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Protesters Shut Down North Brooklyn Pipeline

Environmentalists rallied against National Grid’s ongoing construction of a seven-mile natural gas pipeline under the streets of Williamsburg and Bushwick Saturday, with one local activist saying that the community will step up to battle the project if elected officials fail to do so. “If Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo won’t be real climate leaders and stop this pipeline, the community will,” said Bushwick resident and director of the environmentalist advocacy group Sane Energy Project Kim Fraczek.

New Laws Require All New Roofs To Contain Solar Panels Or Green Space

Two laws requiring new property owners to build solar panels or green spaces on their roofs went into effect on Nov. 15 — marking a major step towards Brooklyn’s environmental sustainability, according to local green thumbs. “It’s important and very valuable,” said environmental activist Pete Sikora from the New York Community for Change, a local nonprofit. “It’s a critical step for New York City to meet the Green New Deal goals.” The legislation — which Councilman Rafael Espinal (D-Bedford Stuyvesant) first introduced to the City Council in July of 2018...

‘Decolonize This Place’ Protesters Disrupt Brooklyn Museum, Condemn ‘Imperial Plunder’

On a bustling spring Sunday, with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival and the Brooklyn Museum’s popular David Bowie exhibit in full swing, some 65 protesters from 20 different New York City activist groups descended upon the museum for a lively demonstration against "imperial plunder," among other things. Purchasing tickets and entering in small groups, activists surreptitiously gathered in the Brooklyn Museum's grand third floor atrium. At the sound of a whistle, the cavernous chamber was suddenly flooded with noise and movement, as demonstrators unfurled huge painted banners from the floor above, singing, and passing out leaflets to curious museum-goers. Through a series of mic checks led by protester Shellyne Rodriguez, the coalition issued their list of demands...

‘This Land Is Your Land’: Reclaiming Public Land For Communities In Brooklyn

Here's the problem: Located primarily in areas of the city where low-income communities of color live today, more than a thousand vacant public lots languish behind fences, collecting garbage. One such lot was in Paula Segal's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. In 2010, she began talking to her neighbors about this lot. She gathered as much information as she could find about it and called a community meeting. That meeting led to more meetings, which led to Myrtle Village Green: an active, nearly 2-acre community space with garden beds, an outdoor movie screening area, a pumpkin patch, and an educational production and research farm. From then on, she thought, "How many more such lots are there in New York City?" She got access to city data and learned that, in 2001, 596 acres of public land were waiting for communities to transform them, and soon after, 596 Acres was born.

Police Arrest Protesters Occupying Outside Brooklyn DA’s Home

By Christina Carrega-Woodby, Kerry Burke and Graham Rayman for Daily News - Seven people were arrested outside Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson’s home early Wednesday during a protest over his handling of the Peter Liang case, police said. About 20 people showed up at Thompson’s home in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, around 12:40 a.m. They beat drums and chanted, waking his neighbors and arousing the ire of the DA. “If the family of Akai Gurley cannot sleep tonight, Ken Thompson will not sleep tonight!” they shouted.

Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (And Community Roots)

By Rebecca Nathanson for YES! Magazine - Snow covered most of the ground at El Garden, a community garden in the north Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. The exception was the area around its three compost bins, shoveled out and made accessible to the six people who were working there. One of them was Gabrielle Mason. She wore a puffy pink jacket and kept her earbuds in while she scooped and sifted the bins' contents. A year ago, she had never composted. Now, at 16 years old, she is the group's lead composter and plans to study environmental issues.

Brooklyn, Police Union Turns Back On Cop Who Killed Innocent Man

By Max Rivlin-Nadler for Gothamist - When NYPD Officer Peter Liang entered court this week to stand trial for killing 28-year-old Akai Gurley in November 2014, there was a noticeable absence in Brooklyn Supreme Court. The usual throng of supporters from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and its boisterous head Pat Lynch (who rarely misses an opportunity to grandstand) were nowhere to be seen. Instead, just two older PBA members loitered around the courthouse and kept to themselves.

Activists In Bushwick Hope To Illuminate Gentrification

By NY1 News. Activists in Bushwick have posted signs around the neighborhood as part of a campaign called "Illumination Against Gentrification." They are trying to keep longtime residents from being displaced from their homes. "My mom keeps receiving at home these letters from real estate agents, developers, who have basically been harassing her. They've even gone to the extent of calling her at work to sell. And we don't want to sell. We don't plan on selling the house any time soon," said activist Patricia Rodriguez. "It's always about the story of newcomers, or how newcomers are making Brooklyn hip. But the reality is that in Brooklyn, in New York City, in Queens, the Bronx, there's a whole history that's being erased," said activist Will Giron. The campaign is supported by the NYC Light Brigade.

Activists In Bushwick Hope To Illuminate Gentrification

By Staff of NY1 News - Some light displays in Brooklyn are spreading awareness of gentrification instead of holiday cheer. Activists in Bushwick have posted signs around the neighborhood as part of a campaign called "Illumination Against Gentrification." They are trying to keep longtime residents from being displaced from their homes. "My mom keeps receiving at home these letters from real estate agents, developers, who have basically been harassing her. They've even gone to the extent of calling her at work to sell.

Protesters Slam Real Estate Summit At Brooklyn Museum

BY Emma Whitford for Gothamist - Hundreds of real estate developers and investors streamed into the Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday morning, past a 65-foot cloth banner proclaiming "Brooklyn Is Not For Sale!" Nearby, dozens of local artists and community activists shouted "Greedy! Greedy!", protesting the institution's decision to host the sixth annual Brooklyn Real Estate Summit. "White dudes in fancy suits is all I see," said Olivia Fox, a performance artist from Queens. Fox, who was holding up one end of the banner, is a member of the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN). "The Brooklyn Museum is supposed to serve Brooklyn, and it should be serving its most vulnerable population first and foremost," she added.

Artists Battle NYPD Over Edward Snowden Memorial In Brooklyn

In a statement about the project, which they have entitled, “Prison Ship Martyrs Monument 2.0,” they wrote: Fort Greene’s Prison Ship Martyrs Monument is a memorial to American POWs who lost their lives during the Revolutionary War. We have updated this monument to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies. It would be a dishonor to those memorialized here to not laud those who protect the ideals they fought for, as Edward Snowden has by bringing the NSA’s 4th-Amendment-violating surveillance programs to light. All too often, figures who strive to uphold these ideals have been cast as criminals rather than in bronze. Our goal is to bring a renewed vitality to the space and prompt even more visitors to ponder the sacrifices made for their freedoms. We hope this inspires them to reflect upon the responsibility we all bear to ensure our liberties exist long into the future.
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