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To our compañeros and compañeras in The Other Campaign, To our compañeros and compañeras in the Zezta Internazional, To the adherents to the International Declaration in Defense of El Barrio, To our allies all over the world:

From “The Other New York,” in East Harlem (El Barrio), Movement for
Justice in El Barrio celebrates a second great victory in the struggle
against neoliberal displacement and reaffirms that “El Barrio is not
for sale”.

On Sunday, August 24th, 2008, in a March for Dignity and Against
Displacement, members of Movement for Justice in El Barrio celebrated
our victory over the most powerful landlord in East Harlem: the
London-based multi-national corporation, Dawnay Day Group.  Dawnay, Day
has fallen prey to its own greed and, last month announced that it is
now selling its properties to cover its debts. This celebration was
made possible thanks to the unity of those of us who fought and
continue to fight against transnational plans to gentrify East Harlem;
to fill our community with hotels, banks, and housing that are only
accessible to the wealthy and to push out all poor families from our

Dawnay, Day Group is the second landlord that has failed in its
attempts to impose its plans to crush the spirit of El Barrio, and
instead, was forced to a leave El Barrio and to sell its property.
In our struggle against the greed of large transnational corporations,
we are counting not only on local solidarity but also on the solidarity
and support of our allies worldwide. Thanks to those who have supported
us on an international level who’s  resistance has resounded across
Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, where Dawnay Day has its

This long struggle now claims two defeated landlords and many
politicians exposed. These corporations try to push us out, they try to
push out poor people, immigrant tenants, African-Americans, Latin
Americans, Asians, and small-business owners. But the corporations are
not alone in their attempts to displace us, they count on the support
of the federal government (Republican controlled) and local governing
bodies (Democrat controlled) as they seek to defeat us.  We’ve had to
put up with attempts at bribery by the local Democrat controlled
government: our members have received offers for well-paying jobs that
came with the condition that they leave our movement. When these
tactics did not have their intended divide and conquer effect, local
representatives resorted to other corrupt strategies: slander, the
spreading of unfounded rumors, the formation of divisive groups
friendly to the local government that seek to divide rather than unite
the community.  However, despite the abuse from this transnational
corporation (which we granted the prize of “Worst Landlord” in one of
our community marches) or the attacks from our local government
(spearheaded by the Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito) we have not
been held back. This is a struggle for a world where those who are
excluded fit in; where Mexican and Dominicans immigrants in East Harlem
alike, alongside the marginalized Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and
Asians, will resist in order to fight back against attempts to push us
from El Barrio for being different and for being poor.

Our march  was a confirmation of our unity in our struggle against
capitalism. We marched from 116th street, stopping at the luxurious
home of Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, to remind her that “El
Barrio Will Not Sell Out Like She Did.” One of our members, whom the
council member tried to buy off by offering him a job, spoke. Our
brother stood in front of her house and denounced “the actions of the
Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, who is supposed to support the
community in El Barrio, and who, it is plain to see, is actually
supporting the displacement of the poor…as you can all see, she is
rich. Look at where she lives. She does not know what it is to live
without hot water, without heat during hard winters. She doesn’t know
what it is to live with bedbugs, rats, sunken roofs, cockroaches and
lead poisoning, which are the conditions poor people like us experience
thanks to politicians like her, who, alongside the representatives of
West Harlem and Central Harlem, voted for the expansion of Columbia
University and the rezoning plans on 125th street, which will effect
thousands of marginalized, low-income people.”

From Viverito’s home we marched towards the offices of transnational corporation Dawnay Day Group in order to remind them that we will resist all attempts, theirs and others, at pushing out the immigrant, African-American, Latin American and Asian women and men who have built El Barrio. We
will resist alongside small business owners, street vendors, and everyone who is poor and opposes the plans devised by multinational corporations and capitalist politicians.

Lastly, brothers and sisters of The Other Campaign and the Zezta
Internacional, we received with great sadness and pain the news of the
criminal, vengeful, arbitrary, and repressive sentences against the
political prisoners being held captive in Altiplano Prison and in the
Molino de las Flores Prison. These prisoners are victims of the
massacre that took place in Atenco due to resistance against attempts
to create luxurious airports throughout Mexico as part of policies
promoting neoliberal urban displacement. Our heart is with the brothers
being held captive, our struggles are the same and we will not rest
until all of those who struggled for justice in Atenco and were
unjustly arrested have been released. At the moment we are developing a
plan to build awareness and spread the word on a local level, which
will include public workshops exposing what has happened to our
brothers and sisters in Atenco.

In sister and brotherhood, Movement for Justice in El Barrio From the Other New York October, 2008 El Barrio, NY Here and There, in El Barrio, in Chiapas and in Atenco, the struggle will go on!
Here and there, The Other Campaign goes on!

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