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We Won a Rent Freeze for 2.5 Million New Yorkers!

On Monday June 29, hundreds of tenants across NYC gathered for the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) Final Vote and demanded the City not increase the rent for rent-stabilized tenants. Up against billionaires and a dysfunctional state, we won the first rent freeze in 46 years for 2.5 million rent stabilized tenants. All 1-year leases renewed October[…..]

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Chinatown Tenants Union: We Need a Rent Rollback Now!

On Monday June 8, our Chinatown Tenants Union (CTU) members attended the Manhattan Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) Hearing to share their testimonies about why RGB needs to vote to have a Rent Rollback (rent decrease) this year. Every year, the RGB determines whether to increase, freeze, or decrease the rent of rent-stabilized tenants in NYC. Members[…..]

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Dance Battle Raises $24,142: Hear from our Fundraising Team!

CAAAV is a small grass-roots organization that relies on individual donations to sustain our grassroots organizing efforts. The CAAAV Dance Battle (previously known as the Dance-A-Thon) is one of our biggest fundraising events and this year the Fundraising Committee set a goal of $15,000. The Dance Battle was Saturday May 30, and with the support[…..]

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Justice for Akai Gurley and His Family

On Thursday, May 14th, CAAAV will stand with Akai Gurley’s family and community to demand justice for his death at the hands of Officer Peter Liang last November. At 9 a.m., CAAAV will gather with Akai Gurley’s family and community at the Brooklyn Supreme Court (320 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201) for a press conference and rally prior to packing the court at[…..]

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Chinatown and LES Speak Out for Community-Led Rezoning

On Tuesday, April 28, CAAAV joined our grassroots allies from the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) to demand New York’s Department of City Planning pass our community-led Rezoning plan to preserve and expand affordable housing. Currently, Mayor De Blasio’s neighborhood Rezoning plans for affordable housing emphasize development of affordable housing, but not preservation of it. However,[…..]

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PRESS RELEASE: 50+ ASIAN AMERICAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER GROUPS RELEASE OPEN LETTER SUPPORTING JUSTICE FOR AKAI GURLEY AND THE INDICTMENT OF NYPD OFFICER PETER LIANG

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2015 CONTACT: Mark Ro Beyersdorf, mark@caaav.org New York, NY — More than fifty Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) groups from across the country have released an open letter calling for justice for Akai Gurley, an unarmed, Black, 28-year-old father who was killed by NYPD Officer Peter Liang on November 20,[…..]

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22 Spring Tenants Speak Out Against Mahfar Properties

On Monday, April 20, 2015, tenants from 22 Spring St spoke out against the harassment they face from predatory landlords Samy Mahfar and SMA Equities. CAAAV has been working with the 22 Spring St tenants since 2013 and they have now united with Mahfar tenants from other buildings  to demand housing justice. We are glad[…..]

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API People’s Solidarity Statement on the Indictment of NYPD Officer Peter Liang (Chinese)

  April 3, 2015 – API People’s Solidarity (APIPS) 首先想對Akai Gurley的家人與親友表達我們的關愛與團結,去年11月紐約市警察彼得.梁(Peter Liang)奪走了Akai Gurley的性命。APIPS讚揚布魯克林地方檢察官起訴梁警員的決定,也支持Akai Gurley的家人追求正義。 CONTACT: Meejin Richart, mrichart@caaav.org or Bernadette Ellorin,chair@bayanusa.org 洛杉磯、矽谷、費城、波士頓與紐約市當地社群已計畫舉辦支持彼得.梁的遊行,而我們的聯盟選擇站在對立面。他們的理由是梁警員的亞裔身分使他成為替罪羊,他們引用Darren Wilson與Daniel Pantaleo的例子,此二人分別造成佛格森(Ferguson)市的Mike Brown與史坦登島的Eric Garner的死亡,卻未獲起訴。身為泛亞裔社群的一份子,我們了解這種想要照顧我們自己人的情感,以及想反對不公正的司法體系以死威脅我們社群成員之一的心情,他可能是某人的兒子、兄弟與孫子。在梁警員的案子,我們確信,支持起訴他就是站在司法同一邊。梁警員必須為他使用造成Akai Gurley死亡的致命武力而負責。 我們為Akai Gurley與全國各地遭警察殺害、毆打、侵權的人爭取正義,這些犯行的加害者多半未被起訴,也極少遭到定罪。回顧黃永新(Yong Xin Huang)的案子:他是一個16歲的男孩,1995年3月紐約市警察Steve Mizrahi在Bushwick殺害了他。黃遇害後,亞裔社群有充分的理由發出強烈抗議。由黃家人帶領的抗議者也有充足理由要求起訴Mizrahi。在梁警員的案子裡,亞裔站在另一面(加害者)。作為一個社群,我們應該與Akai Gurley哀悼中的家人站在一起,為Akai與所有被警察奪走性命的受害者要求正義。 我們認為起訴梁警員是必要的第一步,要求紐約市警察為他們宣稱要保護與服務的社區來負責。 我們也認為紐約市的軍事化政策與警方執法,與發生在我們亞太地區的母國與全球的有罪免責(impunity)息息相關。我們持續為了在菲律賓被美國海軍Joseph Pemberton謀殺的Jennifer Laude爭取正義。這是我們作為泛亞裔離散社群的責任,確保所有殺害平民的軍人不會有罪免責。我們將繼續組織與發聲,直到所有警察與軍人為他們殘殺非裔、拉丁裔、跨性別、移民、街友(無家可歸者)、原住民、穆斯林與被認為是穆斯林社群成員的行為負起責任。 APIPS與Akai Gurley的家人與社群一起呼籲紐約州長庫莫(Andrew Cuomo)、紐約市長白思豪(Bill de Blasio)與整個紐約司法部(重新)檢視過去15年來與紐約市警察有關的179件殺人案,其中只有3件起訴。我們將繼續對抗針對非裔與拉丁裔的種族歧視警察謀殺,而且我們拒絕讓我們的社群遭到利用、成為削弱更高層次的終結警方謀殺運動的工具,這些殺戮與美國在亞太地區、甚至全球的帝國主義侵略環環相扣。 Bayan USA National Alliance CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities Civilian-Soldier Alliance Eclipse Rising Iraq[…..]

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Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference Flyer

Download Color flyer here to share online. Download Black and White flyer here to print and share.    

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#JusticeforAkaiGurley National Sign-On Letter

  We believe that Akai Gurley and his family—and every family who have lost a loved one to police violence—deserves justice. We hope you stand with us and show your support for #JusticeforAkaiGurley by signing our national open letter as your organization (and we encourage individuals to sign as well). Add your name here: http://bit.ly/Justice4AkaiSignOnLetter +++++++[…..]

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