With the general election fast approaching, Howie Hawkins is calling on all of us to put in the work to make this an election for the Greens to remember. It is time we send a message to Albany that we will no longer tolerate the status quo!
9/25/2018: Socialist Panel Session on Low Wages featuring Richard Wolff, Howie Hawkins, JoAnn Lum and Tana Forrester. Details and RSVP here (7-9 pm).
9/22/2018:Tabling at the Atlantic Antic Festival in Brooklyn (11am-6pm). Details and RSVP here.
9/24/2018:Recruit Volunteers for Howie Hawkins at Queens College (2-5 pm). Details and RSVP here.
9/26/2018:Recruit Volunteers for Howie Hawkins at Brooklyn College (1-4 pm). Details and RSVP here.
9/27/2018:Recruit Volunteers for Howie Hawkins at Lehman College (2-5 pm). Details and RSVP here.
9/29/2018: Howie Hawkins at Global Citizen Festival (2-6pm). Details and RSVP here.
10/02/2018: Socialist Solution Panel on Education at LGBT Community Center in Manhattan. Details and RSVP here.
Long Island Events
10/15/2018:Howie Hawkins talks with the Green Party of Nassau (7:30-9 pm) Details and RSVP here.
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We could use any and all help in the following:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BROOKLYN ANTI-GENTRIFICATION NETWORK (BAN) LEADS BOROUGH’S SECOND MARCH AGAINST GENTRIFICATION, RACISM, AND POLICE VIOLENCE
Saturday, September 15, 2018 11am – 6pm
Starting at Parkside Avenue B, Q subway stop and Ending in Sunset Park
The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN), a people of a color-led grassroots coalition, has organized Brooklyn’s second borough-wide march against gentrification, racism, and police violence. The march follows BAN’s first borough-wide action that attracted over 500 people last year. The demonstration from Flatbush to Sunset Park will include rallies in four locations across gentrifying neighborhoods, featuring speakers facing rent hikes, landlord harassment, rezoning, police violence, and privatization of public green spaces like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in their communities. The march has been endorsed by 80 community-based organizations, small businesses, tenant associations, families impacted by police violence, local chapters of national anti-police brutality groups, and is still growing.
Demands of the march include:
Stop the Department of City Planning (DCP) rezonings of Brooklyn neighborhoods like Bushwick, East Flatbush, Crown Heights, Sunset Park, and Downtown Brooklyn
Stop Cornell Realty from building a luxury high-rise development that will devastate the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
End to racial policing and harassment that lead to the countless murders of Black and Brown people by the NYPD, End Broken Windows policing and the collaboration between ICE and the NYPD
Pass The Small Business Jobs Survival Act—SBJSA Intro 737-2018 by the City Council and support commercial tenant protections
Invest public funds to maintain -- not privatize -- NYCHA, grow low-income housing programs and enforce rent regulations, instead of using shelters as a form of permanent housing for our families and children
End of the onslaught of gentrification and corporate greed that caters to the affluent and white seeks to displace low- to middle-income people and destroys the social, economic, linguistic, and cultural diversity of Brooklyn
The City has squandered and mismanaged public assets to enrich developers while the people they serve face impoverishing rents and landlord harassment, loss of small affordable businesses, and crumbling public transit and parks systems. BAN challenges the de Blasio administration and politicians who run on platforms of fighting inequality while perpetuating the tale of two cities.
March Route and Rally Stops:
11am Gather & Rally at Parkside and Ocean - Flatbush
12pm March Begins
12:45pm Rally at The Brooklyn Botanical Garden - Franklin Ave and Montgomery St - Crown Heights
2:40pm Rally at Warren St & 3rd Ave
Facebook: @BANgentrification Twitter: @BANgentrifying Website: www.bangentification.org
September 15th 2018 The Brooklyn March Against Gentrification, Racism, and Police Violence March
Sponsored by The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN)
Endorsers as of September 12th 2018
*denotes BAN Member Organization
Anakbayan New York
The Artist Studio Affordability Project (ASAP)*
The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 2325 - CAMBA Legal Services Unit
Bay Ridge for Social Justice
Black Alliance for Just Immigration*
Black Alliance for Peace
Black Trans Media
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
Brooklyn Laundry Social Club
Brooklyn Treasures Uncovered
The Campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board
Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies
Chelsea Coalition on Housing
Chinatown Art Brigade
Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH)
Co-Editors of Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City
Corporate Campaign, Inc.
The Committee for Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr.
Communities United for Police Reform (CPR)
The Community Development Project of The Urban Justice Center
Crown Heights Tenants Union
The Crystal House Project*
The CUNY Adjunct Project
East Harlem Preservation
Equality for Flatbush*
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)*
The Family of Saheed Vassell
The Family of Shantel Davis
Fight Back Bay Ridge
FIRE:Fight for Imm/Migrants Everywhere
Flower Lovers Against Corruption (FLAC)
Freedom Socialist Party
The Grand Putnam Tenants Association
The International Action Center
Justice For All Coalition
The Justice Committee
The Labor Educator
Lefferts Community Food Coop
Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW 2320
Metropolitan Community Church
Metropolitan Council on Housing
Mi Casa No Es Su Casa: Illumination Against Gentrification*
Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP)*
My Brooklyn, LLC, The Producer of the “My Brooklyn” Documentary
The New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
OD for the People
The Peoples Power Assemblies - NYC
Picture The Homeless
Queens Neighborhoods United
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)
Sunset Park for a Liberated Future (SPLF)
Southwest Brooklyn Tenant Union*
Third Root Community Health Center*
URIP (The Undoing Racism Internship Project)
White Noise Collective - NYC
Workers World Party (WWP)
Brooklyn is Not for Sale: A Calendar Alert from Occupyradio.net: Click Here
What is Blockchain? Well, it seems that Blockchain is catching the eye of advertisers. Adweek has just created a newsletter and is posting stories about Blockchain. Now things will start to get crowded around here, so hold on to your bitcoins. Here is a story Adweek has explaining Blockchain: Click here
Join Howie Hawkins tomorrow, at New York City Hall, at 11:00 A.M. to discuss his housing plan for New York State/City. Here is what he will discuss:
To say that the NYC Transit System is in deep trouble would be an understatement. And now that the head of the New York City Transit Authority has had his first town hall with the people, Mr. Byford will be passing around the hat to start funding the repair projects. The only problem is that no single group has $38 billion dollars to give him. All levels of government, federal, state and city are going to have to find ways of funding the repairs that are needed.
To get a more detailed account of the meeting, follow this Curbed article here:https://ny.curbed.com/2018/8/22/17769068/nyct-fast-forward-plan-subway-repair-andy-byford-town-hall
Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance. We can't have secret laws. This is not the Soviet Union! We have free speech in this country. (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2jSvLvk
Sunset Park Will Never be the Same!
New plans have been disclosed by bklyner.com today for three residential towers to rise at 8th Avenue and 62nd in Sunset Park across the street from another newly planned complex reported last week. Nothing has been reported yet from Community Board 7, or from City Councilman, Carlos Menchaca. (bklyner) https://bklyner.com/sunset-park-mega-development/
Bernie Sanders led the way for current elections.
In 2016, Bernie Sanders began what has turned out to be a wave for candidates running in 2018 elections. Many candidates running for office this year are following Bernie Sanders decision to not accept donations from corporations, unions or PACS ...(NY Times) https://nyti.ms/2Ms2844
What Has Happened to Our Way of Life?
So many, year after year face considerable hardship just trying to stay ahead of the bills. Each year lines at shelters grow, more people living in the street or people living in their cars. Teachers in Calfornia are having to live further away from schools because they can not afford to live closer. What is going on here? And how are we going to fix it?
Every day we read about how wealthy the rich are becoming and how the rest of us are losing the battle. Capitalism apparently, is not for everyone. Where have all the unions gone. The unions that made us strong have ridden off into the sunset. What happened? https://bit.ly/2Bhqk4P
New York City is Playing Monopoly with Your Lives!
Last week, the City Council approved the rezoning of Inwood and again, no one listened to the requests of the people. Just like Harlem, Jerome Avenue, the Brooklyn Armory and Chinatown's Extel Building no one from the city listened to the people's cries. Neighborhood after neighborhood is being rezoned from under the residents. And no longer can we ask, "Who Owns the City?", we know who owns the city, it's the developers and city officials.
When Mayor de Blasio was elected he proposed his Housing Plan. It was applauded for being a great Progressive idea, but in reality, it was setting up the city for developers and began to push the low and middle-income people out of New York. Read this opinion from the (Daily News) https://nydn.us/2Mur1Zx
Does de Blasio have another option for NYCHA?
While the city still has to deal with 62,000 homeless every day, NYCHA and its 600,000 residents carry a heavy burden for the Mayor. With cuts looming from the federal government and maneuvering the lies from NYCHA management about adhering to federal laws, the mayor must find money to better manage NYCHA. This week he did a 180 on plans to build in Hell's Kitchen. A plan that had promised 100% affordable apartments, now may turn into 75% market rate apartments. Considering the building cost of managing NYCHA should we give the mayor a pass on this deal? https://nydn.us/2M8MVo5
The Big Sleep Out to Help the Homeless
On August 20th, Covenant House with volunteers from Broadway, film and the Television industry will have a sleep out to help end homelessness in New York. If you are part of the entertainment industry, please come out to help. To register to join: https://bit.ly/2MfjCkO
Brooklyn is Not for Sale
In its constant struggle to save Brooklyn from developers, the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network is preparing for its annual march. Here below is an email we have received from them. Please join to stop the gentrification of Brooklyn.
September 15th, 2018 - The Brooklyn March Against Gentrification, Racism, and Police Violence March
Sponsored by The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) #BKMarch2018 #BANGentrification #TakeBackOurCommunities
We are seeking your endorsement for the #BKMarch2018 against Racism, Gentrification and Police Violence.
We are marching from #Flatbush to #SunsetPark this year
Here are the RALLY SPOTS for #BKMarch2018
1. Flatbush !!! Start at Parkside Avenue subway stop at 11 am
2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
3. Barclays Center
4. NYCHA Wyckoff Gardens
5. Old Stone House and Washington Park
6. Sunset Park at 4:30 pm
To have your community group, anti-police brutality group or family, place of worship, small business, tenant organization, etc. endorse the Brooklyn-wide March against Racism, Gentrification & Police Brutality"
Contact :Call/text (646) 820 -6039 https://www.facebook.com/events/1924041477656474/
Our friends from Citywide Alliance Against Displacement are asking for help. Please come out and help these people get back into their homes.
The tenants of 85 Bowery are resuming hunger strike on May 30th at 11am in front of City Hall!
The Bowery tenants--including babies and seniors--were displaced in the cold night of January 18, by their landlord Joseph Betesh in collaboration with City agencies with the excuse of making repairs. Since then, these families have been homeless, forced into cramped conditions. The Bowery tenants’ actions to go back home, including a 5-day hunger strike, made the Mayor's Office oversee the repairs. Nevertheless, Mayor de Blasio not only has allowed Betesh to keep delaying the repair process, but has acquiesced in his most outrageous act--tossing the tenants’ belongings into dumpsters!
This time, the hunger strike will be in front of City Hall to denounce Mayor de Blasio's role in helping landlords evict tenants and facilitating displacement of communities across the city. He has been pushing for pro-developer rezoning plans, while refusing to pass community-led rezoning plans like the Chinatown Working Group plan. For a mayor who prides himself on being a protector of working families and immigrant communities, this is shameful.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! On May 30th, the 85 Bowery tenants are resuming their hunger strike. They are fighting to go back home and are taking the lead to put an end to De Blasio's displacement agenda.
The tenants and supporters demand that Mayor de Blasio:
· Guarantee on paper a deadline by which the tenants can return home
· Stop having City agencies evict tenants on behalf of landlords
· End pro-developers displacement agenda; instead, pass community-led rezoning plans like the Chinatown Working Group plan.
Would you like to stand with the Bowery tenants and grow our force to fight for our communities and hold the City accountable for displacement? Please fill out the volunteer form using the link below to join our fight!
Volunteer sign-up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeB8IXbai_ZFUNeT8OXF5TmgserNnOX_OZYdTXNycIVjTrmYg/viewform?c=0&w=1
See Facebook page for the launch of hunger strike: https://www.facebook.com/events/1058560997628501/