An anti-gentrification campaign mobilizing, uniting, and celebrating residents of color in Brooklyn, from an amazing community organizer and social worker Imani Henry:
BEFORE IT’S GONE // TAKE IT BACK is a web-based response to the crisis of gentrification of Brooklyn, NY.
We define ‘gentrification’ as the deliberate pricing out of low-to-middle income residents from neighborhoods by corporations, real estate developers, and landlords in favor of renting, selling, and catering to people of higher or more flexible incomes. At the same time, we know from first-hand experience that the same unscrupulous property owners who use tactics to force long-time older tenants of color out of their rent-stabilized apartments will turn around and illegally overcharge incoming younger white tenants for the same apartment. For this very reason, we believe that ALL of us- long-time and new residents, communities of color and white communities, low-income and middle-class people - have a stake in the urgent struggle to save affordable housing in Brooklyn.