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Moving at the Speed of Trust

Communities can own and protect land for public good through community land trusts! The Oakland Community Land Trust, or OakCLT, has been protecting community access to land in partnership with residents and community-based organizations since 2009. We got to visit last [...]

Courageous Compassion

People who live in neighborhoods everywhere are in the best position to develop them! At the 596 Acres Community Land Access Booth this September, we share info about the vacant lots and buildings in your life and how you and your neighbors can organize to transform [...]

We Make the Road [That Becomes the Infrastructure] by Walking

Blossoms in NYC: In the past two weeks, we facilitated 596 Acres’ summer workshop (photo above and here) and the community land access workshop at NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative’s July meeting (photos here and here; slides here; you can become a member-investor here, or sign up for the [...]

News from the Acres: Don’t Ignore History. Face It.

JOIN 596 ACRES THIS SUNDAY ON THE BAY FOR OUR SUMMER WORKSHOP! Our summer workshop is this Sunday, July 23 from 3pm to 6pm at the Rockaway Summer House (504 Beach 68th Street in Arverne – photo here). Learn from folks who have successfully organized with [...]

News from the Acres: The Right to the City Is Really the Right to Make Ourselves

We have protected nearly 400 community spaces from this year’s Department of Finance tax lien sale together! At our rally last week (press and photos), Council Member Antonio Reynoso introduced new legislation that will exempt nonprofits going forward! Find out here if your elected advocates sponsor it, thank them if they [...]

News from the Acres: The Infinite Unity of Our Mutual Needs

PROTECTING OUR PLACES: IT’S WORKING! As a result of our collective advocacy, 361 active community properties are no longer at risk! The deadline for illegally-taxed nonprofit-owned properties to not have their improperly-charged debt sold to private investors was delayed to next Friday, [...]

News from the Acres: Our Golden Garden Glove Affair Gala Is Tomorrow Night!

Environmental justice is an ongoing struggle, and we’re here to support the communities taking it on. We just launched a new round of inventorying unused Parks Department buildings to identify more places for neighbors to create the community resources we need and [...]

News from the Acres: A Room Full of Citymaking Heroes

We connect New Yorkers with information needed to make our city shine. A ticket to this golden experience will support our work and lead to more space for community. Get yours! THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY PROPERTIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS Last Friday, May [...]

News from the Acres: Every Day Is Earth Day When We Steward Our City

ACT NOW TO CHANGE POLICY – Help Pass the Housing Not Warehousing Act! More than half of our elected advocates in city council support the Housing Not Warehousing Act, a set of bills that will add transparency and accountability to vacant public and [...]

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