November 2016 Committee Reports

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 to participate in finding great projects for us. To that end, we created a game to help everyone learn what a “great project” might look like, and we played it at our October 26 All-Member Meeting!

Even if you missed the meeting, you can still play: instructions and materials are here! Play it with your friends, a group of member-investors, your family, a mission-aligned organization, or a group of neighbors who want to secure space for community, small/cooperative businesses, and culture in their neighborhoods. We hope that this game will help us see opportunities to save the city we love from vanishing and to create the city we want to live in.

You can also use the Does It Fit Us? cards to start conversations with folks who use, work in, or own spaces in your neighborhood that matter, or that really could!

See all the slides from our October 26 All-Member Meeting here. We are continuing towards our goal of full roll-out by April 2017! We are vetting potential projects, working with our lawyers to finalize our bylaws and register with the NYS Attorney General, and more. Stay tuned to our Event Calendar for the next open meetings! Contact us at and (718) 316-6092 ext. 5.

Art & Media Update

We are working with Roy Rub and Seth Labenz of Topos Graphics (thank you so much! for doing this pro bono for the REIC!) on a new graphic identity for the REIC. Some alternative versions will be ready very soon for review – and for you to let us know what you think!

We will be featured in the Laura Flanders Show, and they have shared hours of footage with us, from our past All-Member meeting. If you have the time and energy to select clips that you feel are most important, please email

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REIC University Update

In July, REIC U hosted a film screening and discussion of the documentary, Rerooting the Motor City: Notes on a City in Transformation, in collaboration with its producers, Paper Tiger Television. The film explores Detroit’s radical history, philosophy, and the ongoing collective efforts to create community control of space and development. After the film, attendees created “problem trees,” exploring core challenges the film raised, their roots, tactics to address them, and outcomes of these tactics.

In the coming months, REIC U will continue hosting film screenings and panel discussions. (Look for an upcoming event in mid-December!)

The committee will return to organizing a training for REIC members regarding cooperative membership and community engagement, creating an official Wikipedia page, maintaining an up-to-date and centrally organized series of presentations and printed materials to educate new members on the status of the REIC, creating blog posts about other cooperative real estate ventures and more. Let us know:

Do these scoping criteria adequately reflect the your vision of the REIC?


CORB: Community Outreach & Relationship Building Update

We are re-starting CORB, now that we are ready to vet projects – join us!

The former PBIG: Public Buildings Inventory Group seeks new members with great community organizing skills. We are looking for those who can help us build our community engagement model and educate the membership in best practices in how to reach out to communities and work together with them, in a horizontal, democratic, grassroots way.

We are also looking for members who can help with translation, where necessary – whether from Spanish, Chinese, Russian, or other languages.

In September and October, CORB and SC member Adele Eisenstein received a certificate from Citizens Committee for New York City for completing their Neighborhood Leadership Institute workshop series, which will be offered again in January-February 2017, and is well worth taking – see:

We are currently planning our next meeting, and you can always contact us at: nycreic– to get involved.

Grievance Committee Update

As REIC plans for extensive membership growth, we are preparing for the eventuality of interpersonal conflicts and conflicts of interest. The Grievance Committee is applying to be a client of the Harvard Mediation and Negotiation Clinic Program for the Spring 2017 semester. If selected, a team of law students will recommend a design for the REIC dispute resolution system.

We are seeking volunteers to manage the relationship between the students and REIC members. Please reach out to to sign up.

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