The Queen Mother Dr. Delois N. Blakely, is a community activist and ambassador for peace. She has served as Harlem's unofficial mayor for the last eight years. This past fall she called on Occupy Wall Street supporters to help her "occupy" the boiler room in her building at 477 W. 42nd Street in Harlem's Sugarhill neighborhood, till it was fixed by the building's superintendent. Real estate interests driving gentrification in the neighborhood, impeded attempts to fix the heater with the goal of making the building unlivable. The Queen Mother has called on support to #Occupy 477 an attempt to bring awareness to her efforts to keep the building from being sold to the highest bidder. This video is a prayer from the Queen Mother, a call out to fight back against the gentrification of one of the New York City's poorest and working-class communities. Her struggle is currently in the courts and her voice and spirit is with the people.
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