With dozens of people chanting, "Which side are you on," City Councilman, Carlos Menchaca, accepts thousands of signatures from the community demanding that he says no, to the request from Industry City to rezone.
While the pressure from the community increases, Menchaca, refuses to answer the question, "Which side are you on"?
Sunset Park is a community of immigrants, and the community knows what had happened to immigrants in other neighborhoods when rezoning occurred.
Carlos Menchaca is not just the City Councilman of the district, but he is also, the chairman of the Immigration Committee. So he risks his reputation of being a nice guy if he votes yes to the rezoning request; as well as the lives of the immigrant population in Sunset Park.
Here is a letter from our friend Jorge Rebagliati to the Sonoma County Supervisors regarding Climate Change:
The group Protect Sunset Park, met for two hours with Councilman Carlos Menchaca, on Friday, to discuss the Industry City request for rezoning. The group informed the councilman that the community is saying no to the IC request. The fears of displacement are in the minds of this immigrant community; and who can blame them? With every rezoning that has occurred so far, there has been displacement and the loss of local business to big named chains.
City Hall and City Planning are applying pressure on the councilman to decide on the plan quickly; a project City Hall wants. Menchaca and Community Board 7 appear to be constructing an alternative to appease City Hall. But the question is, is there time, and what would happen if we said no and walked away from the rezoning request?
The video that follows is the essence of what happened in Friday's meeting. Three languages are spoken in this video: Chinese, English, and Spanish, so please forward it to friends in Sunset Park.
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I am addressing this open letter to the Sonoma County government government officials, the California governor, and to all policymakers in the world, especially to those in areas where climate change-related phenomena (extreme heat, droughts, wildfires, heavy rainfall, floods, hurricanes, sea-level rise, storm surge, tornadoes) and other geophysical processes exacerbated by climate change like earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, etc. are already causing ample biophysical, social and economic devastation.
More recently, scientists like myself, are confirming that climate change-related processes are happening much earlier than expected and that urgent and massive emergency action must be undertaken.
Climate change accentuated phenomena are impacting us now and their frequency and intensity are set to increase even if all anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions are stopped today. For this reason, even though stopping anthropogenic GHG emissions and drawing down existing carbon in the atmosphere at maximum speed is still very important to mitigate climate change, it is paramount to deploy deep climate adaptation strategies in order to better cope with our present and future climate reality. Deep climate adaptation means to undertake all the necessary economic, structural, organizational, societal, etc., transformations to minimize the impact of climate change vulnerabilities particular to each region.
This open letter is not intended to convince anyone on whether climate change is happening or not, or whether is occurring because of natural forces, mostly human activities or a combination of both factors. The aim of this open letter is to discuss the most important problem related to climate change, the issue of living in a world where climate change enhanced phenomena are impacting us now and will become the norm in our very near future.
I’m a very distressed climate scientist that has done research on extreme weather and its relations to climate variability and change. I’ve experienced firsthand the devastating impacts of climate change accentuated phenomena, with more powerful Hurricanes impacting my homeland of Puerto Rico and more frequent and larger wildfires in California where I currently live. I am in the front lines of the climate change apocalypse.
The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) Report of October 2018 presented a dire state of the climate which, in reality, understated the true, even more disastrous, state of the climate. The Report claimed that with global CO2 emissions reductions of 45% below 2010 levels by 2030 and zero emissions by 2050, the average global temperature increase above pre-industrial times would likely stay below 1.5º C. The exclusion of the self-reinforcing climate change amplifying feedbacks (f.i. ice sheet disintegration, loss of albedo effect, heat storage by the oceans and release of methane from melting permafrost) in their climate change models, makes those suggestions irrelevant and misleading. The Report suggests that there is still a “carbon budget” that safely allows for more GHG emissions, which is not supported by the more realistic models that include the amplifying feedbacks, and by the now almost constant extreme and usually “unprecedented” climate change-related events happening around the world. There is no safe carbon budget left.
Because of those amplifying feedbacks alone, the increase of 1.5ºC is going to be surpassed significantly sooner than 2030, even if all anthropogenic GHG emissions are stopped immediately. The current global average temperature increase is close to 1.2º C and many areas of the Earth are already beyond a 1.5º C increase. For instance, Canada is at about 2 times the global average temperature increase and the Arctic Region (including Northern Canada) is at about 3 times the average.
The already major activation of the self-reinforcing climate change amplifying feedbacks, as a consequence of anthropogenic GHG emissions, makes the existing climate change mostly irreversible and leaves a short, but difficult to quantify, time for humans to mitigate further climate change aggravation by stopping all GHG emissions and removing GHG from the atmosphere, before a runaway climate change gets established.
As a scientist and as a being of this world I argue that we must stop debating whether we act or not on climate change. My position on the issue is clear, we must take bold climate action to prepare our societies for a more extreme world at the brink of societal collapse. We must embrace the fact that more devastating climate change effects will occur in the near future, so we must quickly begin our deep adaptation process to live in this new more climate extreme world.
If we don’t want to witness the end of organized civilization as we know it, we must act now. For that reason, I urge local, state and federal/national policymakers to accept the scientific consensus and the empirical reality that climate change is impacting us now and that it will continue to impact us in the immediate and long term future. After acknowledging our climate reality, I ask policymakers at all levels to issue official climate disaster state of emergency executive orders to make all resources available to deal with the climate change crisis which, ultimately, has the potential for the extinction of humanity.
I urge our governments to develop emergency measures that would allow us to prepare all of the infrastructure (roads, dams, buildings, parks, bridges, emergency-response infrastructure) and essential sustaining systems like farming, water supply, and health care, in our communities to the impacts of climate change. If we take bold action now, we can employ every able person in our communities in the 100% renewable energy transformation, infrastructure resiliency efforts and environmental restoration measures that would allow us to be better prepared to cope with climate change impacts now and in the very near future.
The impacts of climate change will not stop in the near future, even if we dropped all of our GHG emissions to zero. For that reason, I urge policymakers to focus on developing a more just and resilient local, national and global society that would allow all of its members to have a dignified life under our current and future climate reality.
In order for all of this to happen, policymakers need to accept one very important fact, we cannot continue with our current unsustainable economic activities that view the Earth as merely a collection of resources to be exploited in eternity for the sake of never-ending economic growth and wealth accumulation. Our voracious economic growth since the industrial revolution, almost exclusively dependent on fossil fuels, is what brought us here and it needs to stop if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
If we want to avoid the worst of the very likely climate apocalypse in our horizon, we must act now and work together to build a more just and resilient world for us, our children and all of humanity. It is impossible to put a brake on all of the climate change impacts that will threaten us now and in the very near future, but we can still mitigate Climate Change, build more resilient communities, restore key ecosystems and relinquish old unsustainable practices that would allow us to live a dignified life in a more climate extreme world.
Last night, my partner Carmen and I went to a new restaurant in Red Hook. Its name is Hoek. The Dutch word for a corner. And that is where it's at, at the corner of Coffey and Ferris. Anna, the owner of the restaurant, said it took a year and a half to get passed all the permits needed to convert the old manufacturing site into a restaurant, but they have made it. And we think they will be there for quite a while. As our headline says, it adds a bit of class to Red Hook. There is a full bar, and loads of cocktails on the menu. The location is great too. It is right up the street from Valentino Park, so expect to run into friends on the way. We shared a roman style brick oven pizza with zucchini, buffala mozzarella, red onion, basil pizza that was delicious; a thin crust that was lighter than most Brooklyn pizza's. The menu has several wines; we had two glasses of greco di tufo docg. And then we ate Key Lime pie with raspberry sherbert. If you have had Steve's Key Lime Pie, you know how good it was.
The Grand Opening is at noon, today. You can see the menu here.
A view from Hoek's window
117 ferris st (between coffey and van dyke)
brooklyn, ny 11231
When people think about the Underground Railroad, they usually only think of Harriet Tubman, but she did not act alone. Many others risked their lives to save slaves living in the south in the 1850s. And today, there is only one stop on the railroad left. It is a house at 227 Duffield St. in Brooklyn. The house once owned by THOMAS AND HARRIET TRUESDELL is about to be torn down to make room for another highrise. And unless activist trying to save the building can convince the Landmarks Preservation Commission to preserve it, a part of Black History in Brooklyn will be gone forever. Please contact the Landmarks Preservation Commission and tell them to save this building that means so much to the Black community in Brooklyn. You can also sign the petition at this page: https://www.change.org/p/lisa-kersava... Please subscribe to this channel and click the bell for notifications for new videos. And go to our radio station at occupyradio.net Thank you!
"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: [email protected]
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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
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.