Rally for SPURA: Remember and Rebuild [Video]

Posted on: November 8th, 2010 at 6:33 am by
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“8,000 people lost their homes November 1967.” It was under this banner slogan, like last year, that a SPURA gathering was held yesterday afternoon. For the third year running, a small portion of the community turned out to commemorate the neighborhood displacement, including City Councilwoman Margaret Chin and those who were evicted all those years ago. The purpose of the rally was to support redevelopment of the area for affordable housing, and a so-called “right of return.”

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The life-sized diorama of the lost neighborhood made another appearance, but this time with balloon accompaniment.  Each balloon affixed to the chain-link fence had a street address and represented one of the 110 buildings that were ultimately destroyed.

But what made this year different was the inclusion of some music. Organizers shipped in the Rude Mechanical Orchestra from Brooklyn to jazz up the crowd.  Dressed in flamboyant marching band gear, the radical band and their dancers zipped through about a half-hour worth of tunes, including a brief foray into homegirl Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”).  After all, this is the Lower East Side, right?

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