We've been here before. Trying to process how easily black people die at the hands of police; how easily hashtags pile up: #DelrawnSmall #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile; and needing to find a way forward through it all.
This month two oral historians, Amaka Okechukwu (Weeksville Heritage Center) and Zaheer Ali (Brooklyn Historical Society), come on to tackle the relevance of race in Central Brooklyn. First by examining the impact of the Crown Heights "Riots." Then we ask, are there dimensions that get missed by identifying Central Brooklyn neighborhoods, as black?
This month, Third Rail evaluates the state of black leadership in Central Brooklyn with Joanne Smith (Girls for Gender Equity) and Nakisha Lewis (The Ms. Foundation for Women). We discuss the different ways Black women and girls are claiming space in our current movement moment and then we ask, what's being done to build youth leadership?
On this episode, we unpack the role local news plays in neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights and how outlets reporting in Central Brooklyn are cover gentrification.
On this episode we examine the legacy of resilience in Central Brooklyn by reflecting on the history of organizing and movement building here and then by asking what is the present state of the Movement for Black Lives here in Central Brooklyn, New York and nationwide.
Joining us for this discussion are two organizers who have played an important role in shaping the legacy of social and political self-determination that Black Brooklyn is known for today:
Lumumba Bandele, Senior Community Organizer, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Ejeris Dixon, Founding Director, Vision Change Win
Segment 1: Histories Resilience in Central Brooklyn
While the fight for social change in Central Brooklyn has been city-wide and even national, it has often been anchored by what’s happening locally. We sit down with two organizers who have played a special role in shaping the legacy of social and political self-determination that Black Brooklyn is known for today.
Segment 2: How does Central Brooklyn connect to this movement moment?
In this present “movement moment” we ask: How has the legacy of Central Brooklyn organizing laid the groundwork for #BlackLivesMatter movements in Central Brooklyn, New York and nationwide?
Segment 3: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad" Roundup
This is the remix! To mark the end of Brooklyn Summer, Third Rail is shaking up things with an extra segment this month. Familiar voices join us to share summers that changed us politically. Then we switch gears and discuss how we manage love in the movement. And finally we collectively put together our Top 5 signs we're living in "new Brooklyn."
Mark Winston Griffith, Brooklyn Movement Center
Rae Gomes, Central Brooklyn Food Coop
1. Summers that move you
Some seasons are meant to be forgotten and others, simply put, are life-changing. We share summers that changed us politically.
2. Love in the Movement
When you're a politically conscious and activist Brooklynite, the lines between the personal and the professional can blur and make for lots of sticky dating situations. How do you manage time, political views, break-ups and even meeting people while trying to change the world?
3. Top 5 signs we're living in “new Brooklyn”
Between the changing demographics, rising housing costs, and everyday cultural shifts, there are many signs that Central Brooklyn is rapidly gentrifying all around us. As Central Brooklynites, we share our top five.
4. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup
On this first edition of "Third Rail Local," Brooklyn Deep Reporter, Monica Melton, join us to discuss her reporting on the northeast corner of Bedford Avenue and Fulton Street-- historically known as Bedford Corners. Head to Brooklyn Deep to read Monica's piece, told through four images of what is now 1205 Fulton Street, as well as compelling interviews with archivists and eyewitnesses to this history.
On "Crown Heights Fight" we report on the state of tenant organizing in Central Brooklyn and how tenants are reacting to rising rents. We then put to the test the notion that Bed-Stuy gets more political and media love than Crown Heights.
1. How are tenants fighting gentrification in Central Brooklyn?We talk a LOT about gentrification on this show. In Central Brooklyn, it feels like an overwhelming force that touches every aspect of life. Ultimately, though, gentrification boils down to the struggle around tenant displacement and rent overages. So, beyond talking about it, what are tenants doing on the housing front to stop gentrification?
2. Is Crown Heights Bed-Stuy's stepchild?Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant are both vibrant, internationally known neighborhoods in their own right. We're exploring what it means for a neighborhood to be popular and we're trying to figure out -- is Bed-Stuy more popular than Crown Heights or is it the other way around?
3. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup
1. Journalism that Builds Community: Although digital and social media have opened up new ways for people to share stories and information, few news outlets do in-depth reporting on a neighborhood level, and locally grown journalism is becoming scarce. In the age of Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, we ask what role citizen journalism can play in strengthening community and building power in Central Brooklyn?
2. Small Business that Builds Community: Neighborhoods are often measured by how vibrant their retail action on its commercial strips. As Central Brooklyn grapples with changing commercial tastes and gentrification, what is the role of local entrepreneurs? Is opening a business and creating jobs enough? Or do business leaders have another responsibility?
3. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup