Why did it take this great influx of white people to get the schools better? Why’s there more police protection in Bed-Stuy and Harlem now? Why’s the garbage getting picked up more regularly? We been here!
You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re motherfuckin’ Columbus and kill off the Native Americans. Or what they do in Brazil, what they did to the indigenous people.
Spike Lee on gentrification
New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday he had no intention of ending the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.
Asked by co-host Norah O’Donnell on “CBS This Morning” if he will halt stop-and-frisk, Bratton responded, “Not at all.”
The police commissioner went on to say, as he has before, that he wants to use it appropriately and explain to people why they are being stopped.
Bratton noted that Mayor Bill de Blasio “didn’t campaign against stop-and-frisk, he campaigned on reforming it.”
Nobody is sleeping on the streets.
something New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg actually said.
Apparently the thousands of NYC children & adults who live on the streets every day don’t exist. I do outreach & advocacy for homeless youth in all five boroughs & obviously, this statement is 100 percent false, degrading, deceitful & shameful. I see young people trying to find shelter in train stations, alley ways, bus stops, parks & anywhere they can find refuge from the cold weather.
There are 22,000 homeless children in NYC alone, & more than 4,000 youth who sleep on the streets each night. NYC shelters provide only 250 beds. Not only do these shelters rarely have vacancy & are difficult to get into, especially for a young person, they are also dangerous & unsanitary.
Homelessness in New York City (& elsewhere) is a huge fucking problem. In mostly neighborhoods of color, the system de-funds their schools, pushes out their small businesses & affordable housing with skyrocketing rent to fulfill an agenda of gentrification & exploits low-wage workers, eventually forcing people into illegal economies, such as selling drugs & sex work, & eventually onto the streets.
Fuck you, $$$$$Michael Bloomberg$$$$$
Thanks so much for the kind words :)
Tumblr is a great way to share ideas/theories that can be put into action & to connect with others already doing amazing social justice organizing. I’m in NYC, too, & I can suggest a few places you might want to consider to meet other radical folks!
- Free University: This mainly student organization is working against militarization campaigns within the CUNY system as well as fighting for the Morales/Shakur Center right now. Check out their March on the CUNY Machine rally/speak out on Nov. 25 at noon at 42nd & 3rd Ave. Find out what else they’re up to here.
- The NYC Anti-Eviction Network: This organization is just starting up, but it’s going to be a direct-action focused group with a lot of OWS organizers involved. I’ll make sure to post any upcoming news/events with them on our FB.
- Bluestockings: You need to visit you haven’t been already. Not only do they have a great selection of radical literature, zines, etc., they also host weekly bookclubs, speakers & a prison letter writing group!
- The Brecht Forum: Here you can find teach-ins, lectures, book readings, etc. you might be interested in! Richard Wolff frequents the Brecht Forum with his lectures on the economy & workers self-directed enterprises.
- Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung NYC: I stumbled upon this place a few months ago when I went to a talk on racial justice post-MLK & how to move forward in light of events like Trayvon Martin’s murder. It’s an international non-profit, but the Harlem location often hosts a number of really good talks.
- DSGN AGNC: I’ve been to a few events recently centered around the commodification of space & how it feeds our current housing injustice crisis & DSGN AGNC has been a part of most of these discussions. It’s an interesting mix of activists & architects who explore politics through art & space.
- 596 Acres: This is an awesome interactive project that maps out various empty lots/private vacant spaces where people can organize to start neighborhood art venues, community gardens, etc. It’s a great way to see what people are currently working on & what the possibilities are for future projects.
These are just a few organizations/spaces I can think of in NYC where you may want to get involved or at least meet people who are organizing here!
People should also feel free to leave links/suggestions in the comments for other places to check out in the city.
(PS tinypancakegirl, I love your icon.)