Occupy 477-Sugar HillAssists Seniors In Fight Against Predatory
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
THE COMMUNITY MAYOR OF HARLEM,
QUEEN MOTHER DR. DELOIS BLAKELY
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."
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.