Brooklyn Deep Third Rail

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.

TR 33: Relevance of Race in Central Brooklyn

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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?

Segment one: Crown Heights 1991: Does the past matter?
As we gear up to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Crown Heights “riots," we discuss the neighborhood conditions that lead to what happened in 1991, and the impact those events still have on Central Brooklyn residents today.

Segment two: Do we miss something by calling Central Brooklyn, Black Brooklyn?
We use "black" to describe Central Brooklyn, but is there something overly reductive happening when we do this? Are we missing the rich dimensions of the way people really truly identify themselves, interact with each other, and identify their neighborhood?

Segment 3: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad" Roundup

TR Express: Impact of Orlando on Central Brooklyn

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On June 12, 2016, a mass shooting terrorist attack occurred inside a gay nightclub, in Orlando, FL. The shooting resulted in 50 deaths, including the gunman, who was killed by police. Another 53 people were injured. 

In this "express" episode, Brooklyn Deep reporter Jarrett Lyons shares what he's been hearing at various vigils and community gatherings around the city. And Tasha Amezcua (SOS Program Coordinator, Audre Lorde Project) & Z Bell (Membership organizer, Brooklyn Movement Center) join us to discuss how the Central Brooklyn's LGBTQ community is grieving, healing, and thinking through what it means to be safe.

EP 32: Centering the Margins: Black Women, Black Girls, Black Youth

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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?

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What’s on the environmental justice agenda for Central Brooklyn?

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From the general threat of climate change to children ingesting lead paint, environmental fears are a reality in many parts of New York City. Up first today, Brooklyn Deep will look at the history of environmental activism in areas like Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, and talk with a policy maker and activist to uncover what exactly is on Central Brooklyn’s environmental justice agenda.

Guests:Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York Environmental Justice AllianceLatrice Walker, NYS Assembly, District 55

TR Express: Remembering Revolutionary Prince

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On Thursday, April 21st, we lost the legendary musician Prince. Today we paused to remember and reflect on his revolutionary career.

Third Rail Eps 31: The Case for Hyper Local News

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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.

Guest: Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor & Publisher, City Limits

Segment 1: What role does hyperlocal news play in communities like Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy?
As much of what we knew of as metro reporting by legacy news outlets has faded in prominence over the last 10 years-- we want to know what role does hyperlocal news play in communities like Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy?

Segment 2: Reporting on the G word
It’s almost impossible to discuss hyper-local happenings without mentioning gentrification. But how is it currently being framed in mainstream media?


Segment 3: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad" 
Roundup

Third Rail Eps 30: What is the legacy of resilience in Central Brooklyn?

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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

Third Rail Local: Inside Airbnb in Central Brooklyn

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Airbnb and the home sharing revolution has landed, with Brooklyn being the most popular destination for Airbnb travelers in the country. Central Brooklyn in particular, has become a hot spot, with tourists from Europe and around the country joining the cultural and demographic changes that have come to define areas like Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights. 

In this episode of Third Rail Local, we ask what exactly do we know about how Airbnb is affecting the housing market and way of life in Central Brooklyn? Who stands to lose and who stands to gain?

Third Rail Eps 29: Race, Change and Central Brooklyn schools

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Our conversation on this episode centers around race, change and Central Brooklyn schools-- where the personal meets the political. 

Guests:

Faraji Hannah-Jones, Co-PTA President, P.S.307
Max Freedman, New School Graduate Student, Researching race and social change in NY’s public schools

Segments:

1. The Political Stakes
Here we are exploring the political and racial dimensions in Central Brooklyn districts, including one next door to the Farragut Houses, on the outskirts of Forte Green. We'll look at what is at stake and the story of change that is impacting schools in this area.

2. The Personal Stakes
We discuss what is personally at stake for activist parents in Central Brooklyn who value both traditional public education and predominately black school environments.

3. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup