Mission & Purpose of the Coalition
The Justice for All Coalition formed in April of 2016 in Astoria / Long Island City to address community needs, including housing and jobs, particularly with the coming rezoning of our neighborhood. As our community continues to face increasing development pressure, we are joining together with other residents, faith communities, labor organizations, and community groups to assure that coming development actually benefits the current residents of Astoria / Long Island City.
Our mission is to inform, educate and organize the community to become united around a shared vision for our neighborhood, and be proactive regarding zoning, development and other quality of life issues impacting our neighborhoods. In the 2.5 years since, we’ve been educating and organizing our neighbors, aiming to build a local movement that can advocate for the needs of our community.
Our Demands and Commitments
Our 5 point plan includes (See full report from June 2017):
- No rezoning of the LIC “Core” unless money from private development can be leveraged to support NYCHA – our real affordable housing resource.
- No selling off of public land to profit-hungry developers.
- No LIC rezoning or development in Sunnyside yards without true community input and integrated planning.
- Preserve and build new green and open space.
- Support the Small Business Jobs Survival Act to protect local business.
On Saturday Oct. 27, 2018, we held a rally for NYCHA and Western Queens. At that rally, we released the following statement outlining our demands:
This coalition has a proactive commitment to provide the facts and necessary information needed to make informed decisions to our community, specifically related to the rezoning process. Research is a major component to achieving this goal. A second and more interactive component are forums, seminars & presentations. We will also develop outreach tools to assure that there are opportunities for residents, especially those often left behind in planning processes, to understand and shape development in our community. This includes developing surveys, door knocking, phone banking, flyering, postcards, social media, and outreach at faith based services and community events. After informing and educating our community, we will mobilize together behind a shared set of principles for just development in Astoria / Long Island City. We will work with our elected officials and city staff to assure that the planning and zoning changes reflect those principles. When necessary, we will voice our concerns both in meetings and publically, to assure that the community needs and desires are reflected. This can include petitions, public demonstrations, marches and other tactics. Presently we are focusing much of our efforts on forming a community plan.
Read more about what JFAC has been up to in the last year:
JFA in the News!
OCT 19, 2017: Awaiting a City Plan, LIC Groups Sketch out Red Lines around Rezoning. By Abigail Savitch-Lew, City Limits.
OCT 17, 2017: Van Bramer Says He’ll Listen to Public Housing Residents on Rezonings. By Abigail Savitch-Lew, City Limits.
JUNE 29, 2017: Coalition opposes area gentrification. By Neglah Sharma, Queens Chronicle.
JUNE 20, 2017: Queens Advocates See Triple Threat: LIC Rezoning, BQX Streetcar, Sunnyside Yards Plan. By Amelia Spittal, City Limits.
JUNE 6, 2017: Queensbridge, Van Bramer March for Justice For All. By Thomas Cogan, Queens Gazette.
MARCH 14, 2017: NYCHA Worries Drive Doubts About Long Island City Rezoning. By Abigail Savitch-Lew, City Limits.
MARCH 2, 2017: Report Finds Rezonings Threaten Auto-Repair Industry. By Abigail Savitch-Lew, City Limits.
FEB 1, 2017: Long Island City residents are wary of city plans to rezone part of their neighborhood. By Angela Matua, Qns.
FEB 1, 2017: City Planners in LIC Must Contend with Flaws in Bloomberg-Era Rezoning. By Abigail Savitch-Lew, City Limits.
JAN 31, 2017: Anti-gentrification groups prepare for city’s rezoning push in Long Island City. By Bill Parry, TIMESLedger.
NOV 17, 2016: Growing fears of over gentrification in Qns. By Kari Lindberg, Queens Chronicle.
NOV 11, 2016: Justice for All Coaliton Meeting Comes Together. By Thomas Cogan, Queens Gazette.
JUNE 9, 2016: Past Rezonings Shape Long Island City’s Feelings about De Blasio Plan. By Abigail Savitch-Lew, City Limits.
MAY 10, 2016: Astoria Residents Meet De Blasio’s “Foolish” $2.5 Billion Streetcar. By Emma Whitford, Gothamist.