandarin@equalityforflatbush.org – (929) 314-1292
这是 #BrooklynShowsLove 资源列表,其中包含食品, 曰用品,传送和心理健康资源:bit.ly/BKShowsLoveResourceList

Equality for Flatbush (E4F) and The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) are grassroots organizing efforts to fight racism, police violence, and gentrification in Brooklyn, NY. As we are all dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, E4F and BAN are committed to supporting Brooklynites, especially those that have been historically racially, economically and socially disenfranchised. Given that none of us knows what the future holds during this stressful time, E4F and BAN are launching The #BrooklynShowsLove Mutual Aid Project, a five-pronged campaign to build and support neighborhood-based mutual aid efforts, connect people to existing or new community resources, and to provide material aid.

Brooklyn has such a rich history of people coming together to build grassroots organizations, movements, and alliances. Brooklynites already know that the best way to keep our communities safe in these difficult times is by neighbors helping neighbors. We hope that many people from across Brooklyn will volunteer and support The #BrooklynShows Love Mutual Aid Project.

All of us at Equality for Flatbush (E4F) and The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN), wish you all good health and send our solidarity and love to all New Yorkers and our loved ones as we deal with this moment of crisis.

To sign up to volunteer: bit.ly/bkshowslovevolunteer
To donate to the Emergency GoFundMe page: bit.ly/BKshowsLoveGOFUND
To apply to the emergency fund: bit.ly/bkshowsloveshmoney

To contact us, people can text, call, or email us at:
English: (646) 820-6039 + (929) 277-1490
bkshowslove@equalityforflatbush.org or b4g@equalityforflatbush.org
Kreyol: EnKreyol@equalityforflatbush.org or (646) 801-3032
Mandarin: mandarin@equalityforflatbush.org or (929) 314-1292
Spanish: EnSPA@equalityforflatbush.org or (862) 438-5060
Bangla: bangla@equalityforflatbush.org or (908) 793-8195
French: enfrancais@equalityforflatbush.org or (929) 314-0222

#BrooklynShowsLove Mutual Aid Project Organizing Teams

Phone Tree Team Captains:
Equality for Flatbush and Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network will be reaching out to our Brooklyn-wide base to assess what are people’s needs and the ways we can support them. We need volunteer callers to help provide material aid and resources to community members who have been economically and/or medically impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. We also want to strengthen our ability to rapidly respond with phone zaps and online campaigns to stop tenant harassment and police violence in this period. With every phone call we make, we will ask community members to set up phone trees and/or text loops within their building, on their block, with members of their place of worship, etc, so we can build and/or strengthen neighborhood-based networks of mutual aid and support. We are recruiting as many volunteer callers as possible to help with this effort and we are touch with other mutual aid projects.

Equality for Flatbush (E4F) will launch The #BrooklynShowsLove Emergency Fund for Flatbush, East Flatbush and Crown Heights residents
For hourly wage workers, dollar van and cab drivers, domestic workers, street vendors, home health attendants, nail salon workers, hair braiders/dressers/barbers, sex workers, restaurant workers, artists, contract workers, construction workers, retail workers, daycare and child care providers, Lyft & UBER drivers and others who have lost their source of income during this crisis. We also want to support people living on fixed incomes, homeless individuals, and/or people who are food insecure who have relied on neighborhood food pantries that have shut down in this period.

E4F wants to provide a one-time love offering of $150 to help people pay for groceries, keep up with their medications, take care of loved ones who are sick, etc to as many residents as possible. We will use Cash App, Venmo, PayPal, or paper checks. Our goal is to fundraise for a cycle of applicants each week and distribute funds over the weekend. The 1st cycle to apply for will begin on Friday, March 20th and end on Friday, March 27th at 11:59pm. The funds will be distributed on March 28th and 29th. The 2nd cycle application would start on Saturday, March 28th and end on Friday, April 3rd at 11:59pm, with the funds being distributed during Saturday April 4th and Sunday, April 5th. Our goal is to continue to raise funds on a weekly basis as long as we can.

The criteria for funding is your name, address, neighborhood and method of payment. We have no desire to police who does and does not receive funds or not. No one will be turned away, as we all cope with this unprecedented global crisis. All we ask is that people do an honest assessment of their access to other financial resources and think about the fact the average median income of many historically low-to-middle income African-American and migrant communities of color in Brooklyn is under $30K a year.

We want to raise as much money as possible.
$30K will allow us to give funds to 200 of our neighbors.
$50K will help us to support 333 community members.
$70K will make sure that 466 residents get funds.
$100K will ensure over 660 people receive a $150 love offering.

Resource and Info Researchers:
E4F and BAN have been compiling and sharing resources about coping with COVID-19, ways to combat anti-Asian violence and xenophobia, potential job opportunities and emergency funds, as well as empowering mutual aid work happening locally, nationally and globally. We want to learn about more resources, especially resources geared toward migrant communities of color, undocumented people, QTPOC/LGBTQ communities, financially impacted people, etc. Please join the Resource and Info Researcher Team.

View #BrooklynShowsLove COVID-19 Resource List Here.

Fighting Collectively for Systemic Change:
As the pandemic impacts Brooklyn and the city as a whole, E4F and BAN are more committed than ever to our mission of fighting for justice, safety, and solidarity in our communities. Along with supporting community members directly, we continue to work with our fellow activists and organizers across the city fighting for housing justice, police accountability, migrants’ rights, and transformative social change. In solidarity with our movement allies we demand systemic changes that, when embraced, will deepen our community’s ability to thrive in this critical time and beyond. At this moment, as always, we are working with a spirit of love and abundance, embracing the range of liberation work that is happening organically throughout the city to keep our communities safe.

To Join Equality for Flatbush and The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network

For Flatbush/East Flatbush residents: equality-for-flatbush-organizing-list@googlegroups.com
For Brooklyn residents: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/b4g-volunteers
For New Yorkers who want to be connected to the city-wide anti-gentrification movement : The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network Organizing List: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/the-brooklyn-anti-gentrification-community-organizing-list