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/
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