Join us for the next B.A.N. Meeting
May 8th, 7-9 at the Solidarity Center (147 W 24th St, Second Fl, elevator available)
Please join our facebook event and invite your friends and networks!
Come Out To Community Board 9 ULURP Land Use Meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7 – 9 pm!
Community Board Subcommittee will be taking a vote on the Cornell Realty Rezoning of Frankin Ave, the Brookyn Botanic Garden issue. Location: Ebbets Field Middle School 352, Auditorium 46 McKeever Place (bet. Sullivan Place & Montgomery Street)
Don’t Let this Happen to Our Garden!
Click here for more information on this campaign and what’s at stake!
Rally and Protest Department of City Planning
Join us on Wednesday, January 4th, 9:30am to call out the Department of City Planning’s role in the systematic gentrification of our neighborhoods!
The Department of City Planning plays a central but often hidden role in the gentrification of our communities. Their job is to subdue community resistance by engaging us in a drawn out, complex and ultimately pointless community planning process that distracts and consumes community organizations and individuals with busy-work.
In order to move forward with a rezoning, the Department of City Planning must meet with the community to get their input, but they are not required to incorporate any of that input into the final plan. When they do take community input, it’s often window-dressing: a narrow range of details that don’t affect their bottom line. The decision to upzone in the first place is never put to the community, and the real needs and demands of the community are never met. We are told they are ‘not feasible’ or are ‘beyond the scope’ of their department’s work.
They play a game of divide and conquer: tokenizing community groups by picking one or two that are willing to work with them and holding them up as proof that their process to gentrify the neighbohood is legitimate and desired by the community. Any groups that refuse to engage in this ‘planning process’ are then dismissed as unreasonable and unnecessary.
They are sent into communities to give the illusion of community participation. This fake engagement is patronizing and insulting and is part of a long legacy of racist, sexist and classist government strategies to ‘deal’ with poor communities and communities of color. They attempt to demobilize our communities by pulling us into ‘community processes’ where we don’t have real power and which we never asked for in the first place. Ultimately they ignore the community concerns they spent months ‘listening’ to, and couch their predetermined plans within lengthy, inaccessible reports.
DCP is the ambassador of gentrification, brought in to disarm us and clear a path for the developers. Our most recent protest on Dec 18th against Alicia Glen sought to make visible her power as the deputy mayor for housing and economic development. Both she and staff of the DCP work together in an interconnected web to support real estate interests and halt conversations about solving the city’s housing market through non-market based solutions.
Join us 9:30am on Wednesday, January 4th, to bring this message to the Department of City Planning’s next public meeting!
Protest REBNY’s 28th Annual ‘Deal of the Year’ Gala and Charity
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The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), a notorious lobbying group responsible for luxury development and displacement in New York City, will be holding their 28th Annual “Deal of the Year” Charity and Awards Gala, this Wednesday, October 26th. Participants, which include the city’s largest landlords and developers, as well as many high-profile elected officials, pay $550 and up to schmooze and reward the top sales and rental deals completed in 2015-2016. Proceeds from this “charity” gala will benefit REBNY’s “Member in Need Fund,” which is, of all New Yorkers in need,a residential landlord experiencing hardship.
And, REBNY had the nerve to make the gala disco-themed, a dance music genre that emerged in the Black community. We find this cultural appropriation particularly insulting knowing that REBNY is a major actor in the systematic displacement of low-to-middle income communities of color. The entertainer for the night is disco legend Gloria Gaynor, whose greatest hit is an anthem of resilience and defiance. As a Black feminist and LGBTQ icon, we are asking her to support the struggle of our communities by not performing at the gala.
There is nothing to celebrate about corporate greed and profiting off our communities. Join the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network and allies in protesting this grand gathering of key players in gentrification and displacement.
#WeWillSurvive #HousingNotHorsDoeuvres #NoAwardsForDisplacement
Protest the Make It In Brooklyn Innovation Summit September 28th 5:30pm
Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network calls on members, friends and allies to join us in a community speak out to protest the Make it in Brooklyn Innovation Summit, where participants pay $400 to schmooze with ‘real estate titans’ and Brooklyn’s ‘builders founders and startups’. The event is hosted by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a champion for the 2004 rezoning that has led to the rapid gentrification and displacement of low-to-middle income residents in Downtown Brooklyn. Help us spread the word–join our facebook event and share with your community!
Join us on the 28th to call these self-proclaimed “innovators” out for what they really are–agents of gentrification and displacement. #WhoseCity? #OurCity! #BANgentrification #BrooklynIsNotForSale
Join the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (B.A.N.) at the Brooklyn Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification and Displacement Sunday, July 24th
Join us 12-5pm July 24th at the Brooklyn Museum for a day of musical performances, intimate discussions, workshops, panel talks, and more information which will inform, empower and inspire!
At 5pm march with us in unity from the Brooklyn Museum down Washington Avenue to Prospect Park and Empire Boulevard to have a community picnic behind the carousel–bring your own picnic!
Please join our facebook event and invite your friends and networks.
Join the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (B.A.N.) to demand elected community boards!
March 30th at 12 pm at Brooklyn Borough Hall
Community boards are currently appointed by each Borough President and therefore are not truly accountable or beholden to the community. We want to empower community boards to be more than just advisory and to have veto power. We demand and will work to change the New York City Charter so that Community Boards will be elected.
To endorse or get involved:
info@BANgentrification.org | (646) 820-6039
Protest Mayor DeBlasio’s Housing and Gentrification Plans at the State of the City Address with South Bronx Community Congress
The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network is mobilizing for State of the City Address !!!!
Join us outside for “The People’s Response to the State of the City.” Come and speak on topics such as Education, Public Safety, Housing, Jobs, Homelessness, NYCHA, Mental Health, IDNYC, public transportation, and the destruction and displacement of our communities for big business and real estate interests!
Thursday at 6pm. See the South Bronx Community Congress event for more details
The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network Statement on The 6th Annual Brooklyn Real Estate Summit
For Immediate Release:
The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network Statement on The 6th Annual Brooklyn Real Estate Summit
On November 17th , over 150 people participated in a day long protest against The 6th Annual Brooklyn Real Estate Summit held at the Brooklyn Museum. In the weeks leading up to the summit, The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network (BAN) called for people to both protest outside and issued a public demand to the Brooklyn Museum to not host the 6th Annual Brooklyn Real Estate Summit. We also demanded that Borough President Eric Adams not speak at the summit and instead devote his energies to stopping the displacement of low to middle income residents of Brooklyn caused by real estate industry. Over 2,000 people signed on to online and hard-copied petitions issued by BAN and The Artist Studio Affordability Project.
BAN made these demands because it is inappropriate for public spaces such as the Brooklyn Museum to profit from and facilitate the work of the real estate industry, when said industry puts profits before the well-being of Brooklyn residents. We are alarmed that our public spaces including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Museum, our libraries, community gardens and land set aside for public housing are increasingly being taken over by luxury housing developers.
More importantly, rampant gentrification is decimating low-to-middle income communities especially of color throughout New York City. There are daily reports of the sick and elderly residents of color losing their homes in fraudulent real estate scams. Illegal evictions and massive rent hikes leaving both white and residents of color to face a chaotic real estate market that they cannot compete in.
Since the Brooklyn Museum holds itself up as a beacon of diversity and depends on prominent artists of color such as Kara Walker to bring in patrons, we find it ethically questionable that the Museum made its facilities available for a real estate event where the seeds of deals are sown that will result in further destruction of the very communities the museum purports to care about.
In the end both the Museum and Adams made it clear that neither would accede to BAN’s demands. We were not surprised given Adams’ strong ties to real estate money and his participation at other real estate summits in the past. We were also well aware that the main organizer of the summit, Ofer Cohen sits on the Brooklyn Museum’s board of advisors. What we were surprised to learn was that Anne Pasternak was a co-host of the racist “Bronx is Burning” real estate-sponsored party. This now-infamous event has been condemned city-wide for lampooning poverty in the South Bronx in order to promote luxury condos and the gentrification of that community.
For the record, Eric Adams, did personally reach out to us “to dialogue” about our demands and confirmed he would be speaking at the summit. The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network was never contacted directly by Anne Pasternak or any other Brooklyn Museum employee. Despite the frantic attempts of the Brooklyn Museum and the Borough President to do damage control but offer nothing of substantive value to the people of Brooklyn that they are paid to serve, the success and diversity of yesterday’s demonstrations, and the widespread support they received, show that the people of New York are prepared to take control of their communities’ future with or without the help of these leaders.
The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) is a people of color-led mass-based coalition of tenants, homeowners, block associations, anti-police brutality groups, legal and grassroots organizations working together to end the rampant gentrification and displacement of low to middle income residents of Brooklyn, New York.
November 17th, Protest the 6th Annual Brooklyn Real Estate Summit
November 17th 7:30am-1 pm
At the Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York
On November 17th over 600 of the most elite real estate owners, developers and investors will gather at the Brooklyn Museum to scheme on how to continue to gentrify our neighborhoods, build more luxury apartments and displace low-to-middle income people from our homes.
Along with these greedy profiteers, politicians like former Governor Elliott spitzer & Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams will be featured speakers. These bankers, real estate developers, and electeds are hell bent on destroying the cultural, economic, and social diversity of New York City.
The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network (B.A.N.) is calling on all New Yorkers – longtime and new residents of all nationalities – to COME out on November 17th !
Please, sign our petitions!
September 25th, March Against Displacement
NMASS POSTER 1 (PDF)
September 17th, Day of Action against Racism, Gentrification & Police Brutality
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Download and print our fliers
Endorsers of September 17th NYC Day of Action against Racism, Gentrification & Police Brutality (as of 9/17/2015):
Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Artist Studio Affordability Project*
Black Alliance for Just Immigration -BAJI
Believe Out Loud
Bronxites for NYPD Accountability
Brooklyn Congregations United
Brooklyn Laundry Social Club
Brooklyn Movement Center
Brooklyn Solidarity Network
Bushwick Housing Independence Project*
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
Churches United for Fair Housing (CUFFH)
Coastline Tenants Association
Criminal Justice Initiative
East Harlem Preservation, Inc.
Educated Little Monsters (ELM)
El Barrio Tours
El Grito de Sunset Park*
Equality for Flatbush*
Faith in New York
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)*
Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST)
Globe – The LGBTQ Justice Project of Make the Road New York
I Grew Up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn Facebook Page
International Action Center
International Working Women’s Day Coalition
Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions, USA (ICAHD-USA)
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFRE)
Law Firm of Abdula Greene
Law Office of Geoffrey Schotter
Met Council on Housing
Milk Not Jails
Millions March NYC
Movement to Protect The People*
New York Latina Advocacy Network
New Yorkers Against Bratton
Northwest Bushwick Community Group*
NYC Shut It Down
Organizing Committee of the Crown Heights Tenants Union
People’s Climate Arts
Peoples Power Assemblies
People’s Theatre Project
Picture the Homeless Housing Committee
Prisoners are People Too, Inc
Queens Neighborhoods United
Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP)
Resistance in Brooklyn
Resource Generation NYC Chapter
Ridgewood Tenant’s Union
Right to the City
Rising Tide NYC
South Asian Fund for Education, Scholarship and Training (SAFEST)
Street Vendor Project
Sunset Park Restoration
Sunset Parker Facebook Group
The 320 Sterling Street Tenants Association*
The Audre Lorde Project*
The Bushwick Cop Watch Team of Peoples’ Justices for Community Control & Police Accountability*
The Commons Choir
The Crystal House Project of The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement*
The East Flatbush Cop Watch Team of Peoples’ Justices for Community Control & Police Accountability*
The Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC)
The Laundry Workers Center
The NYC Jails Action Coalition
The People Power Movement
The Sullivan-Ludlam-Stoddard Neighborhood Association
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project
The White Anti-Racist Group/European Dissent
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Third Root Community Health Center*
Women’s Fightback Network
*Denotes member organizations of the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN)
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On the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, we will be marching from Zuccotti Park to City Hall Park to demand housing for the homeless and the banks must pay for it thru a Robin Hood Tax!
We will be meeting at 5:45pm at Zuccotti Park, then we will march and gather at City Hall Park for a speak out and sleep out.
September 16th, Pack the Court for Anne Pruden
Crown Heights Tenant Union Member and Long Time Activist!
On Wednesday, September 16 at 9:30 at the Brooklyn Supreme Court 120 Schermerhorn St. Rm. 346
Demand that all charges be dropped!
Please wear your Organization T-shirt to show solidarity with Anne!!!
Press Conference at 11am outside Court Building
Anne Pruden was attending a ULURP committee meeting at Community Board 9 in Brooklyn.She was standing up holding a protest sign, because the residents had not been allowed on the committee, thus violating the City Charter, and CB9 Bylaws.The Police singled her out and arrested her! Later the Police came to the community and declared that she hadn’t been arrested!!! But as you can see she was!!! Now we are demanding that all charges be dropped! This just oppression of our neighbors and political activists who are putting their lives on the line for us!
Come Out and Show Your Love!!!
Rally and Protest at the Fifth Annual Only Brooklyn® Real Estate Summit
Tuesday, June 16th at 11:30am
At BAM in Downtown Brooklyn
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11217