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1. Wednesday, June 20, 2018! Shadow and Sun-Glare Forum

Location: St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf

2060 Eastern Pkwy (Btw Franklin Ave and Classon Ave), Brooklyn, New York 11225

Subway: Franklin (2,3,4,5,S); Eastern Pkwy-Brooklyn Museum (2,3)


On June 20, 2018 FLAC - Flower Lovers Advocating for Communities, MTOPP with the support of Senator Jessie Hamilton will be hosting the Shadow and Sunglare Forum to inform and involve the community about the potential negative environmental and social impacts the proposed 22 and 44 story buildings being proposed along Franklin Ave bordering the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

These developments if created will be the largest residential development in Brooklyn and will cast about 10 acres of shadows through out the community and on the garden. It is being proposed under the de Blasio "affordability" program called the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Program "MIH".



Professor Tom Angotti - Emeritus at Hunter College,
Graduate Center for Community Planning and Development
Professor Brent Porter - Pratt University School of Architecture
Professor Julio Salcedo-Fernandez - City College School of Architecture.
Environmental Lawyer – To be Announced
Alicia Boyd, MS, MA – The Movement To Protect The People
Imani Henry MSW, MPA – Equality For Flatbush
Ellen Haywood - Committee on 100 for a Free BBG

Light Refreshments will be served.


1. Thursday, April 7, 2016! "MTOPP is Up on the Wall at the Brooklyn Museum in the Agitprop! show."


On November 17, 2015, BAN Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network, that MTOPP is apart of, did a demonstration against The Brooklyn Museum, because they were hosting a Real Estate Summit, where Borough President Eric Adams, was pushing for the sale of Brooklyn to big time developers.

As a result of this push back, artist of the Agitprop!, show that was opening up in December at the Museum, also pushed back and demanded that space be provided for organizations that were currently fighting Gentrification Displacement be apart of the art Wall Exhibition. Because of this great push back the Museum agreed to provide space on the wall and a day of anti-gentification and displacement events on Sunday, July 10, 2016.


The wall itself is called the "A Monument to Anti-Displacement Organizing" and it contains vital information concerning rezonings and its relationship to gentrification and displacement in communities of color. There is also a dramatic video which addresses MTOPP's struggle, which shows politicians being booed, the people really showing up at community boards, and an arrest scene. On the Wall itself there are graphs with information, questionnaires people can do and actions that people can take to support the cause; signing an hands-on petition; calling up the Mayor; making a donation etc...


2.Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7 pm. ! "The ULURP Committee Meeting"

Location: Across the street from 890 Nostrand Ave, at the Carrol Gardens Community Center


This is the Community Board 9's land use committee, which has been compromised with all Borough President Eric Adams supporters. The Chairman of the Board, Demetirus Lawrence, hand picked the members and made sure that there were 14 board members and only 5 residents on this committee. He was caught on tape stating he did this so that the board members would always be in control of the votes.


Now at this meeting they are going to allow PLGNA to present a Study that had no community input and was supported and paid for by Borough President Eric Adams. They are going to say what a great study it is and how we need to have something to push back against the Department of City Planning study. They are also going to say that this study focuses on the "Creation of Affordable housing".


However, this is the strategies that politicians and the Department of City Planning used to sabotage resistance. They make people work on a plan instead of organizing and educating to stop the Department City Planning study and when everything is all over. The Community's Study gets thrown in the garbage and the Department of City Planning "Study" becomes law.


They will also present very well chosen words to describe their secret meeting with the Department of City Planning, refusing to be honest and to just lie about what can happen. They will say, we need to be "sitting at the table" otherwise the Department of City Planning can do what they want and we will get nothing. As if sitting at the table got any community anything!

3.Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7 p.m. ! "MTOPP Meeting"

Location: 89 Sterling St.

4.Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7 p.m. ! "CB9 Community Board Meeting"

Location: MS 61, 400 Empire Blvd


There are several thing amiss regarding Community Board 9, that will make this an interesting meeting.

1. Demetrius Lawrence the chairman of CB9, last month declared the Search Committee that was looking for a new District Manger as null and void, because their 13 meetings almost never had quorum, so it in validates the process.


However, what was clear is that he did it because Carmen Martinez a known ally of Borough President, was not apart of the final three candidates that the board has to choose from. This information was found out afterwards when the New York Post did an article and MTOPP got the minutes of the Search Committee, where Carmen only received on positive vote out of six. So now Demetirus is going to try to create a whole new Search Committee, with Carmen Martinez known allies to ensure her name is apart of the final three.


2. Demetirus Lawrence has been trying to get a proposal for a triangle of land that sits next to Western Beef to be converted into a real estate block, giving developers the ability to buy it and extend Western Beef property line, to enable them to get a rezoning to build a sky riser.


Demetrius has been trying to get this proposal to be presented and approved by the board. However, there has been a lot controversy surrounding this proposal and the transportation committee, which is suppose to be overseeing this issue.


First, the Chairman of the Transportation committee, Tim Thomas a known White male racist, was removed in January 2016, because of fabricating a vote and cursing out his board members.


Second instead of the Chairman of the board assigning a new chairperson he has been chairing this committee himself, which is in direct violation of CB9's bylaws.


Third, despite the transportation committee not voting on this proposal, its members still having tons of questions that haven't been answered or evidence presented and Demetrius is making the promise that there will be no vote at the general board meeting, Demetrius Lawrence is again trying to present this issue to the full board and have them take a vote.


Fourth, PLGNA, based upon what happens at the ULURP committee on April 12, 2016, will try to get their study presented to the full board and request approval from the board for it. Of course there will be great opposition to this considering that PLGNA study includes large parts of the community in which they have no jurisdiction over and no community support from other neighborhood organizations and block associations. Nor did they conduct any community outreach or forums to create this study. This study is a private study, created by a private entity and now they want to present it to the Department of City Planning as "alternative" to what the Department of City Planning wants. Also their study is about again "creating" affordable housing, which mean increase density and sky rise development in what is already the densest populated area in Brooklyn. 96% of our land mass is Residential compared to 55% for the rest of Brooklyn! And of course these "affordable" units come with luxury development, which will cause a wave of displacement!.


3.Sunday, July 10, 2016, from 12 - 5 pm! "The Anti-Gentrification a and Displacement Summit is going to done at the Brooklyn Museum"

Location: Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave. More information to Come!!!

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3.Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7 p.m. ! "CB9 Community Board Meeting" Location: MS 61, 400 Empire Blvd 2.Thursday, Sept. 25, 2015, 7-9 pm. ! " Empire Blvd" The New Image! Location: Full Gospel Assembly, 131 Sullivan Place

1. Wednesday, June 10, 2015! "Demonstration at Borough President Eric Adam's Office!"

3.Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 7 p.m. ! "CB9 Community Board Meeting"

Location: Medgar Evers College, 650 Empire Blvd

2.Friday, May 8, 2015, 6-8 pm. ! "The Past, Present, and Future of Community-Base Planning!" A Planners Network Forum

1. Wednesday, June 10, 2015! "Demonstration at Borough President Eric Adam's Office!"

1. Monday, June 1, 2015! " 2nd Town Hall Meeting of Empire Study

1. Tuesday, May 5, 2015! "Special Assembly Seat Election"

4. Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7 p.m. ! "Town Hall Meeting of The Empire Study Group!"

2.Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 10 am. ! "Demonstration against Extell's Building a Luxury 72 Story building in China Town!"

1. Monday, April 20, 2015, 7pm! "ULURP Committee Meeting "

4. Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7 p.m. ! "CB 9 ULURP Committee Meeting"

3.Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7 p.m. ! "MTOPP Strategic Meeting"

2.Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1 p.m. ! "Empire Blvd. Study Meeting"

1. Thursday, April 9, 2015, 10am! "Demonstration Against The 421a Tax Break"

1. Thursday, April 9, 2015, 10am! "Demonstration Against The 421a Tax Break"

3.Thursday, March. 26 , 2 pm! In Chambers Conference at Brooklyn Supreme Court, 260 Adams St.,


4. Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7 pm ! "CB 9 Board Meeting"

Location: Medgar Evers College 650 Bedford Ave on the Corner of Carroll.

3.Monday, March 21, 2015, 4 pm ! "Ezecutive Board Meeting of CB9 "

Location: CB9 Office, 890 Nostrand Ave, between Carroll and President St.

Time: 7 pm sharp!.

2.Saturday, March 21, 2015, 4 pm ! "International Working Woman's Month Forum"

Location: 147th st. W.24th ST. 2nd Fl, Bet. 6th and 7th Ave.

1. Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6 pm! "71 Precinct Meeting with the Community"

Location: Middle School 61, 400 Empire Blvd at 7:30 pm

4.Thursday, March. 26 , 2 pm! In Chambers Conference at Brooklyn Supreme Court, 260 Adams St.,


2. Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 10am! "Protest at City Hall against the Rezoning Of East New York"

1. Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7 pm! "The Rezoning Of Harlem"

1. Monday, Feb. 23, 7-9 pm! MTOPP, Equality For Flatbush and others begin talk about creating a Brooklyn wide network to fight gentrification! Call in at 646 342-9673

1. Monday, Feb. 23, 7-9 pm! MTOPP Meeting to Plan for Community Board 9 meeting on Tuesday!

3. Tuesday, Feb. 24 , 7 pm! Community Board 9 General Meeting, at Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave.

2. Saturday, Feb. 7, 1pm! Hunter College Begins it Study of Empire Blvd!

1. Friday, Feb. 6 , 6 pm! Community Board 9 Me

enya is hosting the "MY Brooklyn" Movie for the Community!

4.Thursday, Feb. 26 , 2 pm! In Chambers Conference at Brooklyn Supreme Court, 260 Adams St.,


2. Tuesday, January 20, 7 pm! Community Board 9 (CB9) Executive Board Meeting. Cancelled!

3. Wed., January 21, 7 pm! CB9 By Laws Committee Meeting.

Location: CB9 Office, 890 Nostrand Ave,

4. Thurs., January 22, 6:30 pm! CB9 Zoning and ULURP Informational Meeting

5. Saturday, January 24, 10am-3 pm! City Planning Presents the completed Study of East New York.

6. Tuesday, January 27, 7 pm! CB 9's Monthly Community Board Meeting. Cancelled

7. Weds, January 28, 7-9pm! BRIC's "Brooklyn for Sale" The Price of Gentrification!

8. Thursday, January 29, 9:30 am! Community Goes to Court With Community Board 9! Cancelled Rescheduled for Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

Location: Brooklyn Supreme Court, Across the Plaza from Borough Hall

Motion Trial Term 65, Judge Loren Baily-Schiffman.

Directions: #2,3,4,5, to Court St/Borough Hall


This is the most important date! We must show up in numbers to the court for us to be taken seriously and show how concerned we are about the outright disregard for our rights that have been displayed by CB9.

If we don't stop CB9's violation of our rights, we will again have another resolution that will put sky risers all throughout our community causing a mass wave of displacement and gentrification.

Wear your MTOPP or Green T-shirts to show your solidarity!

1. Saturday, January, 17, 4-7 pm 2nd Annual Conference on Gentrification

1. Thursday, December 11, - Postpond! Brooklyn Supreme Court!

2. Wednesday, December 17, 2014. MTOPP's Second Fund-raising Event! at Bedford Hall Bar and Lounge - 1177 Bedford Ave and Putnam, from 5-8 pm. Price $20 MTOPP members and $30 for Non-members. Click here buy tickets

Cash Bar and Cash Food, Happy Hour 5-8 pm $5 drinks, beer and wine. Auction of holiday gift items. This fund-raiser is To Raise Money for our Lawsuit, to have to fun and meet some good people!

1. Tuesday, Nov 25, 7 p.m. - MTOPP Meeting at 89 Sterling St. How to bring CB9 and Pearl Miles up on Charges of fraud and tampering with official documents!

1. Tuesday, Nov 11, 7 p.m. - MTOPP Meeting at 89 Sterling St. Preparing for Fund-raising Event!

2. Saturday, November 15, 2014. MTOPP's First Fund-raising Event! at 7 p.m. at 89 Sterling Street.

To Raise Money for our Lawsuit, to have to fun and meet some good people!

1. Monday, Oct 27, 7 p.m. - MTOPP Meeting at 89 Sterling St. Create Strategies for the Community Board meeting on October 28!

2. Tuesday,Oct. 28, 7 p.m. - Community Board 9 Meeting at Medgar Evers College, Edison O Jackson Auditorium, 1638 Bedford Ave (corner of Crown St): The community will come out and be heard. We are demanding three things.

1. Take back the resolution.

2. Pass a resolution to demand that our Elected Officials take us to see the Mayor about him Preserving Our Community!

3. NO More Luxury development in our community!

2. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 12-2 p.m. - Demonstration At Councilman Eugene Mathiew Office! at 250 Broadway in New York City (Bet. Murray St. and Park Pl): We are demanding that Eugene Mathiew be replaced because he had failed to represent the people who have elected him!.

    1. Tuesday, Oct 21, 7 p.m. - MTOPP Meeting at 89 Sterling St. Assembly Karim will be here to speak with us about our concerns.

    1.The Week of Oct 20, 2014, Sept.. 23, 7 p.m. - Community Out Reach with 5,000 flyers The community is going to be flooded with Flyers requesting the people to call up Community Board 9 at (718) 778-9279 and request to speak at the CB9 meeting (see below for details)

    1. Wednesday,Oct 8, 11 am. - Demonstration and Press Conference at CB 9. at 890 Nostrand Ave, bet. Carroll and President St. MTOPP members filed another Lawsuit against CB9 and Pearl Miles, for their continued violation of The Freedom of Information Law and the Open Meetings Law


    1. Tuesday, Sept.. 23, 7 p.m. - Community Board 9 Meeting at Medgar Evers College, Edison O Jackson Auditorium, 1638 Bedford Ave (corner of Crown St)The Community will come out to demand that Residential be taken off the request for Empire Blvd. and down zoning and contextual zoning for Empire Blvd. be place on the request!

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m. - Town Hall Meeting on Rezoning of Empire Blvd.. 276 Fenimore St.., (Fenimore Senior Citizen Center) corner of Rogers Ave.

    Guest Speakers: Rob Roberson - Take Back the Land organization.

    Guest Speakers: Professor Tom Angotti - Hunter College Planning Dept..

    Guest Speakers: Charles Baron - Assemblyman Elect

    Guest Speakers: Geoffry Davis - District Leader

    Guest Speakers: Deb Marcano - Urban Planner

    Guest Speakers: Daniel Keller - Pratt Institute School Of Architecture

  1. 1. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 4:30 p.m. - Meeting with Borough President Eric Adams Eric Adams requested to meet with MTOPP to discuss the issues around the rezoning of Empire Blvd.. Location 89 Sterling St.., Brooklyn NY

    1. Friday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m. - Showing of "My Brooklyn"A documentary on the Rezoning of a Brooklyn Community. Hosted by Grace Reformed Church. Located at 1800 Bedford Ave, at the corner of Lefferts Ave. Q & A afterwards

    Wednesday, August 27, 7-9 p.m. - Location: Tafari Cafe, 591 Flatbush Ave, Meeting with Pro. Tom Agotti, Hunter College, Planning to talk about the rezoning of Community Board 9, hosted by PLG and Merchants on Flatbush Ave.

    Sunday, August 24, 2-4 p.m. - Our March and Rally. Starting at two points 1. Lefferts and Flatbush and Washington and Sullivan Merging on Empire Blvd.. and Washington and Ending at Empire Blvd.. and Rogers Ave.

    Friday, August 15, 6 p.m. - Borough President Eric Adams, Community Forum on the Rezoning of Empire Blvd.. ..... Full Gospel Assembly, 131 Sullivan Place, Brooklyn NY

    Meeting with the Community on: to discuss what we want for Empire Blvd.. to present to City Planning

    Tuesday, June 24, at 7pm at 89 Sterling Street.

  2. Monday, June 30 - Meeting with Planning about rezoning District 9 at 16 Court, Brooklyn at 6pm.

  3. Wednesday, June 18, 2014- Rent Control Tenant Freeze Hearings!

  4. Monday, June 23, 2014- Meeting with Assemblyman Mosely at MTOPP meeting at 89 Sterling St.. 7pm

  5. Wednesday, June 25 - Meeting with Councilman Jamaal Williams, Chairperson of Housing and Planning Development in Brooklyn. Location: 25o Broadway, NYC at 2 p.m.. This was canceled!


  1. Saturday, May 30 - June 1 - Fund-raising campaign to raise funds for our legal defense and to do an environmental study to challenge the HFA negative declaration.


  1. Friday, May 16 at 11am - Meeting with the Mayor's People at 253 Broadway, NY.

    Peaceful Rally during and Press conference afterwards. Please come out and support!

  2. Friday, May 16 at 6pm-8pm - Community Meeting at 1000 Washington Ave. Invited Guests are Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, Leticia James, Public Advocate and others. Coalition Moratorium To Protect Prospect Park has been invited to speak!


  1. Saturday, May 17 at 11am - 1pm. Handing out flyers, getting signatures, getting the word out, at Farmer's Market, Prospect Park Brooklyn (Grand Army Plaza). Please come out and give a helping hand!

  2. Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. - Meeting with Councilman Eugene Matthew to demand that he write a bill to stop all construction within our entire community that proposes to be over 80 ft.., until we complete our rezoning process!

  3. Saturday, May 24 at 10am-2pm - Rally at Prospect Park, Farmers Market to Protest. Location: Prospect Park West bet. Union St.. and President Street!

  1. Friday, May 30 - We stopped the Laying down of the Foundation! click here to read how.

  2. Monday, June 2 - Sending out mass emails asking the public to phone State Representatives to withdraw State funding from this project.

  3. Wednesday, June 4 - On line email campaign to demand our State Representatives withdrawn State Monies from this Project!

  4. Friday, June 6 - Demonstration on City Hall Steps in Manhattan 12-1 p.m.!