Residents Prevail in Sunset Park

The residents of Sunset Park celebrate their victory in preventing the rezoning of their community.

Those of you that follow the stories and videos on this site, know that for several years now, many residents, many of them immigrants, have fought to prevent the rezoning of Sunset Park. A community of 72% of whom are immigrants, Sunset Park has united in this battle to fight the gentrification that has flooded this city. 


Green Party Candidate Calls for Financial Transaction Tax

 

Green Party Candidate discusses Financial Transaction Tax at a press conference on Friday, September 18, 2020. Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for President, stood in front of the Stock Exchange and announced his plan to tax financial transactions. Hawkins called on state lawmakers to stop rebating $13 billion annually to Wall Street speculators from the state stock transfer tax that has existed for more than a century.

And at City Hall Howie Continues his plan.

 


Rodrigo Camarena Running for City Council, District 38

Rodrigo has been fighting for the people for years, and now he wants your support as he continues to fight for the rights of the people in Sunset Park, and Red Hook.

For an in-depth interview, please check out The Sunset Park Podcast, with our friend Rob Aguilar: 

 


City Councilman, Carlos Menchaca, Stands with Community

Sunset Park, Brooklyn, has been fighting against the rezoning of Industry City, for 4 years, and today, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, stood outside City Hall with the residents to say no to the rezoning. Meanwhile, Speaker Corey Johnson is eager to pass the rezoning.


Governor, You Gotta Do Better Than That

Governor Cuomo signed a bill last night, providing rent relief to a limited number of tenants affected by the COVID pandemic.
 
The bill calls for $100 million in federal stimulus funds to create rental vouchers for people paying more than 30% of their income in rent. Anyone who lost income between April 1 and July 31 of this year, and makes less than 80% of an area's median income will be covered.
 
Our answer to that is, it ain't enough.
 
If you figure that the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment is $2700, and times that cost by the four months, what Cuomo is willing to pay, comes out to $10,800 per claim. That means only 9259 apartments citywide would benefit. According to this article in The Deal (https://therealdeal.com/2020/05/19/about-25-of-nyc-renters-didnt-pay-in-may-survey/), renters of 100,000 apartments in New York City did not pay their May rents. So what happens to the 92,000 renters, Governor?
 
And then, what about those who were paying less than 30% of their income in rents, but now, do not have jobs? What happens to those people? If they were unable to pay one month's rent, how do you expect them to afford four months of rent?
 
Also, commercial rents? What is to be done? How do communities keep their identity without the small businesses in the community?
 
Governor, you have to do better. Get together with your pal Chuck and figure it out. The federal government must kick in the additional monies needed; otherwise, thousands will be evicted and added to the homeless roles.
 
Please call the Governor's office and tell him that the city needs the money now. 1-518-474-8390 

 


occupyradio supports Genesis Aquino for State Assembly

For too long, Brooklyn's District 51 has needed a grassroots candidate dedicated to working for the community they represent. No longer are we willing to accept old-time politicians that pretend to act in our favor. Our communities require better jobs, low-income housing, support for our small businesses, and a path to better healthcare. In our opinion, that candidate is Genesis Aquino. We at occupyradio.net know Genesis and have worked with her to improve laundry workers' wages, restaurant workers, and other small business workers by supporting the SWEAT BILL.

 

Please vote this Tuesday, for Genesis Aquino for State Assembly in District 51.

https://www.facebook.com/genesisaquinony


Marni Halasa Talks about the Rent Strike issue

 

Marni Halasa, activist and candidate for City Council speaks about the Rent Strike issue in New York City. Thousands of New York City residents are unable to pay their May Rents. Why isn't the government doing something to help them?


972 Buildings on Rent Strike in New York City

Lena Melindez, talks about the Rent Strikes that she is organizing in the Upper West side of Manhattan. Lena mentions the 972 Buildings that are on a Rent Strike in New York City. One third of renters across the United States did not pay their April rents, more are expected not to pay in May. So with that in mind what is our government doing to help? The $1200 stimulus checks are just not enough for people to survive in a place like New York City.


Revolution is Coming!

 

The Revolution is Coming !!!
I just read the most uplifting message from a group that I have followed for several years now. And it's going to mean a change in our way of life. The people are taking back control of their lives. May Day is next week. It is also the 1st of the month, which means rent is due; bills are due. If you are one of those people that have been furloughed, then you know what this is going to mean. You can't pay for them!

One-third of renters were unable to pay their April rents. Even more, people will be unable to pay rents in May. The level of unemployment has not been this high since the Great Depression during the 1930s. So tell me, what has the government done to help you? Oh yeah! They sent you a check for $1200. If you're living in New York City, you know how far that will go. The average rent in New York City for a one-bedroom apartment is over $2400 a month.

What's that? You want to eat too. If it weren't for the Mutual Aid Centers that organizations have set up, thousands of people would have starved in these last few weeks.

On May 1st, this city, this country will be under the control of the people. Essential workers will refuse to work; Amazon workers will strike; renters and renter supporters will not pay rents. The people will demonstrate for prisoners unable to be free from the coronavirus. The people will not allow renters to be evicted for not paying rents.

The capitalists have created this mess, but the people will end the capitalist rule. Things must not return to normal as they were two months ago. It is time to stand up and demand the equalization of citizens.

We will be back to cover this issue in the coming days. Get ready!


Rick Echevarria for City Council, District 37

Rick Echevarría is running to represent District 37 in the New York City Council because our city — and our district — are in the midst of a severe housing crisis. He is a lifelong resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn. After he graduated college, he became a community activist. He organized tenants and worked in city government. Now, he's running to represent portions of the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Crown Heights, Cypress Hills, and East New York in the New York City Council. For more information contact Rick at: info@rickechevarria.com