We Support the Establishment of the Shirley A. Chisholm Community Center!

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We Support the Establishment of the Shirley A. Chisholm Community Center!

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Council Member Jumaane D. Williams started this petition to City Of New York

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams is launching a drive to build the Shirley A. Chisholm Community Center in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. In 2013, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams announced that the Bloomberg Administration allocated $400,000 to complete an impact study for the development of the Shirley Chisholm Community Center at Tilden Park.

Shirley A. Chisholm was the first African American and first Caribbean-American woman elected to Congress, the first major-party African-American candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

As the proud daughter of a Barbadian mother and a Guyanese father, Shirley A. Chisholm blazed a trail for the Caribbean-American community, which predominates the population of the 45th District. Representative Chisholm has historical significance to Brooklyn and this community in particular, obtaining her college degree, like Council Member Williams, from Brooklyn College, and having her congressional district encompass the majority of this area. She was also committed to young people, from her beginnings in teaching and child care to a legislative career that includes victories, such as the Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) program. She created the program while in the New York State Assembly, which paved the road to open admissions at the City University of New York (CUNY) and provides opportunities for low-income students.

“I am blessed to walk in the distinguished footsteps of Shirley Chisholm, both as a Caribbean-American and as an elected representative of this community,” said Council Member Williams. “I feel personally connected to her trademark ‘unbought and unbossed’ brand of leadership – a brand I endeavor to represent in my work every day. Every African-American, Caribbean-American and woman seeking public service stands on her shoulders. I believe the best way to commemorate her many contributions is to establish a community center bearing her name which will serve generations to come.

“One of the most important results that I want to bring about is that young people to have a safe place to learn and grow. A state of the art community center is exactly the type of facility that our young people need, particularly in my district. Right now, the people of the 45th council district must travel at least three miles to reach the nearest community center, which everyone would agree is unacceptable. I am pleased that the Bloomberg Administration has allocated these funds to complete an impact study for the development of the Shirley Chisholm Community Center at Tilden Park. A lot of credit has to be given to the Bloomberg administration for starting the ball rolling on this project and it is my hope that the de Blasio administration will continue to advance this vision.”

The center, when completed, will be the only such facility serving residents of the 45th Council District, and would offer residents of all ages access to recreation, educational and employment opportunities. The Shirley A. Chisholm Community Center would be located on the grounds of the existing Tilden Park, located in the East Flatbush district on Tilden Avenue, between East 48th and East 49th Streets. The nearest community center is several miles away in Brownsville, not readily accessible to the residents of East Flatbush and the surrounding neighborhoods.

"Shirley Chisholm said 'service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth'," added Council Member Williams." That is a spirit all of us should embody, and that is the heart of what will go into the Shirley Chisholm Community Center."

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