advancing progressive ideas and actions
Support the Puerto Rico Brigade Project:
If you can, attend our cocktail party on
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 3pm-7pm
251 15th St., Brooklyn (between 5th & 6th Ave)
or just donate!
Dykin Browm was falsely charged for first degree murder in Virginia. Police were conspiring with one false witness to frame Dykin despite three witnesses who gave him an alibi for the time of the killing. Thanks to the fund raised by the Len Ragozin Foundation and the family, and the diligent work of their attorney the prosecution has dismissed all charges.
Support the Puerto Rico Brigade Project!
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 3pm-7pm
This June, twenty faculty members and students from New York area colleges are coming together for a solidarity brigade to Puerto Rico to conduct advocacy and volunteer work on the island. In the aftermath of September 2017’s Hurricane Maria, the effects of long and short-term systemic neglect have been particularly pronounced in the educational and residential infrastructure of the island. Puerto Rican workers have valiantly been fighting against school closings and privatizations which caused layoffs and the weakening of teacher unions. These attacks on public education began before the hurricane, however the hurricane has been used to further attach public schools particularly those that serve poorer communities on the island. Even the University of Puerto Rico, which has faced sustained attacks by the Middle States Commission for years, has been threatened with losing accreditation and being shutdown in recent months.
See PROFILED: The Documentary
VICTORY for Dykim Brown
Kyam Livingston: Award for Scholarship
and Commitment to Social Justice
PROFILED is a 53 minute documentary about racial profiling & police brutality.
PROFILED knits the stories of mothers of black and Latin youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S.
Ranging from the routine harassment of minority students in an affluent Brooklyn neighborhood to the killings and protests in Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri, Profiled bears witness to the racist violence that remains an everyday reality for black and Latin people in this country and gives us a window on one of the burning issues of our time.
Help support the distribution of the film!
The Len Ragozin Foundation’s mission is to encourage debate and discussion of trends in progressive politics, explore cutting edge practices in the area of social activism, develop cultural projects that explore areas of progressive issues and provide charitable assistance to individuals and groups striving to improve their long-term situation though increased education and/or gain meaningful experience in an area of community service.
Progressive Ideas in Practice
We seek to provide support for groups working on new, innovative ways to put progressive ideas into practice. Groups working on topics from education to immigration are challenged to create thoughtful, practical ways to bring about meaningful change in a measurable way in the real world.
We are fully aware that any single attempt to put ideas into practice may not result in measurable change on a large scale. We are interested in the organized attempt and the originality of the approach. We are committed to the process of experimentation while being patient with the measurement of outcomes. The interaction of ideas with efforts at implementation is a protracted one that we believe will enrich the experience of the groups involved.
On 7/21/2013, Kyam Decol Livingston died in a police holding cell in Brooklyn's central bookings jail. The scholarship we are promoting in Kyam's name is a way to encourage awareness and activism in the struggle against racist police murders and racial profiling. It is a way to make sure that Kyam's life will be remembered and her death will not have been in vain. Ms Anita Neal (Kyam’s mother) and the Committee for Justice for Kyam proposes to give the award to three of the top graduating students at the Ditmas Junior High School.
Help support the Kyam Award