Please note our new postal address when sending
contributions to the legal fund:
121 5th Avenue, PMB #150
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Our coalition consists of 21 community organizations and
there are 51 community organizations formally
aligned in opposition to the Ratner plan.
DDDB is a volunteer-run organization. We have over 5,000
subscribers to our email newsletter, and 7,000 petition
signers. Over 800 volunteers have registered with DDDB
to form our various teams, task-forces and committees
and we have over 150 block captains. We have a 20 person
volunteer legal team of local lawyers supplementing our
We are funded entirely by individual donations from the community at large
and through various fundraising events we and supporters have organized.
We have the financial support of well over 3,500 individual
In light of the recent
purging of Brooklyn Community Board 6 by Borough President Markowitz the following
should be of even more interest than it otherwise would have been. This morning
(Wednesday) on WNYC radio's Brian Lehrer Show:
are Community Boards for?
Tom Angotti, director of the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and
development, explains what purpose community boards serve and how independent
they are from borough politicians.
The show airs on 820 AM or 93.9 FM starting at 10 am. This segment appears to
be the second of three segments. Listeners can make a live, on air call to the
show at: 212-433-9692
Tom Angotti, of course, is a great authority and activist when it comes to community
based planning and community boards. Amongst other things he wrote the
seminal article on the backwardness of the "process" Forest City Ratner's
"Atlantic Yards" project underwent.