Thursday, June 13, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : @FightForNYCHA's Twitter account was suspended



The @FightForNYCHA Twitter account has been suspended ; do your part to hold elected officials accountable by demanding $32 billion for NYCHA. #KeepPublicHousingPublic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact : Louis Flores, (347) 551-2299, team@mg.fightfornycha.org


The @FightForNYCHA Twitter account has been suspended ; do your part to hold elected officials accountable by demanding $32 billion for NYCHA. #KeepPublicHousingPublic


13 June 2019 (New York) - Fight For NYCHA's Twitter account, @FightForNYCHA, was suspended shortly after 5 pm on Wed., June 12, without specific indication for cause. An appeal has been filed to overturn the suspension. The account suspension followed the commencement of a protest campaign to secure $168 million to save the Fulton Houses public housing development in Chelsea from demolition and RAD conversion, which would turn public housing into a for-profit business by putting the Fulton Houses into the hands of private landlords. Fight For NYCHA is working to empower public housing tenants to determine the future of public housing in New York City. The Twitter account suspension also took place just one day after former New York City Councilmember Sal Albanese tweeted that his plan to take money out of politics, called Democracy Vouchers, would politically empower registered voters living in New York City Housing Authority apartments.


Fight For NYCHA respectfully requests that the media and the public hold Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City), New York Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea), and Councilmember Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) accountable for not fully-funding NYCHA on the municipal level. Other elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14), have similarly turned their backs on people with the least. As argued by Fight For NYCHA, the Rental Assistance Demonstration program ("RAD") of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is a pretext for the privatisation of NYCHA, because it is woefully inadequate to fund the preservation and expansion of public housing. In the case of Ocean Bay Apartments in Far Rockaway, for example, NYCHA needed $200 million in FEMA relief money to complete the renovations, money that will not be available at other NYCHA public housing apartment complexes, like at the Fulton Houses in Chelsea.


Fight For NYCHA is a collective of tenants, activists, artists, and advocates, who are protesting 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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