MTOPP Wins Temporary Restraining Order

 

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..

 

 


Movement to Protect the People

 

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.


Coalition Files Law suit Against NYC

The Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side filed a lawsuit today, against the City of New York, to stop the building of four luxury mega-towers on the Two Bridges waterfront, in Manhattan, along the East River.
 
Artwork of Towers: SHoP Architects
 

Three Rallies for Small Business in NYC

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stop REBNY

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


Paris Explosion

Paris Explosion

image from New York Times

Living in New York, you become spoiled with the reaction to disaster from our police and fireman. After yesterday's explosion in Paris, I have watched several videos and have noticed how long it took police & fireman to get to the scene. 


Ralph Nader Speaks Out

Listen to Ralph Nader talk about how we can take back the Congress and our local governments, in a conversation with Talk Show Host Jimmy Dore. Click on the image above to listen to the interview.


March to Save Chinatown & LES

Please read an email I received from my friends at Youth Against Displacement:

 

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Join us this coming Martin Luther King Day for a march to fight Mayor de Blasio's displacement and reclaim our city!
When: MLK Day, January 21, 2019, @ 12 noon
Where: Cherry and Pike Streets, Lower East Side (F train to East Broadway)

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
3.     End the City's pro-developer rezonings. Pass community-led rezoning plans that put people first and protect workers, tenants, small businesses and schools, like the Chinatown Working Group plan.
Mark your calendar, help spread the word and bring 5 people to the march! See below for FB event link:
Have a good holiday.
Best,
Youth Against Displacement

 


Red Hook Homelessness Meeting

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


I am not surprised

The meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow regarding the new Red Hook shelter/hotel with Councilman Menchaca has been canceled, as Robert Berrios indicated earlier. This is not surprising but disappointing.
 
The fact that the meeting will not happen does not answer my questions that I was preparing.
 
Let me first preface that I am not against having a shelter in Red Hook. We have a responsibility to those that live in our community; if someone or a family has the misfortune to be put out on the street, it is our responsibility to help them in any way possible.
 
Here are some questions I would have had for the 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?
 
My comments:
 
  • 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.
 
The Mayor and DHS tout about how the mayor's housing plan will create 300,000 apartments in NYC. We all know that is crap. Here is a quote from the Coalition for the Homeless in their report titled, "STATE OF THE HOMELESS 2018"
  • "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.
 
This is the current situation during a time when the economy is doing well. You ask where? That's for another time, but what can we expect when the shit hits the financial fan? All financial reports say that another crisis is looming within the next year. We all need to consider the effects for our families, our neighbors, our community.