Resilient Red Hook

"Communalism seeks to recapture the meaning of politics in its broadest, most emancipatory sense, indeed, to fulfill the historic potential of the municipality as the developmental arena of mind and discourse. It conceptualizes the municipality, potentially at least, as a transformative development beyond organic evolution into the domain of social evolution." -Bookchin

As a follower of Murray Bookchin, the left-wing philosopher of my generation, I enjoy professing the values of Communalism. Too often today, we find ourselves misled by political leaders we have fully supported, and later to be disappointed by their deceptions. Communalism is a concept designed by Bookchin to create a more democratic society, where the people are on par with the elected officials in proposing their own plans for the community.

The Resilient Red Hook committee, to me, is a step towards the philosophy of Communalism. It is a small group of Red Hook residents seeking the ideas and support of its community. But to make it successful, it must have the full inclusion of Red Hook residents. In the process of building a Communal neighborhood, each block must have committees deciding their needs and wants. Each resident must have a total commitment to transforming the community. Without the engagement of the people, there is only minor change.

Please watch this three-part series of this meeting of the Resilient Red Hook Committee. For more information, please contact: resilientredhook@gmail.com

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Fighting Every Step of the Way

 

I attended an event last Thursday night, at the CUNY Graduate Center, an event hosted by Ben Kallos, the City Councilman for District 5. The event was the fifth year Kallos has hosted the Overdevelopment Forum. If you live anywhere in New York City, you know first hand that REBNY controls the city and they are developing on every open piece of land available. And with help from Bill de Blasio, this now also includes NYCHA.

Because of decades of neglect, Mayor Bill de Blasio's is considering turning over parts of Robert Fulton Houses to private developers so developers can demolition two buildings and replace them with three new taller buildings. The new apartments will be marketed between 70 percent market-rate units and 30 percent affordable. But will the current residents that will be displaced be able to afford living there?

The project would be part of the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program, that would convert the buildings into Section 8 apartments. The mayor plans will convert 62,000 NYCHA apartments over ten years.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson is the council member for the district the Fulton Houses reside in, and he has offered no help to the residents. Johnson has supported the plan.

At Thursday night's event, several people from the group Fight for NYCHA called on Council member Ben Kallos to support their fight to save Fulton Houses from demolition. Kallos acknowledged the group's plight and said he does support their efforts, but did not show an interest in persuading Corey Johnson to back the group. At the end of the night, Fight for NYCHA fought to gain two minutes of speaking time to inform everyone at the event of what is being proposed by the de Blasio administration.

Please watch Louis Flores, of Fight for NYCHA, speak to the audience about the Fulton Houses dilemma


A Washington Post Story about Immigrants

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/05/10/hud-says-children-could-be-displaced-under-trump-plan-evict-undocumented-immigrants/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5a1c2b74392c

 

The above story is despicable that Washington has created this situation will now punish innocent people. Congress has done nothing for the past 30 years about immigrants and the people seeking asylum.   But Trump and HUD will displace people that they in fact allowed entry into the country.


Support NYCHA Tenants

 

Hello, this is Mike McCabe, the Executive Producer of occupyradio.net The de Blasio Administration's plan to partner with private developers thru the RAD process to solve the NYCHA disaster is putting hundreds of people's apartments in jeopardy.

Angered by the recent decision to demolition two buildings in the Robert Fulton Houses, in Chelsea, NYCHA residents are organizing to build a coalition to stop their buildings from being torn down.

Please come out and support these residents this Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. The location is at 17th st and 9th avenue, in Manhattan. You can contact us by telephone or text : (646) 847-9550.


Save NYCHA

"I want to talk about the politicians please, and then I want to hear from the tenants. My name is Louis, I’m from Fight for NYCHA. It’s very important to realize that not one of your politicians will show up to any of your protests and you need to know why. That's because the Real Estate Industry controls the politicians in this town." Louis Flores.

In a factsheet supplied by the city, it states, "RAD enables public housing authorities to create public-private partnerships, not privatize. NYCHA will continue to own the land and have a role in all major decision-making and oversight ... Federal funding will still support the operations and maintenance of apartments, but the funding source will shift from the Public Housing Program to a special Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program." Switching these apartments to Section Apartments does not give the tenants any greater support, in fact, they will have fewer rights, if this is allowed to happen.

Please come out and support these tenants. Especially, if you yourself are an NYCHA resident, you might be next, because the Mayor plans to bring this RAD program to other NYCHA buildings.

Contact info:

Fight For NYCHA is working to bring public housing tenants together in an effort to hold a city-wide assembly so public housing tenants can self-determine the future of public housing in New York City.

You can contact us by telephone or text : (646) 847-9550

You can also e-mail us : team (at) mg (dot) fightfornycha (dot) org


2019 New York City Cannabis Parade & Rally

 

Yesterday, I covered part of the 46th anniversary of The New York City Cannabis Parade & Rally. It is the longest running marijuana legalization event in the country. The day was started with a "Speak out" which I attended at 32nd St / Broadway and then a parade down to Union Square for the Rally.

New York is so close to passing laws to legalize marijuana that there was an excitement in the crowd that wasn't there last year. The pressing issues that remain are reparation for those convicted of current marijuana laws, and the issue of taxing the sale of cannabis. Please watch the video for more details from the participants.

Hosted by: LEO BRIDGEWATER
https://minorities4medicalmarijuana.org/
Speakers: DANA BEAL, Yippie Pieman ARON KAY, Javier Lopez, Paul Gilman and more.


What an Ego

Bill de Blasio

It is amazing what a person's ego will make them do.


The Daily News, published a story today, saying that Bill de Blasio is planning to announce on Wednesday, that he is running for President.
His developer friends will now come out of the woodwork to help. The article says that 76% of New Yorkers don't want him to run. Even in this, he doesn't listen to the people. Does anybody else from New York want to join in the race?

Bernie and Joe must be shaking in their boots over the announcement.

https://bit.ly/2GV47ZE


Fort Greene: Save Our Trees

 

Dozens of Fort Greene residents, as well as a kindergarten of children, demonstrated yesterday, outside the office of Lurie Cumbo, City Council Member, to stop the destruction of 71 trees in Fort Greene Park.
Sandy Reiburn, a resident of Fort Greene and a major leader in the group, explained how the residents had to file a lawsuit to get information from the Parks Department.

It is a steadfast message that this station broadcasts daily, that communities MUST be in control of their neighborhoods. We must not surrender our rights to community control. Please support Fort Greene's efforts in saving their trees.


NYCHA Residents Fight Eviction Plan

 

The de Blasio Administration's plan to partner with private developers to solve the NYCHA disaster is about to hit a wall.

Angered by the recent decision to demolition two buildings in the Robert Fulton Houses, in Chelsea, NYCHA residents attended a Press Conference, on Sunday to begin organizing fellow tenants to thwart the Mayor's plan from happening. Activists, Marni Halasa, Louis Flores, and Norman Siegel, the former executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union were responsible for the Press Conference.

City officials are planning to demolish two NYCHA buildings which are part of the Robert Fulton Houses. The buildings would be replaced with much taller buildings; plus one additional building is planned to rise on what is now a parking lot. The new buildings would be mixed-income. 70% of buildings would be market-rate, with the remaining 30% to be “affordable” for the current tenants.

And while the local elected leaders like Congressman Jerry Nadler, City Council President, Corey Johnson, seem to have agreed with this plan, there have been no meetings with the tenants. One woman is quoted saying, "they knocked on the door and said you have to move in two years and that was all they said."

At the start of the Press Conference, Norman Siegel said in his presentation, "you don't have to agree with this; it ain't over." He went on to say that New York was in the leadership 80 years ago to create Public Housing in America, and it did, on East 3rd street and Avenue A, and we should not be thinking of demolitioning Public Housing buildings now."

The NYCHA complex would become part of RAD, the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program that President Obama signed, supposedly, to protect the Public Housing tenants. The tenants being forced out of their apartments would move to one of the new buildings once completed. At least that is what is planned. NYCHA would continue to own the land but lease the site to a developer, who would then manage the complex. The plan is apparently, what the city's administration wants to do throughout the city. Other buildings in Brooklyn are being considered for this process too. It could be the beginning of the end for NYCHA, if not stopped.


Save the Trees in Fort Greene Park

 

NYC Parks Dept. is planning to cut down 58 healthy trees, and endanger an additional 13 more. Then they plan to pave over an estimated 13,000 sq. feet of greenery. To learn more go to: http://FortGreeneParkFriends.org

SAVE 71 Trees in Fort Greene Park-Rally

55 Hanson Place, N.Y. 11217 Shirley A. Chisholm Building

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.