Cine Libre – March 6th, 6pm.

Cine Libre-MJB

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As part of their international tour, Movement for Justice in El Barrio comes to Arts for Action’s Cine Libre to share a multi-media presentation about their organizing model, their vision, and their efforts on a local and international level. This international tour is intended to raise consciousness around the struggle against gentrification, gain allies in the struggle and raise the funds necessary to continue organizing for justice in 2008!

For Movement for Justice in El Barrio, the struggle for justice means fighting for the liberation of women, immigrants, lesbians, people of color, gays and the transgender community. We all share a common enemy and its called neoliberalism. Neoliberalism wishes to divide us and keep us from combining our forces. We will defeat this by continuing to unite our entire community until we achieve true liberation for all.

 

Movement for Justice in El Barrio (MJB) was founded by immigrants and low-income people of color fighting back against the effects of neoliberalism and discrimination in all of its forms and operates on a commitment to the ideals of self-determination, autonomy and participatory democracy. MJB believes they have the right and responsibility to lead their own struggle for justice by making decisions collectively and democratically and by developing their political analysis through the examination of the root causes of oppression.

Driven by multi-national corporations and profit-seeking landlords and facilitated by city officials, gentrification has swept New York causing the grand-scale displacement of low-income people of color and immigrants from our communities. East Harlem is experiencing a wave of harassment, abuse and intimidation in attempts by greedy landlords to evict us from our homes in order to raise rents and increase profits. MJB is fighting back. declaring: “We Will Not be Moved!!! No Nos Moverán!!

MJB has fought hard for three years and made great strides in building a 400-member community-led social justice organization. They have successfully protested, marched, gone to court and fought back against the actions of multinational corporations, abusive and greedy landlords, and the city institutions that are agents of the gentrification of their neighborhood.

  • After months of fighting against the most powerful landlord in El Barrio, MJB celebrated their victory over Kessner as they forced him to sell all of his 47 buildings. While he viciously attempted to drive his tenants from their homes, MJB turned the tables on him and drove him out of El Barrio.
  • Through their “Consulta del Barrio”, MJB hit the streets to facilitate self-determination by consulting with the community as to what their next issue would be to address as an organization. Deeply inspired by the Zapatistas, MJB implements its own form of Urban Zapatismo in the heart of NYC through grassroots participatory democracy involving the community. Through this process, 1500 community members participated directly in a community-wide vote, town hall meetings, and hundreds of one-on-one interviews.
  • In October, MJB organized the first-ever “NYC Encuentro for Dignity and Against Gentrification” to begin to build a city-wide, national and international network against gentrification. Representatives of 27 groups attended from as far as Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

International Campaign in Defense of El Barrio: Gentrification is one of the devastating manifestations of neoliberalism at the local level, but the threat transcends borders. Governments and institutions all over the world are sanctioning the violent, unjust, and inhumane displacement of people and communities from their rightful homes. As part of their International Campaign in Defense of El Barrio, MJB is organizing on a transnational level to combat displacement in El Barrio by building a multi-national network to go after one of their main targets, the multi-national corporation Dawnay, Day Group at their central headquarters in London and on multiple continents where they hold property.

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