As an organization, Community Voices Heard (CVH) understands that our struggles for social and economic justice are inextricably linked to the fight for justice for the scores of Black and Brown people unlawfully murdered by the police throughout the United States. In 2012, Ramarley Graham’s life was savagely ended when NYPD officers unlawfully busted into his home and killed him - in front of his grandmother and 6 year old brother. He was only 18 years old at the time.
We are honored to be part of the community that keeps Ramarley’s memory alive by naming a position after him. The Ramarley Graham Youth Organizing Fellow will focus on building the leadership of youth of color ages 16-24 in Harlem and the Bronx. A founding principle of Community Voices Heard is that members of affected communities are best able to determine their needs and priorities; accordingly, we will work with youth to help shape an agenda that combats the violence being inflicted on them by the state.
Community Voices Heard was formed in 1996 by women of color who were tired of being targeted by an unjust system. More than two decades later, CVH has grown from a one city, one issue organization to an organization that is developing low-income leaders of color throughout NYC, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley. We fight for our families, our communities, and ourselves.
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