May 2017 Newsletter
April 2017 Committee Reports
Report-back from the Quarterly All-Member Meeting:
We held our Quarterly All-Member Meeting on May 7th at Word Up Community Bookstore on Amsterdam Ave at 165th Street in Washington Heights! Find about about the many ways this bookstore is serving, preserving and building the neighborhood, and their open hours, at wordupbooks.com. We hope some of us can join them for their 6th birthday party, which will be a free block party with live music, readings, painting, and more on Saturday, June 17th, 11am–6pm (plus a $10 cover dance party starting at 7pm)!
In the first half of the meeting, members
March 2017 Committee Reports
All-Member Quarterly Meeting- MAY 7th!
We invite all members of the REIC, as well as anyone interested in joining our cooperative, to our Spring 2017 quarterly All-Member Meeting! Join us to hear updates from our Founding Board, view the roadmap for us moving forward that was developed at our strategic planning meeting in March, hear report-backs from committees, and get more involved by joining a new working group. Also on the agenda – an interactive session where REIC members new and old can learn and ask questions about our business model and structure.
Come 10 minutes early or stay 10
February 2017 Committee Reports
Report-back on the NYC REIC Organizational Planning Meeting
The Founding Board, led by Oksana, held a well-attended organizational planning meeting to plan our strategy and a timeline for the long-term, over the course of the next year. The workshop sessions were facilitated by Lauryl Berger-Chun at Mayday Community Space, and we started with a delicious Lebanese lunch from another (woman-owned and run) cooperative, Emigre Gourmet.
The workshop sessions allowed for the greatest inclusion of member input and discussion, as we thought about where the REIC stands now, where we are trying to get over the coming year, and
January 2017 Committee Reports
Join us for the NYC REIC Organizational Planning Meeting
Mayday Community Space
176 St. Nicholas Street
Sunday, March 5th
We are at a point in the NYC REIC’s trajectory where we are actively considering investment projects, thinking about fundraising, and generally deciding what the NYC REIC is going to look like in the near future.
To make sure the NYC REIC develops intentionally and with member input, the Founding Board is hosting a facilitated organizational planning session. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here by February 27, 2017.
As this will be a sequential, facilitated meeting,
December 2016 Committee Reports
ALL MEMBER MEETING JANUARY 28TH!
Saturday, January 28th
22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.
LIC, NY 11101
geodesic dome in the courtyard
PLEASE RSVP HERE TO ENSURE SMOOTH ENTRY INTO PS1
We are very excited to be able to host this meeting at MoMa PS1, and wish to thank everyone involved for their generosity.
On the agenda: Update from your Steering Committee on where we stand in achieving the aims of the REIC, with a review of our adopted Bylaws, and a presentation on a potential first collaboration project by Nat Roe, Executive Director, Flux Factory,
November 2016 Committee Reports
REIC U Update
Thursday, Dec. 15! REIC U Film screening/discussion and potluck dinner at Union Docs!
7-11pm at UnionDocs
322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211
We will be screening Kelly Anderson’s 2012 documentary, “My Brooklyn,” the story of her journey to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. It raises questions of how we can heal the deep racial wounds embedded in our urban development patterns, and how we can become active in fixing a broken city planning process. We will hold breakout discussions after the film to discuss its themes and their applications
Does It Fit Us? An activity for learning to see potential NYC REIC projects
Steering Committee and the October All-Member Meeting
In the wake of the Election results, after taking a moment to breathe, we know that our work here – and all kinds of organizing work – around a new economy, as well as social and humanitarian issues, not to mention the environment – is so much more vital than ever. We need to gather together, become stronger together, and work for the values, rights and principles we believe in. We are here – in cooperation – in solidarity. Join us, build with us.
We aim for all our member-investors to be able
October 2016 Committee Reports
The Draft Project Selection Criteria (version 8), created by members of our Scoping Committee, is a checklist that can be applied to potential properties to see if they fit our scope. It will only let through projects that fit our mission of investing in permanently affordable space for community, small business and cultural use in NYC.
Our goal is for all our member-investors to be able to participate in finding the right projects for us. The Draft Project Selection Criteria is like a pair of glasses: when member-investors wear them, opportunities become visible.
This brief activity was created by
July 2016 Committee Reports
Steering Committee Update
Getting Our Legal Ducks in a Row
It’s possible to create the alternatives we need when we play with the mechanisms that determine real estate. Your Steering Committee has been working with lawyers from Lincoln Square Legal Services’ (LSLS) Community Economic Development Clinic of Fordham Law School, led by founding member Paula Z. Segal, and at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, to register with the NYS Attorney General to fundraise for collective real estate investment through the LLC we will incorporate. The package we need to submit to the NYS AG’s office describing our model, and
Steering Committee Update
Together with our other workgroups and committees, your Steering Committee is continuing to build capacity for the NYC REIC. At our June 12 open meeting, we presented our proposal for the legal entity that the NYC REIC should form, based on research of the Fordham Law School Clinic and input from the Governance Committee. You can see the slides from the legal team’s presentation here.
Your Steering Committee has decided to implement one of the legal structures outlined by the Fordham’s group: we will form a Member-Controlled Not for Profit Corporation with special purpose entity Limited