Solidarity Space's grand opening fundraiser was attended by close to 100 friends and local activists. John Tomac and artist-in-residence Anna Lise Jensen presented their artwork. Speakers included representatives from partners including Rider's Alliance, Bike South Brooklyn, Fight Back Bay Ridge, Democratic Socialists of America, and Bay Ridge for Social Justice, among other groups.
A New Beginning South Brooklyn residents are surely familiar with the name Ross Barkan because of his run for State Senate in the Democratic primary for New York's 22nd district. While his campaign ended in September, this was the start of a new chapter for him and a dedicated group of volunteers, who ranged in age from 15 to 70+. We were undaunted and hungry for a gathering place for progressive minds that came to be called Solidarity Space.
The Grand Opening
Organizing meetings began almost immediately — and last Wednesday evening we were thrilled to unveil our new community center and political club in Bay Ridge.
"Nobody had any expectations, but [Wednesday night's] turnout exceeded anyone's expectations," says Solidarity Space organizer Genna Goldsobel.
The grand opening is just the beginning of what Solidarity Space has in store. While most campaigns end after an election, our mission is to build on this momentum and to advocate for progressive values that empower all residents of South Brooklyn.
Solidarity Space is a donation based organization. For as little as $10.00 a month, we can keep this much needed community center alive.
Check out coverage of the event, published by Kings County Politics.