4th Operation Clean Up! August 5, 2018

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Written by: Melva Miller
The dedicated Laurelton residents of Operation Clean Up, along with friends and other volunteers, came out in full force for our third organizing clean up action for Merrick Blvd. This included many civic and community based organizations including The Federated Blocks of Laurelton, DIVAS for Social Justice, Pop’s House, NYPD Explorers, the 229 Street Block Association, and NYPD Explores. 
 
In addition to the clean up, we celebrated the inaugural Laurelton Family Day presented by Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman. Laurelton Family Day, in partnership with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Senator Leroy Comrie and Councilman Donovan Richards, featured healthy activities to encourage wellness in the community, a rock climbing wall and giveaways from our Laurelton business community.
 
As we move into our 4th clean up effort scheduled for August 5th, we look forward to continuing the momentum. I have attached an updated flyer for distribution. please post on social media and send to your friends. As always, we will be meeting at the Laurelton Branch of the Queens Library at 8am sharp on the 8th and we look forward to see everyone then.
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Clarisa James
Clarisa James is the Co-Founder/Executive Director of DIVAS (Digital Interactive Visual Arts Sciences) for Social Justice. For the past seven years DIVAS has provided free or sliding scale technology training to youth in underserved communities in Central Brooklyn and Southeast Queens. Ms. James has been dedicated to youth development work for the past 15years in the roles of Teaching Artist, After School Director, Curriculum Specialist and artist. Her life's work encompasses empowering youth in underserved communities to use technology for social change and think critically about the issues that are affecting them most. For the past seven years Ms. James has facilitated workshops that help youth develop multimedia projects around environmental justice, housing, leadership development and reproductive justice. Ms. James holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College's Film & Media Department. In addition to DIVAS for Social Justice, Ms. James currently serves on the advisory board of the Children’s Cabinet, Office of the Deputy Mayor Strategic Policy Initiatives at City Hall. Clarisa James is full of gratitude to her parents for providing such a wonderful upbringing and having the foresight to move into the community of Laurelton in the early 1970's. Clarisa is proud to be a daughter of Laurelton.

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