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Anti-Gentrification Protest Takes to the Streets

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Leaders of the march led chants of “Whose city? Our city!” and “Brooklyn’s not for sale!” (Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)

About 200 community organizers and protesters marched through rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhoods this Saturday in a rally opposing gentrification, racism and police violence organized by the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN). More than 100 groups and grassroots organizations endorsed the protest.

Police denied the group a permit for amplified sound, but the rally carried on, using a “human microphone” technique to repeat and amplify speakers’ voices before the march. The group alleges the 78th precinct stalled their request for a permit on purpose.

An organizer warms up the crowd prior to the march (Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)

Starting at 11:00am, September 9, in front of Barclay’s, speakers related stories covering a host of issues, from rent hikes and tenant harassment to “broken windows” and racist policing.

There was a heavy police presence at the event, with officers walking the street and cars creeping along in pace with the march.

A map of the stops along the march route (Via Equality for Flatbush)

With such a variety of sponsoring groups, the message of the march was broad. Many of the participants marching, when asked about the cause they came out to support, replied with a variation on the theme of “generally, all of it.”

BAN’s platform mostly focuses on housing issues: universal rent-stabilization, opposition to sale or leasing of NYCHA land, and a call to localize “area median income” measurements in communities where affordable housing is being built.

A jogger on Fulton Ave in Clinton Hill watches the march move past (Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)
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  1. According to Gothamist, “An NYPD spokesperson [said] the sound permit was not denied outright, but was instead granted for an area adjacent to the Barclays Center.”

  2. i remember the late 60’s when the cancer started in Flatbush. By 1980 it was ruined. The shops and stores that made Flatbush Avenue a top notch shopping street was decimated. Crime was off the charts. People who lived in the area for years were forced to move as the decay became unbearable.

    There were no protests. There were no marches. There was no civil unrest.

    Now the tide has changed and the people are not happy. The shoe is now on the other foot and Flatbush and other areas of Brooklyn are being restored as the siege ends.

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