Thursday, October 31, 2013

Building Stronger

Thanks to everyone who came out last night and to the hearing on Monday night. Here are the next steps to build our coalition stronger:

SIGN ON LETTER

Housing advocates from different fields put together a brief memo that calls on the next mayor to preserve affordable housing, build affordable housing responsively, and take concrete steps to end homelessness.

The memo will be delivered the day after the election, and we need as many organizations to sign on to show the new administration that we're united. You can find the sign-on letter HERE. Please send all organizational endorsements to jaron@realrentreform.org.


LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

Since the next rent law fight is fast approaching, we're going to resurrect the Legislative Committee. If you're interested in joining the committee and attending meetings to talk about legislative and legal positions and strategies to support the organizing work, contact Michael McKee at mmckee@tenantspac.org.


MORELAND COMMISSION



R3 held a silent protest at the latest Moreland Commission hearing Monday night, pressuring the panel to subpoena REBNY and close the LLC loophole that allows realtors to spend nearly unlimited funds on elections.
The hearing date, time, and location changed: it moved from Tuesday, 6pm near 61st St and Lexington Ave to Monday, 5pm near 35th St and 11th Ave - a mile from the nearest train station. But this didn't stop tenants, who were joined by members of Occupy and Citizen Action in a silent protest as they stood and covered their mouths with dollar bills. Special thanks to PACC, UHAB, Northwest Bronx, Flatbush Tenants Coalition, Three Parks, and the Bronx Park East Community Association. NY1's story is HERE.
The Moreland Commission - tasked with investigating public corruption - will deliver a report and recommendations on December 1. Tenants have a huge stake in this; limiting the amount of money that big real estate can give will make it easier for us to win stronger rent laws in 2015. To get/stay involved with the effort, click HERE.


PUBLIC HOUSING SUIT AGAINST NYCHA

Special thanks to Karen Smith who explained the lawsuit's legal status, and to CVH member Madelyn Innocent and her colleagues Delphyne Glover and Genora Bennett for talking about their organizing efforts. We may move to action together in the near future.

MISCELLANEOUS
Sunday's NY Daily News op-ed explains the link between campaign finance reform and affordable housing. Read it HERE.