An organized and engaged community that acts together through democratic structures to set agendas, shift public narratives, and cultivate relationships of mutual accountability with governmental decision-makers.
Base building describes activities meant to engage and expand participation and strengthen relationships. These indicators measure participation across MAP activities that engage residents in participatory processes and events.
How residents talk about Community Power
Given that this project seeks to measure safety in NYC, we explore community power in the context of the NYC government’s existing safety programming. Residents spoke of community power as a primary driver of community safety, and so we developed an evaluation framework for safety programming with community power as the primary target.
“I was born and raised in Harlem, I wasn't raised down here. I moved down here like three years ago, four years ago. When I first moved down here, I was so scared, I wouldn't even come out of my house. I literally would not come out. It wasn't because I'd seen anything or anything like that. It was barely just because of the impression that I heard from other people. As I started living here and I started meeting other people, I actually see that, first and foremost, Brownsville is...They're actually more closer with each other than most of the other towns in Brooklyn. They stick up for each other more than if you go to the other side of town. It's a totally different atmosphere, it's totally different energy. I feel like the world perceives this place as, how do you say? As the gutter, but respectfully, this place is so much more unified than any other place that I've lived… Everybody is loved, there's no drama.”
“You get that sense of, "We're all one." When we're all in that one space, we're all not just a community, but we're a family. When one baby falls, five people are reaching down to pick it up, and half the time, never is it the mother. We're taking care of each other in that space. It's hard to walk away from an event like that, from an experience like that, and not feel safer when you're walking down your block because you just was at a party with all of these people... They bring a sense of knowledge and acknowledgment to the people in your community. We're now, "Oh, I saw him before. Oh, he's fine," or whatever. Now you're not so apprehensive when you see or meet these people in the street, or in the dark, or you're getting in your car at six o'clock in the morning or you're walking to the bus stop. Now, when I see them, I'm like, "Oh, okay, he lives over there. He's fine," or whatever the case may be because now I have a different perspective on that person. I have a different look on that person, and that's what those events do. They change our perception of who we are actually around… There's no need to fear that person because you've gotten a glimpse of who that person might be.”
How do residents feel about Community Power?
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Q: Is this data available?
A: All the data provided in the data explorer can be downloaded from the NYC Open Data Portal. All of the other data included as samples or recommended for data collection can be sourced from the NIS report but is not readily available.
Q: What are some actionable steps as a NYC resident?
A: First, we encourage you to review the NIS Safety and Metrics report. Second, encourage the relevant NYC agencies to improve data collection efforts, quality, frequency, and granularity. Third, hold government accountable around safety by pushing accountability across all agencies – every agency discussed has some role to play in co-producing safe and thriving communities.
Q: Who should I contact if I see errors or concerns in the data explorer?
A: Please email email@example.com with the subject “ONS Neighborhood Navigator Issue.” Someone from our team will get back to you 🙂
Q: When will the social media data be made available?
A: The SAFE Lab Social media tool is currently under research and development but will be made available in 2022. To keep up to date, please revisit this site for more information.
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