(Thomas Lopez-Pierre does NOT accept campaign contributions from landlords).
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 those landlords harassing, exploiting and displacing families with high rents and or evictions in New York City.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre supports the idea of [ALL PEOPLE] being welcomed to live in New York City but opposes landlords harassing, exploiting and displacing current tenants, just to make room for new tenants who will pay more in rent.
NOTE: The 7th Council District of the New York City Council is 65% Black and Hispanic!
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.
For example, 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.
Harlem is NOT the only Black 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.
Today, the "Long-term Plan" of landlords and the politicians they control with tens of millions of dollars in campaign funds is to end rent regulations that protect tenants from being harassed, exploited with high rents and or displaced by evictions.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre believes elected officials, can NOT serve two masters, either you fight to protect tenants from being harassed, exploited with high rents and or displaced by evictionsor you serve the business interests of landlords but you can NOT take campaign funds from landlords and expect voters to trust you to protect tenant rights!
The good news is that by working together with our progressive White, Jewish and Asian allies, Black and Hispanic people can set a new course that will drive economic, political and social outcomes that serve the best interests of all those living in Washington Heights, Harlem, and the Upper Westside!
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.
NOTE: 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.
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 politics and love of community.
NOTE: Thomas Lopez-Pierre does NOT accept campaign contributions from landlords.
Celebrating Hanukkah at a Synagogue in Harlem
Hanging with Friends at Israel Day Parade
"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.