SPONGE was a group big political group out of New York City in 1966. Concentrated in Brooklyn, the group consisted mostly of Italians in the East New York, Bensonhurst, and Bay Ridge neighborhoods and was formed to demonstration of CORE (Congress for Racial Equality) when Blacks began moving into these neighborhoods. SPONGE members openly identified themselves through the late-1970s.
While groups rarely name themselves so vehemently today, we know that they are still present. Blacks make up 35% of the Brooklyn, which is the largest New York City borough by land size and population. New York City is one of the fastest gentrifying cities in America, which means Blacks are being pushed out of New York. Upon listening to the podcast “There Goes the Neighborhood,” I discovered that scare tactics and other illegal practices are being used to convince or coerce Black homeowners to move out of their communities. Knowing your rights ensures that you make the most informed decisions for you, your family, and your community.