I don’t see how bringing up the property value in a neihborhood and slowly easing out the unsavory is bad. But thats just me. Perhaps I’m jaded.
Gentrification isn’t just bringing up property value in a neighborhood and “slowly easing out the unsavory”. What do you even mean by that? Do you mean poor people? Because that is who is getting effected by it the most and that includes me and many people I know. We should be able to live where we want to. Rent has doubled and tripled in many parts of Brooklyn because of upper middle class and upper class people moving in and pushing us out without any remorse or guilt. What makes their coffee shops and boutiques better than the bodegas and 99 cent stores? They are small businesses too. The value of a neighborhood SHOULD NEVER be determined by what class of people live in it. We are not unsavory. We belong here.
Yo he sufrido tanto por tu ausencia Que desde ese dia hasta hoy no soy feliz Y aunque tengo tranquila mi conciencia Se que pude haber yo hecho mas por ti Obscura soledad estoy viviendo la misma soledad de tu sepulcro Tu eres el amor del cual yo tengo el mas triste recuerdo de acapulco Como quisiera ayy que tu vivieras Que tus ojitos jamas se hubieran cerrados nunca y estar mirandolos
I’m thinking constantly about myself and death and life and sadness, but above all love. Because I’m learning that it’s through acts of love that we experience everything else.
"Look, here’s what I can tell you. It is such a stain on the workforce of America that I just suggest that the next time you’re drinking that Chardonnay, remember who may have picked those grapes, and that lettuce, tomato you’re having with strawberry on the side, remember, because unfortunately, we’re all participants in our own consumption of the brutality in the workforce that these women confront. It’s happening. And I simply suggest, believe the women. They’re telling the truth"
-U.S Representative Luis Gutierrez
A few photos from our NYC trip
"I fell in love with you slowly; then all at once."
This work is called “End Internalized Oppression” by Ernesto Yerena. It was selected as the 2011 Akonadi Foundation Racial Justice Poster.
The Akonadi Foundation sponsors a annual contest to encourage a creative outpouring of posters that reflect people in communities of color, their movements to for social change and their vision for a world without racism.