For Flatbush Political Club, a New Name and a Push for Members

Ernest Skinner speaks to the crowd at D’Savannah, with Council member Jumaane Williams in the back, where the Ernest McD. Skinner Political Association revealed its new identity. (Photo courtesy of the Ernest McD. Skinner Political Association via Home Reporter)

Ernest Skinner speaks to the crowd at D’Savannah, with Council member Jumaane Williams in the back, where the Ernest McD. Skinner Political Association revealed its new identity. (Photo courtesy of the Ernest McD. Skinner Political Association via Home Reporter)

One of the primary objectives of the recently rechristened Ernest McD. Skinner Political Association is to increase its membership in order to gain “influence, borough wide and citywide,” said City Council member Jumaane Williams, who founded the club’s original name, P20 Political Club, in 2012. On Feb. 28, the Flatbush-based group introduced its new identity, which is named after one of the deans of the local political scene and a mentor to Williams and others, reports Helen Klein for Home Reporter.

For Flatbush, this is in many ways a sea change. For years, the political scene in the neighborhood was more quiet than dynamic, with small groups of committed activists rather than a tide of operatives and advocates commanding attention, as historically has been the case in other Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Bay Ridge and Park Slope.

“It would be great if we could emulate some of the political acumen that other communities have,” noted Williams. “I don’t think they have much on us in terms of being a beautiful place to live.”

Ernest McD. Skinner, who was in attendance, describes his hopes for the association and states why other neighborhoods get more services. Go to Home Reporter for the full story.

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