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Stop Being Nice And Other Activist Strategies At The Brooklyn Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification and Displacement

by Emily Colucci on July 27, 2016
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Is gentrification inevitable? Or is that just a myth perpetrated by greedy real estate developers and politicians who seek to gain from residents’ fear and inaction? The answer is undoubtedly the latter if Sunday’s Brooklyn Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification and Displacement is any indication.

The anti-gentrification conference shattered the notion that gentrification is a “done deal,” as panel moderator and Director of Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development Tom Angotti described. Held at the Brooklyn Museum, activists and community organizers, instead, offered a glimmer of hope for displaced and threatened communities.

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A People’s Monument to Anti-Displacement Organizing

by Betty Yu and Noah Fischer on April 18, 2016
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“Gentrification is displacement and replacement of people for profits”

-definition from the School of Echo Los Angeles

This definition of gentrification sits at the top of A People’s Monument to Anti-Displacement Organizing, a new collaboratively produced art piece that is viewable as a part of the Third Wave of the AgitProp! Show at the Brooklyn Museum. In the words of its curators, Agitprop! “connects contemporary art that advocates for social change with many activist movements throughout the 20th century,”

The Monument currently functions as a community educational board with a narrative that will change as actions or new information arises around Mayor de Blasio’s rezoning plans. It features a black-led activist group called Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP) that is struggling against rezoning in highlights in Crown Heights.

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