Posted 7 years ago on Nov. 2, 2011, 12:04 a.m. EST by mikepsl
from Brooklyn, NY
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From the article: "While the New York Police Department has been making international headlines for its repressive response to Occupy Wall Street, the movement took another arrest on Nov. 1 in a Harlem basement. Activist Michael Booth was arrested for "criminal mischief" after helping long-time Harlem community leader Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, a resident in the building, enter her own boiler room.
Real estate interests, in league with several building tenants, have impeded attempts to fix the heater with the goal of making the building unlivable, according to Dr. Blakely. While this is a common gentrification strategy, at 477 142nd St. it has drawn an uncommon response. It has now become the site of a potential struggle of the Occupy movement, which has already started to spread throughout the city with initial neighborhood-based meetings and General Assemblies in Harlem and Washington Heights. "
I think this article highlights and important kind of development for the movement. It really needs to be involved with these kinds of struggles if it is to grow, and it's awesome to see it happening in cases like this (and the march against police brutality in Harlem where Cornell West was arrested)