Toolkit for the Campaign to Remove Russ and Kill the “Blueprint for Change” (Privatization)!

This toolkit was created as member of and with the Save Section 9 Coalition in the Spring of 2020 as we rallied folks citywide to 'Kill the Blueprint' legislation. NYCHA director Greg Russ has been making a strong attempt to pass legislation to approve his so-called “Blueprint for Change.” Resident…

Researching Residents Experiences of RAD in the Rockaways

In June 2021 I met a member-leader of the Rockaway Hub of Community Voices Heard who wanted to conduct a survey of residents at Ocean Bay Houses who had undergone RAD conversion and prepare a report for HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge. Her concern was that her and her neighbors also…

Handout and Social Media Slides on Development on Hallets Cove, Astoria, for the Justice For All Coalition

This handout was created for outreach and a community meeting at Astoria Houses in May 2021. It aims to clarify the state of development on the peninsula where Astoria Houses is located, and forthcoming plans. View &/or Download: Hallets Point View social media slides using the gallery below: [ngg src="galleries"…

Truth Commission on RAD/PACT and the Privatization of Public Housing

In Spring 2021, I worked with members of the United Front Against Displacement to organize a Truth Commission on RAD/PACT. During the event, 15 residents - half from NYC, and half from other cities including Boston, Minneapolis and the Bay Area gave testimony to the experiences living in buildings that…

Social Media Slides for Campaign to Kill the Blueprint 101 with Justice For All Coalition and Save Section 9 Coalition

The gallery below features slides created as a part of the push to kill the Blueprint (a plan to privatize public housing) in Spring 2021. It was shared in pieces via the social media accounts of the Justice For All Coalition and other members and allies of the Save Section…

Research Summary and Social Media Slides on the Private Partners Selected for RAD Conversions on NYCHA Rising

An inquiry into the private partners selected for RAD/PACT deals in NYC reveals a concerning trend of selecting some of the worst land owners and affordable housing industry players devouring residents across the city. RAD is a program through which public housing buildings and units are transferred from Section 9…

Web-based Tenant Education Resource, NYCHARising.info

NYCHARising.info is an online resource that centralizes information about NYCHA’s past and present, and aims to inform the public discussion about what the future of public housing can and must be, and how we can get there. It also highlights the efforts on the ground by tenants and advocates, which…

Handout – The Demand for Repairs Campaign with the Justice For All Coalition

In January 2020, the Justice For All Coalition began using JustFix.nyc's Letter of Complaint tool to support residents in escalating their demand for repairs. This tactics escalated their effort by first formalizing the ask (management offices and NYCHA received a formal letter of complaint), extending the paper trail of their…

StoryMap of State-led Changes in Long Island City

“Change” has come to define Long Island City, and increasingly Western Queens, as new buildings – and land values – go up, and working-class tenants, small manufacturing and businesses, and independents artists are pushed out. The City and its agencies often describe these changes in relation to trends, as though…

Mapping Project titled “Recalibrating Queens”

This ended up being more experiment than concrete project as the longer-term vision of the project remains aspirational. But the project is evidence of some of what comrade scholarship can look like, and the project at this stage does reveal interesting and useful findings. Overview Recalibrating Queens is a digital…