Advocacy is a critical component of our work at RiseBoro. Our efforts include building awareness of community issues and initiatives, engaging residents in a call-to-action, making public statements on current social topics, and more. Here you can find information on our latest advocacy opportunities and statements.

City-Wide Participatory Budgeting

CityWide Participatory Budgeting

Dear Brownsville Community Members & Stakeholders,

Happy August! We hope this message finds you well. We are excited to announce the final voting results of NYC’s first-ever Citywide Participatory Budgeting Process! After counting and reviewing 208,244 ballots, all 46 funded programs and detailed vote tallies can now be found on the CEC website. Click the link below to view the final results.

We are pleased to inform everyone that Brownsville submitted a total of 5,495 votes from over 2,224 ballots! With the winning project being “Creating Mental Health Outreach Programs”, We couldn’t have reached these numbers without the help, participation, and commitment from all of you. 

Borough & Neighborhood Ballot Voting Results & Funded Programs for Brooklyn & Brownsville 

Brooklyn – $250,000 of funding for each project

  • Strengthen Mental Health Programs for 9-13 Year Olds
  • Parenting Education Program for Single and Teen Parents
  • Field Trips for Elementary and Middle Schoolers
  • Delivery of Nutritious Meals for Homebound Seniors

Brownsville – $50,000 worth of funding for the winning project

  • Creating Mental Health Outreach Programs


#JustPay Campaign + Day of No-Service 

The #JustPay campaign is committed to ending the government exploitation of human services workers by demanding sector employees under contract with the New York City and State be paid fair wages for their labor. 

We must not allow the City and State budgets to be balanced on the backs of low-income neighborhoods and BIPOC communities. This practice has resulted in poverty-level wages for human services workers, who are predominantly women (66%) and people of color (68%).

Rallying for our Community

Beginning With Children (Pfizer Community Rally)

Students from Beginning With Children Charter School 2 convene elected officials and community leaders to demand that Pfizer keep its commitment to the community.


Borough President Antonio Reynoso, Assembly Member Maritza Davila, community leaders, and students push for long-promised community development on Pfizer-owned empty lot.


Jefferson St Community Garden

Jefferson St Community Garden

The Jefferson Street Community Garden has been a pillar of the Bushwick community for over 20+ years. A home for community events and a space for relaxation. This garden encompassed everything great about this community. We will strive to provide a safe and welcoming space for everyone who comes into the garden. A space where members and visitors can collaborate and teach one another. Growing food, while also growing community. Our garden will also prioritize the under-served community population of Jefferson St/Bushwick for plot assignments.


Right to a Roof:

Right to a Roof: Demands for an Integrated Housing Plan to End Homelessness and Promote Racial Equity

As New York City begins to envision its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the movement for racial justice captures our national attention, never has the need for safe, healthy, and affordable housing for all New Yorkers been more dire.

Join us at a virtual rally calling for a bold new approach with policies and priorities that reject austerity, end homelessness, promote racial equity, and prioritize housing opportunities for those with the most need.