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March against Gentrification, Racism, & Police Violence

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SAT, August 13th, 2016 Equality for Flatbush is calling for longtime and new residents — of all nationalities from across Flatbush, East Flatbush & surrounding neighborhoods — to March together against Gentrification, Racism and Police Violence in Flatbush & East Flatbush.

Rally & Community Speakout at 12 noon at 441 Flatbush Ave – the plaza near Flatbush Ave & Empire Blvd

Endorsers as of 7/22/2016, Anita Neal, the mother of Kyam Livingston ,The Audre Lorde Project, Bar Chord, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), The Brooklyn Greenery, Brooklyn Laundry Social Club, The Crystal House Project of The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Derecho a Techo, Families for Freedom, The Family of Shantel Davis, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE),, Grand Putnam Tenants Association, Gratitude Cafe, Greater St. John’s Baptist Church, Greenhouse Cafe, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Jus Fishy, The Justice Committee, Latisha “Tish” Bellamy-Maldonado, Flatbush resident and survivor of police violence, Mi Casa No Es Su Casa, Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP), People’s Power Assemblies, Right To The City Alliance, Third Root Community Health Center, UPROSE

Corporations, banks, real estate developers, greedy landlords and the De Blasio administration are hell-bent on destroying the cultural, economic, racial, linguistic and social diversity of low to middle-income neighborhoods across the city, like Flatbush and East Flatbush. The NYPD is then used as an occupying force to criminalize, harass and terrorize our communities, particularly people of color. We must come together in a show of force to demonstrate that we –as low-income, working and middle class people– are determined to stop displacement, racial profiling and police violence in our neighborhoods.

We will NOT be Displaced! We Will Take Back our Communities!
#ThisIsFlatbush #FlatbushForever #NoEvictionZone #BrooklynIsNotForSale #BrooklynNoSeVende #MYNYCLandlord #TenantsFightBack #BeforeItsGone

If you are an #EastFlatbush or #Flatbush resident who would like to get involved in E4F :
To join our TEXT Loop call or text: (646) 820-6039
OR add your email to The Equality for Flatbush Organizers and Members Organizing List : [email protected]

Why we are marching:
#Gentrification – We are all talking about it…
Rents are skyrocketing in Flatbush and East Flatbush. Landlords are no longer making repairs, turning off gas for months at a time or using other illegal tactics to force low to middle-income people out of our homes. According the New York Post, foreclosures in Brooklyn went up by 400% in 2015. Meanwhile, all we hear about are new luxury developments being built, –where studios start at $2000.00!– which is completely unaffordable for most of us. The Mayor says there will be a few “affordable” slots available in these luxury buildings for some of us, but why SHOULD WE BE harassed and priced out of homes in the first place? Just so our landlords can rent them to people with more money than us? Why should OUR NEIGHBORHOODS be re-zoned?

We are seeing more small “mom and pop” businesses losing their leases and closing down. More and more “for rent or lease” signs popping up on our blocks. This leaves us to wonder: will the next new business that opens be affordable for us or respectful towards our community? What will happen to the vibrant cultural diversity of Flatbush and East Flatbush if these small businesses cannot remain?

There are also more police than ever before in the neighborhood–at the subway stations, in our buildings, at the playground. Since 2012, studies have shown that rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods experienced an increase of excessive police practices like Stop and Frisk. As a result, there are so many news articles about the increase of racial profiling, deportations, house raids, checkpoints, traffic stops, dollar van seizures and Broken Window summons in Brooklyn. It is also why East Flatbush and Flatbush has seen an increase in police murders since 2012 and why we are still demanding justice for the families of Kimani “Kiki” Gray, Shantel Davis and Kyam Livingston. We are marching because we don’t want to see any more Flatbush and East Flatbush residents murdered.

We are marching so no one is brutalized like Stephanie Dorceant, Alando Brissett, Latisha “Tish” Bellamy-Maldonado and countless other community residents by NYPD .
We are marching to save our homes and businesses.
We are marching to let those in power know
“We will NOT be Displaced! We Will Take Back our Communities!” We say, “Enough is Enough! NO MORE Tenant or Police Harassment in #Flatbush and #EastFlatbush!”

Come and March against Gentrification, Racism and Police Violence in Flatbush & East Flatbush on SAT, August 13th, 2016.

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Equality for Flatbush Project, (E4F) , a people of color-led, multi-national grassroots organization that does anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification organizing in the Flatbush and East Flatbush communities of Brooklyn, NY. Ultimately our 2 goals are to stop NYPD murders and the displacement of low to middle income people of from our community. Equality for Flatbush was founded in June of 2013 and is a volunteer–run organization. We seek to organize our communities for social change and justice through street outreach, social media campaigns, political advocacy and direct action.

We, define ‘gentrification’ as a concerted, deliberate effort to price out low-to-middle income residents from neighborhoods by city government, corporations, real estate developers, and landlords in favor of renting, selling, and catering to people of higher and/or more flexible incomes. We see gentrification as an intersectional issue that is deeply connected to the ways that race, class, gender, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, nation of origin, immigration status, physical and mental capacity, etc. impact individuals and our communities.

We also see a distinct difference between the historic voluntary migration of working and middle class families from cities to the suburbs as opposed to the current situation where existing communities are being involuntarily priced out, bought out and forcibly removed from their neighborhoods by corporate developers.

We know from first-hand experience that the same unscrupulous property owners who use tactics to force long-time older tenants of color out of their rent-stabilized apartments will turn around and illegally overcharge incoming younger white tenants for the same apartment.

For this very reason, we believe that all of us-long-time and new residents, communities of color and white communities, low-income and middle-class people – have a stake in the urgent struggle to save affordable housing in Brooklyn.


Please contact us at: [email protected] or call /text (646) 820-6039
En Español: [email protected] or call/text (513) 445-8532
En Kréyol: [email protected] or call/text (707) 200-3692
http://www.equalityforflatbush.org/

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