New York City’s Racialized Zoning, the Role of Nonprofits, and the Working Class’ Fight to Stop Racist Displacement
Presentations by: Tom Angotti, Activist Urban Planner and Professor Emeritus, Hunter College and the Graduate Center; Sarah Ahn, Flushing Workers Center; Ed Figueroa, South Bronx Community Congress; Josephine Lee, El Pueblo Primero and Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side; Yanin Pena, NMASS LES Workers Center
Moderator: Kai Wen Yang
“Zone Out” Systemic Racism will feature Tom Angotti, an activist urban planner and Professor Emeritus at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. Angotti is also the co-author of the well-received anthology of zoning case studies Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, And City Planning In New York City (2016). He will be joined by grassroots community organizers, Sarah Ahn (Flushing), Ed Figueroa (South Bronx), Josephine Lee and Yanin Pena (Chinatown/Lower East Side), who will share their experiences in organizing against racist rezoning. The presentation will be followed by a discussion that will focus on how systemic racism manifests in the city government’s rezoning plans and the compromising role nonprofits play in facilitating the city’s top-down developer-driven rezoning plans. Working-class community members are refusing to be "zoned out" and are pushing for community-led rezonings to protect and improve their communities, putting people before profit. The Peter Kwong Immigrant Workers Learning Center (PKIWLC), the event sponsor, invites and welcomes all who desire to learn about and fight against racism in our city.
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