Equality for Flatbush (E4F) is a Black Lives Matter organization that has fought gentrification, displacement and police violence in Brooklyn, NY since 2013. We have only two goals: to end NYPD murders and to stop the displacement of low-to-middle income people from Brooklyn, NY. Led by Black and Brown lifelong and longtime New Yorkers, E4F believes in the abolition of the police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and prisons.
E4F is a member-led grassroots organization of largely Black Caribbean women migrants and descendants of migrants of color. We have an holistic, trauma-informed approach to organizing that is steeped in the principles of demonstrating “revolutionary love,” practicing kindness, being relentless, and “having each other’s backs.” We organize our communities for social justice and change through street outreach, social media campaigns, as well as political and direct action.
Our Organizing Method
1. Triage and Rapid Response to provide emotional, legal and logistical support to people facing evictions, tenant harassment, police violence, and other crises.
2. Accountability and Structural Change in order for people to organize campaigns to hold landlords, developers, and the police accountable for the crises they have caused. This also includes strengthening community-led strategies that focus on community control and self-reliance , i.e tenant associations, building-wide communication, mediations, community safety plans to support survivors of violence, cop watch teams, homeowner support groups, etc.
and most importantly
3. Abolition of systems and institutions that have historically oppressed our peoples.
What is Gentrification?
Equality for Flatbush defines ‘gentrification’ as a concerted, deliberate effort to price out low-to-middle income residents from neighborhoods by city government, corporations, real estate developers, and landlords in favor of renting, selling, and catering to people of higher and/or more flexible incomes. We see gentrification as an intersectional issue that is deeply connected to the ways that race, class, gender, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, nation of origin, immigration status, physical and mental capacity, etc. impact individuals and our communities.
We also see a distinct difference between the historic voluntary migration of working and middle class families from cities to the suburbs as opposed to the current situation where existing communities are being involuntarily priced out, bought out, and forcibly removed from their neighborhoods by corporate developers.
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.
1.Donate to Equality for Flatbush
Here are all the ways people can GIVE to Equality for Flatbush:
Please Donate to Fiscal Sponsor (IFCO) in ℅ of Equality for Flatbush.
Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)
IFCO P.O. Box 1368 Orange, NJ 07051
By check: Make out checks to “Equality for Flatbush” and mail to:
Equality for Flatbush
2273 Church Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226
E4F’s Fiscal Sponsor is the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO).
2. Purchase an E4F T-shirt
Current E4F Working Groups/Teams to Join:
Translation/Language Accessibility Team
The Fundraising Committee
Administrative & Office Team includes Graphic Designers & Artists
Social Media & Online Outreach Team includes building the content for www.beforeitsgone.co
Real Estate Watch : Investigative Research and Resource Team
Equality for Flatbush Video Strike Force for Videographers & Filmmakers
League of Extraordinary Lawyers
Job Opportunities with E4F:
NEW LEAD ORGANIZER
E4F seeks a Lead Organizer who is a seasoned manager, grassroots organizer, and strategist with a radically progressive political vision, commitment to people-led system change and significant experience in a people of color-led, member-driven grassroots organization. We want to grow our infrastructure in order to address COVID-19 and the crisis of violent police repression of communities of color. This existing position will direct the on-the-ground organizing and work closely with our grassroots leadership and executive director. E4F
If you are a BROOKLYN residential or commercial TENANT or HOMEOWNER experiencing harassment or need housing, legal or organizing resources please contact us at:
In English: B4G@equalityforflatbush.org or (646)820-6039
En Español: EnEspanol@equalityforflatbush.org or (732)641-3923
En Kréyol: EnKreyol@equalityforflatbush.org or (929)244-0885
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2273 Church Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226