- Category: News & Analysis
- Created on Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:04
- Written by New York Times
Paul Shay is struggling to recover after a gunshot in the face. Monica Shay is struggling for her life, and given little chance of survival. This evening there is a vigil in their honor in front of their E. 10th street home -- as friends and comrades express support and dismay.
Here is an episode from the life of Monica Shay, a much loved revolutionary activist. It is an interview with Monica done twenty years ago by Paul DeRienzo for WBAI -- as police force massed to drive homeless people out of their encampment in Tompkins Square Park. Monica (aka by her nickname Kathryn) was active in the defense of the Dinkinsville in the East Village park. And spoke here as the struggle was beaten down in 1991.
"Paul and Monica Shay, who have lived at 263 East 10th Street for many years, are highly regarded in the East Village. He took part in battles that shaped the East Village over the past 20 years, neighbors said, and sided with squatters who took over abandoned city-owned buildings, helping to unclog drains and connect waste pipes to make them habitable, often at no charge. And when a homeless encampment was erected in Tompkins Square Park, the Shays encouraged park inhabitants to resist city efforts to dislodge them.
Mr. Shay, neighbors said, also employed men down on their luck [in his plumbing business], including his slain nephew Joseph....
Ms. Shay joined the Pratt faculty in 2000 and heads the arts and cultural management department at the school’s Manhattan campus.
Scott Trent, a public health worker in Greensboro, N.C., said he had known her for a decade in the October 22 Coalition, a national effort to curtail police brutality and assist its victims. “She’s a very rare kind of person,” he said. “The kind of person who is very serious and dedicated and committed to people.”