Brooklyn Born & Raised.
Welcome to my site! My name is Carlene, I’m a Cuban-Irish born Brooklynite who's now migrated to Uptown, New York City. I love my City and believe our residents and communities DESERVE BETTER, they DESERVE MORE from the institutions designed to serve them. They deserve more justice, more equity, more respect, and more RESOURCES. I’ve worked in my community and have witnessed first hand our communities problems, at eleven I began my first gig sweeping floors at a Dominican beauty salon, Josie’s, in downtown Brooklyn. My experiences have made me who I am, including losing so family members and friends to avoidable, unjust circumstances.
I've committed myself to the fight for our people. I focus on educating, organizing, and mobilizing. At the core of my work I try to focus on policy and advocacy focusing on combating the injustices of the criminal justice and immigration systems. I have been an advocate for as long as I can remember. Mass Incarceration has been real to me since I was a child. In 2001 I began regular visits to Rikers Island to visit a close friend who later was sentenced to 15 years for a crime he did not commit.
I bring with me into THIS work his story, the countless folks I've fought for over the years and the experience that brought with it. Organizing is messy, its chaotic, but it's beautiful and transformational as well. This website was created with the intention of sharing information with the overwhelming number of people I meet everyday that are seeking a way to get involved. I wanted to share a place where I could extend my resources, networks, and calls to action. I want to share information with people that care about making this world a better place for ALL OF US, but BLACK FOLKS FIRST.
I care about the world and the future we are creating for the next generation. I believe that each one of us was born with a divine purpose, a talent or skill that is meant to be shared with the world. I bring with me my passion to serve, educate and advocate for those being targeted by our unjust systems. I'm resisting, persisting and I'm here to serve the people.