9/21 Anti-Gentrification March: updated Route and Rally stops

BROOKLYN ANTI-GENTRIFICATION NETWORK 2019 MARCH

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

HUNDREDS OF MARCHERS MAP A GEOGRAPHY OF GENTRIFICATION, RACISM, AND POLICE VIOLENCE FROM DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN TO EAST NEW YORK: https://bit.ly/2mpASHP

BROOKLYN — Hundreds of demonstrators led by the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN), a people of color-led grassroots coalition, march in the third annual borough-wide action against gentrification, racism, and police violence. Charting a route that begins in Downtown Brooklyn and ends in East New York, the march includes five rally locations, including Housing Court, Fort Greene Park, Broadway & Myrtle, Fulton Park, and Broadway Junction.

Marchers amplify ongoing struggles, passing 227 Duffield St. on Abolitionist Place in Downtown Brooklyn to increase public pressure on Lisa Kersavage, Executive Director of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, who can review the site’s landmark status and guarantee its preservation before imminent demolition threatens to erase the collective history of the famed Underground Railroad location for future generations.

Gabriella Ansah, a tenant from East New York, the first neighborhood targeted by the Department of City Planning in Mayor DeBlasio’s controversial city-wide rezoning scheme, locates her place in the march against a backdrop of rampant real estate speculation and displacement.

“I am fighting for the elders being harassed by real estate investors, domestic and foreign alike! I’ve never seen more ‘We Buy Houses!’ signs than after the rezoning in 2016. Real estate is trying to make a quick buck displacing us, and the city opened the door for them.”

Emily Batista, a student at Brooklyn College and organizer with Equality For Flatbush further clarifies the consequences of Mayor DeBlasio’s dangerous developer-backed housing policies, saying he “continues to turn his back on long time low-to-middle income New Yorkers, especially Black and Brown folks.”

“He allows developers to displace us from our homes and businesses. He disrespects our cultures and everything we have contributed to this city. DeBlasio wants to discard us. This is why our communities continue to organize and resist, to send a message to the Mayor and developers that we will not allow New York City to be taken from us.”

ROUTE AND RALLY STOPS 

11:00 a.m. Barclays Center

12:00 p.m. Brooklyn Housing Court (141 Livingston Street)

— 227 Duffield Street, Abolitionist Place

1:00 p.m. Fort Greene Park (Myrtle Ave entrance)

3:00 p.m. Broadway & Myrtle

— Do The Right Thing Way

4:45 p.m. Fulton Park (Fulton & Malcolm X Blvd)

5:30 p.m. Broadway Junction (Callahan-Kelly Playground)

SOCIAL MEDIA

BAN March 2019: https://www.facebook.com/events/1148698728651462/

BAN’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BANgentrification

BAN’s Twitter: @BANgentrifying

BAN March 2019’s hashtags: #BKMarch2019 #BANgentrification #TakeBackOurCommunities

PRESS CONTACTS

Gabriella Ansah Ryan Roco

Ph: (347) 248-1098 Ph: (917) 699-1066

E: gabriella.ansah@gmail.com E: ryan@ryanroco.com

BAN STATEMENT

The City has squandered and mismanaged public assets to enrich developers while the people they serve face impoverishing rents and landlord harassment, loss of small affordable businesses, and crumbling public transit and parks systems.

Our neighborhoods are being torn apart by skyrocketing rents and terrorized by police brutality. Low-to-middle income New Yorkers are being priced out or displaced by gentrification while our city is being made over into a playground for the super rich.

BAN challenges the de Blasio administration and politicians who run on platforms of fighting inequality while perpetuating the tale of two cities.

2019 MARCH DEMANDS

  • Stop the Department of City Planning (DCP) rezonings of Brooklyn neighborhoods like Bushwick, East Flatbush, Crown Heights, Sunset Park, Gowanus, and Downtown Brooklyn

  • Stop the demolition of 227 Duffield St. on Abolitionist Place in Downtown Brooklyn and review its landmark status to preserve it for future generations

  • Stop Cornell Realty from building a luxury high-rise development that will devastate the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

  • End to racial policing and harassment that lead the countless murders of Black and Brown people by the NYPD, End Broken Windows policing and the collaboration between ICE and the NYPD

  • Pass The Small Business Jobs Survival Act — SBJSA Intro 737-2018 by the City Council and support commercial tenant protections

  • Invest public funds to maintain — not privatize — NYCHA, grow low-income housing programs, and enforce rent regulations, instead of using shelters as a form of permanent housing for our families and children

  • End of the onslaught of gentrification and corporate greed that caters to the affluent and white, seeks to displace low- to middle-income people, and destroys the social, economic, linguistic, and cultural diversity of Brooklyn

 

ENDORSEMENTS 

*denotes BAN Member Organization

  • Iris Baez, Mother of Anthony Baez

  • Hawa Bah, Mother of Mohamed Bah

  • Valerie Bell, Mother of Sean Bell and Kisha Walker, Godsister of Sean Bell

  • Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner

  • Victoria Davis, Sister of Delrawn Small

  • The Family of Shantel Davis

  •  Hertencia Petersen, Aunt of Akai Gurley

  • Pamela Pressley, Mother of Davonte Pressely who called 911 and survived being shot by the NYPD

  • 441 Brooklyn Ave Tenants Association

  • 501 Lefferts Ave Tenants Association

  • Anti-Eviction Mapping Project NYC

  • Bad Barcode

  • Bay Ridge for Social Justice

  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)*

  • Brooklyn Laundry Social Club

  • Brooklyn Movement Center *

  • Chinatown Art Brigade

  • Coalition for Community Advancement: Progress for ENY/Cypress Hills

  • Crown Heights Tenants Union

  • Decolonize This Place

  • Equality for Flatbush (E4F) *

  • Earth Strike NYC

  • Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)*

  • Flatbush Tenants Coalition

  • Freedom Socialist Party

  • Haiti Liberté

  • Imani House,Inc

  • The Illuminator

  •  International Support Haiti Network (ISHN)

  • JACK*

  • Justice Committee

  • Metropolitan Council on Housing

  • Mi Casa No Es Su Casa*

  • MINKA Brooklyn

  • Not One More Block

  • No New Jails NYC

  • People’s Power Assembly NYC

  • Picture the Homeless

  • Project Hajra

  • Shut It Down NYC

  • Southwest Brooklyn Tenant Union*

  • Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance / Housing Justice for All

#BKMarch2019 #BANGentrification #TakeBackOurCommunities

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