Organising enclaves under Black and Brown leadership in New York City
A conversation with Imani Henry of Equality for Flatbush (E4F)
Imani Henry (E4F) and Ana Vilenica
Keywords: New York, Brooklyn, anti-eviction, Black struggles, tenant organizing
This Conversation with Imani Henry of Equality for Flatbush (E4F) offers a glimpse into the grassroots organizing and struggles in New York City, particularly in Brooklyn. The conversation delves into the formation and mission of E4F, a Black Lives Matter group established in 2013, which intertwines anti-gentrification efforts with a strong stance against police violence. The interview begins with the context of a recent solidarity action for the Sanderson family, highlighting issues such as deed theft and racially charged harassment faced by the family. Imani Henry details E4F’s active involvement in cop watching and its roots in the legacy of the Black Panther Party. The conversation also touches upon the organization’s broader Brooklyn-wide initiatives, including food distribution during the pandemic. Key themes emerge, such as the intersection of race and housing, the dynamics of community-led resistance, and the importance of fostering enclaves under Black and Brown leadership.