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


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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.

“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.


Unbelievable BS!

Marissa Alexander was a victim of domestic abuse, who fired a warning shot when her husband entered her home and NOBODY was hurt. She was denied the ability to present her case under the “Stand Your Ground” law in court and was sentenced to 20 years. Then…

"The conviction was thrown out after the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled that Daniel made a mistake in shifting the burden to Alexander to prove she was acting in self-defense. During jury instructions, Daniel said she must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was battered by her husband."

So her new trial has now been set for the end of July, when the prosecutor is going to try to TRIPLE her sentence! This is especially outrageous when you consider…

"The Alexander case inspired the so-called ‘warning-shot’ bill that will be part of the Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday. The proposal, which is expected to pass, would create an exception to the 10-20-life law and prohibit those who fire a warning shot from getting 20 years in prison."

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Here’s a statement from the @FreeMarissaNow campaign:
Plus their website:

WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) is calling for a national day of action on March 8th. So check in with your local chapter to see what they have planned or DIY!


You watch SNL? Yes? In her Twitter bio, Sarah Beattie lists SNL as her place of employment. She also has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter and she treats them with “jokes” such as the above. With “comedians” like Sarah writing the “jokes”, no shit SNL sucks and is practically unwatchable.

Original here (made screencapture in case it’s deleted).

Racism made “funny”

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