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Attorney Pavita Krishnaswamy describing the illegal tactics of the landlord of Homewood Gardens who is trying to force Black tenants out of their rent stabilized apartments in order to rent to white younger tenants #gentrification - 3mins

Flatbush Tenants File Federal Lawsuit Against Landlords Who Target Black Renters  - 4/15/2014

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Contact: Aga Trojniak, ftcoalition@gmail.com, 347.232.5417



Tenants File Federal Lawsuit Against Landlords Who Target Black Renters

Suit alleges violations of Fair Housing Act, New York State and New York City Human Rights laws

WHAT: Press conference announcing the filing of a federal lawsuit against a landlord who has aggressively harassed and targeted Black tenants in an effort to displace them from Prospect-Lefferts Gardens apartments.

WHO: Tenants, Flatbush Tenant Coalition, Attorneys from Legal Services NYC’s Brooklyn program, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Council Member Mathieu Eugene

WHERE: 414 Hawthorne Street, Brooklyn, 11225 (Map)

WHEN: Tuesday, April 15th, 9:30 AM

WHY: Tenants and advocates will announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against landlords who have aggressively harassed and targeted Black tenants in an effort to compel them to move so that their apartments can be rented almost exclusively to younger, white tenants. The landlords’ discriminatory tactics have included refusing to cash Black tenants’ rent checks for months on end and then sending rent demands for tens of thousands of dollars, refusing to make repairs, and bringing baseless housing court cases against Black tenants. Since purchasing these buildings a few years ago, the landlords have succeeded in pushing out approximately 20 families out of a total of 52. Plaintiffs (eleven tenants and the Flatbush Tenant Coalition) allege violations of the Fair Housing Act and the New York State and New York City Human Rights Laws.

Photo, video, and press availability. Copies of the court documents will be on hand.

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CeCe McDonald: ‘Prisons Don’t Keep Us Safe’

CeCe McDonald, a trans, Black woman, who spent 41 months in prison for defending herself against an attacker, recently sat down to talk about safety. She was in conversation with legal scholar Dean Spade and organizer Reina Gossett shortly after she was released from prison, and a clip of that conversation was just released on Vimeo. 

The three will continue the conversation on April 21 at Barnard College. You can register here

“Stealing Chickens” & “Manifesting Prostitution:” Lizzy Williams, Monica Jones & Criminalizing Black Women

Black women in the U.S. have been excluded from definitions of ‘respectable’ and/or ‘proper’ womanhood, sexuality, & beauty. This matters when one considers how we’re treated within society as a result. Black women have also been constructed as always ‘publicly available.’ Think of how this played out for Monica Jones as a trans black woman (though repeatedly misgendered by authorities) and for other black women. If we are always ‘publicly available,’ then charging us with manifestation of prostitution is more likely. These ideological constructs have their roots in justifying slavery and our general subjugation. They are doing particular work and we see this work clearly ‘manifested’ in the historical criminalization of black women. Unfortunately, there have been few studies about the history of black women’s punishment and criminalization. Notable exceptions include work by Kali Gross and Ann Butler. So when I come across interesting stories about crime and punishment in Black women’s history, I try to document them.

Flatbush Tenants File Federal Lawsuit Against Landlords Who Target Black Renters

equalityforflatbush:

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Aga Trojniak, ftcoalition@gmail.com, 347.232.5417

Tenants File Federal Lawsuit Against Landlords Who Target Black Renters

Suit alleges violations of Fair Housing Act, New York State and New York City Human Rights laws

WHAT: Press conference announcing the…

equalityforflatbush:

Flatbush Brooklyn Town Hall on pending #626Flatbush #FighttheTower community struggle: Monday, April 7 7pm–9pm Prospect Park East Network [PPEN] WWW.PPEN.ORG

Park East Network [PPEN] invites you to a TOWN HALL MEETING

with Eric Adams

Monday, April 7 7pm–9pm

John Hus Moravian Church at 153 Ocean Avenue
BOROUGH PRESIDENT ADAMS WANTS TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT HIGH RISE DEVELOPMENT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEXT TO PROSPECT PARK.

We are the only neighborhood bordering the park with no building height limits.

A 23-story luxury tower is slated for Flatbush Avenue at Fenimore Street

Apartment and store rents are already rising: Who will be pushed out?

What about affordable housing?

 What about the scenic beauty of Prospect Park?

Should there be a TEMPORARY HALT to OUT OF SCALE HIGH RISE construction on Flatbush Ave. between Empire Blvd. & Parkside Ave.?

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! BECOME PART OF THE PROCESS, NOT ITS VICTIM.

* In conjunction with the BOROUGH PRESIDENT’S OFFICE. Supported by FLATBUSH TENANT COALITION (FTC), LEFFERTS MANOR ASSOCIATION (LMA), and PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (PLGNA).

Refreshments served For more information: PPEASTNET@GMAIL.COM WWW.PPEN.ORG

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