Sometimes, Alicia outdoes even herself. Our neighborhood's resident instigator Ms. Boyd is now taking on PLGNA (Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association) and their nefarious MLK Day celebration, a longtime tradition for those of you who live in...um, Prospect Lefferts Gardens. I believe Ms. Boyd has forgotten that she too lives in Lefferts Gardens, on Sterling Street. As do all her neighbors. As do most of the people she claims to be protecting from (gasp) affordable housing. She seems to have confused her neighborhood associations, which is fair, because she really doesn't know much about the neighborhood she's trying so hard to protect. Let me explain, Ms. Boyd. PLeGNA. LMA. Two different things, and hardly at odds. Plus, laying into Diana Richardson? Whoa...do you have any idea who you're swinging at? Put on the goggles folks, it's gonna get messy.
Now I know that nearly ALL of you in so-called PLG are white and wealthy, so let's just have a little conversation, you and me. I'll speak white so you can understand what I'm saying. Enunciating clearly now! Here we go...
MLK ended the worst abuses of brutality and disenfranchisement in the South. He did it with brains, carefully assembled coalitions and the extraordinary bravery of citizens who would rather be beaten or killed than withstand another moment of a dehumanizing de facto apartheid. Is that worth celebrating as a neighborhood that continues to cherish its history and its racial, religious and ethnic diversity? Damn straight. You go PLGNA, you miserable racist rascals you! Can you give government money directly to a church for an MLK celebration? Nope. Though you can give it to specific programs run by churches that serve specific populations, say the homeless or elderly, provided you're open to all comers regardless of race or religion. Alicia talks about looking for organizations and non-profits "run" or "owned" by black folks. For the record, PLGNA has a racially mixed board. So does Lefferts Manor Association, the group she's confused PLGNA with. And no one "owns" a non-profit anyway. These are mere dastardly details however. From someone who claims "the devil is in the details," well, there you go.
And with that, I give you the latest from Alicia Boyd, and MTOPP. Trust me, I'd ignore her, but she seems to be getting everything she wants these days. And with this kind of rhetoric:
Dear NeighborWhy would a Black Local Politiciangive money to the wealthiest whitest community in our districtto create Martin Luther King children’s performancesin three Black Churches?Our community is comprised of over 200,000 people70% of those people are Black and have the average incomeof $40,000.There is however a group of homeowners who live inProspect Park Lefferts Garden, who’s average incomemaybe topping at $200,000, according to their newsletter just publishedand who describe the “Fruits of Gentrification” as having produceda whiter, wealthier younger population and at the same time has driven outmore than 2,000 people of color.So why would our Politician then give to this very wealthy groupthat comprised of less than 1% of the entire populationmoney to do a Black celebration in honor of Martin Luther King!Is it that she couldn’t find any other black churches,organization or non-profits run and owned by black people to do these performances?Is there a scarcity of educated and involvedblack community residents, churches that could have used this moneyand created a performance that is about the Black struggle.Could this happen in a Jewish community?Would a local political give money to a non-Jewish groupand ask them to have performancesin synagogues representing the Jewish struggle?Of course not! So why is she doing it?Well that is simpleAssemblywoman Dianna Richardson wantsto hide the fact that she is giving money to the 1% in our community,$8,000 so that they can forge aheadwith a “study” that will get our community up zoned,under the pretense of “providing” affordable housing.And who want to do a “study” about what happenswhen you put sky rise developmentin poor and moderate income communities!Do we really need a study to tell us what will happen?As if we can’t see that for ourselves!But we know the truth, a rezoning will get us Williamsburgon steroids! As the 1% continues to describe “gentrification”as a “fruit”!But she doesn’t want to put that on record,so her and other elected officials decided to hide their deceitby giving them money to perform Black Community services!So instead of her budget saying “Study” it will say “Education”!We Know Assemblywoman Dianna Richardson is Pro Development!We have not forgotten she was aExecutive Board member of CB9 last year,when all that illegal stuff was being doneand which has amounted to Pearl Miles, District Manger being removedand 85% of the board, including herself resigning!Dianna Richardson had talked to us aboutcompromising with the developersand allowing them to build against Sullivan Place homesthat would block out their sun,so that they wouldn’t build against Sterling St.Is that called Divide and Conquer!Dianna Richardson talked aboutnot supporting any study that City Planning doesn’t’ support!Do you see any other community supporting City Planning!!!Well how about us not supporting her!We will be sending around a email, please take the timeto clink on it and send Dianna Richardson a message.Remind her that election time is coming up for her againand we will not forgot her actions!!!And neither will her opponents!!!Stop taking money from the Poor and Giving to the Rich!How dare she in a predominately moderate income Black Communitychoose to give money to a white upper middle-class groupto do Martin Luther King Performances in Black Churches!Tell her to give this money to a Black organization.And to stop supporting the rezoning of our community!