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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.

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Occupy 477-Sugar Hill



477 West 142nd Street, Suite 2

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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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Queen  Mother  Dr.  Delois  Blakely  is  in  dire  need  of  pro  bono attorneys,  laws  students,  investigative  reporters,  and  financial contributions  to  sustain  her  efforts  to  preserve  and  protect  this 30  year  legacy  of  low-income  housing.    She  has  done  most  of this  work  pro  se  since  2007  and  has  exhausted  her  resources. She  asks  God  to continue  in  ordering  her  steps  as  she  goes through  this  harrowing  judicial  process.      

Tony Cochran, an activist who worked to bridge LGBT and Labor issues, recognize the extreme situation Queen Mother and her fellow residents are in. He organized a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters and they went up to Harlem to see the horrors of this site first hand.  This contingent of Occupy  Wall  Street protesters  along with  the  people  of  Harlem  are  uniting  to  fight against  this  grave injustice  and  to  keep  this  property  and  its  legacy  in  the  hands of  those  who  have  lived  here  for so  long.  Many  of  the  residents are  elderly  or  have  disabilities  and  few  economic  resources.  They  are  the  99%.    

Recognizing  that  black  and  brown  communities  in  the  United States  and  elsewhere  have  been  historical  targets  of  the  colonial  tactics  of  the  1%,  who  have  used  racism  and  ignorance  to  divide  our  communities,  we  come  together  in  solidarity,  as  people  from  all  races,  genders,  sexual  orientations  and  cultures  to  say  that  will  no  longer  be  divided.    We  are  united.  We  are  the  99%.    

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