Movement for Justice in el Barrio: 2013 Southern Ontario Speaking Tour
The Movement for Justice in El Barrio was founded by immigrants and low-income people of color of East Harlem to fight for dignity and against neoliberal displacement.
Movement operates on a commitment to self-determination, autonomy, and participatory democracy.
Driven by multi-national corporations and profit-seeking landlords,and facilitated by city officials, gentrification has swept New York City, causing the wholesale displacement of low-income people of color and immigrants from their communities. East Harlem is experiencing a wave of harassment, abuse, and intimidation as greedy landlords attempt to evict the community from their homes in order to raise rents and increase profits. With over 750 members, Movement has gone door-to-door, building-to-building, and block-to-block to organize with their fellow neighbors to build a neighborhood-wide movement for dignity and justice.
Deeply inspired by the Zapatistas, Movement has organized in the heart of NYC through community-led, horizontal, grassroots participatory democracy.
•Through their “Consultas del Barrio” process, thousands of
community members participate directly in community-wide votes and town hall meetings.
• Movement has organized local and international "Encuentros" where representatives of groups have participated from across the world to share their struggles against neoliberal displacement.
Best Power to the people movement in New York City
- The Village Voice
It is real grassroots democracy, and it is being practiced by the immigrants who live in East Harlem
- New York Daily News
Speaking Tour Dates:
Saturday April 13th: Toronto ON
The Contested City: Radical Perspectives on Gentrification
Ryerson Student Union (55 Gould St)
Sunday April 14: London, ON
6pm @ Central Library, Stevenson-Hunt Room (251 Dundas St)
Monday April 15: Kitchener, ON
6pm @ Kitchener Downtown Community Centre (358 Weber St W.)