Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice (GNCJ)

2,895 supporters

The Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice is a racially and socioeconomically diverse coalition made up of groups focused on equity, inclusion, economic and environmental sustainability and justice. The Coalition seeks to elevate the voices of the Gowanus, Brooklyn community that have not been heard in NYC's planning process for the neighborhood, understanding that the residents who are most impacted must be the decision makers in the future of their community. To learn more about the Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice and Coalition's Demands for a Just Rezoning contact Sabine Aronowsky, the Fifth Avenue Committee, Campaign Manager, at 621 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-237-2017, ext. 117 saronowsky@fifthave.org

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning Mayor Bill de Blasio, Marisa Lago, Vicki Been

Support Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice Demands

Mayor Bill de Blasio, The City must ensure that the Gowanus Rezoning achieves social, economic, environmental and racial justice by committing to GNCJ top priorities:  UPFRONT FUNDING FOR FULL CAPITAL NEEDS AT WARREN, WYCKOFF, AND GOWANUS The City must dedicate enough upfront funding for full capital needs at Warren Street Houses, Wyckoff Gardens and Gowanus Houses (WWG). All funding spent to improve WWG must adhere to HUD Section 3 hiring policies to ensure local NYCHA residents and low-income residents are hired to complete the work. NET ZERO COMBINED SEWAGE OVERFLOW (CSO) Mandate net zero CSO from new construction created as a result of the rezoning, through the following actions: (1) Accurately model how increased density will increase CSO and impact local hydrology, (2) Require and enforce CSO mitigation in new development and (3) Ensure city investment in infrastructure to completely mitigate any negative hydrological impacts of rezoning. CREATE AN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SPECIAL DISTRICT WITH POWERFUL AND CLEAR LOCAL OVERSIGHT Formal recognition and dedicated resources for an Environmental Justice Special District with a local oversight board with a diversity of representation from local residents including public housing, and from businesses, industries, nonprofit, faith based and civic associations to oversee implementation of all City commitments and developer requirements, inclusive of commitments to residents of WWG. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  The City should additionally ensure that the following is achieved through the Gowanus rezoning: UTILIZE CITY’S COMMITMENT TRACKER TO GUARANTEE TIMELY REOPENING AND RENOVATION OF THE GOWANUS COMMUNITY CENTER WITH ONGOING SUPPORT FOR RESIDENT-LED PROGRAMMING INVEST IN COMMUNITY HEALTH & SOCIAL RESILIENCE  BUILD ECONOMIC EQUITY ENSURING LOCAL ACCESS TO SECTION 3 EMPLOYMENT INVEST IN KNOW-YOUR-RIGHTS TRAININGS  100% AFFORDABILITY ON PUBLIC LAND  ADDRESS LOCAL SKILLS GAP WITH TARGETED MULTI-YEAR WORKFORCE INVESTMENT  STUDY, IMPLEMENT AND ENFORCE TRANSFER OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS TO FUND FULL CAPITAL REPAIRS AT WARREN, WYCKOFF AND GOWANUS NYCHA DEVELOPMENTS  CREATE AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOTTERY PREFERENCE FOR LOCAL CD6 NYCHA RESIDENTS   MAP THE MOST AFFORDABLE MIH OPTIONS  MANDATE DEEPER MIH LEVELS FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPERS  FOLLOW THROUGH WITH IBZ COMMITMENT  PRESERVE INDUSTRY AND ART SPACES  INVEST IN LOCAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT   To learn more about these and other related community demands, visit www.GNCJ.org . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice is a racially and socioeconomically diverse coalition who strives to elevate the voices of our community that have not been heard in the City’s planning process, seek consensus on community priorities and make the case for a community plan based on principles of social, economic, environmental and racial justice.

Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice (GNCJ)
1,614 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bill de Blasio, Bill Chong, DYCD Commissioner, Department of City Planning Director, Marisa Lago, Stanley Brezenoff, Interim Chair New York City Housing Authority

Re-open the Gowanus Houses Community Center!

As massive public and private investments in the Gowanus neighborhood are underway the Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice (GNCJ) is calling on the City of New York to Reopen the Gowanus Houses Community Center.  One year ago, in Oct. 2017, Mayor de Blasio publicly committed to Gowanus Brooklyn public housing residents his promise to re-open the Gowanus Houses Community Center - elevating our community hope that the next generation of residents in Gowanus would benefit from access to opportunities previously denied. As we mark the 1 year anniversary of this renewed promise - the quagmire of bureaucracy continues while the price tag for repairs grows ever steeper - ballooning to an estimated $4 Million! We say enough is enough and we are reopening this petition until the mayor presents his promise with a blueprint and timeline prioritizing the re-opening of this center! We’re demanding this public commitment be met with the action needed to provide a fully operational and renovated Gowanus Houses Community Center to the local residents of public housing and the Gowanus community. The Gowanus Community Center has been closed for over a decade, depriving the residents of one of New York’s largest public housing developments a place to come together for artistic, educational, and vocational activities. Before its closing, the center was a positive force in the neighborhood, providing engaging and productive programming. The center even played a vital role during Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, when it was temporarily reopened to provide goods and services for Gowanus Houses residents impacted by the Superstorm. In the 2013 - 2014 Participatory Budgeting cycle, the community rallied together to advocate for funding to fix the physical building which had fallen into disrepair and successfully won $475,000 through Participatory Budgeting, yet the funded repairs have not been contracted due to a lack of a DYCD cornerstone operator, causing a catch-22 situation. In addition, the center has been temporarily and partially opened to develop and rehearse a live performance through Making Gowanus, a resident and community led artistic and cultural collaborative galvanized by the recently released CreateNYC Cultural Plan, which calls for support for historically underserved communities and recognizes the social impact of arts and culture as essential components of thriving, healthy communities. A video on Making Gowanus and the call to re-open the Gowanus Houses Community Center can be seen here: https://youtu.be/ubkX9rN0pqE With all this in mind it's about time for the City of NY to take action, and put a plan to this promise. Please tell the City of New York not to let another Gowanus generation grow up without their Community Center. Reopen the Gowanus Houses Community Center now! 

Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice (GNCJ)
1,281 supporters