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Occupy Wall Street Re-Occupies East New York

By Michelle D. Anderson Thu., Dec. 22 2011 at 4:28 PM | The Village Voice

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Occupy Wall Street activists march during a tour of foreclosed homes in the East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Occupy Wall Street organizers ushered in a new phase of their movement yesterday when about 400 people participated in a collaborative takeover to re-occupy a vacant foreclosed home in East New York for a homeless family of four.The afternoon’s event, part of a collaborative National Day of Action effort taking place in over 20 cities, was accompanied by a real estate tour of five foreclosed buildings in the area, a block party, and even some intermittent rain (that posed no real threat to the day’s planned activities).The neighborhood was one that most of the day’s participants would rarely venture into, with its high crime rates, vacant buildings, abundant bodegas and fast food joints. Once an enclave for working class Italian, Jewish, and other European immigrants, East New York is now a predominately Black and Latino area affected by extremely high unemployment.

During the event, Minister Patricia Malcolm, a Brooklyn-based activist, said the rate of foreclosure in the neighborhood was three times higher than the rest of the borough and fives times that of the state Data from New York City’s comptroller’s officer found that the area led the city in the number of foreclosures with about 16.8 per 1,000 households receiving court filings for the legal process in 2010.

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