News for June 28th, 2021

The Department of Traffic is planning their NYC Streets Plan on July 7th with a Zoom workshop. They are asking for our input in planning traffic and safety issues. If you live in Red Hook, this is a must. So please register at:

NY Health

Hundreds of people are getting organized to descend upon Albany tomorrow (Monday, June 7th) to let our elected officials know that we cannot go back to business as usual after the COVID-19 pandemic. We must #PassNYHealth and implement truly universal, guaranteed healthcare.

But if you can't make it to Albany in person for the BIG mobilization, no problem! You can be part of the action by amplifying on social media. We will be live streaming to Facebook, live tweeting and sharing healthcare stories -- and you can share these important messages to fight back against the insurance-funded opposition that is fighting tooth and nail to stop us from winning universal, guaranteed healthcare.  

RSVP here to receive the social media toolkit first thing on Monday morning.

Pass SWEAT Bill Now

The SWEAT Coalition urges Senate Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Governor Cuomo to pass wage-lien legislation to protect workers from Wage Theft.

New York State has a growing wage theft epidemic that costs workers and their community over one billion dollars per year.

The End of Public Housing in NYC

When 70,000 homeless people live in New York City shelters, and another 550,000 homeless live in tents throughout America, we should not be eliminating Public Housing. But that is precisely what Bill DeBlasio is doing. I can't bash the mayor for the national numbers, but I will for New York City homeless. The mayor's rezoning plans are the reason why we have so many homeless in New York City now. And let's not forget those greedy capitalists in REBNY.

DeBlasio is targeting 62,000 apartments for RAD. And now, with the NYCHA Blueprint, he will be moving all NYCHA apartments to section 8, where tenants will no longer have a right to say what happens to their buildings and will then be subject to rent increases. In addition, residents not already mentioned on a lease with NYCHA can be evicted.

The NYCHA plan will bring repairs and new appliances, but will the tenants still live in their apartments a year from now? I have heard residents say, "there is no place else for us to go." The sad thing about the Blueprint: no one is discussing it. The residents that know about the plan think it's all great, and who can blame them after living the way they have all of these years. But, unfortunately, not enough discussion has been had of the risks.  The tenants deserve to know the risks.  We want NYCHA to be an excellent place to live and raise families, but we want it for low and middle-income families, not market-rate tenants that will further gentrify communities.

Recently, Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez addressed a group in Harlem, where they introduced their plan to fix the problems in NYCHA by supplying 80 billion dollars to Public Housing. You can see our clip here. This money would come from President Biden's infrastructure bill. So if this bill is in the works, city and state officials must wait before acting on selling off or leasing off NYCHA buildings. Public Housing was not meant to make REBNY richer. 

If state officials approve this plan on June 10th, Public Housing will no longer exist in New York City. Please contact your Assembly rep and State Senator and tell them that you oppose the NYCHA Blueprint.

Red Hook City Council Candidate Forum

The youth of Red Hook and the Non-Profit Red Hook Initiative held a forum today of candidates for City Council, in District 38. Six candidates showed up and answer questions from the youth running the event. The candidates that attended were: Alexa Aviles, Rodrigo Camarena, Jacqui Painter, Cesar Zuniga, Victor Swinton, Yu Lin.

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.