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Residents of three adjacent buildings in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn are on rent strike to protest horrendous and dangerous living conditions. They marched to the office of City Council Representative Sarah Gonzalez, only to discover it shuttered for redecorating. Indefinitely.

Residents and supporters, including Occupy Sunset Park, then occupied the office of state Assembly Rep Felix Ortiz, demanding action after past commitments went unmet. Ortiz's staff threatened the group, including yours truly, with arrest unless we vacated, and police arrived. Tenants finally left after Ortiz agreed to meet with tenants next week.

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Taken on July 5, 2012