Occupy Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy and Brownsville? Councilwoman Says Yes

Brooklyn pol proposes expanding protests against corporate greed into residential neighborhoods

Grand Army Plaza may not be the only Brooklyn locale to get "Occupied."

With protesters against what they call corporate greed run amok planning a return to the borough next Saturday, one local elected official suggested that the rest of Brooklyn also get into the act.

"People are disenfranchised and dissatisfied with their government, and that's what Occupy Wall Street is all about," said Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Brooklyn, at FUREE's 9th Annual Convention on Saturday. "That's why we're also trying to do Occupy Crown Heights, Occupy Bed-Stuy, Occupy Brownsville."

No word yet on possible locations for the protests, which up to this point have been mostly held in public spaces adjacent to commercial districts and not primarily residential areas.

James added that an Occupy Brownsville protest would be particularly welcome in a community still reeling from Friday's rooftop shooting that left 32-year-old Zurana Horton dead as she attempted to shield children from a hail of bullets.

Related Topics: Brooklyn, Brownsville, Crown Heights, Occupy Wall Street, Protests, Rooftop Shooting, Tish James, and Zurana Horton

Valarie Carey October 23, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Before the Occupy movement moves into areas like Bed Stuy and Brownsville, there should be an outcry on the gun violence and NUMEROUS tragic deaths that have been happening particularly in those 2 parts of Brooklyn. Where were the politicians then? What stance did they take then and even now for that matter? Before we bring a political protest to these two areas that have been stricken with violence, more needs to be done to provide safer streets and awareness to criminals that the people will not stand by idly while elderly men are gunned down in front of barber shops; pregnant women are gunned down in front of elementary schools; young girls are stabbed to death on public sidewalks just to site a few tragic events.
Ramsey Leito October 23, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Lets do it.. I'm throwing my full support behind occupy brownsville
brynna tucker October 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Valarie - I agree - but also see the Occupy Movement as something that includes community violence. The Movement that spans so many of the issues that have resulted from political movements that have favored neglecting people (Main Street) in favor of corporations (Wall Street). So, to me Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Brownsville and other underserved communities are a clear and long-standing result of this profit over people political approach. Although Wall Street is NYC centric - it's a metaphor for the power money has in coercing our political system. Gun violence, hunger, underfunded schools, low employment, high foreclosure rates, lack of technology, etc. are all on the table for the Occupy Movement. Our country very recently cut the Community Development Block Grants by 50%. Those are the funds that feed small communities like Bed Stuy, Brownsville and Crown Heights leaving many of the organizations with the difficult decision to lay off staff, cut programs, or both. This woman's sign says it best: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s320x320/303763_10150329622842471_44905697470_8575573_1824581440_n.jpg
Barry Bnice51 October 24, 2011 at 01:40 PM
It' might be a good thought as we know when it comes to civil movements in our communities people don't get involved. And where are our churches at it's sad, but true these types of movements in the past have not work. Our churches need to take a stand, because the preachers talk about helping in the pulpit only, but when it comes time to be about it their ghost... In the black community when someone gets killed maybe a hundred people come out, as long as they're not personally affected they won't get involved!! Neighbor Please...
Beverl segers October 25, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Yeah, where are the Churches???. No where to be found. I'm ready to protest the violence in our community. I remember when the late City Council member James Davis used to have the "Stop The Violence March""every year in Bed- Sty- Crown Heights. Just give me a time and date and I will be there to protest. I marched with the UFT on the "Occupy Wall Street". Let's do this. Stop talking and take action against the thugs in our neighborhood. The Black Church led the Civil Rights protests in the 1960's. Where ARE they to day? If you belong to a Church, you need to remind them that they have a Civil duty also. It's not enough to go to Church every week and do nothing to support our neighborhoods against the violence in our community. Brooklyn, has so many Black Churches, seems to me that they are only interested in collecting money and doing their own thing ,not interested in the Black Comunities welfare. Faith with out works is dead.


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