Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our Children, Our Future: Community Forum on the State of Education in Harlem

Join the conversation about the state of education in Harlem!

We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to cater to our community's most precious resource.

Concerned community members from across Community Boards 9, 10, and 11 will discuss the key educational resources, supports and opportunities our children need to reach their full potential.

Our Children, Our Future: A Community Forum on the State of Education

Monday, August 16, 2010
Minisink Townhouse
646 Lenox Avenue @ 142nd Street

Sponsored by: Harlem4, Organizing for Harlem, and the Order of the Feather Fraternity, Inc. 


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

OFH's first brunch of 2010! Sat. 3/22 | 2-5 | Covo Ristorante

As part of Organizing for Harlem's mission to connect Young Professionals with opportunities to engage in & serve the community, we host local brunches in local businesses featuring notable community leaders, great food, & YOU!

Our last brunch was a success - with an inspiring and informative chat with Beatrice Sibblies. We had attendees across all the boroughs and a number of industries! We don't want you to miss the next one we have in store. It is sure to be another engaging afternoon with an energizing group. This time we welcome guest speaker Chet Whye, Executive Director of Harlem4, a non-profit and political action group that is "dedicated to providing a forum to generate bold new ideas and policy proposals for the Village of Harlem in particular and urban America in general".


Saturday, May 22, 2010
701 West 135th Street on 12th Avenue, NY, NY
$20* (CASH ONLY please)

PREPAY here:

Spread the word - we look forward to seeing you there!

Best Regards,
Organizing for Harlem Brunch Host Committee

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
- President Barack H. Obama

*$20 brunch includes a brunch buffet, one drink, taxes, & gratuity

Friday, April 23, 2010

OFA Harlem Montly Meeting & Training - Sun. April 25 3:00-6:00

Now that the healthcare reform battle is won it's time to turn our attention to other matters. Wall Street reform, electing senators and congresspeople who will support the President and fight for change, working for a clean-energy economy, and protecting the progress we've already made, while still fighting for more, are just some of the battles ahead.

Will you be there with us? As we continue fighting for the President's agenda and gear up for the elections in the fall, we need to make sure we're all ready to organize as effectively as possible.

Join us on Sunday, April 25, 2010, for our monthly OFA Harlem meeting and Camp OFA Training. Come hear updates on healthcare reform and what's next for OFA and our supporters, learn more about our organization, find out about volunteer opportunities, and collaborate with other OFA volunteers as well as staff about best tactics to use going forward to help support President Obama's agenda. You'll learn the skills needed to organize local events and build neighborhood teams, and how to make the case for the President's agenda for change.

The details are below. Hope to see you Sunday.

OFA Harlem Monthly Meeting and Training
Sunday, April 25, 2010
3:00 - 6:00 PM
West Harlem Independent Democratic Club
1455 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Thursday, April 1, 2010

National Census Day 4.1.2010

Today, community residents nationwide are being urged to take 10 minutes (if you live alone and don't have ADD, it is more like 2 minutes) to fill out and mail back the 2010 Census forms if you haven't done so already. This is particularly important for our population because the two hardest to count groups tend to be young people and minorities. We happen to fit into both categories so it's very important that we step up and get this done. If for some reason, you either didn't receive, lost or have questions about the Census forms, please click on the link attached that can tell you where your nearest questionnaire assistance center is located by zip code (

Why Fill Out the Census?
When we fill out the census form, we are making a statement about what resources our community needs going forward. Accurate data reflecting changes in our community are crucial in apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and deciding how more than $400 billion per year is allocated for projects like new hospitals and schools. That's more than $4 trillion over a 10-year period for things like new roads, hospitals, schools, and services like job training centers.
Please take a few minutes today to fill out this form. It is incredibly easy and at the same time very important to our community.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Organizing for America & OFH Meeting Rescheduled for Sat. 3/13 2-4

Please join Organizing for America and OFH for our next organizational meeting on Saturday March 13, from 2:00-4:00pm. The meeting will be held at West Harlem Independent Democrats Clubhouse at 1580 Amsterdam Avenue between 138th and 139th Street.

During this meeting we plan to discuss....
1) Status of Healthcare Legislation
2) Jobs Legislation
3) Midterm Elections
4) Community Announcements

This a great way to learn more about the major issues going on in politics both nationally and locally, among your Harlem community members.

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sat 3/6 Youth & Politics Meet & Greet

For those of you who want to learn more about the function and importance of local government, please join Organizing for Harlem and the Youth Committee of The Frederick E. Samuels Community Democratic club for an informative session. This is a great opportunity to meet local political leaders and be informed about what you can do to get involved in your community. As the 2010 Census gets underway and campaigns gear up for mid-term elections later this year, it is important to understand why our voices count at the local level.

We will be joined by Assemblyman Keith L. T. Wright, District Leader Wilma Brown Phillips, and other guest speakers.

When: Saturday March 6, 2 – 4pm

Where: Goddard Riverside Community Center
140 West 140th Street, btw Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Lenox Ave.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, March 1, 2010

BHSS presents: Getting Rich By Giving Back - March 11th

Organizing for Harlem invites you to The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s 3rd Annual Getting Rich By Giving Back. The theme of the event is Leveraging Your Networks For Greater Net Worth: Success Stories From the Fields of Business, Non-Profit, Media, Law and Politics. This promises to be an exciting conversation and a wonderful and intimate opportunity to meet and network with business, non-profit, media, and law & politics experts as well as professionals in an array of fields who are in attendance each year. The event will begin at 6pm with a networking reception that includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres. The panel will begin promptly at 7pm.

Leaders in their respective fields will be on the panel:
• Theodore V. Wells, Jr., Partner & Co-Chair, Litigation Department, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison -- A partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department, Theodore V. Wells, Jr. has extensive litigation experience. In 2006 The National Law Journal named Mr. Wells “Lawyer of the Year” and over the years has repeatedly selected him as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America and as one of America’s top white-collar criminal defense lawyers. Mr. Wells also has been recognized as one of the outstanding jury trial lawyers in the United States by numerous publications including Chambers USA 2006 which noted he is recognized by many as “the greatest trial lawyer of our generation.”

• Susan Chapman, Global Head of Operations, Citi Realty Services, Citi -- Recently named on of the 50 most powerful black women in business, Susan Chapman manages the day-to-day operations for Citigroup Realty in 96 countries. She holds the number two spot in their business unit, which is responsible for all mergers and acquisitions and bringing new properties into the portfolio.

• John Payton, President & Director Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund -- The President and Director Counsel of the United States’ preeminent human rights law firm, John Payton has extensive experience in the private and public sector. He has most recently been a partner at the Washington firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr. His practice there ranged from complex commercial matters to the most challenging of civil rights issues. He has argued many of the central affirmative actions cases in recent years before the United States Supreme Court.

• Len Burnett, Co-CEO & Publisher, Uptown Media Group -- An industry veteran and highly successful entrepreneur with over 20 years of publishing experience, Len Burnett has successfully launched 7 major magazines with exceptional advertising growth. He has served as publisher of publications that include, Uptown, VIBE, VIBE Vixen, and co-founded the urban publishing company Vanguarde Media, where he was Group Publisher of Honey, Heart & Soul, Impact and Savoy.

As with previous years, this event will sell out and we suggest you purchase your tickets immediately through

Thursday, March 11
$25 || $50
Includes Open Bar and Hors D’oeuvres