Brooklyn Was Promised Much More Than An Arena
As Barclays Center Opens, Series of Events Highlights
Failures of Atlantic Yards and Demands for Change
What: It’s A Crime! Events to Coincide with Barclays Center Opening, (details below)
Who: Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, Brown Community Development Corporation, BrooklynSpeaks, Fifth Avenue Committee, Brooklyn for Peace, Park Defense Fund Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Park Slope Neighbors, East Pacific Block Association, Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus, South Portland Block Association, Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, Fort Greene for Peace, Brooklyn Clergy, Elected Officials, Rumur Inc, Tracy Collins and more.
> WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 7PM
Battle for Brooklyn screening at The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn [Directions]
> THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 7PM
Join Brooklyn clergy, elected officials and community organizations for a vigil remembering the people and families displaced by the Atlantic Yards project’s use of eminent domain, as well as recognizing those at risk of displacement today. We plan to gather close to the arena entrance at Pacific Bears Community Garden, corner of Flatbush and Pacific. Please follow this link for more information on the exact meeting location.
> FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (arena opening day)
11AM: Press conference @ Barclays Center, in front of the Pacific Bears Community Garden, opposite the arena, at triangle tip where Flatbush and Pacific meet (details to follow).
12PM - 4PM: Popup actions all around the Barclays Center
5PM: Virtual rally—tweet #BarclaysCenter and @AYCrimeScene for housing and jobs now.
6PM: OWSGuitarmy’s Teach-in in Response to Jay-Z Comments
8PM: Free outdoor screening of Battle For Brooklyn (battleforbrooklyn.com)
@ Dean Playground Ball Field, just half a block from the arena
(Dean St. between 6th Ave. and Carlton Ave. MAP)
PLEASE NOTE: Should it rain for the Friday, September 28th, 8pm outdoor screening of Battle for Brooklyn the indoor venue is:
669 Atlantic Avenue, Corner of Atlantic and South Portland. [Map]
> SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 4PM
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) March for Housing, Jobs and Justice
This march to Barclays Center concludes FUREE’s 10th Annual Convention @ 80 Willoughby St. 12PM-4PM. March starts at corner of Bridge St. and Willoughby St Join FUREE and local residents for a march through communities under attack from greedy developers and their friends in government.
6-8 PM: Photographer Tracy Collins’ exhibit, ATLANTIC YARDS: DECONSTRUCTED, opening reception at the Soapbox Gallery (636 Dean Street, 1.5 blocks from the arena site, MAP). The exhibit traces the “on the ground” impacts of the development over the past 9 years through photography, video and other media.
More info at AYCrimeScene.com