Our People First Campaign has been growing city-wide. On December 5th, 700 community members gathered at a historic town hall meeting at the Seward Park High School on Grand Street. They were joined by District Leader Jennifer Rajkumar and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. Mayor de Blasio sent a representative to ask the community to “compromise” on our rezoning plan, a request that was met with outrage–“how can we compromise on equality?”, exclaimed one community member.
Hot on the heels of the town hall meeting, NMASS, together with other Coalition toProtect Chinatown and the Lower East Side members reached out to communities and organizations around the city who are mobilizing against Mayor de Blasio’s plans torezone and destroy communities throughout NYC. Together, we held a city-wide rally against displacement at Gracie Mansion on December 16th. Afterwards, community groups from around the city were inspired to join the fight against displacement and for community controlled rezoning and we’ve been holding regular pickets at Gracie Mansion–last week’s was hosted by the South Bronx Community Congress.