“‘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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“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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“曼哈顿华埠贵族化不断升温 房东逼迁房客情况屡发”

2016-06-08 – 中国侨网

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中国侨网6月8日电 据美国《世界日报》报道,随着美国纽约市曼哈顿华埠贵族化不断升温,房东以维修升级或拆楼新建为由逼迁房客的情况屡见不鲜。现金交租、代签租约、无视政府文件等行为都可能成为房东驱逐房客的理由,律师提醒,房客应养成支票交租、保存租约和法庭文件等重要资料的好习惯,以免陷入“假拆迁真逼迁”的尴尬境地。

美国布鲁克林的周女士一直与丈夫租住在一栋六家庭私人楼宇,90多岁的丈夫出于健康需要不久前搬到疗养院居住,留下她一人继续住在租屋中。“老伴住到疗养院后房东就提出加租,从400美元加到1200美元,整整三倍多!”周女士说,入住20多年来,租约都是由丈夫与房东签订,自己的名字并不在租约上。丈夫一搬走租金就翻三倍,这对于已经步入桑榆之年、仅靠微薄收入度日的她来说,无疑是雪上加霜。

房屋法律专家黄佩珍指出,名字不在租约上的房客可选择与房东协商,重新签订一份租约,以保护自己的正当权益。就亲属之间的租约转让情况而言,只要符合子女或配偶等直系亲属关系、被转让者与转让者在租住的房屋中共同居住至少两年、被转让者没有其他住处,那么就有权向房东提出转让并签订新租约的要求。

纽约市公益维护人詹乐霞首席诉讼法律顾问利维说:“房东惯用的逼迁手法有两种,一种是以拆楼重建为由逼走房客,另一种是通过维护和升级楼宇设施向房客提出加租要求。”

虽然纽约州有“长者免加租计划”、“残障人士免加租计划”等多项面向耆老、残障弱势群体的租金保障计划和相关法律保护,但不可否认的是,这些现行的政策和法律仍然有漏洞。要从根本上解决这些问题,还需从纽约州法着手,通过立法约束房东“假拆迁真逼迁”的恶劣行为。

房屋法律专家黄佩珍指出,以维修为例,房东对整栋大楼的设施设备或者走廊、电梯、大厅、花园等公共空间拥有自主维修权。如果维修升级之后将为大楼内所有房客带来方便和益处,则可以“改善硬件设施”为由要求租客分担费用,不过涨租金额等必须经州房屋与社区维护厅通过,并且审核人员会通过问询信件等方式向房客查实细节,因此房客切不可因看不懂英文或嫌麻烦,就对信件不闻不问。(尹英姿)

“Attention, Dr. Jay’s Shoppers: Bowery Tenants Take the Fight to Landlord’s Store”

June, 14, 2016 – Bedford + Bowery

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This morning shoppers looking for American flag swimsuits or bright-patterned leggings at Dr. Jay’s streetwear store in downtown Brooklyn were greeted by a flurry of slogans and posters decrying the brand’s owner, Joseph Betesh, as a slumlord. Tenants from 83 and 85 Bowery were gathered with local activists out front, chanting against Betesh’s efforts to evict them.

 

The tenants, mainly low-income Chinese families, have been organizing against eviction for more than a year and trying to get their apartments recognized as rent-regulated. Back in 2013 the building was bought by Betesh’s Milestone Equities for $62 million. Last March, Betesh refused to renew leases, arguing that the building was not in fact rent-regulated because it underwent substantial rehabilitation. When that didn’t work (they dropped a court case against one of the residents and paid his legal fees) they seemingly changed tactics, deeming the building “structurally unsound” and ordering all the tenants to vacate so they could make repairs.

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“Slumlord Millionaire Fakes Settlement, Pushes for Evictions!”

June, 10, 2016 – Coalition to Protect Chinatown and LES

TUESDAY, 6/14, RALLY + PRESS CONFERENCE AT DR. JAYS

Slumlord Millionaire Fakes Settlement, Pushes for Evictions!

PRESS CONFERENCE AND RALLY AT DR. JAY’S

479 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 10am

We, tenants of 83 & 85 Bowery, Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side and supporters, are calling on slumlord millionaire Joseph Betesh, owner of Dr. Jay’s, to right his wrongdoings.

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“How Discrimination Shapes What Your City Looks Like”

May, 29, 2016 – attn:

America’s cities may be home to individuals belonging to thousands of cultural groups and myriad socioeconomic statuses. But these urban centers are surprisingly no melting pot. As Nate Silver pointed out in several infographics,diverse cities are often the most segregated, especially at the neighborhood level.

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To add to this gloomy reality, today’s urban developers often use subtle tactics to keep cities economically and racially divided. “The fair housing laws passed in the last half-century have forced racists to devise whole new methods of discrimination, subtler but serving the same purpose: to keep people of color out of ‘white’ spaces,” author Daniel Kolitz wrote on the online culture publication Hopes & Fears.

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