My name is Myra Aguirre, also known as My, and I am a Public Ally from the 2015 and 2016 Classes. During my apprenticeship, I’ve been honored to work with the Fifth Avenue Committee, a non-profit dedicated to serving the low-income community in central Brooklyn. I’m entirely dedicated to preserving the history of the borough I was born and bred in, fighting against gentrification, violence, oppression and discrimination. My motivation comes from my direct experiences as a young, queer Afro-Boricua, born and raised in what used to be one of the most dangerous and poverty-stricken communities of Brooklyn. Due to gentrification and displacement my family, and others like us, have been pushed out of our homes and neighborhoods, left struggling to find another affordable home to rest in. While I lend my hands to organizations such as FIERCE, Cypress Hills LDC, Hetrick Martin Institute and more, during my two years as an Ally, I’ve had the privilege of being able to work, learn and grow alongside a team of awesome and diverse individuals, while building my skills and leadership advocating for affordable housing and sustainability. My goal is to continue to fight for justice, against oppression and create social change through leadership development, community engagement and empowerment.
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