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New York's most racist paper hates us. We must be doing something right.
We've always known that the New York Post hates us. In the past ten years, they've written FOUR editorials bashing us, calling us "vagrants with lawyers" and "smelly."
So we weren't surprised to see this inaccurate, misleading, and inflammatory article about us in Sunday's Post.
In fact, we're proud that New York City's most racist and reactionary newspaper doesn't like us. This is the same paper that runs op-ed pieces telling Blacks and Latinos that if they don't want to be stopped-and-frisked by the cops, they shouldn't commit so many crimes.
BUT in typical racist New York Post fashion, the article implies that homeless people (more than 90% of whom are Black and Latino) are all pimps, vagrants, thieves, and addicts. And because PTH believes in building power for homeless people to fight back, they're trying hard to destroy us an organization. And that is not OK.
That's why this Thursday, at 11AM, we'll be holding a press conference at the offices of the New York Post, to call them out on their racism and their support for a corrupt political machine that is blocking progressive housing bills at the State and City levels, effectively keeping tens of thousands of people homeless so that landlords and politicians can get rich.
11AM - Thursday, March 29th, 2012
at the offices of the New York Post
1211 Avenue of the Americas (at 48th Street) (B/D/F/M to 47th-50th Street/Rockefeller Center)
Stay tuned for more details. And follow hashtag #NYPostRacist for more on the subject of the New York Post's racism. We'll also be revisiting some of the Post's greatest hits, like this editorial from 2010, where New Yorkers of color are told that the issue isn't racist stop-and-frisk policies, it's that they "break the law."
The real scandal isn't that New York City spent $240,000 in the past four years on an organization that calls for policy changes, it's that New York City spent almost THREE BILLION DOLLARS in the same period on a broken shelter system where homeless people are institutionalized instead of housed. The Department of Homeless Service's budget is MUCH larger than HPD's—meaning the city spends much more on shelter than on housing.
New York City has NO PLAN TO BRING DOWN THE RIDICULOUS RENTS that are causing so much hardship to working New Yorkers. That's the real scandal that the New York Post is covering up. That's what we're trying to do something about.
That's where we need your help.