Community Control of the Crenshaw Mall! Fight Gentrification!
The major players involved in the sale of the Crenshaw Mall trying to gentrify Black L.A. are some of the world’s most powerful people and shady characters. It can get complicated, so we broke it all down.
Several of America’s largest public pension funds #LACERA #NYCERS #UCRegents #TRSNYC #TexasTeachers are the investors in Capri Urban Investors, a private equity fund that owns the Crenshaw Mall.
To manage and sell the mall, the pension funds selected DWS, a subsidiary of infamous Deutsche Bank – longtime lender of Donald Trump, and known for civil rights violations, money laundering and being the bank of criminals throughout the globe.
Deutsche Bank/DWS chose to award the contract to buy the Crenshaw Mall to Harridge Development Group, which is headed by David Schwartzman, a corrupt failed developer and stone-cold racist. Schwartzman is a cross between Donald Trump and Donald Sterling.
David Schwartzman’s co-conspirator and frequent co-developer is DLA Piper’s LA Real Estate Head Jerry Neuman who has a history of evicting tenants on Christmas Day.
Schwartzman is being bankrolled by Len Blavatnik, a Soviet-born oligarch and “crony of Vladimir Putin.”
We can’t let these shady players grab a foothold in our community. Crenshaw belongs to the people, and we will continue to fight for our right to self-determination, we will fight to take community control of our mall!
Sign the petition today to demand the corrupt gentrifiers back away, and the Crenshaw mall be sold to the people of Crenshaw: http://www.downtowncrenshaw.com/petition
Federal Housing Legislation Introduced
Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently announced: “I am introducing legislation that ends homelessness, supports first-generation homebuyers in purchasing their first home, and ensures that housing is infrastructure. Now is the time to make housing a top priority. This historic investment should be included in budget reconciliation as it will change housing as we know it for the better. We’ve waited long enough. The time to act is now.”
The legislative housing package led by Rep. Waters (D-CA) includes:
- The Housing is Infrastructure Act of 2021 to provide over $600 billion in equitable, affordable, and accessible housing infrastructure. This generational investment would address eviction and homelessness crises, increase access to homeownership, and support a robust recovery from the pandemic by creating jobs, addressing climate change, and improving housing stability for struggling households.
- The Ending Homelessness Act of 2021 to end homelessness and reduce poverty by transforming the Housing Choice Voucher program into a federal entitlement, so that every household who qualifies for assistance would receive it. The lead cosponsors of this bill are Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Ritchie Torres (D-NY).
- The Down Payment Toward Equity Act of 2021 would help address the U.S. racial wealth and home-ownership gaps by providing $100 billion toward down payment and other financial assistance for first-generation homebuyers to purchase their first home. The lead cosponsors of this bill are Al Green (D-TX), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), Cindy Axne (D-IA), and Sylvia Garcia (D-TX).
TAX AMAZON BURBANK!
Last week, we saw billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos engage in a massively wasteful ‘space race’ while the entire Western United States suffered from a record-breaking heat wave. Then, after landing, Jeff Bezos had the audacity to thank Amazon workers for paying for his public mid-life crisis.
Back on Earth, the rest of us are paying for billionaire greed too as record temperatures threaten human life and infrastructure in a climate crisis driven by the top 100 companies in the world. Renters have nowhere to go as the eviction moratorium is about to end, and the median price of a house in California has risen by $300,000.
Lack of housing, climate destruction, and poor working conditions all have the same cause: the hoarding and exploitation committed by the billionaire class.
To fight against Bezos, Amazon, and Big Business, we’ll need a mass movement committed to fighting first-hand for what we need. Will you commit to joining our volunteer campaign to tax Amazon in Burbank?
The TAB campaign has officially sent our resolutions from the last Action Conference to the Burbank City Council. Once they add it to the agenda, they’ll debate on whether or not to craft a law that meets our terms. The council will likely attempt to water down the resolutions in an attempt to cater to Big Business in Burbank!
Before they do that, we need to show public support for the terms as passed by the Action Conference:
Raise $100 million from tax on companies with the largest square footage
Fund rent and utilities relief due to COVID
Build social housing by union labor with living wages
Fund public schools
Fund a Green New Deal in Burbank
When the council schedules the discussion of the Burbank Amazon Tax, we need Burbankers to show up online to speak up in support! Are you willing to show City Council that Burbank needs a strong tax on Amazon and Big Business?
Stay tuned, and add “Tax Amazon Burbank” to your address book so you won’t miss any updates. We’re heading into a crucial part of the campaign, and it’s going to take all of us to beat Bezos.