Flatbush Tenant Coalition Joins Advocacy Groups at Brooklyn Museum for Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification & Displacement

On Sunday, July 24th, 2016, the Flatbush Tenant Coalition represented Flatbush tenants at the ‪‎Brooklyn‬ Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification and Displacement inside Brooklyn Museum!

The free event, organized by MTOPP – Movement to Protect the People, proved to be a wonderful & powerful display of solidarity through art, expression, advocacy and dialogue.

Watch this short video produced by NYU Journalism Graduate student, Diego Lynch, featuring members of the Flatbush Tenant Coalition:

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It was a dynamic afternoon of performances, panel discussions, small-group conversations, and more, all exploring the effects of gentrification and displacement on New Yorkers, specifically communities of color.

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Flatbush Tenant Coalition’s very own Iva, along with Patrice and her family, stop for a quick photo opportunity at Movement to Protect the People’s Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification & Displacement inside Brooklyn Museum, Sunday July 24, 2016. [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]
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(Left to right) Coalition leaders, Maria, Ruth and Marie field questions about tenants rights and rent-stabilization at the Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification & Displacement inside Brooklyn Museum. [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]

Guests also learned about successful strategies led by people of color to protect and preserve their neighborhoods. Information tables hosted by anti-gentrification and displacement advocacy groups such as FUREE, Semillas Collective, Citizens Defending Libraries provided by community groups will be set up throughout the afternoon.

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Rob Robinson (top left), co-founder of Take Back the Land, sits down with a small group of event guests during breakout sessions at Brooklyn Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification and Displacement. Robinson moderated a panel discussion entitled, Effects of Gentrification and Displacement. [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]

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Alicia Boyd (middle left), a community activist with Movement To The Protect the People, addresses a breakout group at the Brooklyn Community Forum on Anti-Displacement and Gentrification, Sunday July 24th, 2016. Boyd served on a panel discussion entitled, Successful Strategies and Stories on Rezoning and Development. [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]
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Professor Tom Angotti (top right), Director of the Hunter College Center for Community Planning & Development, speaks with a small breakout group at the Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification & Displacement. Angotti led a panel discussion entitled, Successful Strategies and Stories on Rezoning and Development. [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]
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Havanna Fisher (top right), an artist and Harlem native, shares her experiences with a breakout group. Fisher spoke on the Effects of Gentrification and Displacement, referencing  Dr. Mindy Fullilove’s literary work, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It. [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]

Organizations from Brooklyn and beyond made it crystal clear that we are here, we’re pushing back against displacement and gentrification — and we’re not going anywhere.

#‎BrooklynIsHome‬

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