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Documenting Brooklyn - Fighting Gentrification.
The 'Before It's Gone - Take It Back' project wants to mount a large-scale Brooklyn-wide community response to the crisis of gentrification.
Giving a voice to working & middle-class people around what's going with gentrification.
Click HERE if you'd like to support the project.

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Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on June 17, 2014 at 7:44pm

1982? Surely you jest. It must've been a quiet and small movement because it was not a big issue back in the 80s, Reaganomics, AIDS and Crack Cocaine was.

Comment by Veronica Alleyne on June 16, 2014 at 10:19pm

this has been going on for years, it was happening all the while when I was in school at Pratt institute back in 1982

Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on June 11, 2014 at 4:08pm

Ok. I'm not the selfie type and this is one of those times where I wish I was back in Oakland. Gentrification there is apparent not to mention annoying. They're trying to take the ENTIRE town over--they gobbled up the North side since it's next to Jerktown (Berkeley) and also invaded West Oakland--the industrial district. Now they've taken over downtown and East Oakland. Pretty soon it won't be Chocolate City anymore let alone have the legacy that it 1nce did with the Yuppie Whyte Trash Hipster jerks moving in and treating the Black people like they don't belong there and should go away.

Comment by Imani Henry on June 11, 2014 at 4:01pm

@Boot Cheese -- Thanks for the support!  Actually we want selfies from around the country and the website will have articles etc from other cities too!

Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on June 11, 2014 at 3:58pm

I wish I lived in Brooklyn let alone NY, I would love to take part in this protest. This is something that should be nationwide since it's an epidemic all over the country.

Comment by Imani Henry on June 11, 2014 at 9:28am

This is awesome!!!    AFRO PUNK COMMUNITY and ARTISTS  Could you please lend  your STAR POWER to my project? I’m working on Before It's Gone // Take It Back, an anti-gentrification community documentary and resource website hub for Brooklyn, NY.  We are hoping to launch it this summer and here is the link to our Indiegogo page with all the details:

  We have two special requests that we are asking local artists and community leaders to help with:

  1.  In-kind Donations that we can raffle off as a Special Perk on Indiegogo!: Do you have any comp tickets  to an event you are involved with, artwork or a service you could donate to our effort?


  1. Anti-Gentrification Selfie PSAs!: We want to do anti-gentrification activism while creating a bigger buzz about our fundraising campaign. So we are asking artists, community leaders and everyday people from Brooklyn and across the country to send us:


EITHER 1. A PHOTO of yourself holding a sign with the words “Before It's Gone // Take It Back” (you can add the name of your neighborhood or a line about gentrification or affordable housing)


 A short VIDEO (we need ONLY just 1 minute) of you saying why you support the project and/or your thoughts about affordable housing and/or against corporate gentrification in your area.


You can do the PHOTO or VIDEO in your home/office OR in front of new construction or an existing community landmark that means something to you!   We will be posting these photos and videos on social media.


Please feel free to call me at 646 342 9673 or to write me at with any questions or discuss further the ways you would like to be involved in the project.


You can also send videos and photos to me:

Thanks so much

Imani Keith Henry, Lead Organizer, BEFORE IT'S GONE, TAKE IT BACK Documenting Brooklyn - Fighting Gentrification

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