11.13.2007

TODAY 11/13: Movement for Justice in El Barrio 

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Date/Time: 13/11/2007 12:00 am


TODAY 11/13: Movement for Justice in El Barrio 
MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE IN EL BARRIO, MEXICO’S “OTHER CAMPAIGN,” AND THE FIGHT AGAINST GENTRIFICATION IN NYC
Tuesday November 13th, 2007
7-9pm; Room C198
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th ave. (NE corner of 34th st. and 5th Ave)
-event is free but please bring valid photo id for entry
-a presentation featuring members from Movement for Justice in El
Barrio  about their participation in the Other Campaign as an
organization fighting against Gentrification and for Dignified Housing
in NYC.  The presentation also includes a video of and by MJB members
and a message from Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatistas.
Movement for Justice in El Barrio (MJB) was founded in 2004 by tenants
working together to defend themselves against abusive landlords.  Over
the past three years, MJB has employed media tours, court actions,
protests, and direct actions against landlords, mortgage lenders, and
city institutions to challenge the unjust housing system in El Barrio.
Through this work, MJB has organized 23 building committees and has
350 members. In August of 2005, MJB began studying locally based
social justice movements from around the world in order to better
understand their own struggle in its global and historical context.
The Zapatistas and the Other Campaign were among the movements
studied. Through this process they decided to adhere to the
Zapatistas’ Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and, since a
majority of their membership is Mexican, MJB decided to join the Other
Campaign as well.  MJB also participated in the first even US Social
Forum in Atlanta this past June.  Their session in Atlanta was
attended by over 200 persons from all over the US.  Most recently MJB
hosted an Encuentro for Dignity and Against Gentrification last month
that was attended by groups from around the NY region.  (See

http://www.narconews.com/Issue47/article2859.html

-event contact person, Mike Menser: morphospace@gmail.com
Sponsored by
The Center for the Study of Place, Culture, and Politics, CUNY
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