Red Hook Houses Files Suite Against NYCHA

Red Hook Houses residents from 604 and 606 Clinton St., Brooklyn, have decided to file a suite against NYCHA for lack of repairs and broken gas lines preventing the tenants from cooking. The building doors are without locks leaving the tenants without security. It has allowed outsiders to make use of the roof where drug addicts have left their needles. These conditions must be corrected. The local political leaders have pledged to join forces and change the conditions at the complex.

After rally Assembly person Marcela Mitaynes talks about what is need to correct NYCHA's current situation.

An Innocent Man, Anthony Sims, Fights for His Freedom

For 23 years, Anthony Sims has been behind bars for a crime his lawyers say they can prove he did not commit. Sims' lawyers say the prosecutors held back information that would have proven his innocents. Including police reports and the testimony of an eyewitness that would have proven Sims to be innocent. Mark Hale, the prosecutor in the Sims case, currently leads the Conviction Review Unit. It is the unit that investigates past convictions for wrongful prosecutions. We are looking at the fox in charge of the hen house. When Sims applied for relief in the past, he was denied. Hale should not be reviewing his past prosecutions. Hale's stewardship is a conflict of interest. Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez can and must step in and replace Hale from his current position. Sims is only one of several Hale convictions being reviewed by the Conviction Review Unit. Therefore, the DA must establish an independent outside review process. Meanwhile, Gonzalez has done nothing to change this situation. To help bring Anthony home contact: [email protected] Call Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and tell him to release Sims. The phone number is 718-250-2001

Schumer and Velazquez Coming to the Aid of NYCHA

The majority leader, Chuck Schumer, announced Sunday, that he was doubling President Biden's request for $40 billion for the proposed American Jobs Plan. "After decades of disinvestment, bad management, and federal neglect, NYCHA and all its residents face a now-or-never moment to secure critically-needed investments via the American Jobs Plan, said Schumer.

Activists Threaten Boycott of Chu Family Businesses

In their second rally, the Chinese activist's group, Coalition to Protect Chinatown, and the LES threaten the Chu family with a boycott if they don't allow the reopening of the Jing Fong restaurant. Dozens of people came out to protest the Chu family's inaction in response to the community's request to reopen the world-famous Jing Fong restaurant. The Chu family, Chinatown's biggest landlord, has forced Jing Fong's closure and has ignored the community's suggestions to reopen the restaurant.

Alex and Jonathan Chu will face picketing and boycotting of their businesses, Eastbank, 50 Bowery Hotel, and the Museum of Chinese in America if they do not respond in a week to the community's demands.


NYCHA Must Organize

Fight for NYCHA is fighting the use of R.A.D. in New York City by Mayor de Blasio. R.A.D. is not what has been promoted by this mayor. Rents are being increased and maintenance can only be requested by the internet; leaving many without a way of contacting management. NYCHA residents MUST organize to save Public Housing.

Councilman Approves Rezoning

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Councilman Menchaca's decision to approve 737 4th avenue will bring 33 affordable apartments to Sunset Park, and for those 33 families, I am pleased. What the decision also brings is further gentrification of 4th avenue. Over the years, we have witnessed high-rise towers expanding along 4th avenue; and part of IC's rezoning was to work in tandem with that growth. And with that will come more expensive retail businesses in the community. These luxury stores will push out the smaller family-run business owners. As this process continues, the people in those affordable apartments will no longer afford to live in Sunset Park. The city council must stop REBNY from destroying the communities of this city. And it must not allow Corey Johnson to pass his intro 2186 plan. A plan that will limit two and three-floor houses and plant high-rise towers everywhere in NYC. We must continue to fight for low-income housing in our neighborhoods.

Candidate Wants to Shut HPD

Candidate for City Council in Brooklyn's District 37, Rick Echevarria, laid out his plan today, to shut what he calls the 3 Headed Monster, the New York City Housing Preservation & Development Agency. Echevarria, a whistle-blower from HPD, knows where all of the bodies are buried, and he plans to stop the corruption that exists there.

We Will Not Stand for This

"Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, the city's seven-month process, would no longer require Council approval if City Planning deems the application abides by the land-use scenario. But Council members could still opt to vote on the proposal." The Real Deal

Upzoning of primarily black and brown communities has displaced huge numbers of people of color while Mayor de Blasio has been in office. And the proposal, Intro 2186, presented by City Council Speaker, Cory Johnson, will hasten those displacements.

Yesterday, the CITYWIDE PEOPLE'S LAND USE ALLIANCE, a city-wide group of more than thirty activist organizations, protested against Johnson's plan. Calling it a racist top-down plan that will offer growth with little input from communities. The plan is to be directed by a mayoral appointed Process Director, giving communities only two hearings in the process. There will be no hearing at community boards; the Process Director will decide what 3 plans boards can choose from. 

The sole hearing on this matter took place last month without the input of 40% of the city that does not have internet access. This is not democratic in the least, and it will destroy our neighborhoods.

Here is the link to the entire rally: 

And also, a link to the proposal from Corey Johnson:

Oh no! Not Jing Fong.

In an email that I received today, from
Youth Against Displacement YAD, they promoted a rally that occurred on Friday, intended to reopen the famous Chinese restaurant, Jing Fong. See the content of the email here:

"Dear Friend,

Our community has put out a concrete offer to reopen the Jing Fong dining room.

Alex + Jonathan Chu say they want to save Jing Fong as much as anyone--so here's the chance! Don Lee & colleagues offer to take over and work with the workers to continue restaurant operations in the iconic dining room. Their model will create a new entity using the same management team and union staff under new ownership.

What's your response, Alex and Jonathan Chu? Are you willing to work with the community to reopen the dining room or show yourselves as the enemy of the community and destroyer of Chinatown?"

Jing Fong, I must say, is an incredible place, and I would hate to see it permanently closed. We wish Youth Against Displacement and all of Chinatown's residents' luck in preventing the permanent closing of this fabulous restaurant. Please write to Youth Against Displacement in support the reopening of Jing Fong.

Here is a link to YouthAgainstDisplacement:

Save Kingsbrook Hospital from Cuomo

Governor Cuomo, New York Governor, is again trying to close more hospitals in Brooklyn. Except for this time, East Flatbush residents are trying to prevent him from closing their hospital. This past Thursday, residents and their allies rallied outside Kingsbrook Hospital in protest.

Reverend Patricia Malcolm, led a group of Kingsbrook nurses and others, to informed Governor Cuomo, and One Brooklyn Health, what the community's demands are in keeping the hospital open.

Our video shows DSA member, Keith Gordon, telling the people about the connections between Governor Cuomo and his donors who seem to be benefitting from Cuomo's decision to close Brooklyn hospitals. The video also has Anthony Beckford, candidate for City Council, District 45 explaining how investments are being taken from the community and they must stop.

Ira Wechsler talks about how the hospital saved his life after suffering two heart attacks.