This interview from 2011 is with Virginia Henry--the homeowner for 11 Appleton St.--being helped by Take Back The Land. In this interview, she explains the issues with her home and a then-recent trespassing arrest for being in her home. Don Frazier from Take Back The Land offers his views on the situation. Ms. Henry's case is still unresolved as of 2013. She is currently pursuing legal recourse while her home remains boarded up and vacant.
Speech given April 30, 1967 at Riverside Church, New York (transcript).
Happy MLK Day everyone, let's do our best to remember the real Martin Luther King who gave the ultimate sacrifice for social justice. and avoid buying into the image put out by the racist corporate media.
The these for the 15th Annual Rochester Commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was based on a book written by Michelle Alexander: "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." Speakers included Ream Kidane with a call for solidarity and action, Dr. Marvin McMickle giving the Keynote Address, and Rosemary Rivera, Ricardo Adams, and Maurice Miller--dedicated activists and community members--sitting on a panel relating their experiences of mass incarceration. The event took place at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church (121 N.
The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is calling on all New Yorkers to come to Albany for a rally to keep fracking out of our beloved state. We will take our message right to the Governor as we gather outside the annual State of the State Address, delivered by Andrew Cuomo.
Two volunteer firefighters were shot dead and two more injured while tackling a fire, which engulfed seven houses in the town of Webster, NY. Reportedly, the victims were answering an emergency call Monday morning, which according to police was an “apparent trap”.
City's Foreclosure Machine Stopped and Turned Around By Community Resistance
On Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1pm at 33 Bartlett St., Rochester, NY the Windom Bey family, Take Back the Land Rochester, and other community members will gather, hold a press conference and announce an incredible turnaround and victoryfor Windom Bey family. The Windom’s struggle and the community protests became front page news of the Democrat and Chronicle and the Daily Record over the summer as the family became deadlocked with the City of Rochester in their fight to stay in their home of 40 years following an unjust tax foreclosure. After two planned eviction blockades twice thwarted the eviction of the family from their home, the City and investor Sure Luck Homes 017, LLC changed their tuned as the Windom Bey family closed on the house last Friday getting the home back in their name. After an 18 year struggle with the City of Rochester and later American Tax Funding and Sure Luck Homes 017, LLC the family now has the house back, giving them clean title for the time after being in the house almost 40 years.
Submitted by TakePossession on Wed, 2012-12-19 17:37
PLEASE STOP ALL CALLS! THE LANDLORD HAS GIVEN IN AND REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH HIS TENANT TO GIVE HER MORE TIME!
Local landlord, James Hogan is continuing evictions this week, despite the PR-inspired tradition of banks and landlords holding off evictions in the holiday season.
On Monday, December 17th, one of Hogan's tenants was given a 3-day notice of eviction. After calls from activists in Metro Justice and Take Back the Land requesting that he delay the eviction until the end of the month, Hogan has only responded with hostility.
Turning Points is a resource center for families whose lives are touched by incarceration. Precious Bedell is the director and Rochester Indymedia had the chance to sit down with her and find out more about this new resource in town. The interview was conducted on November 28, 2012. Turning Points is located at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (350 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY). The center is open every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:00 PM. Have questions or need direction, call at: 585-328-0856.
Yes that's right! The leader of the Church of Life After Shopping (formerly the Church of Stop Shopping) himself turned up at OWS and my pal (Elaine) and I had a nice chat with him about things. Then, a week later, I went down to NYC and OWS and got video of an awesome impromptu jazz band! See the results. These events occurred in October of 2011!
The people’s history and the history of evolving communities is often an unwritten one. Throughout the engagement with personal life stories, I witnessed how in many ways - often hidden and unexpected - people contribute and build community.
Rochester's first snow of the season didn't stop members of the Palestenian community and their supporters from gathering in front of the Federal Building on November 30. The demonstration was to commemorate the recent United Nations resolution declaring Palestine a "Nonmember Observer State." While this does not give Palestenians land or statehood, it is one of the first actions by an international body recognizing their existence. The United States opposed the resolution. In recent weeks 160 Palestenians and 6 Israelis have died in Gaza. The Israeli governmen