The Justice for 128 Hester Campaign is sponsored by Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE). AAFE is a 38-year-old community-based, non-profit organization established to advocate for equal opportunities for all, with offices in Chinatown/Lower East Side of Manhattan, Flushing/Elmhurst of Queens, and Sunset Park in Brooklyn. Our programs and services include affordable housing development, homeownership counseling, immigration services, housing rights and entitlement service counseling, civil rights advocacy, economic development, and youth development
On August 5, 2009, 8 families – 29 people – residing at 128 Hester Street in Manhattan’s Chinatown, lost their homes due to the intentional neglect of the building’s owner, William Su. After purchasing the building in July 2007, William Su did little to correct any problems even though the building conditions jeopardized the lives of the 8 families living in the building.
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