Save the Buses
The CVH Power members, in Poughkeepsie, are fighting preserve the Poughkeepsie bus services that provide transportation to women, men and the elderly in areas that are highly concentrated with low-income people and people of color. The Mayor of Poughkeepsie, Rob Rolison, passed a budget plan to terminate the bus services by June 30th, 2017 .The deal would drastically reduce bus service to areas with low income people of color. The previous mayor of Poughkeepsie also attempted to cut the city buses, but after facing resistance from CVH Power members and residents of Poughkeepsie including council members, he withdrew the proposal. The deal would outsource transit operations to a private company reducing the power that Poughkeepsie residents have over their own bus service. The Poughkeepsie transit crisis is not a matter of financial issues, it is about racism, it is about classism, it is about power.
Westchester County Affordable Housing
In Westchester County, CVH Power members are fighting against gentrification and for decent, affordable housing and tenant rights. In the village of Ossining, New York, residents are fighting for rent stabilization through the passage of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act. The campaign demands that rent stabilization be implemented by the local government to limit rent increases and protect tenants from retaliatory eviction. Thus far, CVH Power leaders in Ossining were able to secure $50,000 in the village budget to fund a Housing Needs Assessment that will be released the summer of 2017. In Westchester County overall, CVH Power leaders were able to secure $300,000 in the 2017 County budget to fund an Affordable Housing Needs Assessment. However, the current Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino, refuses to implement the funds. The people of Westchester continue to fight for affordable housing.
Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants
The statewide campaign , Green Light, draws CVH power members and the people of Orange County to fight for drivers license to a New York State residents, including immigrants. The bill was initiated in New York City, but the campaign advocates for area up north.The campaign draws on CVH power members and community activist to demand legislators to pass the bill. For the undocumented immigrants in Orange County in particular means that they are protected from entering the criminal pot line, and from being separated from their families. Those in the Orange County and Hudson Valley area unable to survive without driving. In addition to this, the citywide campaign, Municipal ID’s, fights to provide a form of identification to immigrants. The campaign strives to provide IDs to groups of an individual, in order for them to identify themselves
New York City
The People’s NYCHA Plan fights for funding at the local state and federal level that address the horrendous conditions, that is not limited to the toxic mold infestation and hazardous damages in NYCHA. The People’s NYCHA plan targets Mayor De Blasio to commit to a $1 billion annual investment to NYCHA repairs. Recently, Mayor de Blasio committed to $1.3 billion in the next 10 years. However, the proposed bill is not sufficient. The People’s NYCHA Plan campaign focuses on removing toxic mold and damages that harm NYCHA residents, stop privatization and expand residential control. The people’s NYCHA Plan has developed the slogan “NYCHA is making me sick”, in order to capture the atrocious housing conditions that lead to health complications and even deaths.
#NoCuts campaign fights against Trump administration’s budget cuts to HUD and NYCHA programs, which will result in program losses that benefit low-income families, people with disability, the elderly and veterans.
For more information about the campaign and how to get involved visit our page: https://www.nocutscoalition.org/
Rezoning in East Harlem
The Rezoning in East Harlem campaign fights against the forces of gentrification that negatively impacting East Harlem communities, which often leads to the displacement of existing residents. The campaign strives to reshape the mayor’s building proposal that advocates for the construction of 4,500 luxury apartments with an addition 1,500 “affordable” apartments that will exceed the low-income families affordability. The campaign asks that all decision makers, including the speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito, vote against a deal to giveaway an entire city block of publicly owned land where the housing built will not be permanently affordable nor will it reflect the incomes of the neighborhood or provide jobs. The campaign encourages that elected officials to consider the needs of housing residents and low-income families. We have put countless hours into the plan, but the city officials are not complying with the requests set forth.
For more information about the plan read: East Harlem Plan