By Joe Maniscalco | LABORPRESS | January 19, 2018
"He should be out here fighting for workers and the homeless, and the small businesses — that's what Schumer should be doing," Rogers told LaborPress. "Instead, he's in there hobnobbing with REBNY — the ones responsible for exacerbating and creating the homeless crisis in this city. He's sitting in there with the people that are busting the unions. REBNY is not just busting the construction unions — they're against all unions. They want a union-free environment."
Chuck Schumer Jeered Outside REBNY Gala
Labor unions, tenants and small business representatives protested outside REBNY's annual $1200 a ticket fundraising event honoring Sen. Chuck Schumer at the New York Hilton Midtown Manhattan
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Fight for Tenants! Fight for Construction Workers! Fight for Small Businesses!
Fight for the Homeless! Fight to Save Neighborhoods & Historic Buildings!
Fight for justice! Stop REBNY!
By Rey Mashayekhi | Commercial Observer | January 17, 2018
"My objective is to greatly diminish the political power of REBNY and to make REBNY something that you would not recognize today," Rogers told Commercial Observer. "What REBNY should be in the business of is working with the vast majority of their membership, which is real estate agents and brokers, to help them buy and rent and sell properties. They should not have their dirty hands and their dirty money in politics, trying to undermine labor protections for construction workers and undermine every kind of rent control and rent stabilization."
Upon launching last May, the Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies produced and released a five-minute animated film entitled "Bullies," which screened at the annual Workers Unite Film Festival. The animated short blames REBNY-backed policies for exacerbating high commercial rents that price out small businesses and for fostering unsafe working conditions on construction sites (in addition to drawing a curious, if unclear, connection between REBNY and real estate industry investment in the tobacco industry).
By Joe Maniscalco | LaborPress | January 14, 2018
On the newest episode of LaborPress' Blue Collar Buzz, Corporate Campaign, Inc. founder Ray Rogers talks about the protest planned for Thursday night's REBNY awards gala.
December 29, 2017
Office of Senator Chuck Schumer
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Schumer,
As a concerned citizen and registered democrat, I began writing to you to voice my displeasure after learning that you agreed to accept an award at the 122nd Annual Banquet of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). This annual gala event serves both as a major fundraiser and public relations tool to legitimize both REBNY and its leadership as being socially conscientious and benefiting New Yorkers.
Then I received a series of emails from you saying, "Ray Rogers, I need you to send $5 to Jon Tester. Here's why: Jon Tester's Montana Election could decide whether Democrats win back the Senate...But Citizen's United just endorsed Jon's opponent...If 1,000 Democrats don't chip in right now, we could lose this seat. Ray Rogers, I'm personally counting on you. Will you please rush an online donation to help take back the Senate?"
Senator Schumer, I am sure you are familiar with the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) in New York State which is primarily bankrolled by REBNY. I'm sure you must realize from numerous news stories how upset, angry and frustrated fellow Democrats are over how the IDC, consisting of 8 Democratic senators, vote with the Republicans enabling them to maintain control of the New York State Senate particularly as it relates to the interests of the heavyweights in the real estate industry. This means eroding and nullifying rent stabilization laws, weakening laws aimed at protecting and benefiting workers and small businesses and keeping billions of dollars of corporate welfare in the form unnecessary tax abatements and subsidies flowing to wealthy developers, landlords and property speculators.
The fact is the policies and practices of REBNY, and what I refer to as the bullies and racketeers who head it, are running roughshod over the 99% and doing great harm to tenants, construction workers, small businesses and their employees throughout your state and particularly New York City.
On our website, www.stopREBNYbullies.org, thirty-six New York City political candidates who ran in 2017 are shown repudiating REBNY by posing for photos holding a flyer entitled, "Beware of REBNY: Real Estate BULLIES Plaguing New York." In the coming months, we expect many more city and state candidates and incumbents who have the courage and integrity to stand up to REBNY to be added to the list.
Linked below is a flyer promoting a peaceful demonstration that will take place during the January 18th REBNY event.
Perhaps you should seriously consider removing yourself from this or any other event that legitimizes and helps fund REBNY.
By Shirley Irons | Street Hype | November 1-18, 2017
"Prominent labor and human rights advocate, Ray Rogers, has launched a counterattack against the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) asserting that REBNY more appropriately stands for Real Estate Bullies of New York.
"Rogers claims, 'REBNY's top policymakers are a cartel of billionaire bullies and racketeers.' Their abuse of political power is at the core of NYC's lack of affordable housing and homeless crisis leaving 62,000 living in shelters and thousands more in the streets. Rogers says these conditions are exacerbated by REBNY orchestrated rezoning plans leading to 'hyper-gentrification on steroids.'
"Millions of residents face displacement and thousands of small businesses are shutting down, Rogers explains, 'as profit-driven landlords and property speculators are charging exorbitant rents and finding more ways to evict renters from their apartments, shops and offices.'
"Rogers says 'REBNY corrupts our political system by feeding compliant politicians with fat campaign contributions to see things their way.' Two glaring examples are ..."
By Joe Maniscalco | LaborPress | October 23, 2017
"If you've ever wondered why rents are so high in New York City, the latest episode of Blue Collar Buzz is for you. On it, we have an extensive conversation with Ray Rogers, director of the watchdog group, Corporate Campaign, about the power the Real Estate Board of New York [REBNY] wields in this town — and why that's not a good thing." (Read More)
Ray Rogers, interviewed by Joe Maniscalco Labor Press Radio's Blue Collar Buzz October 22, 2017, talks about the Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies and two NYC labor leaders at the forefront of the struggle.
Ray Rogers discusses with radio host Arthur Schwartz REBNY's dirty money in politics and its assault on rent stabilization, small businesses and construction unions.
Ray Rogers and Bennett Kremen discusses the Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies on The Diana Montford Show (10-6-2017).
Ray Rogers discusses the Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies on WBAI (9-12-2017).
Frank Craven spotlights REBNY (Real Estate Board of New York), described as a cartel run by racketeers and bullies and one of the worst plagues to hit NYC, with guests Ray Rogers & Ben Kremen on his Manhattan Neighborhood Network TV show "Authority vs Majority: What's Ailing/Healing America." Published on Aug 25, 2017.
East Harlem resident Ray Rogers speaks out against REBNY and REBNY/NYC's rezoning policies at Community Board 11 Task Force meeting. on 6/16/17.
Ray Rogers condemns NYC's rezoning policies as REBNY policies that benefit fat cat developers like Rob and Jerry Speyer (Tishman Speyer), Jed Walentas (Two Trees Management), Gary Barnett (Extell Development Company) and Daniel Brodsky (The Brodsky Organization). Rogers says REBNY is run by "bullies and racketeers" while speaking at Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's rezoning hearing in East Harlem (7-13-17).
Ray Rogers on LaborPress "Blue Collar Buzz" AM970 Discussing NYC Construction Trades and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) May 21, 2017.
By Joe Maniscalco | LaborPress | May 19, 2017
"In an episode of LaborPress' 'Blue Collar Buzz' airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, Corporate Campaign, Inc. leader Ray Rogers says REBNY's longstanding power to corrupt elected officials, drive up rents and erode construction safety standards citywide, can be greatly 'diminished' through coordinated efforts.
"'In fact, I believe we can make REBNY an institution you would not recognize from what it is today,' Rogers says. 'But I need the support of every labor union out there. Not just the Building Trades, but others, too.'
"To help drive the point home about the need to reform the Real Estate Board of New York, Rogers has helped produce a five-minute animation called 'REBNY Bullies' which uses caustic humor to castigate the high-powered organization and its activities.
"The next public showing of 'REBNY Bullies' is Tuesday, May 23, at 6 p.m., as part of the Workers Unite Film Festival, Penn South, 343, 8th Avenue." (Read More)
Eddie Small | The Real Deal | May 09, 2017
Prominent labor organizer Ray Rogers says the Real Estate Board of New York is responsible for some of New York City's biggest problems, and he's releasing a short animated film that takes aim at the lobbying group...
Rogers will debut the anti-REBNY film "Bullies" on Tuesday evening at Cinema Village Movie Theater during the pro-union Workers Unite Film Festival, according to Crain's.
REBNY — which represents landlords, developers and real estate brokers — has contributed to a host of crises in New York, including a shortage of affordable housing, small businesses shutting down or getting displaced, increasing injuries to construction workers, and corruption in politics, Rogers claims.
He said he was motivated to make the film, which runs five minutes, after witnessing what he described as unsafe construction practices by nonunion labor at a site in Dumbo... (Read More)
By Daniel Geiger | Crain's New York | May 9, 2017
Ray Rogers, who has directed campaigns against giant companies such as Coca-Cola, is debuting a five minute animated film that he says will highlight the harm the Real Estate Board of New York has caused in the city. The film, called Bullies will be played on Tuesday evening at Cinema Village Movie Theater, as part of the Workers Unite Film Festival, a collection of pro-union productions.
A promotional image for the short shows an illustrated picture of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan and a giant "REBNY" emblazoned foot stepping down on it.
In an online leaflet entitled "Beware of REBNY Real Estate Bullies Plaguing New York", Rogers blames real estate magnates for many of the city's housing challenges. "The film shows how REBNY is a major reason why we have a homeless crisis, why we have small businesses shutting down, serious injuries on construction jobs and corruption in politics," Rogers said. (Read More)
Ray Rogers on LaborPress "Blue Collar Buzz" AM970 Discussing NYC Construction Trades and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) November 20, 2016.