On Sunday, supporters of New York Police Officer Peter Liang are holding rallies across the country to demand that the Brooklyn District Attorney drop Liang’s indictment. Liang is the NYPD officer who shot and killed 28-year old father of two, Akai Gurley in a dark stairwell last November. Over 100,000 people have signed on to a petition in support of Liang – they say he’s being racially scapegoated. Meanwhile Chinatown-based social justice organizations are standing with the Akai Gurley family to demand Justice for Akai and institutional reforms of the NYPD.
Then, earlier this month, Forbes magazine named San Francisco the number one worst city for renters. Rents for a two bedroom apartment went up 40% last year and Ellis Act evictions are on the rise. Now, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is pushing for a $250 million affordable housing bond for this November’s ballot. Supervisor David Campos is calling for a temporary moratorium on high-density development in the Mission.
How has your neighborhood changed in the past year? And what steps do you want to see city officials take to make housing more affordable? We’re taking your calls.
- Maria Zamudio, Organizer, Causa Justa Just Cause
- Fernando Marti, Co-Director, San Francisco Council of Community Housing Organizations