2002-03-30 / Letters

Setting The Record Straight

Setting The Record Straight

Dear Editor;

First and foremost, I had hoped that it would not be necessary to respond to J.T. Holland's many attacks against me and the national organization of which I am the President. Because of his continued frenzy and your responsibility to the equal and fair publishing of letters to and from the community, let me set the record straight.

I hope that you will allow the full contents of my response to be published, in light of the many letters that you have published for J.T. Holland that were against me and the many organizations I represent. That being said, let me respond to the most recent letter that appeared in last week's issue, which was entitled "Tenant Association Meeting."

First of all, Mr. Holland failed to tell you or include his account of a legal battle he is engaged in with the New York City Housing Authority. The truth of the matter is that the attorney Mr. Holland refers to in his letter was secured by me to represent him. Mr. Holland's tenancy in public housing was on the brink of termination because he was considered an undesirable tenant.

As the National President of the only organization in this country, Everywhere and Now Public Housing Residents Organizations Nationally Together (ENPHRONT), advocating on behalf of 2.7 million subsidized families, it is our advocacy work that is responsible for J.T. Holland's continued tenancy in public housing today.

Notwithstanding, the fact the Holland, a former Tenants Association President of Beach 41st Street Houses, was removed as President four months into his three year term due to a NO vote of confidence by his Executive Board. His replacement, Ms. Lizzie Brown, represents the caliber of leadership that ENPHRONT, which is located in all 50 states, continues to promote and support. We support her because of her contribution in helping to influence public housing policy on a federal level; which is why public housing is still the oldest affordable housing program in America today, in spite of attempts to eliminate the program.

Finally, just to set the record straight once again; it was not the Democratic Party or the Kennedy administration of the late 60's that is responsible for what J.T. Holland refers to as "taking away people of color's ambition and initiatives." Holland and his writer would serve themselves well if they would stop looking and talking like fools, and learn the history of public housing before they speak. I would strongly recommend that they connect these dots; "Searching for a Sound Negro Policy: A Racial Agenda for the Housing Acts of 1949 and 1954."

If J.T Holland and his writer would like to challenge me, any time, on public housing and its history, I suggest they bring breakfast, lunch and dinner because it's going to be a long day.

ED WILLIAMS

PRESIDENT

ENPHRONT


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