New Economy Project visits with Village Preservation to share important and fascinating information about community land trusts — nonprofit corporations that hold land on behalf of a place-based community, while serving as the long-term steward for affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces and other community assets on behalf of that community. What is their history in our neighborhoods and beyond? How can community land trusts help us take more control of the land use where we live?
Learning from both the successes of community land trusts in our area as well as the organizing work New Economy Project is doing with the New York City Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI), we will learn about successful, ongoing, and contemplated efforts in our city. Learn more and find out how you can get involved in this movement.
Will Spisak (He/Him) joined New Economy Project’s staff in February 2021. Will is a lifelong New Yorker from Queens committed to fighting for economic justice and an equitable city. For over a decade, Will has worked as an organizer and advocate with immigrant and working class communities. Before joining New Economy Project, he served for five years as a Program Director at Chhaya Community Development Corporation, where he expanded tenant organizing and foreclosure prevention services, organized small businesses to fight commercial displacement, started a community land trust initiative, and led the citywide campaign to legalize safe basement apartments. At New Economy Project, Will supports key campaigns, including the community land trust and public bank campaigns, and works as part of the development team. In addition, Will is an adjunct instructor in the Urban Studies department at Queens College. He holds a master’s degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree from Queens College.
The New Economy Project’s mission is to build an economy that works for all, based on cooperation, equity, social and racial justice, and ecological sustainability. They pursue lasting, transformational change by supporting cooperative and community-controlled development, and by challenging corporations that harm communities and perpetuate inequality and poverty. New Economy Project believes a world is possible in which all people live in safe, healthy, thriving communities, and that fundamental change is needed to achieve that world.
- Thursday, April 7, 2022
- 6:00 pm