Brooklyn March Against Gentrification, Racism & Police Violence Press Release

FOR​ ​IMMEDIATE​ ​RELEASE

Press​ ​Contacts:​ ​Alicia Boyd –  (718) 703-3086;  info@mtopp.og   

                           Imani Henry – (646) 820-6039, info@bangentrification.org

 

BROOKLYN​ ​ANTI-GENTRIFICATION​ ​NETWORK​ ​(BAN)​ ​LEADS BOROUGH’S​ ​SECOND​ ​​MARCH​ ​AGAINST​ ​GENTRIFICATION,​ ​RACISM,​ ​AND POLICE​ ​VIOLENCE

Saturday,​ ​September​ ​15,​ ​2018 11am​ ​​ ​6pm

Starting​ ​at​ ​Parkside Avenue B, Q subway stopand​ ​Ending​ ​in​ ​Sunset Park

The​ ​Brooklyn​ ​Anti-Gentrification​ ​Network​ ​(BAN),​ ​a​ ​people​ ​of​ ​color-led​ ​grassroots​ ​coalition,​ ​has organized​ ​​Brooklyn’s secondborough-wide​​ ​march​ ​against​ ​​gentrification,​ ​racism,​ ​and​ ​police​ ​violence.​​ ​​The march follows BAN’s first borough-wide action that attracted over 500 people last year. The demonstration from  Flatbush to Sunset Park will include rallies in four locations across gentrifying neighborhoods, featuring speakers facing rent hikes, landlord harassment, rezoning, police violence, and privatization of public green spaces like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in their communities. The march has been endorsed by 89 community-based organizations, small businesses, tenant associations, families impacted by police violence, local chapters of national anti-police brutality groups, and is still growing.

Demands of the march include:

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

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

 

March​ ​Route​ ​and​ ​Rally​ ​Stops:

  • 11am         Gather & Rally at Parkside and Ocean – Flatbush 
  • 12pm        March Begins 
  • 12:45pm  Rally at The Brooklyn Botanical Garden – Franklin Ave and Montgomery St – Crown Heights 
  • 2:40pm   Rally at Warren St & 3rd Ave 
  • 4:30pm   Gather at 36th St & 4th Ave – Sunset Park 
  • 5:30pm   Rally at Sunset Park 

 

Event:​ ​​​https://www.facebook.com/events/1924041477656474/

Facebook:​ ​@BANgentrification Twitter:​ ​@BANgentrifying Website:​ ​​www.bangentification.org

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