Fans For Fair Play
Challenging Bruce Ratner’s Brooklyn Atlantic Yards project

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Anti'rena Nation 

We're out there.

This Saturday, June 19th, is the big Pro Brooklyn Pro Nets ANTI-Ratner Arena rally and block party smack-dab in the middle of the proposed arena footprint -- Pacific Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, from 2pm to 8pm on one of the longest days of the year.

Bruce Ratner notriously commented that he's surprised there isn't more opposition to his office/commercial/residential 17-building project. (Oh, and add on an arena for the Nets to make it sexy for sports fans and small-minded politicians.)

What a bitter, snide comment from a seriously little man.

If that's what it takes to surprise Ratner, then he must be having a heart attack over what's happening these days:

PEOPLE HANDING OUT FLYERS all across Brooklyn morning, noon and night;

CROSS-COMMUNITY COALITIONS forming, uniting races, neighborhoods, classes, professions, and religions against this misconceived project;

VOLUNTEERS LENDING THEIR TALENTS to both the rally/block party and the movement in general -- artists, writers, performers, musicians, local businesses;

POLITICIANS OFFERING SUPPORT to the cause -- members of the New York City Council, the state legislature, and the U.S. Congress, plus union members smf community activists of all stripes;

JOURNALISTS PICKING UP ON THE STORY, the sports press as well as the general media -- papers, t.v. and the internet, from local papers on to ESPN.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, the main organizer of this Saturday's event -- featuring vendors from the community, bands, djs and the requisite mix of political and community speakers -- expect several thousand people to turn out for the event.

Several thousand people coming to learn the dark, insidious facts that Ratner, Marty Markowitz, Chuck Schumer, George Pataki and Mike Bloomberg are keeping from you -- and by this point, clearly deluding themselves into ignoring. Facts about misapprorpiated public money, radical changes to existing neighborhoods, false panacaeic claims about jobs and housing, and local people unethically cleansed from their homes and workplaces.

Several thousand people showing up for a good time -- to dance, sing, pogo, mosh, and in general feel good about communities that have come together to fight the good fight to keep moneyed interests from getting their way as they lie to the people they purport to serve.

Several thousand people who've heard about this event and these truths one person at a time. We're making this happen without the tools Forest City Ratner and its friends in high places have obnoxiously used: Über-campaigns using expensive p.r. firms, underhanded alliances with the New York Times, and front groups deemed necessary because the Ratner's message, in its pure form, is so odious.

That's several thousand surpises for Bruce Ratner. Maybe he should make an appointment with with his cardiologist, just to check on his ticker.

See you this Saturday
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