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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fallout of Presser, Protest : Greg Russ heckled, tenants locked out of NYCHA Working Group meeting



NYCHA tenants and activists were locked out of Mayor Bill de Blasio's NYCHA Working Group on Tuesday night.

FIGHT FOR NYCHA - UPDATES



NYCHA Tenants, Activists Held A Press Conference, Protesting the Lack of Democracy of, and the Exclusion of Many From, Mayor Bill de Blasio's NYCHA Working Group


Tenants and Activists Were Locked Out of Closed-Door, Secret Meeting in Violation of State's Open Meetings Law


In what could be a first in New York City, NYCHA tenants and activists heckled Greg Russ, the public housing authority chair.


NYCHA tenants and activists heckled Greg Russ, the new chair of the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA. The confrontation took place outside of PS 33 in Cheslea on Tuesday night after NYCHA tenants and activists from Fight For NYCHA, Holmes-Isaacs Coälition, and Justice For All Coälition had concluded their press conference, denouncing the Mayor Bill de Blasio's NYCHA Working Group.



VIDEO : NYCHA tenants, activists heckle Greg Russ as he tries to sneak into the rigged #WorkingGroup [YouTube]



Activists confront U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler's corrupt aide, Robert Atterbury, and call for a primary against Assemblymember Dick Gottfried.


NYCHA tenants also renewed calls for Robert Atterbury to be fired by U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY 10). Activists allege that Atterbury violated New York State's open meetings' law when he told a Fight For NYCHA member to leave the first meeting of Mayor de Blasio's undemocratic NYCHA Working Group. Tenants and activists also jeered Assemblymember Richard Gottfried (D-New York City), when he tried to sneak into the second meeting of Mayor de Blasio's NYCHA Working Group.



VIDEO : NYCHA tenants, activists call for Robert Atterbury to be fired, for primary against Dick Gottfried [YouTube]



NYCHA tenants and activists were denied entry to the secret, closed-door second meeting of the Mayor's NYCHA Working Group.


NYCHA tenants and activists were denied entry to a public building (PS 33 in Cheslea), and, thus, they were not permitted to attend the proceedings of the second meeting of Mayor de Blasio's rigged and stacked NYCHA Working Group.



VIDEO : NYCHA tenants, activists bum rush de Blasio's corrupt NYCHA Working Group at PS33, get locked out [YouTube]



Complete Facebook Live video and Further Reading.


The media and public statements made by NYCHA tenants and activists were broadcast on a Facebook Live stream. Some of the speakers included La Keesha Taylor and Saundrea Coleman from the Holmes-Isaacs Coälition ; Stanely Morse from the Justice For All Coälition ; and Lindsey Boylan, a 2020 Democratic Party primary candidate, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Nadler.



VIDEO : Press Conference and Protest against the second meeting of Mayor Bill de Blasio's NYCHA Working Group [Facebook]


Climate Control is a Year-Round Issue at NYCHA, Especially for Seniors [City Limits News]


Mayor de Blasio launches 'working group' to hash out NYCHA plans in Chelsea [The New York Daily News]



Fight For NYCHA asserts that the NYCHA Working Group has sufficiently been revealed to be undemocratic and in violation of the State's open meetings law, and that its composition unfairly excludes tenants and stakeholders, particularly tenants from public housing developments that face RAD conversion, infill development, MIH rezoning, and air rights sales. What is more, Mayor de Blasio's undemocratic NYCHA Working Group has not publicly addressed questions of legality raised by a member of Fight For NYCHA at its first meeting. With your support, more information about these issues will be released as early as next week.



Fight For NYCHA is a collective of tenants, activists, artists, and advocates, who are providing technical support to NYCHA tenants to self-determine the future of public houisng in New York City. We oppose Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to put 1/3 of NYCHA into the hands of private landlords. We reject Mayor de Blasio's proposal, because the money exists to save NYCHA. We just have to change our priorities. Learn more about our People's Budget to fully-fund NYCHA.


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Monday, October 28, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY : Press Conference and Protest of NYCHA Working Group



Join Fight For NYCHA Tues. night at 5:30 pm at PS 33 at 281 9th Ave., Manhattan, for a press conference.

MEDIA ADVISORY


Contact : Marni Halasa, (917) 501-9444, team@mg.fightfornycha.org


NYCHA Tenants, Activists to Hold Press Conference, Raising Criticism of de Blasio's NYCHA Working Group


[NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 28] ---- NYCHA tenants and tenant activists will hold a press conference before the start of the second meeting of Mayor Bill de Blasio's NYCHA Working Group. This Working Group was formed to decide the demolition, RAD conversion, infill development, MIH rezoning, and air rights sale of NYCHA public housing. At least six (6) NYCHA public housing developments face some form of infill development or privatization in the near future, but tenants from only one (1) such housing development -- Fulton Houses -- got selected to this panel. They are joined by some tenants from Chelsea Houses and Elliott Houses. But many more tenants were excluded, including important stakeholders, like Fight For NYCHA. NYCHA faces a City-wide crisis, and Mayor de Blasio's response is to put 1/3 of NYCHA into the hands of private landlords. This is unacceptable. This panel should reflect a City-wide membership. Expected to speak at the press conference are representatives of Holmes-Isaacs Coälition, Justice for All Coälition, and Fight For NYCHA, as well as other NYCHA tenants.



DATE : Tuesday, 29-Oct-2019


TIME : 5:30 pm


PLACE : PS 33, 281 9th Ave. (Btwn. 26 and 27th Aves.), Manhattan


RSVP : Press Conference and Protest of NYCHA Working Group [Facebook]



BACKGROUND ON FIRST NYCHA WORKING GROUP MEETING


In order to get video of Deputy Mayor Vicki Been's presentation about NYCHA's future, a member of Fight For NYCHA had to risk arrest. Before NYPD Inspector Howard Redmond (the top cop, who reportedly covered up a car crash involving the mayor) and other NYPD officers showed up to menace the Fight For NYCHA member, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler's aide, Robert Atterbury, made deceptive statements by materially misrepresenting the proceedings of the NYCHA Working Group as a secret meeting that was closed to the public. In New York State, Government meetings are open meetings. Yet, Mr. Atterbury repeatedly indicated that a meeting that would discuss the disposition of NYCHA public assets and City real property was not a public meeting and that, improbably, the NYCHA Working Group was not a "civic group." Under New York State penal code, obstructing Government administration is a class A misdemeanor in the second degree. See § 195.05.


What is more, Fight For NYCHA has discovered that Mayor de Blasio has instituted a gag rule, demanding that the discussions of the NYCHA Working Group remain secret. This is a violation of Government transparency. It also violates the First Amendment rights of tenants to be able to speak in informed discussions about their own future. The gag rule and the restrictions in attendance also violate the State's open meetings law.



VIDEO : Vicki Been presentation for Demolition, Infill, RAD, MIH, and Air Rights Sale at NYCHA Working Group [YouTube]


VIDEO : NYPD threaten Fight For NYCHA member with arrest at Bill de Blasio's NYCHA Working Group [YouTube]


VIDEO : Fight For NYCHA calls on Jerry Nadler to fire Robert Atterbury for violating democracy, transparency [YouTube]



Please join Fight For NYCHA in demanding that the NYCHA Working Group be opened up to NYCHA tenants and important stakeholders City-wide and that its proceedings be made public.


Fight For NYCHA is a collective of tenants, activists, artists, and advocates, who are providing technical support to NYCHA tenants to self-determine the future of public houisng in New York City. We oppose Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to put 1/3 of NYCHA into the hands of private landlords. We reject Mayor de Blasio's proposal, because the money exists to save NYCHA. We just have to change our priorities. Learn more about our People's Budget to fully-fund NYCHA.


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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Anybody But CoJo



Is it time for Corey Johnson to join Christine Quinn, Hillary Clinton, Joseph Crowley, and Melissa Mark-Viverito in being voted out of office ?

Anybody But CoJo


Popular will keeps getting subverted by a political lockstep that passes controversial City Council legislation that is underpinned by racism and austerity


[NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 17] ---- New York City is in a crisis. Tenants of the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, have been living in inhumane conditions. A Federal investigation and numerous Court cases have revealed that NYCHA tenants live in apartments with mold, mildew, water leaks, lead paint, and insect and rodent infestations. News reports have exposed problems with lead in drinking water. It is estimated that NYCHA faces an unfunded capital improvement deficit of $32 billion. Over and over again, Elected Officials claim that the City has no money for NYCHA. That is a lie.



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At the same time when New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea) is claiming that there is no money to fully-fund NYCHA, he has very easily found up to $11 billion to build four new jails. Reports have suggested that Council Speaker Johnson is so hell-bent on continuing the racist era of mass incarceration that he is offering lucrative taxpayer funding to Councilmembers in exchange for their votes. "In January, the state will outlaw cash bail for most people charged with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies and will require prosecutors to provide evidence to the defense far earlier," according to a report published by the New York Times, arguably precluding the need for any, much less such an expansive, new jail system to replace Rikers Island, once it is scheduled to close.


A convergence of racism and austerity


Some critics of the four new jails plan have demanded that the $11 billion be earmarked, instead, as part of a joint Local and State Government plan to fully-fund NYCHA. But Council Speaker Johnson and others refuse to support any new Government funding proposals, even though new tax ideas are reasonable and not punitive. Some of these tax ideas are even legislation-ready. See, e.g., the People's Budget, as proposed by the group Fight For NYCHA.


When public housing, as we know it today, was being established, it largely excluded people of color until passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Eventually, public housing not only became integrated, but the majority of tenants became people of color, a reflection of the historic and systemic divide in economic opportuniy, income, and wealth based on race. After the majority of public housing tenants became people of color, the Govenrment began a ssytemic divestiment of public housing, melding racism and austerity.


Now comes Council Speaker Johson, expressing a desire to continue the racist era of mass incarceration, while at the same time continuing the racist era of divestment from public housing.


The only outcome that Council Speaker Johnson appears to support is for the private sector to begin to take control of public housing, conditions that have already been exposed to lead to civil rights violations, rent increases, and higher eviction rates. The juxtaposition of Council Speaker Johnson's policiess on incarceration and housing reveals a "CoJo doctrine" of racism and austerity that we must reject. Since becoming leader of the Municipal legislature, Council Speaker Johnson has sought to continue the corporate Democratic Party agenda of neoliberalism in New York City, even in the face of rising calls for a true progressive future based on restorative economic and racial justice. For these and other reasons, to be explored in the near future, Anybody But CoJo announces its intention to oppose Council Speaker Johnson's declared 2021 candidacy in the New York City mayor's race.


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Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Progress New York Update -- WBAI Interview About NYCHA



Join Fight For NYCHA at Union Square Park on Sunday at 1 pm for a rally and march to demand full-funding for NYCHA.

Progress New York - Update



NYCHA interview with Michael G. Haskins' WBAI show "Living in the City"


Progress New York staff member Louis Flores was interviewed by WBAI 99.5 FM news host Michael G. Haskins for the "Living in the City" news program. The subject of the interview was the situation facing the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA.


The interview featured two important revelations.


First, the questioning [at 18:00] whether the controversial handing-over of public housing to private landlords under the Federal program known as Rental Assistance Demonstration, or RAD, should be subjected to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP process.


Second, when asked by Mr. Haskins to explain [at 21:00] why no official at NYCHA was held accountable for the scandals that have engulf the Municipal public housing authority, the Progress New York staff member replied that U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, of New York's southern district, appeared to countenance corruption, given his Big Business approach to Government.


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NYCHA Tenants, Activists to Hold "Stop The War On the Poor" Rally and March at Union Square Park on Sunday


NYCHA tenants, tenant activists, and civic leaders will hold a rally on Sunday at 1 pm at Union Square Park in Manhattan, followed by a march, demanding the immediate and full-funding of NYCHA. Officials are finally admitting that NYCHA tenants face a "national emergency," but officials still expect tenants to wait years for funding. That's not acceptable.



DATE : Sunday, 6-Oct-2019


TIME : 1 pm


PLACE : Union Square Park (South End), Manhattan


RSVP : Stop the War on the Poor [Facebook]



Government officials can immediately change tax policy to bail out banks, to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy or for corporations, or to subsidize speculative real estate development. But there's seemingly never enough money or urgency to pay for economic relief and economic justice ? This "war on the poor" will stop today. Speakers will discuss the People's Budget approach to raise the money to fully-fund NYCHA.


List of Speakers



Professor Tom Angotti, CUNY ;

Lauren Ashcraft, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (NY-12) ;

La Keesha Taylor, Holmes Isaacs Coalition ;

Stan Morse, Justice for All Coalition ;

Lindsey Boylan, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (NY-10) ;

Jay W. Walker, Reclaim Pride ;

Pilar Maschi, Wise Towers tenant and No New Jails NYC organizer ;

Saundrea Coleman, Holmes Isaacs Coalition ;

Anthony Beckford, candidate for New York City Council (District 45) ;

George Weaver, Fulton Houses tenant ;

Ann McDermott, Take Back NYC ; and

Louis Flores, Fight For NYCHA.





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Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Delita Hooks, medical office employee who attacked political blogger Suzannah B. Troy, never held accountable

Dr. Andrew Fagelman

Delita Hooks is a medical office employee of Dr. Andrew Fagelman, who sees patients in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. According to police and Court records, Hooks attacked a patient visiting another doctor. The victim of the attack, Suzannah B. Troy, has been seeking justice for the attack for seven years.

After Troy had filed a police report about the assault, Hooks reportedly filed a cross complaint described as false by Troy. Troy has compared Hook's police report to be as fabricated as the one filed by Jussie Smollett, a network TV drama actor, who falsely reported being the target of an attack.

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Troy attempted to report the false cross complaint filed by Hooks as a crime, but she was turned away by police in the First Precinct, including NYPD supervisor Sgt. Chen, who she recorded in secret audio and tweeted to or mentioned top NYPD brass, including the NYPD police commissioners from Raymond Kelly to William Bratton to James O'Neill.

For Smollett's part in filing a false police report, prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois, made a decision not to prosecute the filing of a false instrument with police, a decision that later triggered the appointment of a former U.S. Attorney to review prosecutorial handling of the Smollett case. No similar decision to review the Office of Manhattan District Attorney's handling of Hooks' filing of a false instrument with police has been made.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Violence Against Women : Donald Trump fan, Stephen Roth, is Dr. Andrew Fagelman's landlord

Dr. Andrew Fagelman

When political commentator Suzannah B. Troy sued Dr. Andrew Fagelman for damages from her attack by his employee in his office, she learned that he rented commercial space from Vornado Realty Trust.

Dr. Fagelman later allegedly tried to unbelievably shift liability over the attack to Vornado, because the attack took place in shared commercial space.

Vornado is controlled by Stephen Roth, who is a supporter of President Donald Trump, who has allegedly claimed he grabs women "by the pu$$y."

Dr. Andrew Fagelman


Roth has been described as a Trump business partner. Roth was an investor in the troubled office building owned by Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner and his father's real estate business, located at 666 Fifth Ave.

Troy has questioned whether Roth and Vornado are accepting or condoning of misogyny and violence against women, including on their own property.

Besides doing business with Trump and his family, Roth called real estate executive Sam Zell a “bald-headed chicken fucker,” according to a report published by The Real Deal.

Seven year anniversary of Dr. Andrew Fagelman employee assaulting patient in SoHo medical office

Dr. Andrew Fagelman 

On Oct. 1, 2012, political commentator Suzannah B. Troy was attacked by an employee of the medical office of Dr. Andrew Fagelman.


The attacker, Delita Hooks, was documented approaching Troy to start the attack in a YouTube video that has been seen over 750,000 times.

No accountability

Hooks was never fired by her employer, nor was she arrested. And Dr. Fagelman has testified in a deposition that he takes Hooks to drug paries. Dr. Fagelman also reportedly has many patients, who are NYPD officers. Dr. Fagelman is allegedly a primary care doctor, and he published in the Journal of Urology an article about the "Efficacy, Safety, and Use of Viagra in Clinical Practice." Yet, Dr. Fagelman does not understand that patient safety. So, how can he be writing about Viagra safety ?

Because Dr. Fagelman has concentrated at least some of his practice on impotent men, could h e be expressing undiagnosed misogyny against women ?

Manhattan D.A.'s Office admitted crimes occurred, but no charges were pressed against Hooks

According to Troy, a senior Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, Joan Illuzi, informed her that the attack constituted or included a second-degree assault, menacing, and a false cross complaint. Troy attempted to report the false cross complaint filed by Hooks as a crime, but she was turned away by police in the First Precinct, including NYPD supervisor Sgt. Chen, who she recorded in secret audio and tweeted to or mentioned top NYPD brass, including the NYPD police commissioners from Raymond Kelly to William Bratton to James O'Neill.

According to Troy's allegations, Andrew Dwyer was the NYPD detective, who represented Hooks in the police investigation. Troy has accused Dwyer of committing crimes in the police investigation. After Det. Andrew Dwyer allegedly committed these crimes, he was promoted to the NYPD FBI Task Force.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY : Wed., Sept. 18 presser 5:30 pm before Fight For NYCHA town hall



Join us Wed. night at 5:30 pm at PS 33 at 281 9th Ave., Manhattan, for a press conference.

MEDIA ADVISORY


Contact : Marni Halasa, (917) 501-9444, team@mg.fightfornycha.org


NYCHA Tenants, Activists to Hold Press Conference Before Sept. 18 Fight For NYCHA Town Hall


[NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 17] ---- NYCHA tenants, tenant activists, and civic leaders will hold a press conference before the start of the Fight For NYCHA town hall on Wednesday night to make the case that the money exists to preserve and expand public housing in New York City. Speakers will propose a People's Budget to raise the money to fully-fund NYCHA.



DATE : Wednesday, 18-Sept-2019


TIME : 5:30 pm


PLACE : PS 33, 281 9th Ave. (Btwn. 26 and 27th Aves.), Manhattan


RSVP : Town Hall to Fully-Fund NYCHA [Facebook]


DOCUMENT : People's Budget [Archive・org]



Speakers at the press conference will repeat past demands : (i). to stop any demolition of public housing, including at Fulton Houses ; (ii). to stop any RAD conversion of NYCHA, including at Fulton Houses ; (iii). to oppose any sale of air rights ; and (iv). to demand that New York City Government keep public housing public. Immediately following the press conference, organisers will facilitate a town hall meeting to discuss the People's Budget.


PLEASE NOTE : Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel has resigned as counsel for Fight For NYCHA. We are looking for a new civil rights attorney.


Fight For NYCHA is a collective of tenants, activists, artists, and advocates, who are providing technical support to NYCHA tenants to self-determine the future of public houisng in New York City. We oppose Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to put 1/3 of NYCHA into the hands of private landlords. We reject Mayor de Blasio's proposal, because the money exists to save NYCHA. We just have to change our priorities.


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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Fight For NYCHA Labor Day Protest : Daniel Dromm : Put NYCHA in the City Budget



Fight For NYCHA Labor Day Protest : Daniel Dromm : Put NYCHA in the City Budget

Fight For NYCHA Labor Day Protest : Daniel Dromm : Put NYCHA in the City Budget


Join us a for a Labor Day protest at the District Office of New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm.


As chair of the City Council Finance Committee, Dromm drafts the New York City Budget. But for the 2020 Fiscal Year budget, Dromm threw NYCHA under the bus, bc, even though NYCHA is in a crisis, facing a $32 billion deficit in its capital improvement budget, Dromm left NYCHA out of the $92.8 billion budget deal reached with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson.


We are protesting Dromm, bc Fulton Houses faces demolition, particularly if Mayor de Blasio and NYCHA issue a Request For Proposal next month.



DATE : Monday, 02-Sept-2019


TIME : 1 - 2 pm


PLACE : 37-32 75th St., Jackson Heights, Queens


RSVP : Daniel Dromm : Put NYCHA in the City Budget [Facebook]



Dromm claims he supports diversity, but he turns his back on POC, who make up 90 per cent. of NYCHA tenants.


Dromm claims he knows oppression, and, as a result, he identifies with people of color. However, Dromm has kept quiet as Mayor de Blasio has proposed to convert public housing under a HUD program known as Rental Assistance Demonstration, or RAD. RAD has been shown to lead to spikes in evictions. Because 90 per cent. of NYCHA tenants are people of color, there is a disparate impact of the negative aspects of RAD conversion on people of color.


Recent media reports



Fight For NYCHA is a collective of tenants, activists, artists, and advocates, who are supporting NYCHA to self-determine the future of public houisng in New York City. We oppose Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to put 1/3 of NYCHA into the hands of private landlords. We reject Mayor de Blasio's proposal, because the money exists to save NYCHA. We just have to change our priorities.


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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fight For NYCHA Aug. 10 Action-Planning Workshop and Looming Call For Primaries



Fight For NYCHA Aug. 10 Action-Planning Workshop and Looming Call For Primaries. #KeepPublicHousingPublic

Aug. 10 Fight For NYCHA Action-Planning Workshop


Counter each new powerholder strategy


Join us to plan a tenant-led series of actions to defeat the demolition, RAD conversion, and sale of air rights of public housing. Under Mayor Bill de Blasio's planned use of RAD, public housing will be put into the hands of private landlords, will bring overdevelopment to public housing, and will lead to tenant displacement.



DATE : Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019


TIME : 1 pm


PLACE : 419 West 17th Street, Manhattan


RSVP : Fight For NYCHA Action-Planning Workshop [Facebook]



Electeds call for an extension of time ; if NYCHA is not fully-funded, there looms a call for primaries.


Elected officials recently announced a proposal for tenants in Corey Johnson's City Council district to join an advisory board that is set to be empaneled in September, which is when NYCHA was set to ask for Requests for Proposals for the demolition/RAD conversion of Fulton Houses. Now, electeds are saying that they want to push back the start of the RFP timeline to December, to give the advisory board time to meet and to form an alternate funding plan. This kind of arrangement is fraught with risks. First and foremost, using the failed fight to save St. Vincent's Hospital as an example, the one month loan extension given to St. Vincent's was the last nail in its coffin, and it gave electeds an excuse to say that they did all that they could to save St. Vincent's -- which was a lie. Second, no process that electeds offer up to the community is going to be fair or democratic, because every elected with jurisdiction in Chelsea, Hudson Yards, and Hell's Kitchen has a track record of supporting non-stop, community-crushing gentrification. Third, the solution is already known. Fulton Houses needs $168 million. NYCHA, over all, needs an estimated $32 billion. The only acceptable solution is the full-funding of NYCHA.


If electeds don't find the money to fully-fund Fulton Houses without resorting to demolition, RAD conversion, and the sale of air rights, then activists are prepared to make a call that all complicit politicians should be primaried -- or voted out of office, entirely -- beginning with those with jurisdiction over the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.


Recent media reports



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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Protest Corey Johnson Monday Night ; Other Updates From Fight For NYCHA



Protest Corey Johnson to save Fulton Houses ; and other updates from @FightForNYCHA. #KeepPublicHousingPublic

Protest Corey Johnson to save Fulton Houses


No #RAD-ification of Fulton Houses !


Join us for a protest on Monday night at the apartment house of New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea). We demand that Council Speaker Johnson allocate $168 million to save Fulton Houses from demolition and to stop the handing over of Fulton Houses to a private landlord.



DATE : Monday, July 15, 2019


TIME : 6:30 pm


PLACE : 220 West 15th Street, Manhattan


RSVP : Protest Corey Johnson to save Fulton Houses [Facebook]



Update on Councilmember Ben Kallos' Forum on Overdevelopment


Councilmember Ban Kallos (D-Sutton Place) was generous to allow Fight For NYCHA to speak at his Forum on Overdevelopment at CUNY Graduate Center on June 27. Councilmmember Kallos noted how his office and the office of Borough President Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan) had opposed any development of NYCHA that circumvented the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure ("ULURP"). Please watch the Occupy Radio video of the brief remarks made about the importance of putting the plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York), calling for the demolition and RAD conversion of public housing, on the public agenda.



VIDEO : Fighting Every Step of the Way to Save NYCHA [Occupy Radio via YouTube]



Update on Twitter Suspension


When the @FightForNYCHA Twitter account was restored, we were notified that our account had been flagged as spam. We don't know how Twitter reached that conclusion, but it may be that our opposition were flagging our posts as spam. Whatever the true cause, we have set up a back-up Twitter account. Please take time to follow @FullyFundNYCHA.


Search for 501(c)(3) Sponsor


Fight For NYCHA is searching for a fiscal sponsor to support our commitment to public service. Our core mission is three-fold : to bring relief to public housing tenants, to preserve and expand public housing, and to treat housing as a human right. If your group can act as our 501(c)(3) sponsor, please contact us at : team (at) mg (dot) fightfornycha (dot) org.


Fight For NYCHA is a collective of tenants, activists, artists, and advocates, who are supporting NYCHA to self-determine the future of public houisng in New York City. We oppose Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to put 1/3 of NYCHA into the hands of private landlords. We reject Mayor de Blasio's proposal, because the money exists to save NYCHA. We just have to change our priorities.


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