Recently, we have seen citizen struggles in Puerto Rico, Paris, Hong Kong, and Britain over the actions of governments overstepping the boundaries of government rule. In this country, we struggle against Unwanted Wars, Affordable Housing, Homelessness, and Climate Change issues and more. These have been mainly capitalist struggles, where the rich are forcing officials to change regulations in exchange for goodies, like schools, parks, and fancy urban centers. All of it is helping to create more and more gentrification that pushes low and middle-class people from their homes.
We have yet to take to the streets like those mentioned above, but that might not be for long. Last night, I witnessed residents of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, shout down City Councilman, Carlos Menchaca, and force him out of a meeting he was presenting on rezoning. Menchaca was explaining his position on rezoning Sunset Park's Industry City when people started to chant no rezoning, no compromise, over and over again. After more than an hour of repeated interruptions, the councilman put the mic down and left.
Like so many other communities, Sunset Park is facing a rezoning that will significantly impact the large immigrant community. 72% of Sunset Park is made up of immigrants from Latin, and Asian countries. And this rezoning will entitle Industry City to changes that will impact all of the low and middle-class residents, as it has in many other communities. So these residents are fighting back.
Here is the entire meeting plus a rally outside:
MTOPP - Movement to Protect the People hosted a Town Hall in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to discuss Ways to Resist.
Speakers were: Todd Baker, Alicia Boyd M.S. / M.A., Julia Bryant M.A., LaShaun Ellis M.S. Ed., Amin Husain Phd., Janine Nichols, Carrie Roberson M.A., Nick Smith B.A.
The Movement to Protect the People, led by Alicia Boyd, is leading the struggle to prevent real estate developer, Bruce Enicher, from building the largest residential complex in Brooklyn.
Watch the video and listen to the panel discuss their fight against displacement, the loss of Rent Stabilized Apartments, dangers to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, sewer issues, and many other items.
To support MTOPP please go to www.mtopp.org/donation.html or call (718)703-3086.
This morning, I as well as many other Red Hook residents, attended a meeting set up by Councilman Menchaca, to discuss the temporary shelter located at a hotel, here in Red Hook. For those of you that could not attend, I have created a link for you to listen to the meeting. Please excuse the background noise. Link: https://soundcloud.com/mikemccabe/red-hook-homelessness-meeting
This is Mike McCabe and you are listening to the Daily Briefing. This past week, I went to a meeting at Community Board 7, in Sunset Park. The meeting was hosted by City Council Member, Carlos Menchaca, and the focus of the meeting was Homelessness. At least that was the title of the meeting. The meeting covered many other topics that the community felt were related to the shelters and hotels that house the homeless. And while I have my own thoughts about the event, I'd like you to listen to the meeting and decide how you think Sunset Park should manage the situation. So please, listen now to the meeting on homelessness.
You can download the audio file here to listen at your convenience:
Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance. We can't have secret laws. This is not the Soviet Union! We have free speech in this country. (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2jSvLvk
Sunset Park Will Never be the Same!
New plans have been disclosed by bklyner.com today for three residential towers to rise at 8th Avenue and 62nd in Sunset Park across the street from another newly planned complex reported last week. Nothing has been reported yet from Community Board 7, or from City Councilman, Carlos Menchaca. (bklyner) https://bklyner.com/sunset-park-mega-development/
Bernie Sanders led the way for current elections.
In 2016, Bernie Sanders began what has turned out to be a wave for candidates running in 2018 elections. Many candidates running for office this year are following Bernie Sanders decision to not accept donations from corporations, unions or PACS ...(NY Times) https://nyti.ms/2Ms2844
What Has Happened to Our Way of Life?
So many, year after year face considerable hardship just trying to stay ahead of the bills. Each year lines at shelters grow, more people living in the street or people living in their cars. Teachers in Calfornia are having to live further away from schools because they can not afford to live closer. What is going on here? And how are we going to fix it?
Every day we read about how wealthy the rich are becoming and how the rest of us are losing the battle. Capitalism apparently, is not for everyone. Where have all the unions gone. The unions that made us strong have ridden off into the sunset. What happened? https://bit.ly/2Bhqk4P
New York City is Playing Monopoly with Your Lives!
Last week, the City Council approved the rezoning of Inwood and again, no one listened to the requests of the people. Just like Harlem, Jerome Avenue, the Brooklyn Armory and Chinatown's Extel Building no one from the city listened to the people's cries. Neighborhood after neighborhood is being rezoned from under the residents. And no longer can we ask, "Who Owns the City?", we know who owns the city, it's the developers and city officials.
When Mayor de Blasio was elected he proposed his Housing Plan. It was applauded for being a great Progressive idea, but in reality, it was setting up the city for developers and began to push the low and middle-income people out of New York. Read this opinion from the (Daily News) https://nydn.us/2Mur1Zx
Does de Blasio have another option for NYCHA?
While the city still has to deal with 62,000 homeless every day, NYCHA and its 600,000 residents carry a heavy burden for the Mayor. With cuts looming from the federal government and maneuvering the lies from NYCHA management about adhering to federal laws, the mayor must find money to better manage NYCHA. This week he did a 180 on plans to build in Hell's Kitchen. A plan that had promised 100% affordable apartments, now may turn into 75% market rate apartments. Considering the building cost of managing NYCHA should we give the mayor a pass on this deal? https://nydn.us/2M8MVo5
The Big Sleep Out to Help the Homeless
On August 20th, Covenant House with volunteers from Broadway, film and the Television industry will have a sleep out to help end homelessness in New York. If you are part of the entertainment industry, please come out to help. To register to join: https://bit.ly/2MfjCkO
Brooklyn is Not for Sale
In its constant struggle to save Brooklyn from developers, the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network is preparing for its annual march. Here below is an email we have received from them. Please join to stop the gentrification of Brooklyn.
September 15th, 2018 - The Brooklyn March Against Gentrification, Racism, and Police Violence March
Sponsored by The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) #BKMarch2018 #BANGentrification #TakeBackOurCommunities
We are seeking your endorsement for the #BKMarch2018 against Racism, Gentrification and Police Violence.
We are marching from #Flatbush to #SunsetPark this year
Here are the RALLY SPOTS for #BKMarch2018
1. Flatbush !!! Start at Parkside Avenue subway stop at 11 am
2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
3. Barclays Center
4. NYCHA Wyckoff Gardens
5. Old Stone House and Washington Park
6. Sunset Park at 4:30 pm
To have your community group, anti-police brutality group or family, place of worship, small business, tenant organization, etc. endorse the Brooklyn-wide March against Racism, Gentrification & Police Brutality"
Contact :Call/text (646) 820 -6039 https://www.facebook.com/events/1924041477656474/