There’s a mighty tree that has been growing in Brooklyn, New York for some time now; and they have been and will continue to be an undeniable force and voice for Climate Justice. That tree and voice is UPROSE. UPROSE is Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community based organization, founded in 1966. Today, they are a nationally-recognized intergenerational and multi-racial/cultural community organization that promotes sustainability through organizing, education, leadership development and cultural/artistic expression.This past Saturday I was invited to take part in their Community Arts Block Party to make art for the #Peoplesclimate march.
Before I got my hands dirty, or painted anyway, I got to speak briefly with UPROSE’s compelling and venerable Executive Director, Ms. Elizabeth Yeampierre. Ms. Yeampierre is a prototypical New Yorker; fearless, profound and capacious, and at the same time extremely affable. She explained the collaborative structure of UPROSE and the importance of incorporating youth development into most, if not all, of their activities and initiatives, noting, “communities are stronger when they are intergenerational.”