MEDIAPOCALYPSE’s most recent video stars The Surreal Estate’s own Elyssa White! MEDIAPOCALYPSE is an emerging new media project to celebrate and inspire community work and grassroots activism. In this video, Elyssa highlights the importance of tenant organizing in the ongoing struggle for fair and affordable housing.
Here, Elyssa reaches out to tenants who live in what has come to be known as the “Milbank Portfolio,” a group of 10 buildings in the Bronx that were bought out of foreclosure by Steve Finkelstein earlier this year. Tenant Ruben Vidal discusses the conditions issues associated with predatory equity and his & his neighbors’ continuing struggle with speculative landlords.
Special thanks to Nina Reyes Rosenberg of MEDIAPOCALYPSE for her support!
The Surreal Estate is made up of the Organizing and Policy Department of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board. We are motivated by our belief that all building residents have a say in what happens in their homes, and that tenants have an inherent right to assert their collective vision about how their homes should look and feel. The views and opinions expressed in these posts are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board as an organization.
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