With credit to the Late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Five and One Half years later, The Oakman still is not free. Five and one-half years later, the life of The Oakman condominium owner is still sadly crippled by the manacles of sponsor-control and the chains of DVORA. Five and one half years later, The Oakman still finds itself in exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition – maintained sponsor-control. In a sense we’ve come to cash a check.
When Shuster filed documents with DCA, he recognized The Condominium Act and the magnificent words of PREDFDA, and he was signing a promissory note to which every NJ Condominium Owner was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all NJ Condominium Owners — yes, Unit Owners at The Oakman as well — would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that shuster has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as the Condominium Unit Owners are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, Shuster has given The Oakman Condominium Owners a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.
We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity at The Oakman. And so we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind The Oakman Condominium Owners of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of sponsor-control. Now is the time to lift The Oakman from the quick sands of sponsor injustice to the solid rock of turnover and transition. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of The Oakman’s condominium owners.
It would be fatal for The Oakman to overlook the urgency of the moment. The Oakman’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. This is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that The Oakman Condominium Owners needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if it all returns to business as usual.
There will be neither rest nor tranquility until the The Oakman Condominium Unit Owners are granted their turnover and transition rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of DVORA until the bright day of justice emerges!
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting any physical force with soul force.
As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back and forget about our real property rights at The Oakman.
There are those who are asking the devotees of turnover and transition rights, when will you be satisfied? We can never be satisfied as long as The Oakman Condominium Owners are the victims of the unspeakable horrors of maintained sponsor control by Shuster.
We can never be satisfied as long as The Oakman Condominium Owners are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: DVORA.
We cannot be satisfied as an owner at The Oakman believes he has nothing for which to vote because sponsor control is maintained, and adam knoll gets a seat on the board, when owners running for the board want his seat!
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of sponsor-controlled mental abuse and psychological warfare.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my fellow Oakman Owners.
So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day The Oakman will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Condominium Owners are created equal.
I have a dream that one day even The Oakman, a Condominium sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression and DVORA control- will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my little child will one day live in a condominium where they will be able to live free; free of radical sponsor-control. I have a dream today.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I have. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of The Oakman into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all Unit Owners at The Oakman will be able to sing with new meaning: The Oakman, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And if The Oakman is to be a great condominium, this must become true. And so let freedom ring from The Oakman’s lobby to the rooftop pool. Throughout the Oakman Condominium, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from the lobby to the rooftop pool, we will be able to speed up that day when all of the Owners at The Oakman – free from the reigns of tyrannical sponsor control will be able to join hands and sing: Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, we are free at last.
The similarities between the Ukraine/Russia matter and The Oakman/Shuster matter are strikingly similar. Russia does not like Ukraine’s democracy and shuster is blocking The Oakman’s democracy.