Quote:The Battle for Brooklyn
by BRUCE E. LEVINE
Do we really accept that Big Moneyâ€”through intimidation, bribery, or some other coercionâ€”can shove us out of our homes and obliterate our communities?
Eminent domain is the governmentâ€™s right to seize private property, usually with compensation, for the public good. We live in a nation, however, in which the eliteâ€”not ordinary Americansâ€”have the power to define what is the public good. The recently released documentary Battle for Brooklyn transcends typical left-right politics, unites all who believe in self-respect and democracy, and invites Americans to join together in the fight against the eliteâ€™s abuse of eminent domain.....http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/06/t...-brooklyn/
Battle for Brooklyn explores the poorly understood phenomenon of eminent domain abuse. A feature-length documentary from filmmakers Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, and David Beilinson, this film investigates how real estate developers, local government, community activists, and the media have clashed over the largest single-source development project ever proposed in New York City. Widely known as the Atlantic Yards project, this undertaking has for the past four years been a major source of contention as local residents resist a billionaire developers attempt to use eminent domain to seize their homes and businesses. Done in the name of "development," schemes such as this one eviscerate private property rights and make a mockery of the Fifth Amendment--and yet they freely exploit lucrative taxpayer subsidies, easements, and tax abatements.
Interview with the film makers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley