At the beginning of the year the city announced 17 community gardens across NYC will be seized to develop new “affordable” housing. We are sharing this call to action in solidarity with community gardens on Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) sites that are under the threat of being shut down.
We will be demonstrating outside of the 6th annual Brooklyn Real Estate Conference hosted at the Brooklyn Museum. We cannot ignore how gentrification is also tied to the displacement and seizure of community operated green spaces.
This is an important issue to the work we do as a collective. In our “Healing Wisdom of Herbs” workshop, we discussed the importance of supporting and preserving community controlled green spaces as a vital resource for generating communal healing.
We hope you all can join, if not, please share with your networks.
WE DEMAND COMMUNITY GARDENS + REAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING!
Here is more information posted on the NYC Community Garden Coalition page:
Tuesday, 11/17: Action to save gardens on HPD land
Call to Action by NYCCGC released on NOVEMBER 14, 2015
Join us and gardens on HPD land to protest the 6th Annual Brooklyn Real Estate Summit at the Brooklyn Museum, organized by the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN). Land grabs by real estate developers are causing widespread displacement, particularly of people of color, across the borough. With this onslaught of gentrification includes the threat of all community gardens, particularly those on HPD land. Join us to protest this summit and save community gardens!
WHEN: 11/17, 11:30am
WHERE: Brooklyn Museum
Please let us know if you can attend by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org!