Rents are sky-rocketing and wages remain stagnant. Minimum wage workers cannot pay for rent anywhere in the United States, meanwhile the highest earners in the U.S. have seen their wages increase to $2,112 a week since 2000. In the midst of massive profit for corporations, homelessness has spiked across the country. Logic cannot explain these contradictions, only a system based on greed and profits can.
Under capitalism, the solutions to crumbling housing or no housing is to privatize, to hand land over to developers to turn a profit with bare minimum effort. It’s never about human need.
But we can create alternatives that go beyond rent regulations and reforms to truly meet the needs of the most vulnerable in American society. From fighting for rent control to implementing eviction protections to creating community-controlled housing, we can build new housing while also providing immediate relief to tenants.
Join us as we explore the various ways that folks are organizing in NYC to defend and expand people’s right to a home. The East Harlem Community Land Trust will be presenting along with the Bronx Social Center and other organizations organizing around housing and tenants rights in East Harlem and the Bronx!