Monday, October 13, 2003
Howard mentioned this in an e-mail to some of you, but in case anyone missed it: There's a very touching and forceful letter at OurCarrollGardens.com by an Italian-American woman who is appalled by the tactics of her fellow paesani in the neighborhood.
It's a little confusing to find the letter at the site (link above), but it's so short, I can post it in its entirety here:
- Dear Editor,
I've been a resident of South Brooklyn for thirty years. In the late 1920s my paternal and maternal grandparents came her with their families, including both my mother and father, from Calabria, Italy. Though my parents raised me on the other side of Brooklyn, as an adult with a young daughter I chose this neighborhood to raise my family. Here I found all of the heart of an old world commitment to one's neighbors(paesani), which I felt was absent from other parts of our borough. This heart that drew me here was one which instinctively held out a hand to the troubled, protected the defensless, and put up a fight against any bully. It was a heart that acted without thought to the pocket. It was a heart in command of ethical decisions.
It was a heart that welcomed those chosing to live in peace.
What I see here now, I am ashamed to acknowledge as the actions of my neighbors, my paesani. How do we look ourselves in the mirror after we have betrayed all that we know is righteous, for the sake of a buck. Disgraziata! E` una vergogna!
I remain saddened,
By the way, vergogna means "shame."
Friday, October 10, 2003
There's a new article up about Rose House on Women's ENews. Check it out:
Also, there was on editorial in the Daily News yesterday (10/9/03) by Albor Ruiz.
Both articles seem pretty fair, which is good news for us.
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
Please come! There will be a Community Board Meeting Wednesday, October 8th at 6:30pm at the church at 7th Avenue and Carroll Street in Park Slope. It would be great if we could get a good turnout--we need to show our elected officials how much we care about this issue.
Friday, October 03, 2003
We have received questions about whether we will be present at the opponents' rally at the shelter site on Saturday. Though some of us may go to take note of what's said, we will make no concerted effort to attend. Our presence would only help the opponents by creating a greater fuss in a place that should be quiet. Furthermore, their flyer announcing the rally does not use the address (a great victory for us) and even co-opts a great deal of our own language. We have forced them to discuss the matter on our terms, rather than flail about with wild accusations and paranoia. We expect it to be a small gathering of the die-hard opponents, who, considering the weather forecast, are likely to be drenched in addition to desperate. Even if the more moderate members of their group show up--and I'd like to think that those people would understand that the rally is fundamentally inappropriate--Ashley and Damijan have both found evidence that there is no need to confront them because their tactics are more reasonable and their concerns deserve to be addressed.
For those of us who prefer action, though, I would like to point out an event on Friday the 17th. It's the Park Slope Safe Homes Project's Remembrance Vigil, and it's in remembrance of those Brooklyn residents who have died in the past year because of domestic violence. I spoke to one of the organizers, who was glad to hear about what we're doing and hopes that some of us will be able to make it. (I'll post more details later.) It's certainly appropriate that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
I noticed that Our Carroll Gardens put up a statement by the AWC, sans any form of editorial commentary. And in addition to no longer publishing Rose House's address on their flyers, they've removed all references to the specific location from their site as well.
While other pages on the site make clear that OCG's position in this matter has not changed, I for one appreciate their showing a willingness to let the other side's voice be heard. We may reach a mutually agreeable resolution yet.