In conjunction with Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group:
Neighbourhood Resistance : stop developers ripping-off the community, speaker : Juan, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, Harlem, New York City
7pm Sun 18th May
Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Terrace (off the Lawnmarket, top of Royal Mile, near Castle)
Venue fully accessible (ramp and lift)
Also, speaker invited from Save Our Old Town campaign, Edinburgh
In their own words: “Movement for Justice in El Barrio was founded by immigrants and low-income people of color fighting back against the effects of discrimination in all of its forms and operates on a commitment to the ideals of self-determination, autonomy and participatory democracy.
Movement for Justice in El Barrio is fighting against neoliberal gentrification in our neighborhood, a process that is better understood by we, the humble and simple people who are affected by it, as the displacement of families from their homes for being poor, immigrants and people of color.
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.”
The group is currently resisting attempts by the landlord, Dawnay Day, to drive tenants out of their Harlem homes. The company is doing this in order to subsequently rent out the flats for many times the current rent. Dawnay Day is a UK-based multinational, and Movement for Justice in El Barrio are planning a demonstration at their London-based HQ on Sat 4 October. Dawnay Day also own the Paramount Hotel Group, including the well-known Carlton Hotel on Edinburgh’s North Bridge, and hotels in Troon and Stirling.
The members of Movement for Justice in El Barrio are mainly Mexican immigrants, many of them without legal immigration papers. They take inspiration from the Zapatista-initiated Other Campaign, to which they have affiliated.
This is a rare opportunity to hear a speaker from a truely inspiring movement, described thus in the New York media:
“BEST POWER TO THE PEOPLE MOVEMENT IN NYC”-VILLAGE VOICE
“IT IS REAL GRASS-ROOTS DEMOCRACY, AND IT IS BEING
PRACTICED BY THE IMMIGRANTS WHO LIVE IN EAST
Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group