Back in 2016, we bulked up our organizing muscles: stopped the revival of the 421-a tax break; won the 1st-ever meeting of the Brooklyn Housing Court and a 2nd historic rent freeze, and more!
Here in 2017, we’re flexing those muscles & showing them off! The Flatbush Tenant Coalition started the new year on a high note with over 70 tenant leaders in attendance at our January 14th Coalition meeting:
The dynamic meeting featured Coalition leader, Ruth Riddick, who gave key updates from our “Stronger Rent Laws” campaign; exciting news from Tenant leader Tammy Brake about February’s Benefit Brunch; plans for the Women’s March on Washington; and a powerful “Racial Justice” workshop facilitated by Janis Rosheuvel (of United Methodist Women in NY) and Shanice Brim (of Public Allies, CNL, & BYP100)!
With Janis and Shanice’s guidance, Coalition leaders explored the different forms of oppression (Interpersonal, Institutional, Internalized, Ideological), and even recognized the Homewood Gardens Tenant Association victory as a case study for applying racial justice learnings and building a deeper analysis.
Finally, the racial justice thread came full circle as it was tied directly into housing policy, practice, and modern-day resistance organizing.
Coalition leaders did not want to leave as they broke off into small groups and shared thoughtful insights & personal experiences with racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other kinds of oppression.
Stay tuned for our next event as Flatbush Tenant Coalition presents our U.N.I.T.Y. Benefit Brunch on Saturday, February 18th at St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). We hope to see you all there!
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