On Monday, April 15th, a lawsuit was filed against Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, City Planning and the Developer Cornell Reality. The Petitioners of the suit, Alicia Boyd, Lashaun Ellis, and Michael Hollingsworth rallied today, with other members of The Movement to Protect the People. The group states that the suit has been brought against Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, because not only did she approve the project but failed to listen to the concerns of her constituents.
Alicia introduces the team that helped her build the action against Cumbo and others.
David Eisenbach lent his support to the group today as well..
MTOPP - Movement to Protect the People hosted a Town Hall in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to discuss Ways to Resist.
Speakers were: Todd Baker, Alicia Boyd M.S. / M.A., Julia Bryant M.A., LaShaun Ellis M.S. Ed., Amin Husain Phd., Janine Nichols, Carrie Roberson M.A., Nick Smith B.A.
The Movement to Protect the People, led by Alicia Boyd, is leading the struggle to prevent real estate developer, Bruce Enicher, from building the largest residential complex in Brooklyn.
Watch the video and listen to the panel discuss their fight against displacement, the loss of Rent Stabilized Apartments, dangers to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, sewer issues, and many other items.
To support MTOPP please go to www.mtopp.org/donation.html or call (718)703-3086.
This past Monday, I attended three rallies focussing on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. New York City is losing small business stories in huge numbers and unless the City Council passes the SBJSA bill or others like it, those numbers will increase. Please check out our videos below. And after you do, please call your City Council member and tell them to vote for the SBJSA bill as it is.
This past Thursday, I was part of a Stop REBNY Campaign, outside the New York Hilton, lead by Ray Rogers, and 15 plus clergyman addressing the problems of displacement, homelessness, and small business. While covering the rally, I had the opportunity to question State Assemblymember Harvey Epstein, about the problems. As you will hear in the interview, the Assemblyman talks about having to get a stronger organizing campaign to pass laws. I just don't understand that comment, I also don't understand why bills are stuck in the City Council for 36 years. Both the City and State Officials, unless they have been out of the country, know damn well that the problems that exist today, have been around for decades and we should have had laws to protect our tenants, and our small business owners by now.
Please listen to this short clip: https://soundcloud.com/mikemccabe/assemblyman-epstien
Please read an email I received from my friends at Youth Against Displacement:
Dear Friends and Supporters,
From the illegal megatowers the City wants to build in Two Bridges in Lower East Side, to the East Harlem and Inwood rezonings, to privatization of NYCHA and public land, to the Amazon headquarters in LIC subsidized by our tax dollars, it is clear Mayor de Blasio wants to turn our city into a banking account for the 1% at the expense of the people who live and work here. Everywhere across the city, people are standing up against the gentrifier-in-chief Mayor.
This Martin Luther King Day, we will gather at the 80-story Extell luxury tower, which has a "poor door" to separate low- and middle-income families from the rich. This is de Blasio's legacy of segregation and economic racism. Dr. King would be so aghast to hear that this Mayor even shamelessly self-brands himself the "progressive leader" of the city. From Extell, we will march to City Hall to tell the Mayor: WE WILL NOT BE MOVED!
Are you ready to take up the fight to save your lives and your neighborhoods? Join our march to reclaim the City that's supposed to work for the people, not the richest 1%. We demand the Mayor:
1. Stop City agencies from evicting tenants on behalf of landlords to deny the tenants' rights of due process
2. Stop selling public land (including NYCHA) and end 421-a tax exemption
This morning, I as well as many other Red Hook residents, attended a meeting set up by Councilman Menchaca, to discuss the temporary shelter located at a hotel, here in Red Hook. For those of you that could not attend, I have created a link for you to listen to the meeting. Please excuse the background noise. Link: https://soundcloud.com/mikemccabe/red-hook-homelessness-meeting
- How many of the people in the shelter lived in Red Hook before their homelessness occurred?
- How many people are living there now regardless of where they came from before?
- And what is the maximum number of people you expect?
- How many children are in the shelter?
- How and where are they going to school each morning?
- Are there any sex offenders living in the shelter?
- How are you helping these people to find permanent housing?
- Some of these people may have jobs that are insufficient to pay the high rents in Brooklyn, are you helping them to locate better jobs?
- How does your organization choose and shelter or hotel when placing the homeless?
- As of Sunday, December 16th, there were 61,005 individuals living in New York City shelters. And in the Executive Summary of a report, I read: DHS is planning to reduce the census by 2,500 people within the next 5 years. It is ridiculous to think that we will ever be able to help these people with current thinking.
- This is not only a New York City problem; New York state has more than 92,000 homeless with the whole of the United States at 553,000 homeless.
- In comparison, NY is fairing better in getting people into shelters with 95.3% living in shelters compared to California, with 129,972 homeless and only 31.1% living in shelters.
- "Mayor de Blasio has made one of his signature policy goals the unprecedented creation and preservation of 300,000 units of affordable housing, as outlined in his Housing New York 2.0 plan. However, he is planning to designate just 15,000 of these units for homeless households by 2026 – a paltry 5 percent.6.
- In contrast, at a time when the shelter census was only a fraction of what it is today, Mayor Koch dedicated more than 10 percent of his overall housing plan to homeless adults and families, contributing to significant decreases in homelessness between the late 1980s and 1990s."
- It is my opinion the mayor's plan adds to the homeless situation. The rents are well beyond what current tenants can afford, it forces those people to leave the community, Mom & Pop stores are being forced out too because landlords have nothing to prevent them from raising rents to incredible levels.