Honoring Community Women Who Stood Up and Spoke Out

Jan Peterson and Dianne Jackson honored at Cooper Park Houses Women’s History Luncheon

(l to r)Dianne Jackson and Jan Peterson were honored at the Cooper Park Resident Council’s Women’s History Month Luncheon held on March 26 Photo Credit: St. Nicks Alliance

On Saturday, March 25, the Cooper Park Resident Council honored two esteemed community leaders at their first annual Women’s History Luncheon.  Jan Peterson and Dianne Jackson have been instrumental in advocating for residents of Williamsburg for decades. A number of elected officials in attendance included District 33 & 34 NYC Council Members Lincoln Restler and Jennifer Gutiérrez (respectively), NYS Assembly Members Maritza Davila, and Evelyn Cruz representing U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez. Awards from the Cooper Park Resident Council and St. Nicks Alliance were presented to each of the honorees.

In December 2011, Dianne Jackson protests HPD decision to award Greenpoint Hospital Development to an unprincipled developer. Photo Credit: St. Nicks

Dianne Jackson is a former long-time president of the Cooper Park Houses Resident Council. She used her eloquence and leadership skills not only to fight for services and safety for the residents of Cooper Park Houses but to also contribute to a variety of community struggles, from preserving public housing citywide, co-naming Grandparents Avenue, and preserving the 94th Precinct in North Brooklyn to fighting excessive garbage trucks on our streets.

From 2010,Jan Peterson at a City Hall rally to fight for the community to develop the land at the Greenpoint Hospital site Photo Credit: St. Nicks

Jan Peterson is being honored for her exemplary work in advancing the role of women in the community and catalyzing institutions and community women leaders, which have lasted more than four decades. She has been a founding voice in the creation of groups and projects including: Conselyea Street Block Association, St. Nicks Alliance, the Greenpoint Renaissance Enterprise Corp (GREC), the 211 Ainslie Street center, Neighborhood Women Houses project, the National Congress of Neighborhood, and Huairou Commission, which took her work globally.

From 2009, (l to r) Dianne Jackson and Jan Peterson at Brooklyn Community Board Meeting advocating for the Greenpoint Renaissance Enterprise Corp. (GREC) Photo Credit: St. Nicks
Elisha Fye, of the Cooper Park Resident Council (right) presents flowers to Debra Benders, president of Cooper Park Resident Council, at Cooper Park Resident Council’s Women’s History Month Luncheon Photo Credit: St. Nicks Alliance

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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