East New York: Re-occupying a homeOccupyOurHomes on December 09, 2011
Cari Mitchell has a post up at ThinkProgress sharing the story of the re-occupation of 702 Vermont Street in East New York. She's been taking part with Occupy Wall Street since its first week. Her post tells the story of a movement and a community coming together to help a family in need get a home.
The East New York neighborhood where demonstrators marched had changed over the years, having once been inhabited by working-class Italian, Jewish, and other European immigrants, now this part of Brooklyn is mostly Black and Latino and there is extremely high unemployment, and the foreclosure rate is very high.
When the march arrived on Vermont Street, a homeless family that would occupy the vacant home came forward. The family consisted of Alfredo Carrasquillo, Tasha Glasgow, and their 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. City Council members Charles Barron and Ydanis Rodriquez addressed the crowd, rallying to the side of the family. A variety of community organizations such Take Back The Land, VOCAL-NY, Union Healthcare Workers East, Organizing for Occupation, Picture the Homeless also joined these city leaders.
This Occupy Your Homes initiative was also supported by former ACORN president Bertha Lewis. She said of the choice to occupy in East New York, “It is no mistake that we are here in East New York today…East New York has become Ground Zero for predatory lending.” Occupy Wall Street’s live stream Working Group broadcast all throughout the march and was in the house in the morning setting up to stream the event of the family being in the home. The family entered the home at 4 p.m., and resolved to stay.
OccupyNYC is live streaming the occupation of 702 Vermont. You can watch it below: