Project Liberty: Call to Action for Liberty School
Project LIBERTY, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, invites all residents of Englewood, New Jersey to attend a public forum to discuss the possible uses of the vacant Russell C. Major Liberty School. The forum takes place on Wednesday, November 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Dwight Morrow High School, located at 274 Knickerbocker Road in Englewood, New Jersey.
“The NNJCF’s mission encourages collaboration to address important community issues. The Foundation believes all Englewood residents should be involved in finding a solution for repurposing the Russell C. Major Liberty School,” said Michael Shannon, President, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.
In 2017, local residents of Englewood interested in preserving and repurposing the historic Russell C. Major Liberty School into a center for the community launched Project LIBERTY. The initiative calls residents from each ward in the city to be involved in the decision-making.
Two prominent firms skilled at organizing public projects — Project for Public Spaces and Public Agenda — will lead the interactive discussion at the high school. They will assist with planning and ensuring all residents’ voices are heard and their concerns considered.
The Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit planning, design, and educational organization, has helped communities and cities worldwide improve how public spaces serve people. Using groundbreaking tools for community planning, they work with people to create and sustain public spaces that build stronger, more vital, and prosperous communities.
Public Agenda works with municipalities to increase their effectiveness and efficiency. Costs can be lowered, when residents, schools, and local governments work closely together. Such civic engagement builds mutual trust and understanding. With greater trust, policy deadlocks are broken and underrepresented voices are amplified.
For more information about Project LIBERTY, visit the initiative online. The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation supports and funds Project LIBERTY.