About Us

Why We’re Fighting

Everyone is talking about  — The rapid gentrification of Brooklyn.  Rents are going up, people are being displaced and small long-time mom and pop businesses are closing. Racial profiling and ticketing harassment due to Broken Windows policing grows worse every day.

Tenants, especially those who live in non-rent stabilized housing, homeowners and small business owners are at an unfair disadvantage because they do not have access to the same legal representation that landlords and developers do.  And seems like the NYPD is above the law and can do whatever they want in our neighborhoods without impunity.

Help Us Change This !

Equality for Flatbush does affordable housing, anti-gentrification and police accountability organizing in Brooklyn.   We’ve organized “No Eviction Zones”  in 9 neighborhoods in Brooklyn  — including Bedford-Stuyvesant/Clinton Hill, Bushwick, Crown Heights, East Flatbush,  East New York,  Flatbush, Park Slope, Prospect Heights and Sunset Park.

YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL FOR GROWING OUR WORK IN 2018

In 2018, we want to take our organizing work to the next level by raising $20K for The E4F Rapid Response Legal Fund that will provide free legal services by trusted attorneys to tenants, homeowners, small businesses and people impacted by police violence across Brooklyn . We also want to be able to pay for the research, court costs, and legal fees required to hold more greedy landlords, developers and the NYPD accountable and stop the violence caused by gentrification.

Equality for Flatbush has only two goals  –  to end NYPD murders and to stop the displacement of low to middle income people from our community due to gentrification.  Help us raise $20K for a The E4F Rapid Response Legal Fund so we can fight greedy landlords, developers and the NYPD

With Your HELP— #WEWILLWIN

Yours in struggle

Imani Henry, Founder and Lead Organizer for Equality for Flatbush

A Call to Action from Equality for Flatbush (E4F) Lead Organizer, Imani Henry

Dear E4F/B4G/BAN Community

Thank you for ALL your tremendous activism, leadership and financial support in 2018!  Our tiny grassroots organization could never built over 15 tenant associations, fight white supremacy and police violence in Brooklyn, produced over 75 videos, or keep small businesses on our blocks without all of the hard work of our 1500 +  volunteers.

But due to the rapid increase of tenant harassment and police violence this year coupled with our lack of paid staff and grant funding , E4F has fallen behind administratively.  As we have shared with you all this fall, E4F has accumulated a backlog of paralegal, investigative research, video-related, outreach, fundraising, etc tasks needed to support the numerous tenants , homeowners, small businesses and families impacted by police violence that are currently working within E4F.  Our plan is to focus for the next 2 months on these tasks and plan strategies to take our current campaigns to the next level in 2019.

So from January 1st 2019 – March 1st 2019 E4F will be playing Organizational Catch-Up.  This means:  

  • There will be NO NEW INTAKES :  On average, E4F gets between 1-4 calls a day from community members facing harassment and displacement .  E4F will not be taking any NEW affordable housing / anti-displacement intakes for the next 2 months in order to focus  and catch up on backlog of tasks from our current campaigns . We will of course continue to make referrals to other trusted organizations and give as much assistance to people in crisis as we can but we will not have the capacity to launch new organizing or legal campaigns until March/April.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this causes community members who generally call us after they have exhausted more conventional resources.
  • GET READY TO WORK: If you already are part of a legal case , tenant/homeowner/working group leader please expect there will be a strategy or planning session between January to March to catch up tasks and plan for next steps for 2019. In fact ALL E4F/BAN/B4G activists should expect more planning and strategy meetings during the winter and spring of 2019 . We really need your leadership and activism in order to step up the fight against police violence and gentrification.
  • We urgently need OFFICE, administrative, fundraising , social media, video, etc VOLUNTEERS to help us catch on tasks.  If you have even a few hours a month – in person or remotely to spare to take on a single task or coordinate an area of work that would be greatly appreciated.  To volunteer contact: imani@equalityforflatbush.org or send a text to 646 820-6039 or Please feel free to Sign-up for an E4F working group: :https://goo.gl/forms/QLM1vPttvNojRnKk2
  • We URGENTLY NEED FUNDS to pay our lawyers, buy organizational supplies and keep the lights on so we can continue to fight to stop police violence and gentrification in Brooklyn . (See all ways you can give below)

Again we thank you all for your continue activism and support .  We look forward to being in the trenches with you in 2019!

Yours in struggle,

Imani Henry, Lead Organizer for Equality for Flatbush

 

Here are all the ways people can GIVE TO E4F:

 

E4F’s Rapid Response Legal Fund :

https://www.gofundme.com/e4f-rapid-response-legal-fund-2018 #E4Fsues

General Support :

https://beforeitsgone.co/donate or https://www.paypal.me/EqualityforFlatbush

VENMO: EqualityforFlatbush

 

Donate By Check:

Make out checks to “Equality for Flatbush” and mail to:

Equality for Flatbush

2273 Church Avenue  POB #260123

Brooklyn, NY 11226

For Tax Exempt Donations:

Donate online at Picture The Homeless and designate your donation to Equality for Flatbush or make out checks to:

Picture the Homeless

MEMO:Equality for Flatbush

104 E 126th St #1B

New York, NY 10035

What We’re Facing

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Percent Increase in Brooklyn Rents Since the Year 2000

$3421

The Average Rent for a One-Bedroom Apartment in Brooklyn

The Number of New NYPD Cops  Added in 2016

How We Work

Under our three organizing areas; anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification   Equality for Flatbush has 12 active campaigns

*  = Brooklyn-wide Campaign

**  =City-wide Campaign

Anti-Police Repression Work is Coordinated by E4F’s Police Accountability Working Group

  • Real Estate Watch is the E4F investigative Research Team that works to hold greedy landlords and developers accountable by providing information and tools to empower residents.**
  • Participating organization of The Empire Boulevard Study Group.  In coalition with Movement To Protect the People (MTOPP)  and other groups against the up-zoning of Empire Blvd
  • New Flatbush Resident Community Project

Ways You Can Help

1. DONATE TO EQUALITY FOR FLATBUSH

Make a secure donation online through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to proceed.

2. GET INVOLVED 

Volunteers & Funds Needed:

From January 1st 2019 – March 1st 2019 E4F will be playing Organizational Catch-Up

 

 

Flatbush/East Flatbush Residents:

Join our TEXT Loop call or text: (646) 820-6039

OR add your email to The Equality for Flatbush Organizers and Members Organizing List : equality-for-flatbush-organizing-list@googlegroups.com

Brooklyn residents

Join The B4G Volunteers Gogglegroups:

https://groups.google.com/d/forum/b4g-volunteers

Current E4F Working Groups/Teams to Join:

      To get involved with E4F: Email : flatbushequality@gmail.com or call /text (646) 820-6039

Job Opportunities with E4F:

Coming soon…

3. SHARE YOUR STORY DIGITALLY

BEFORE IT’S GONE / TAKE IT BACK: 
Documenting Brooklyn – Fighting Gentrification
is a neighborhood and web-based response to the crisis of gentrification of Brooklyn, NY. Visit us online and share your stories:

Follow us on social media and share our petitions, campaigns, and updates:

GET HELP

If you are a Brooklyn resident who is experiencing tenant or police harassment/repression please contact us immediately:
In English: (646)820-6039
En Español: (513) 445-8532
En Kréyol: (707) 200-3692

2273 Church Avenue

POB# 260123

Brooklyn, NY 11226

 

flatbushequality@gmail.com

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