Press Release

Oct. 28 – Lower East Side/Chinatown community march against displacement, demand rezoning plan


On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm, members and supporters of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side will march against racism and displacement from 227 Cherry Street in Lower Manhattan to City Hall. It follows a successful rally and march on Sept. 25 that drew over 1,000 participants.

Since the East Village Rezoning Plan was passed in 2008–protecting majority white wealthier areas and excluding majority Latino, African American and Chinese areas in Community District 3–new luxury development has accelerated gentrification and led to massive evictions. The Lower East Side/Chinatown is now ground zero for the displacement of low-income people of color.

The NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) has failed to protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side from these development pressures. Earlier this year, DCP rejected the community rezoning plan adopted by the Chinatown Working Group, seven years in the making. Coalition members are marching to demand a meeting with Mayor de Blasio to discuss their demands for an end to the 421-a tax abatement, an immediate halt to the Extell luxury tower at 227 Cherry Street, and the adoption of the Chinatown Working Group rezoning plan.

For more information, contact:
Jei Fong, 212-334-2333

Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side (list in formation): 318 Restaurant Workers’ Union, Action by the Lower East Side, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Chinese Staff & Workers Association, District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar, District Leader Pedro Cardi, Harlem Consumer Education Council, LaGuardia Houses Tenant Patrol, Lands End 2 Resident Association, LES Dwellers, Lower East Side Anti-Displacement Project, Mujeres y Hombres Luchadoras, National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, Orchard Street Block Association, Professor Peter Kwong from CUNY-Hunter, Project Reach, Sixth Street Community Center, Professor Juanita Díaz-Cotto from SUNY-Binghamton