Saturday, October 30, 2021

Our Bronx People's Festival Recap

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On behalf of the Bronx-wide Coalition, we’d like to thank everyone who was able to join us last Saturday, October 23rd for our first in-person coalition event this year, The Bronx People’s Festival. We absolutely couldn't have done it without you! 


The day began with all coalition hands on deck despite some morning rain that eventually cleared and made way for plenty of sunshine and engaged Bronxites at the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center courtyard.


Attendees and onlookers could see, hear, and feel the excitement in the air as our coalition members and partners prepared planning, learning, healing, and civic stations for community members, along with an activity hub for children and youth.


Coalition organizations and partners were present to engage an inspiringly diverse group of Bronx residents coming together under a shared vision of advancing racial justice and economic democracy, and building community power.


The coalition also unveiled a beta version of the Bronx People's Budget Survey, an opportunity to reflect on and decide how public resources should be allocated for our borough and city. We believe that the City budget reflects a set of priorities, and we want to hear how you would allocate those resources in line with what’s important to you. Check out the survey here.


Last, but certainly not least, is that we didn’t forget all of the food, music, and culture that comes along with a festival. Amarilis Medina and Al-Aqsa Restaurant prepared our complimentary meals, the Bronx's own DJ KayKay47 provided our tunes, and a handful of local emcees, poets, performers, and speakers shared the communal microphone for the day. All while freebies and raffle prizes added further cheer throughout the celebration.



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