Brooklyn Community Forum on Anti-gentrification and Displacement
Today’s event spotlights the efforts by coalitions and activists, highlighting people of color led initiatives fighting gentrification and displacement. Join us for an afternoon of interactive talks, followed by small group discussions with speakers and grassroots organizations providing information tables, activities, and alternative voices on the issues. The program will explore the effects of gentrification and displacement on New Yorkers, specifically communities of color, and review successful strategies community members have used to protect and preserve their neighborhoods. Featured speakers include Tom Angotti (Hunter College), Alicia Boyd (Movement to Protect the People, MTOPP), Catherine Green (Arts East New York), Imani Henry (Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network, B.A.N.), Elizabeth C. Yeampierre (UPROSE) and a variety of artists, activists, and community groups. Other activities include a ceremony by Calpulli Tlet Papalotzin, a musical performance by Monsters of Brooklyn, and special sessions on community building for teens. This program is presented in collaboration with Artists of Color Bloc, B.A.N., MTOPP, and select artists from the special exhibition Agitprop!
The full title for the event went from our (PMAD) suggestion: “Summer Forum on Anti-gentrification and Displacement” to what Brooklyn Museum said it should be called: “Brooklyn Community Forum on […].” More accurately, I would say that it should have been called “The Brooklyn Museum and Community Forum […]”, since the Brooklyn Museum did hold a lot of veto power and their small budget severely restricted the possible number of events, panels, speakers, and tabling groups.