Gale Brewer Has Violated The 1968 Civil Rights Act And Must Resign From Office Immediately

Gale Brewer Has Violated The 1968 Civil Rights Act And Must Resign From Office Immediately

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Nikolai Fedak started this petition to Gale Brewer

Dear New Yorkers:

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has, in objecting to the Lenox Terrace rezoning in Central Harlem, violated the 1968 Civil Rights Act. 

The 1968 Civil Rights Act's Fair Housing Act explicitly prohibits “restricting access to services and amenities on the basis of the renter’s race, gender, religion, or nationality.”

In her opposition to the Lenox Terrace rezoning, Brewer rejects the proposal with included reasoning mentioning “a significant shift in the area’s demographic composition… recent trends have resulted in gentrification and led to a decrease in the area’s Black population.”

This constitutes a clear violation of the Fair Housing Act, and in effect, is advocating for the continued segregation of Harlem, a neighborhood that was previously victimized by redlining. Redlining's legacy has left much of Harlem deprived of retail and amenities to this day.  

As stated in 42 U.S. Code § 1983, Civil action for deprivation of rights,

Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable.

In our opinion, New Yorkers of ALL colors deserve EQUAL rights to housing. Not only do New Yorkers deserve equal rights to housing, this right is ENUMERATED in the Constitution thanks to the passage of the 1968 CIvil Rights Act, and an elected official's violation of the Constitution is grounds for removal from office, whether it is voluntary, or at the hands of Brewer's fellow elected leaders in New York State. Not only do New Yorkers deserve equal rights to housing, they deserve access to HABITABLE, COMFORTABLE, and AFFORDABLE housing. By maintaining the legacy of Robert Moses and the neighborhood created by redlining to purposely disadvantage its inhabitants, Brewer's latest attack on New York City hurts both residents of Harlem, and New Yorkers at large. 

Brewer's legacy has already included the torpedo-ing of new schools on the Upper West Side. She has attacked and stymied both affordable and market-rate residential developments across Manhattan, the land of the skyscraper, in the midst of a housing crisis. And now she has blatantly violated the Fair Housing Act, for which she is liable to ALL New Yorkers, and consequently, we demand her immediate resignation as Manhattan Borough President.

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