Sent time:   Wednesday, October 19, 2011 7:09:35 PM
Subject:   [september17discuss] Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito's attempts to use Occupy Wall St. to promote herself

Greetings from El Barrio, NYC:


We would like to make you aware that Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

has been trying hard to use Occupy Wall St., like many others in the

Democratic Party, to promote herself and advance her political ambitions.

She has a history of voting in favor of rezoning laws that will displace

low-income people of color from our beloved East Harlem.


We would like to share with you videos on recent actions her own

constituents have organized against Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito.

We ask that you please circulate both videos widely to ensure that

everyone is made aware of her history of promoting displacement throughout



In the first short video, immigrant women of color and other low-income

residents from El Barrio storm and occupy the offices of Council Member

Melissa Mark-Viverito to protest her ongoing promotion of displacement

and negligent landlords in our community. In the face of police presence

and hostility from office personnel, these luchadoras fearlessly speak

truth to power and denounce Mark-Viverito for her profoundly anti-

democratic attacks against her East Harlem constituents, our homes and



In this second video, you can see how in this march for dignity against

displacement that we held in our East Harlem neighborhood, Council Member

Melissa Mark Viverito sent her lackeys to attack our community and to try

to shut down our protest. They were not successful. In fact, immediately

after their attack we marched directly to her luxury home and protested in

front of it.




Movement for Justice in El Barrio