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Occupy 477-Sugar Hill Assists Seniors In Fight Against Predatory Lender

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Occupy 477-Sugar HillAssists Seniors In Fight Against Predatory Lender

Press Release from Delois Blakely. Occupy assists her as a predatory lender forecloses on Dr. Blakely and other seniors living in low income housing.

Occupy 477-Sugar Hill



477 West 142nd Street, Suite 2

New York, N.Y. 10031

October 31, 2011


For Immediate Press & Community Release


"I  think  the  first  duty  of  society  is  justice."  

Alexander  Hamilton    


Engaging  in  the  perennial struggle  for  social,  cultural and  economic  justice, some Occupy Wall Street protesters have joined forces with Dr. Delois Blakely to create Occupy 477-Sugar Hill. This is in order to support  the  preservation  of  a   historical  landmark  and low- -income  residential  building  in  Harlem.  The  site  located  at 477  W.  142nd in  the  Sugar  Hill  neighborhood  is  a  living history  weaving  the  many  hybrid  narratives  epitomizes  the sacred,   revolutionary  and  innovative  neighborhood  of  Harlem. Occupy 477 also intends to put a human face on the victims of gentrification. The victims of gentrification are already marginalized, yet they are pushed out of their homes to very uncertain fates.

The  building  is  on  Alexander  Hamilton's  former  estate,  he  was of the  founders  of  the  United  States,  and  has  served  for  decades as  a  cultural  bastion,  place  of  residence  and  key  element  of the black  community  in  New  York  City.  In  an  attempt  to increase the  ongoing,  violent gentrification  of  Harlem,  Madison  Park Investors  LLC  and  E.R.  Holding  LLC  are  attempting  to  boot the  current  residents,  some  of  whom  have  lived  here  since  the  late  1970s.  Terrorist  tactics,  all  too  common  against marginalized  populations  are  being  used.  The  boiler  has  been sabotaged,  effectively  ending  heat  and  hot  water  for  the  building's  population  as  wintery  weather  approaches.    

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