What: MLK Night Family Shelter Vigil
Where: in front of 603 Dean St., Brooklyn, NY
Who: F.U.R.E.E, Councilmember Letitia James Office, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Fightin' Freddy's
When: 10pm till Midnight, January 18
Contact: Amyre Loomis, (646) 201-8183
"You don't have to be a homeowner to be a victim of Eminent Domain," said pop star Crystal Waters at a rehearsal for the Saturday, Jan. 16th rally at Freddy's Bar, just down the street from the Pacific Dean family homeless shelter that the State of New York wants to now tear down on behalf of Barclays Center and Forest City Ratner.
Groups associated with Councilmember Letitia James office are having a vigil to see if their request to Governor Paterson, to enact a moratorium on Eminent Domain in New York State until the legislature can revise the law that, since the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Kelo decision has devastated the lives of many homeowners, renters, and now homeless children and their parents, will be honored.
Closing a family shelter that serves the African-american and Caribbean-american communities, in the winter, on Martin Luther King's birthday, with the crisis in Haiti going on has stunned and angered many in the surrounding community.
We will be waiting until midnight on Martin Luther King Day to see if the doors of this much needed shelter will re-open until the spring, when the weather is kinder to Brooklyn's homeless families with children.