Victories

Participatory Budgeting Expands to 22 Council Districts

At a press conference on July 23rd, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that the participatory budgeting (PB) program will expand this year to 22 council districts citywide, empowering residents of those districts to decide how to allocate over $25 million in discretionary city funds for community projects.  The official press release lists the Council Members that will be participating in […]

Guatemalan Teen Shares Immigration Story

José Díaz-Balart talks to Dulce Medina, a Guatemalan immigrant who testified before Congress recently about her own harrowing journey across the border, and her lawyer Bryan Johnson. Jonathan Fried, executive director of advocacy group We Count! in Florida, also joins the conversation.     Title: Guatemalan teen shares immigration story By: José Díaz-Balart Source: www.msnbc.com Date: July […]

CDP Celebrates Expansion of Participatory Budgeting for 2014–2015

At a press conference on July 23rd, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that the participatory budgeting (PB) program will expand this year to 22 council districts citywide, which will empower residents of those districts to decide how to allocate over $25 million in discretionary city funds for community projects. CDP has provided research and […]

The Negative Side of Buyouts

As buy-outs have become an instrument of illegal harassment and a tool to eradicate our affordable housing stock, read more about CAAAV’s work with the tenants of Samy Mahfar’s Manhattan building in Chinatown. [Buyouts have long been part of the city’s real estate lore, complete with only-in-New York stories of tenants who made millions relinquishing apartments they […]