July 31, 2014

peoplepowermovement:

For Immediate Release - July 29, 2014

Contact: Alvaro Franco

Phone:646-542-9538

Email: agfranco89@gmail.com

People Power Movement joins fight for real affordable housing as tenants organize to stop rent hikes in Kingsbridge Heights, the Bronx.

New York City - In Kingsbridge Heights, where Wall Street real estate developers are fighting over what will be the world’s largest ice skating rink center in the Kingsbridge Armory, local residents are fighting their own battles against rent hikes. Tenants in 2800 University Avenue, just a few blocks from the Armory, are taking a stand against rent increases in their building. They have been supported by the Kingsbridge Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association (KHNIA) and the People Power Movement-Movimiento Poder Popular (PPM-MPP) to organize a tenant meeting in the building lobby. Al Chapman, President of the KHNIA, and Jason Javier, Vice Chair of the PPM-MPP, led the discussion with the aid of English to Spanish translation.

Tenants of the building were in disbelief after being notified that their rent would go up $11.69 per room, including kitchens and living rooms. Most tenants could not believe that a landlord who had provided scanty repairs would be requesting them to pay more rent. In addition, the building has a number of code violations, including a missing side entrance gate and broken side door entrance that have yet to be fixed. The meeting allowed for tenants to voice their opinions and opposition to the rent hike proposal, and to meet others who have lived in the building for decades, some of which have never seen a rent increase before.

This rent hike is due to alleged “Major Capital Improvements” (MCI) to the building, which has recently surfaced throughout the city. The MCI request also includes a permanent rent increase, meaning that tenants will continue to pay higher rent even after the “improvement” costs are paid for. According to sources in the area, 2800 University Avenue is not the only building to be hit by an MCI rent increase. Many in the community feel that this phenomenon is closely related to the changes being made to the towering Kingsbridge Armory in the community, which has already caused rents to double for nearby small business on Kingsbridge Road. Tenants in buildings like 2800 University Avenue are preparing to fight MCI’s, as well as future potential annual rent increases by the NYC Rent Guidelines Board.

During the meeting, tenants themselves elected representatives in their building to be President, Vice President, and Secretary, and essentially created their first tenant association in over a decade. More importantly, all of these representatives are women of color! The new Tenant Association is demanding for an extension time for a proper response to the notice, and preparing to compile reasons against the MCI rent increase. A few tenants have already responded by refusing to pay higher rent. However, due to the language barrier, most could not understand the MCI notice, nor the part indicating that English is the only language allowed. What is more, some received the MCI notice later than others.

Given that many of the residents do not speak English and that the demographic of the building is majority Black and Latino and working-class, PPM-MPP says that these are racist transgressions that allow landlords to unjustly push people of color out of the area. These acts add to the ever-present issue of gentrification in our communities. This battle can only be achieved through collective action, and tenants in 2800 University Avenue are demonstrating the potential for a movement against gentrification led by the people. Tenants are urged to take action on this injustice!

LANDLORD, LANDLORD, THIS WE SWEAR, WE’RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE!

NO MORE RENT HIKES! ! !

The People Power Movement-Movimiento Poder Popular is a democratic people’s organization dedicated to educating, agitating, and organizing for Popular Control of our schools, workplaces, housing, transportation, policing, levels of government, and all areas that affect our lives, to achieve Fundamental Social Change. We identify with the interests and aspirations of poor and working people and consider the anti-racist struggle central in our efforts to obtain a humane society.

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(via amodernmanifesto)

June 25, 2014
fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

New York City: Emergency Protest Against Israeli Crimes in Palestine
Wednesday, June 25 - 6pm
Israeli Consulate, 800 Second Avenue, Manhattan
A diverse coalition of New York community members, students, activists, and academics respond to the Palestinian call for support and have called for a rally as an emergency response to the raids, bombings, demolitions, murders and kidnappings by Israeli Forces over the past week. 
The rally will demand an end to the Israeli siege and occupation, and the release of all Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces, with special emphasis on the immediate release of the estimated 200 Palestinian children who languish in Israeli military prisons.#BringBackOurBoys, #HandsOffOurChildren, #EndChildPrisoners.The rally organizers join the Palestinians in their demands for:
1. Immediate Release of All Palestinian Prisoners;2. Immediate release and protection of all kidnapped Palestinian Children;3. Immediate end to all raids and incursions;4.Support of the Palestinian right to resistance and self-defense against Israeli attacks, occupation, raids and kidnappings; and5. Support the immediate right of all Palestinian to return to their homes.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

New York City: Emergency Protest Against Israeli Crimes in Palestine

Wednesday, June 25 - 6pm

Israeli Consulate, 800 Second Avenue, Manhattan

A diverse coalition of New York community members, students, activists, and academics respond to the Palestinian call for support and have called for a rally as an emergency response to the raids, bombings, demolitions, murders and kidnappings by Israeli Forces over the past week.

The rally will demand an end to the Israeli siege and occupation, and the release of all Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces, with special emphasis on the immediate release of the estimated 200 Palestinian children who languish in Israeli military prisons.

#BringBackOurBoys, #HandsOffOurChildren, #EndChildPrisoners.

The rally organizers join the Palestinians in their demands for:

1. Immediate Release of All Palestinian Prisoners;
2. Immediate release and protection of all kidnapped Palestinian Children;
3. Immediate end to all raids and incursions;
4.Support of the Palestinian right to resistance and self-defense against Israeli attacks, occupation, raids and kidnappings; and
5. Support the immediate right of all Palestinian to return to their homes.

June 5, 2014
Fuck.  Pigs.  Always.The culture of respondance to authority, and electing to reject being politically autonomous and free in exchange for power, means that, at their hearts, anyone in the Police or Military is choosing this fate.It isn’t to “protect and serve.”  If that’s what you want to do, fight for human rights, don’t join a chain of command.
angelclark:

By the way, these cops were doing this for over three and a half years. They ordered hundreds of vehicles to be impounded and when the car owners couldn’t pay the impound fees they either kept the cars for themselves or re-sold them for profit. Nope, cops never target people… SOURCE: http://noarmycanstopanidea.com/one-third-of-california-towns-police-force-arrested-for-scheming-cars-from-poor-hispanics/

Fuck.  Pigs.  Always.

The culture of respondance to authority, and electing to reject being politically autonomous and free in exchange for power, means that, at their hearts, anyone in the Police or Military is choosing this fate.

It isn’t to “protect and serve.”  If that’s what you want to do, fight for human rights, don’t join a chain of command.

angelclark:

By the way, these cops were doing this for over three and a half years. They ordered hundreds of vehicles to be impounded and when the car owners couldn’t pay the impound fees they either kept the cars for themselves or re-sold them for profit. Nope, cops never target people… 
SOURCE: http://noarmycanstopanidea.com/one-third-of-california-towns-police-force-arrested-for-scheming-cars-from-poor-hispanics/

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May 11, 2014
lapetitecole:

Midnight On a New York Subway, Bound for Harlem, 1956
Henri Cartier-Bresson

lapetitecole:

Midnight On a New York Subway, Bound for Harlem, 1956

Henri Cartier-Bresson

(Source: mpdrolet, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

April 9, 2014

CCTV catches pigs planting crack in NYC black man’s store

sancophaleague:

Donald Andrews Jr. A Black man  and Business Owner from New York was cleared just last April After being Arrested on Drugs Charges in Scotia, New York.    Police were “suspicious” of Donald Andrews Jr.’s store, which sells incense and smoking paraphernalia, and sent undercover informants several times in March. In one of the informants visits he is seen on Andrews hidden camera planting Crack Cocaine on the counter in Andrews Store.

Andrews was arrested in April  2013 and cleared only after he asked a Grand Jury to watch the surveillance footage from his store. The informant used a cellphone photo he took of the planted drugs as evidence that Andrews was dealing, leading to his arrest.

*YES THIS IS FUCKING REAL LOOK IT UP*

The police claim that the informant has now “fled” and they haven’t found his whereabouts. The sheriff “claims” his investigators didn’t purposely framed Andrews and have the “informant” out to be some rogue agent.

FYI this same “informant” has lead to seven other drug-related arrests the Report says. 

Sounds like a Movie right? But yall still out here calling people “conspiracy theorists”. 

Andrews is now in the process of suing NYPD.

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#sancophaleague

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April 6, 2014

jessehimself:

policymic:

NY artists wrap whitewashed 5Pointz in anti-gentrification banner

Now, this is how you stick it to the man.

Read moreFollow @policymic

(Source: micdotcom, via amodernmanifesto)

November 27, 2013
"We dug a little bit more and noticed that some of the attorneys that had been involved had done legal work for the Kochs. There was this individual, Sean Noble, involved, who had a track record of being involved in the Kochs. We didn’t know back then, for certain, that it was the Kochs, but it had all the hallmarks of a Koch operation—a highly sophisticated Virginia law firm whose expertise was creating shell organizations and hiding the money. Their basic trademark, or operating mode, was going to great lengths to conceal who they are—not just Charles and David Koch—but who these 300 or so billionaires who they invite to their conferences twice a year are. I think they know that if people were aware of their identities, they’d be much more skeptical of their messaging."

How One Guy Stood Up to the Koch Brothers and Won! | Alternet (via progressivefriends)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

November 4, 2013
In case anyone is totally lost regarding the NYC elections tomorrow…

Anyone voting in tomorrow’s NYC race might be interested to know who I’m voting for. Criticize away. I’ve labored over this.  And Bill is an asshole, so let’s move on from that one.

(D) = Dem
(G) = Green
(R) = Republican (errrr.  this is the only place they are represented.   Sad for them.)
Mayor: Gronowicz (G)

City Comptroller: Julia Willebrand (G)
Public Advocate: Lititia James (D)

Manhattan Borough President: Gale Brewer (D)

NYC District Attorney: Cyrus Vance Jr (Grudgingly) (D) 

District 7 City Council: Christina Gonzalez (G) 

7th Municipal Court Judge: Denise Dominguez (D)

Ballot Initiatives:
1 - No (this one was hard… i read a ton of studies that argued that Casinos in NYC would cost social services more than they would raise, which finally convinced me)
2- No
3- Yes
4- Yes
5 - No
6 - No

October 28, 2013
humansofnewyork:

"The juxtaposition of inequality in this city is really bothersome to me. You have shops selling $5 lattes placed right across the street from buildings full of people who could never dream of spending money in that way."

humansofnewyork:

"The juxtaposition of inequality in this city is really bothersome to me. You have shops selling $5 lattes placed right across the street from buildings full of people who could never dream of spending money in that way."

October 6, 2013

bobbycaputo:

Astounding Personal Shots of Hurricane Sandy

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, New Yorkers are starting to reflect anew on the disaster and its aftermath.

The International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York are highlighting that journey in a jointexhibitioncalled “Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy.”

The 100 photographs in the exhibition were selected from nearly 6,000 entries submitted to an open call. They include high-resolution photos from professionals as well as photos from storm victims taken with mobile phones.

"I tried to focus more on the interest of what is depicted rather than on image quality or sharpness or composition. This is intended to be a little more descriptive," ICP curator Kristen Lubben said.

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