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.
"Coronea", "Basurera", & "Stipple" by Blue Dot Sessions.
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.
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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.
zakia henderson-brown, Board Member, Brooklyn Movement Center
Joel Feingold, Member, Crown Heights Tenants Union
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
#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?