Rally Calling Out Mayor de Blasio and ‘Racist Rezoning’ At City Hall Today
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Many in the community want to end both the alleged racist rezoning and Mayor de Blasio and his administration. Time to rally ’round the family.
Helmed by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side, hundreds are expected to descend on City Hall again today, with neighboring community support from the South Bronx, East Harlem, Sunset Park, Flushing, and others locals. The last time a gathering in name of mayoral opposition and rezoning transpired was almost a year ago to the day; this protest is a continuation of that, yet fueled with more political fire.
See, post election, Mayor de Blasio paid lip service to protect immigrants and people of color from Donald Trump, but according to the Lower East Side and Chinatown community, the Mayor is also guilty of said racism, by targeting low-income communities of color throughout NYC for displacement. It’s also worth noting that de Blasio and his administration are still under investigation for receiving personal kickbacks from luxury developers. Lest we forget things like the Rivington House cover up or Mahfar’s rezoning proposal for East Houston Street.
And yet the Mayor still refuses to pass the community-created Chinatown Working Group rezoning plan that would put into place protective height limits, preventing developers like Extell and JDS from building luxury skyscrapers throughout the neighborhood. Hey, so long as poor doors are included, right?
The protest is this afternoon at 3:30pm, at New York City Hall, Broadway side.