Lati-no she didn’t! Clinton Hispanic rally venue a symbol of gentrification, protesters say

Not amused: Clinton was laying out her plan to help Latinos when a protestor interrupted.
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A woman interrupted presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s Latino-focused rally at Industry City — and protesters demonstrated outside — claiming the Sunset Park manufacturing complex did not represent the community and is a gentrifying force that will lead to neighborhood Latinos’ displacement.

“Go to the park, go to Chinatown — there’s a lot of other places she could be!” the disrupter shouted as Clinton took the stage at the April 9 event. “This is not Sunset Park, which is not for sale!”

Security dragged the woman out as the crowd drowned her out by chanting Hillary’s name.

Social and environmental justice group Uprose demonstrated against the location outside. The complex — home to hip food-makers, Manhattan-fleeing fashionistas, and tech companies — is in the midst of a $1 billion redevelopment that detractors charge will raise property taxes and rents in the neighborhood, pushing out long-time residents.

But Industry City’s owners said in November that half of the 4,000 employees working for its tenants are people of color and live in the neighborhood. Owners recently opened a public job-training center there and host free cultural events.

One Dominican supporter said Clinton is the obvious choice for Latinos.

“I know a lot of people who say like ‘Oh well she’s white,’ but to me she’s still a person, and she can still relate to us,” said Denise Filipe-Adams, who has volunteered for Clinton and is running for district leader in Bushwick and Cypress Hills in November. “Besides the fact that she vacations a lot in the Dominican Republic, she’s just inspirational and a hope for people in my community.”

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D–Sunset Park), the first Puerto Rican woman elected to Congress, introduced Clinton to the eager crowd.

The presidential hopeful made pitches directed at Puerto Ricans and immigrant communities.

She called on Congress to provide Puerto Rico relief to for its multi-billion-dollar debt, and said it “makes no sense at all” that Puerto Ricans — who are all U.S. citizens at birth — living in the territory could not vote in federal elections, even though the could if they moved to Brooklyn.

She also pledged more services for non English-speaking kids and a health care system that is affordable for working families.

Clinton did not mention her Saturday loss in the Wyoming Democratic caucus to her primary challenger, the Brooklyn-born Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vermont). She currently leads the Senator in the race for the Democratic Party nomination with 1,756 delegates to his 1,068. Either candidate needs 2,383 delegates to clinch a nomination. Clinton is heavily favored to win the New York State primary and the of the Democratic nomination.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
My god, I can't wait for this primary to be over. People are getting stupider than I thought possible.
April 11, 2016, 1:45 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Uprose, fighting to preserve its own influence first, and the status quo second. Advocacy with racist undertones.
April 11, 2016, 2:05 pm
Alan from Greenpoint says:
Gentrification affords higher standards, which is positive.

One of the troubles with gentrification is REBNY's NYC property taxes drive out long-time residents, by basing them upon assessed current market values.
April 11, 2016, 2:49 pm
Toothy from Williamsburg says:
Essentially the descendents of the white flighters are buying out the city. Their parents were most likely Republican and lovers of the 80s. REBNY is the facilitator of the construction industry, building poor quality developments, stripping neighborhoods of diversity and character.

If anyone could improve upon this situation, it would be Hillary.
April 11, 2016, 3:36 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I won't be surprised if those protesters happen to be fans of Bernie Sanders as many of them tend to be.
April 11, 2016, 4:40 pm
Richard Nagan from The ——in' Bronx says:
You are turds. You mislead people by printing a false delegate count.
April 11, 2016, 8:32 pm
Amy from Love! says:
I agree with Richard Nagan's point--it's misleading to state delegates counts that are inclusive of super delegates, without informing the reader! Don't you understand that omitting that bit of information easily opens up the argument of bias and propaganda? Respect your readers by respecting your own profession, which would presumably be journalism.

Another point, why is Hillary Clinton good for Peurto Rico, again? Did her supporter really say that because Clinton vacations in that area that she would be good for the region?!?… That sort of logic leaves such a hole in her endorsement that it almost (or does!) work against her. Why not mention policy changes Hillary's championed while in Congress or as Sec. of State that would prove herself as beneficial instead??? Something that has substance to it! I bet a lot of Republicans vacation down there--why not endorse them too??
April 11, 2016, 9:13 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
Everywhere Hillary goes there are protestors against her. They were out in front of the NY Hall of Science on Sunday. Why?
April 11, 2016, 9:36 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Everyone's complaining because the article wrote a true statement about delegates. My god. The primary has made everyone so stupid. One more week.. one more week.
April 11, 2016, 9:55 pm
Ian from Williamsburg says:
And what exactly is the Uprose platform??? Keep private sector jobs out of a privately owned office/industrial complex because we don't want gainfully employed people that don't require rent subsidies? They areally also flagrantly racist against non Hispanics that are also working hard to afford housing in this city.
April 11, 2016, 10:28 pm
TOM from Brooklyn says:
UPROSE sucks at the public teat and bites the nipple. Time to wean?
April 11, 2016, 10:46 pm
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
Gentrefication = Bernie Sanders.
A man I could never support mostly because of the rude "passion" his cult members (I mean supporters) incessantly strive to rub in the faces of anyone who does not conform exactly to their particular world-view.
April 12, 2016, 9:27 am
TOM from Brooklyn says:
Dennis: I linked to "hip food-makers", and Jacques Torres who is located in the BAT came up. Then I linked to "Manhattan-fleeing fashionistas" and the Liberty View Plaza came up. Neither operation is a part of Industry City and I can't figure why they are referenced in your story. Did UPROSE cite them to you as IC gentrifiers, or was it your error?
You can tell me. I won't tell anyone.
April 12, 2016, 12:33 pm
Melissa from Bushwick says:
To the question why does Hillary have protestors wherever she goes, it's because she only engages the side of the conversation that benefits her at the moment. Her positions on race and the prison industry, gay marriage, bankruptcy law (see Elizabeth Warren's critique on Bill Moyers), fraking, international trade deals, military intervention in the Middle East, have all been behind the times. Many of her past actions and positions on issues are more republican in spirit than they are progressive. If she's not willing to address these discrepancies as a candidate, I don't see why she would as President.
April 12, 2016, 12:46 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
She's a power hungry witch who will say anything and pander to anybody. She has a disgusting air of entitlement with regards to the Oval Office
April 12, 2016, 1:41 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
"If anyone could improve upon this situation, it would be Hillary."

Well, it depends on how much the mega developers give to the Clinton Foundation doesn't it?

Of Course Sanders could not improve the situation because he is just a greedy rich corporatists tool.
April 12, 2016, 3:34 pm
Morris from Mill Basin says:
The gentrifiers would never dream of voting for the horribly uncool Hillary Clinton. Ask any young hipster or yuppie walking the streets of northern Brooklyn without Bernie's hometown accent who they are supporting. They are swearing that it's #BernieorBust -- they won't even vote for Hillary in November against Cruz or Trump. Clinton will get the votes of the old, the tired, the huddled masses. Bernie will get the crowd Snapchatting and Instagram their food and fashion choices and their apartments that they took over when the landlord threw out their longtime Hispanic tenants.

For an example of how young Bernie Sanders supporters displaced a poor Hispanic tenant in Brooklyn, check out today's episode of WNYC's series on gentrification, There Goes the Neighborhood:
April 12, 2016, 4:27 pm
Pauline from Gowanus says:
April 12, 2016, 5:02 pm
Haskell says:
Gentrifiers create real culture in a world of stale cultural clichés.
April 12, 2016, 5:30 pm
Elle from LES says:
Anybody have video of the protestor's interactions with Clinton?
April 13, 2016, 4:39 am

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