“‘De Blasio must go!’ Group demands mayor resign for rezoning snub”

November 3, 2016 – The Villager

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BY KARI LINDBERG | With passionate chants of “Racism No More,” “New York City Not For Sale” and “De Blasio, Step Down,” members the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and Lower East Side kicked off their protest outside City Hall last Wednesday.

Around 100 protestors, mainly older Chinese and Latinos, came out alongside activists, wearing signs in English, Spanish and Chinese saying “De Blasio, Step Down” and “Stop Ethnic Racism.” They called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to leave office for failing to protect Asian, African-American and Latino communities from being displaced.

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“Awaiting a City Plan, LIC Groups Sketch Out Red Lines Around Rezoning”

Oct 19, 2016 – Citylimits

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Coalition member Dr. Sharon Cadiz said residents can see recent examples of how community action can reshape development decisions in Maspeth and at LIC’s own Phipps Houses site.

Nearly 300 people packed the Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement House in Long Island City on Monday night to discuss the de Blasio administration’s plan to rezone the area.

Hosted by the Justice for All Coalition, an alliance supported by Faith in New York and consisting of local labor, church, and public housing tenant groups, the forum sought to inform local residents about the stakes of a potential rezoning and share the coalition’s platform of demands for future equitable development.

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“How Asian-American Radicals Brought ‘Yellow Power’ To Chinatown”

Oct. 19, 2016 – Gothamist

In October 1966—50 years ago—Chinese leader Mao Zedong appeared on Tiananmen Square in Beijing to address an audience of 1.5 million Red Guards, the paramilitary youth he had called upon to tear down the Communist Party hierarchy. “Long live the Red Guards!” he shouted, to roars of approval. “Long live the great Cultural Revolution!”

That spring, Mao first called for a “Cultural Revolution,” urging the working class to “struggle against and crush those persons in authority who are taking the capitalist road” and “criticize and repudiate…the ideology of the bourgeoisie and all other exploiting classes.”

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“City of Oakland Sues Landlord For Conditions At Chinatown Tenement”

July, 1, 2016 – Aol.On (Video)

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Dozens of Oakland apartment tenants forced to share a few toilets and a single kitchen claim their landlord created the squalid conditions to force them out. Now the city is suing. Da Lin reports

“Over 50 Chinatown community members walked out of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s fifth and final public meeting on the sale and redevelopment of Parcels 25 and 26”

July, 1, 2016 – Sampan

By the Chinese Progressive Association and the Asian Community Development Corporation

Yesterday evening starting at 6pm, MassDOT, along with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, held its fifth and final public meeting at the State Transportation building, where it unveiled the final guidelines and Invitation to Bid on Parcels 25 and 26. The Chinatown community has dedicated countless hours attending all five meetings and submitting oral and written comments during and after each meeting. The Chinatown community has patiently followed along with MassDOT’s public process, repeating the community’s needs time and time again. MassDOT has failed to respond in good faith and as a result the Chinatown community felt it had exhausted its options and was compelled to walk out en masse.

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“Local Filmmakers’ Chinatown SRO Documentary Lands PBS Film Fest Slot”

July, 11, 2016 – Hoodline (Youtube link for documentary)

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Approximately 18,000 San Franciscans live in single-room occupancy hotels in the city, the vast majority of them (73 percent) in Chinatown. The buildings, with their small living quarters, community bathrooms and community kitchens, are some of the city’s few remaining remnants of affordable housing.

A new documentary short, Home Is a Hotel, tells the story of a mother and daughter who share an 8×10′ SRO unit in a private, for-profit building in Chinatown. Directed by local filmmakers Todd Sills and Kevin Wong, the film is currently streaming as part of the PBS Online Film Festival, an annual three-week showcase of short films.

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“Why the Philadelphia Public History Truck’s latest exhibit examines displacement in Chinatown”

June, 21, 2016 – Geneoricty

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Within an hour’s time on a recent Friday afternoon, five people visited the tiny, constructed room nestled in the rear of Asian Arts Initiative to collect socks, water bottles, deodorant and tampons.

The room on the 1200 block of Pearl Street was filled with artifacts of Chinatown past; photographs of old buildings decorated the walls, and a documentary from the 1970s showing residents protesting the construction of the Vine Street Expressway played on loop in the corner.

The toiletries and surrounding items do connect: According to artist Erin Bernard, they both relate to the theme of displacement in the Chinatown neighborhood. It’s why she brought them together for the Philadelphia Public History Truck’s latest exhibit, “A Houseless Museum: Home and Displacement Around the Vine Street Expressway.”

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“Activists call on C.B. 3 to take a stand against wave of luxury high-rises”

June, 2, 2016 – The Villager

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Community Board 3 got an earful last Tuesday night from a coalition of Lower East Side activists who complained that the board was dragging its legs in the battle to stop the proliferation of luxury high-rises, hotels and other upscale developments that are displacing poor people who live in the neighborhood.

Members of the Chinatown Working Group — a coalition of grassroots organizations whose goal is to draft a master plan that would preserve housing affordability in a wide swath of Lower Manhattan — spoke out angrily at the full board meeting at P.S. 20 on May 24. They repeatedly demanded that C.B. 3 at its next monthly meeting issue a strong statement of support for the coalition’s housing preservation agenda.

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“明和解暗逼迁 华埠住客示威(图)“

2016-06-15 – 僑報

【侨报记者高诗云6月14日纽约报道】14日上午10时许,来自华埠包厘街83-85号公寓的数十名住客与“保护华埠和下东城联盟”及反逼迁运动支持者们,在位于布碌仑下城Fulton街479号的Dr.Jay’s服装连锁公司门前举行示威集会,抗议该公司老板、同时也是83-85号公寓房东的Joseph Betesh,使用恶劣手段逼迁住客。

示威民众代表发言,控诉无良房东。(侨报记者高诗云摄)

 

愤怒的示威民众要求房东停止“表面和解,暗里逼迁”,应立即按照法庭判决对公寓进行维修,并前往市府将该公寓登记为租金稳定的住房。据悉这桩逼迁案诉讼已耗时一年,将于15日在曼哈顿高等法庭再次开庭。

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“建理想愛城華埠 學者:助族裔融和”

2016-06-14 –  星島日報

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利德蕙指出 認識歷史 十分重要

由愛民頓中華會館主辦的第二屆華埠會議(Chinatown Conference),上周末(11及12日)於亞伯達大學舉行,會議目的是集合北美各地華埠的代表,商討如何保留及發展富歷史和文化價值的愛民頓華埠區。
中華會館主席李世昌指出,華埠的發展其實與整個市區、尤其是市中心區的發展息息相關。他說:「因為現時愛城華埠的發展不如理想,而市府也有意把華埠重新規劃及發展,促使我去更深入探討問題。我特此去過其他城市的華埠視察,也看到一些值得學習的地方,因此這次邀請其他城市華埠的代表及專家前來參加會議,交流意見,彼此學習,建設更理想的華埠。」

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