Action, Now! #9


Original Caption:

New York -- Part of the large crowd which participated in the protest demonstration in front of 7 St. Marks Place on the East Side where the landlord is seeking to oust the John Winters family, the only Negro family in the building, is shown here. David Zwerdling, the American Labor Party candidate for Assembly in the 4th A.D., Manhattan, is holding a banner bearing the legend: "We Want No Ghettoes in New York." Another sign declares, "We Demand Equal Rights for Negro Tenants." In front of Mr. Zwerdling is Miss Jean Brand, the organizer of the East Side Tenants Union, which is vigorously fighting Jim-Crowing in lower Manhattan. (1938)

6 comments:

R.H. said...

Extraordinary, for '38. But ghettos happen. Poor ghettos have cheap rent, shops, etc, an entire structure. Here in Melbourne they've been destroyed as middle class professionals move in, chasing out the battlers. Mind you, they're soft-hearted, these professionals: at the forefront of social justice. ha ha. You bet.

swac said...

Same thing going on everywhere. Here in Halifax pretty much every new condo has "Stop Gentrification" grafitti painted on it at one time or another.

Broom said...

I'm not sure that protesting the forced eviction on the basis of race is on a par with gentrification, or professionals buying housing in former ghettos.

Get a grip. This was a courageous stance.

R.H. said...

Get a grip yourself, it's the same thing. Black or white, once gentrification starts bums get evicted. But who'll protest? No one, because the protesting class are doing the rip-off themselves. Meanwhile dispossession is something they cry about a lot, these gentrifiers. Invasion is wrong they say, this country belongs to the aborigines. ha ha. What a joke. Liars. Hypocrites. Thieves.

The All-Seeing Eye, Jr. said...

Little could the residents of St. Mark's Place in 1938 imagine the hipster rule that was to descend upon their street a mere 25 years later and pass through every possible hipster permutation thereafter.

R.H. said...

It was indeed a courageous stance. I got diverted.