Author: Crystal Walthall

Van Bramer Says He’ll Listen to Public Housing Residents on Rezonings

Councilmember and Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer addresses the Justice for All Coalition at Queensbridge Houses’ community center on October 16, 2017. Originally published By Abigail Savitch-Lew | October 17, 2017 Link to original article published on On Monday night, City Council Majority Leader and local Councilmember James Van Bramer addressed a crowded room in the basement of Queensbridge Houses’ community center, promising them “whatever happens going forward, we will do it together.” The “town hall” was organized by the Justice for All Coalition, an alliance of public-housing residents, labor and church groups that formed in April of 2016 in response to...

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NEW YORK (July 28, 2017) – Faith in New York (FINY) and it’s Faith over Fear coalition of more than 90 congregations and over 25 faith and justice groups, hosted four major Democratic mayoral candidates Thursday, questioning them on topics ranging from immigration, to policing, religious freedom and mass incarceration. As part of FINY’s “Faith Over Fear” campaign, more than two dozen more dozen clergy and organizational leaders of FINY heard Mayor Bill de Blasio and candidates Sal Albanese, Robert Gangi and Michael Tolkin outline their positions on the coalition’s core issues. “We wanted to talk about the moral lens of Faith in New York and the Faith Over Fear coalition,” FINY Executive Director Onleilove Alston said. “We are all united to ensure that morals and progressive values are put at the center of the conversation this election season.” She said we are living in a “moral crisis” that must be addressed and our response must include: protecting immigrant communities and religious freedom, ending civil rights violations and abusive policing, creating affordable housing as well as ending mass incarceration, and climate change. “It is a real moral failure that in this city children are going to sleep homeless,” she told the candidates, who were interviewed separately over the course of the day at Middle Collegiate Church on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Mayor de Blasio noted his accomplishments,...

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Citywide Coalition of Faith Leaders and Faith-Based Organizations to Announce Faith Over Fear Week of Action & Resistance

March 10, 2017 CONTACT: Analisa Freitas, Bronx Organizer, Faith in New York, 929.666.2824, Media Advisory ***Date: 03-14-2017*** Faith leaders call on Mayor De Blasio to “Build the Beloved City” NY, NY – A coalition of faith leaders from 90 congregations and 20 faith-based organizations announce today a Faith Over Fear Week of Action & Resistance to challenge unjust policies and practices that create a culture of fear. The week of resistance actions, organized by Faith in New York and their coalition allies, will include civil disobedience, a healing prayer circle, events at Council Member offices, and other public actions. The Faith Over Fear daily actions are highlighted below: On Wednesday, March 15 at 12 pm EST we will host a “funeral for affordable housing” disrupting the REBNY luncheon, the monied interest behind many elected officials. The disruption will be in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton of NY, 1335 Avenue of the Americas. On Thursday, March 16 at 6 pm EST, we will lead a march to 201 Varick Street and shut down streets as a form of civil disobedience. The event will start with a rally at Washington Square Park. On Friday, March 17 at 11 am EST we will lead pray-ins in support of the Right to Know Act. The event will be held at the district offices of several council members who have not fully...

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