This election season has been, if nothing else, interesting, particularly for those (like me) who believed that money was fast becoming the sole determinant to political success. This election season will probably go down in history as the season of the outsider. … Read more...
2015 – The Year of [fill in the blank]
By Harold DeRienzo
How will 2015 be remembered? Will it be viewed as the Year of ISIS, or the Year of the Beginning of the End of ISIS? Will it be seen as the year that Republican obstructionism and anti-government rhetoric came home to roost, personified in the Presidential run of Donald Trump? … Read more...
Organize or Perish Supplement
By Harry DeRienzo
At our Annual Meet & Greet event, held on December 4, 2015, the Reverend Theodora Brooks, pastor of a local church and Vice Chairperson of the Banana Kelly board, was tapped to give the opening invocation. However, given the events of this year, she said it was difficult, if not irresponsible, not to take explicit notice of the extremism that appears to be manifesting itself in so many destructive and fatal ways in our country at this time, most recently given the mass shooting in San Bernadino and the long-delayed video of the killing of Laquan MacDonald in Chicago. … Read more...
Organize or Perish
Harry DeRienzo’s Keynote Address at the 6th Annual Meet & Greet, December 6, 2015.
Organize or Perish. This is our theme for this year. It is a theme that comes straight from our resident leadership. It is a theme that is not simply an act of hyperbole. … Read more...
White is All Right — By Harold DeRienzo
In a recent decision, the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that beyond “race,” color, in and of itself, can raise a bias claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this particular case, a certain waitress and bartender named Esna Etienne was passed over for a managerial position, which was given, according to her complaint, to a less qualified white employee. … Read more...
Testimony at the RBA Hearing – Carolyn Waring
From the testimony of Carolyn Waring
Responsible Banking Act Hearing Testimony
February 12 2015
My name is Carolyn Waring. I’ve lived in the Bronx for over 50 years and am a leader in the Banana Kelly Resident Council and a board member of Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association.
Testimony at the RBA CIAB Bronx Hearing – Harold DeRienzo
From the testimony of Harold DeRienzo
RBA CIAB Bronx Hearing
Bronx Borough Hall
Thursday, February 12, 2015
My name is Harry DeRienzo. I am the President and CEO of Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc. in the South Bronx. I am also Vice President of the Association of Housing and Neighborhood Development and General Counsel to a group, the Parodneck Foundation, that provides mortgage counseling and mortgage foreclosure assistance to homeowners.… Read more...
Our Legacy – Our Future
Speech given by Harry DeRienzo at Banana Kelly’s 5th Annual Meet & Greet, December 5th 2014.
Community Development, as we know it, is at a crossroads. When our work began some 40 years ago, the “inner city” was in crisis and residents came together to respond to the crises of terrible housing conditions, no and low paying jobs, disinvestment, arson, crime and more. … Read more...
A Case for Community Land Trusts – By Harold DeRienzo
At some point in human history, there was no wealth, only survival based upon individual and collective capacity. Wealth was not a conceptual reality. But over time as communities formed through human settlements, land became a valuable asset. And still later, there came a prevalent belief that all wealth was derived from land.… Read more...
Good Society – Creating What Cannot Be Created — A Reply
By Harold DeRienzo
My friend Dr. Sahd maintains that a “Good Society” cannot be created. And then goes on to explain how society is created. What is to be made of this? If men create societies through willful cooperation and interaction, why is it beyond their collective capacity to create a good society, meaning a society that works as effectively as possible with benefits to the greatest number?… Read more...