*****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*****
JUNE 7th, 2009


123 COMMUNITY SPACE TO FIGHT EVICTION, MARCH TO CITY COUNCIL OFFICE

Community members and volunteers of the 123 Community Space in Bed-Stuy have announced a public demonstration against ongoing threats of eviction. On Monday, June 8th, at 3pm, a rally will be held at 123 Tompkins Avenue, followed by a march to the office of local city council representative Albert Vann to seek his support.

The 123 Community Space in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, has served for two years as an important resource and host to a full and vibrant calendar of events. Every week, its doors are open to the public for free programs such as bike workshops, childcare, and screen-printing, along with monthly music nights and pancake brunches that bring together residents and volunteers from across the city.

In recent months, the 123 has faced eviction by landlord Mayer Friedman, who, despite good-faith efforts on the part of the tenants, refuses to negotiate with the Board of Directors of the 123 Community Space. He has also consistently neglected to perform basic maintenance and necessary structural repairs to the building. The tenants, however, continue to fulfill their obligations, respecting the building and the neighborhood and paying rent on time.

It is for these reasons that the neighbors and the community at large demand an immediate end to eviction proceedings and a formal lease for the 123 Community Space, to protect against such underhanded tactics in the future. We call on local residents and elected officials alike to come out in support of this invaluable public resource.


Contact:
Leijia Hanrahan 703.380.4629
 123tompkins@riseup.net