If I, Thomas Lopez-Pierre have offended anyone in the Jewish community in the past because of public statements, I made about a number of landlords of the Jewish faith with regard to their shameful and immoral business model of displacing Black and Hispanic tenants in Harlem, I would like to express my heartfelt apologies.
While it is true that landlords of the Jewish faith own more than 80% of the privately owned, multi-family buildings (5 units or more) in Harlem and have been at the forefront of Black and Hispanic tenant displacement in Harlem for the last 25 years; it is also true that more than 95% of people of the Jewish faith in the tri-state New York Area do NOT own any real estate in Harlem.
NOTE: Black and Hispanic people own less than 5% of the privately-owned, multi-family buildings (5 units or more) in Harlem.
I, Thomas Lopez-Pierre believe strongly that it is grossly unfair for anyone to blame ALL people of the Jewish faith for the displacement of Black and Hispanic tenants in Harlem because of the shameful and immoral actions of a number of landlords of the Jewish faith.
From henceforth, I shall only use the term [ Greedy Landlord(s) ] when speaking out against ANY and ALL landlords, no matter their racial or religious backgrounds that operate with the shameful and immoral business model of tenant displacement.
I, Thomas Lopez-Pierre have NOT and will NOT accept campaign contributions from the real estate industry BUT my opponent in my race for city council, raised more than $100,000 in political contributions from the real estate industry.
I, Thomas Lopez-Pierre realized now that the Black and Hispanic people of Harlem will NEVER be free of Greedy Landlords, until and unless ALL people from ALL communities in Manhattan: Chinatown, Washington Heights, El Barrio, Upper West Side, Hell's Kitchen, Little Italy and etc. and the rest of NYC are free from Greedy Landlords.
With the help of my many Jewish friends and supporters, I see now that the best way to protect the Black and Hispanic tenants of Harlem is to work together as "One Manhattan, Protected From Greedy Landlords!" with understanding, respect and love.
For decades, Black and Hispanic people have enjoyed a mutually respectful relationship with people of the Jewish faith and I look forward to building upon that rich history of understanding, respect and love.
If we work together as "One Manhattan, Protected From Greedy Landlords!": Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Black, Hispanic, White, Asian, we can protect ALL rent regulated tenants and ALL public housing tenants from displacement!
Finally, I will end by saying that I welcome the opportunity to attend worship services at synagogues in Manhattan in furtherance of a relationship rooted in understanding, respect and love.
In addition, I welcome the opportunity to have you and yours join me at my church for Sunday worship services in Harlem.