|BUILD denies receiving funding from
Forest City Ratner (FCR)
From BUILD's Website:
Myth: BUILD is financially supported by Forest
Fact: Since its inception BUILD has been supported
by its members and community based supporters. BUILD's faith in God and
strong ties to the community has sustained and perpetuates our operations
and advancement of our mission. Space, computers, supplies and time has
been donated to the organization by its members since its inception this
Lehrer Live (CUNY-TV)
Brian Lehrer (23:55): "So to what extent, just by way of full
disclosure, is your group funded by Forest City Ratner?"
BUILD Chief Operating Officer Marie Louis (24:01): "Wow, I mean,
we are not funded by Forest City Ratner. You know, from the time,
from our inception, we've been asked that question all the time, and it's
you, know, very interesting to us, especially many folks coming from communities
of color, you know, we wonder why is it that folks think that we cannot
think for ourselves? Why is it that we cannot have our own authentic perspective
on this project and have one that's multi-dimensional and comprehensive."
Brian Lehrer (24:27): "So when we called them and told them we were going
to do this segment and who would they like to refer us to as a spokesperson,
they referred us to your group."
Marie Louis (24:36): "Because they know that we're, first of all,
we're one of their partners now especially since we signed the Community
Benefits Agreement, um, our group, along with the seven other
groups, making eight altogether who signed the agreement with them, we're
partners with them, on this project, especially as the Community Benefits
Agreement is concerned, so of course, you know, if we're going to talk
about the project, our perspective would be brought to bear."
Forest City Ratner denies giving funds to BUILD at a November
29, 2004 joint community board informational meeting with hundreds in
"An audience member asked if members of the two groups were getting
paid by Forest City Ratner for their support of the project. Stuckey balked,
and refused to answer the question, instead saying, "Why don't you
ask them yourself?" A chorus of boos came from the ACORN and BUILD
activists who largely packed the audience.
Afterwards, Stuckey told Jess Wisloski of The
Brooklyn Papers that he didn't answer the question because, "It
was insulting. Of course, BUILD and ACORN are not getting paid."