In this episode of Let’s Be Real, we speak with two organizers—Fahd Ahmed from DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), and Sasha Wijeyeratne from CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities—from the Neighbors Beyond Amazon coalition. Reflecting on the landmark victory to keep Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2, out of New York, Fahd and Sasha discuss the power of community organizing, what this victory means for the communities and members that work with their organizations, and what’s next for the coalition as they continue to fight for economic development that prioritizes people over corporations.
Brooklyn Daily News — As real estate values in Brooklyn have gone through the roof, homeowners in gentrifying black and brown communities in the borough are increasingly being targeted by housing predators, legislators were told on Friday at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
More than a decade after the financial meltdown, how secure are New Yorkers from the threat of foreclosure? Our recent issue brief seeks to answer this question, based on our analysis of pre-foreclosure notices that mortgage servicers are required to send homeowners at least 90 days before filing a foreclosure action in New York State courts.
The Laura Flanders Show — Our Juleon Robinson joins Maritza Silva-Farrell from ALIGN NY and Sasha Wijeyeratne from CAAAV to discuss a cooperative, community-led vision for economic development in New York.
This issue brief summarizes home foreclosure risk patterns across New York State, and updates our 2012 report, Foreclosures in New York: What’s Really Going On?, and 2014 brief, Foreclosure Risk in New York State.
City Limits, Op-ed by Deyanira Del Rio and Andy Morrison — Unless you’ve been stuck under a rock – or perhaps on the 7 train – you’ve heard the news: the winner of the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes is…Amazon. Two hundred and thirty-eight cities competed. Twenty finalists raced to the finish line. Two – New York City and Washington, D.C. – were selected to split Amazon’s new so-called second headquarters. But in the end, Amazon took home the big prize: $4.6 billion of public money.
Staff attorney Raúl Carrillo delivered our message at a rally organized by Fed Up: The National Campaign for a Strong Economy to demand the appointment of an accountable president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
City Limits — Banks in New York are denying more housing loans in neighborhoods where people of color dominate, and are turning down black applicants who seek mortgages and refinancing at a higher rate than similar white applicants, an advocacy group reported this week.
These days it seems taken for granted that banks discriminate against people and neighborhoods of color – they’re banks, right? We can thank the Center for Investigative Reporting for reminding the world that this is not okay.
NYC Public Advocate, Press Release — Public Advocate Letitia James unveiled the ten banks that loan to the most buildings owned by the City’s Worst Landlord Watchlist. She called on these banks to reform their lending practices to protect tenants.