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Movement for Justice in El Barrio/Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio is a community organization based in East Harlem, New York.

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Background

Movement for Justice in El Barrio was founded by immigrants and low-income people African Americans living in East Harlem, New York City. It proclaims itself to be fighting back against the effects of neoliberalism and discrimination in all of its forms and operates on a commitment to the ideals of self-determination, autonomy and participatory democracy.

The group began organizing in 2004. Since then, it has built itself into a 450-member community-led organization. It has engaged in various activities including protesting and going to court against various groups it feels are oppressive.

Structure

Movement for Justice in El Barrio relies heavily on participatory democracy in it's task planning process. It also encourages the development of leadership skills and expansion of knowledge in its members through a skill-building and political education program.

Accomplishments

Named “Best Power to the People Movement in NYC” by the Village Voice.

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The Movement for Justice in El Barrio (MJB), also known as Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio is a community organization based in East Harlem, New York.

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Background

Movement for Justice in El Barrio/Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio began organizing in 2004.

Structure

MJB relies heavily on participatory democracy in its task planning process, while also encouraging the development of leadership skills and expansion of knowledge through a skills building and political education program that addresses the root causes of both inequality and injustice.

Growth and Action Taken

Over the past couple of years, MJB has had a significant growth in its member population. It now has 440 members. It has also launched media tours, protests, court actions, and direct actions against landlords, mortgage lenders, and city institutions in an effort to challenge the unjust housing practices in El Barrio. MJB members decided to adhere to the Zapatista’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, joining the Other Campaign. MJB continues to be led by residents of East Harlem who come together and organize tenant associations to fight neoliberal gentrification.

Accomplishments

Named “Best Power to the People Movement in NYC” by the Village Voice

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