Brooklyn Deep Third Rail

Third Rail Eps 39: By Any Means Necessary?

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Mark and Veralyn sit down with Alicia Boyd, the fiery founder of Movement to Protect the People, and pose the question: Are there limits to what an activist should be willing to do in the fight for social justice? Also informing the discussion is an interview with Daniel Goldstein, who looks back on his controversial refusal to leave his home when developers wanted to tear it down to build the Barclays arena and the surrounding high rises. 
 
Segment One: Alicia Boyd and the art of anti-respectibility politics.
Mark and Veralyn interview Alicia Boyd about what it’s like to be known as a grenade thrower among her neighbors as she takes on development and what she describes as community board corruption.
 
Segment Two: Daniel Goldstein and the solitude of disruption.
Mark interviews Daniel Goldstein, the public face of Develop Don’t Destroy, which took on the Mayor, Bertha Lewis, and one of city’s biggest developers in a campaign to stop the building of the Barclays arena. Veralyn, Alicia and Mark then discuss what it takes to be a force of one.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"                            

Veralyn and Alicia talk through the mixed feelings of the recent Women's March.

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music:

"Coronea", "Basurera", & "Stipple" by Blue Dot Sessions.

TR Express: In moments like these

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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.

Third Rail pauses to check-in with Anthonine Pierre (Brooklyn Movement Center's Lead Community Organizer) and Ryann Holmes (Bklyn Boihood Co-founder) about the impact of this moment (which includes five Dallas officers being killed) and how Central Brooklyn moves forward.

If you need a community base or resource for an initiative you are taking on, contact the Brooklyn Movement Center at bmc@brooklynmovementcenter.org or Bklyn Boihood here.

Third Rail Eps 20: Crown Heights Fight

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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.

Guests:

zakia henderson-brown, Board Member, Brooklyn Movement Center
Joel Feingold, Member, Crown Heights Tenants Union

Segments: 

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

Third Rail Eps 17: Activism 360

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Guest Hosts: 

Kristen Maye, Policy Associate, Drug Policy Alliance
Mark Winston, Griffith Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center

Segments: 

1. Activism beyond the workplace: Being a community organizer can be a full-time job (literally). Some of us, though, already have full-time jobs that have nothing to do with social justice. And for those of us that do movement work full-time, we face hard choices about taking on extracurricular organizing activities. Listen in: we're talking about the work/play balancing act we do when deciding to be social justice activists

2. Generational divide: Social change work can often bring together people of different generations. But what happens when those generations see fundamentally different solutions to the same issue? Does conflict undermine the ability to build a cohesive intergenerational?

3. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup


Third Rail Express: #IndictTheSystem

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#IndictTheSystem: We discuss the non indictment of both cops who killed an unarmed Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Gardner in Staten Island, and the on-going protesting that has followed these grand jury decisions. And we ask what does real social justice organizing look like in this moment?

Third Rail Express: On the ground in Ferguson

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On the ground in Ferguson: During the week of August 18th, Bed-Stuy resident Dante Barry (Deputy Director, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice) was in Ferguson, Missouri and he sat down with Third Rail reporter and co-founding BMC member, Alan Smith (Co-Host, Baltimorons) to give us a perspective from Ferguson, that mainstream media isn't covering.