The following is a copy of the original email sent to residents of 2020 Broadway and 143 West 69 Street in January when people began to ask "Why?"
- Raped twice (as the result of broken front door locks and broken roof access
- Burglarized (same reasons as above)
- An intruder gained access (again through the roof – landlord negligence) and jumped onto my air conditioner, putting his fist through my bedroom window and accessing my apartment. I was held hostage, at knife point, for five days until I managed to escape.
I went into full time research mode and since I am a renters’ advocate (and have, in the past advocated against the Red Cross on behalf of Hurricane Katrina survivors – getting the Red Cross to release $200 million dollars they were going to leave with + use the money instead to help Katrina survivors).
As I met with neighbors we began to share stories and almost everyone had a horror story, a lack of repair issue, a sexual harassment story; it was clear to me we needed to unit to ensure our collective voices were heard. It didn't stop at #143 or #2020 - I discovered the same pattern of abuse and neglect and health related breaches with other buildings owned by our landlord.