Thomas Lopez-Pierre is a 46 year old man of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Haitian descent.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre: a man of the people and a sinner, saved by God's grace (born addicted to drugs, raised in foster care and group homes) is a social and economic innovator, disrupter and provocateur.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre’s campaign for NYC Council (map of 7th Council District) is rooted in challenging landlords exploiting and displacing families with high rents and or evictions in New York City.
The 7th Council District of the New York City Council is 65% Black and Hispanic!
From 2000 to 2005, 32,500 Black people moved out of Harlem (or got pushed out) and some 22,800 White people moved into Harlem (NYC Census 2010).
Today, Black people [make up 40%] of the population in Harlem, down from 65% in less than 20 years and unless action is taken, the situation will only get drastically worse for both Black and Hispanic communities in Upper Manhattan.
Black and Hispanic families living in the 7th Council District (Washington Heights, Harlem, Upper Westside) are at a critical fork-in-the-road in terms of surviving the destructive nature of gentrification with its corresponding decline of political power and widespread housing displacement.
In 2013, Jewish landlords financed the campaign of one of their own community leaders, named Mark Levine to the 7th Council District (to replace a term-limited Black council member).
Mark Levine won the election with about 7,000 votes of which about 5,000 votes came from the Jewish community of the Upper Westside and the minority candidates received about 11,000 votes from the Black and Hispanic communities of Harlem and Washington Heights out of a total vote count of about 18,000.
The Black and Hispanic community foolishly divided their votes among 8 minority candidates.
Mark Levine serves as the Chairperson of the New York City Council's Jewish Caucus: a leading source of political power for landlords (Mark Levine's district is more than 65% Black and Hispanic).
It’s NO SECRET that Jewish landlords:
(1) own and control more than 80% of the privately-owned, for-profit residential real estate in Black and Hispanic communities in New York City;
(2) are leading the charge to end rent regulations, exploit working-class tenants with high rents and displacement by evictions;
(3) are some the biggest contributors to elected officials in New York.
Black and Hispanic people [own and control less than 5%] of the privately-owned, for-profit residential real estate in Black and Hispanic communities in New York City.
Harlem is NOT the only Black and or Hispanic community where tenants are being harassed, exploited and displaced with high rents and or evictions.
The New York Times reported that Bedford–Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, the White population had soared 633 percent since 2000—”the biggest percentage increase of any major racial or ethnic group in any New York City neighborhood.” The black population dropped from 40,000 to 34,000 and the white population increased from 2,000 to 18,000 people.
Black and Hispanic families in New York City have real economic, political and social problems that can NOT be fixed solely with government intervention but will require a comprehensive plan of action rooted in personal responsibility, unity of purpose, group economics and group politics and love of community.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre does NOT accept campaign contributions from landlords.
"Today Jewish landlords in New York City are using their control of more than 80% of the privately-owned, for-profit residential real estate in Black and Hispanic communities to engaged in harassement, exploitation with high rents and or displacement of tenants by evictions, as a result, the Jewish community in New York is being unfairly demonized", said Thomas Lopez-Pierre.