Founded in 1966, UPROSE is Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization. An intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally recognized community organization, UPROSE promotes sustainability and resiliency in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood through community organizing, education, indigenous and youth leadership development, and cultural/artistic expression. Central to our work is advocacy to ensure meaningful community engagement, participatory community planning practices, and sustainable development with justice and governmental accountability. As lead advocates of climate justice, UPROSE views the just urban policy—ranging from transportation to open space—as the heart of climate adaptation and community resilience.
Organize the largest gathering of young people of color on climate justice
Stopped the siting of power plants
Doubled the amount of open space in Sunset Park
Led a successful urban forestry campaign
Facilitated multiple community-based plans
Send our Youth Leaders to 1st tier Colleges
Brought back the B37 bus line
Send our youth leaders on scientific expeditions to Antarctica and the North Pole
Facilitated the expansion the Fourth Avenue median
All of UPROSE's work is done in the interest of a Just Transition, a move away from the extraction economy and towards climate solutions that put frontline communities in positions of leadership. Our work occurs at the intersection of social, racial, economic, environmental, and climate justice, where different campaigns and initiatives naturally feed into, complement, and support one another.