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Organizations unite to form Brooklyn Congregations United

March 3, 2008

Brooklyn Congregations United (BCU)

On Sunday, March 2, PICO affiliate Brooklyn Congregations United (BCU) celebrated its First Annual General Assembly. Over 400 community members from across Brooklyn packed Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church for an afternoon of community building, fellowship and live entertainment. The event marked the joining together of two PICO organizations, Community Action Project and Southwest Brooklyn Congregations, and honored their past successes.

BCU was joined by nine elected officials from all levels of government, including Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, as well as several Members of the New York City Council and the New York State Senate. The program also included presentations by allies to BCU, including Domestic Workers United and The Coalition for Educational Justice.

At the event, community members presented BCU's strategic vision for 2008. They covered concerns that face Brooklyn and New York City as a whole, and included housing, public education, health care, economic growth and employment, youth issues, and immigration.

Officials embraced BCU's platform and pledged to work together with the community to address concerns in these areas. Congresswoman Clarke promised to work with community members who are facing mortgage foreclosures. Borough President Markowitz cited the importance of focusing on the middle grades. Council Member Kendall Stewart spoke to the need for immigration reform.