Flatbush Tenant Coalition Addresses Predatory Equity, Youth Programs, Gentrification and #BlackLivesMatter at NYS Candidate Forum

Speaking truth to power and holding elected officials’ feet to the fire.  THIS is what democracy looks like.

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A packed house of nearly two hundred Brooklyn residents filled St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush on Saturday July 16th, 2016 for Flatbush Tenant Coalition’s NYS Assembly & Senate Candidate Forum. [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]

And that’s why our community packed the house this past Saturday at our hugely successful 2016 NY State Assembly and Senate Candidate Forum!

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Candidates for New York State Assembly & Senate field questions from Flatbush Tenant Coalition leaders and residents from across Brooklyn concerning predatory equity, gentrification, youth programs, affordable housing, resources for senior citizens, police accountability and #BlackLivesMatter. [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]

The auditorium was filled to capacity;

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Ruth Riddick, a dedicated Coalition leader, asks the candidates a question on behalf of Flatbush tenants and residents throughout Brooklyn. [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]

Our tenant leaders got candidates on the record with public commitments;

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Nearly two hundred Flatbush tenants and residents from across Brooklyn gathered at 157 St. Paul’s Place on July 16th for Flatbush Tenant Coalition’s annual New York State Assembly and Senate Candidate Forum. Moderator, Tammy Brake (pictured above), addresses the crowd and candidates at the forum. [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]

And despite the crazy heat, the audience was eager to hear & say more on issues ranging from affordable housing, to educational & recreational opportunities for youth, to police accountability & Black Lives Matter.

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Check out coverage of the forum on Ditmas Park Corner; a live-tweet of all the forum questions and answers; and photos on our Facebook page.

The candidate forum is an incredible step in our journey for stronger rent laws and a stronger Flatbush.

Next, we’ll meet with elected officials to remind them of their promises and our priorities; and we’ll flex our muscles with rallies & marches to remind them of our numbers & power.

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Stay tuned for more info!
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