Ava Farkas

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Ava Farkas

Ava Farkas is a New York City activist. Daughter of Frank Farkas and Louise Farkas.

Grand daughter of communist Edna Farkas.

Housing activism

April 2015 the Metropolitan Council on Housing, one of New York’s leading voices for tenants and tenant rights, announcedthat it had hired Ava Farkas as its new executive director. She replaces Jaron Benjamin, who left last November to work at the HIV/AIDS advocacy group Housing Works.

Farkas brings a well-established history of organizing on behalf of working people and progressive causes, having organized for the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition on the Kingsbridge Armory redevelopment; the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union’s living-wage campaign; the South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative, and most recently serving as chief of staff for City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso of Brooklyn.

“With New York’s rent regulations expiring this June, this is a make-or-break year for families in rent-regulated housing,” said Farkas. “At this critical time, it’s an honor to join an organization with a 50-year history of fighting for tenant rights, and I am excited to get to work to strengthen New York’s rent laws, repeal the laws that eliminate rent-stabilized housing, and help preserve affordable housing for working families.”

“We are excited to be going into this fight with a new director who has Ava’s breadth of experience and commitment to tenant rights,” said Jackie Del Valle, chair of Met Council’s board of directors. “With rent regulations set to expire this year, we knew that we needed a strong leader for the organization and it’s clear that Ava is the right person for this challenging role.”

Met Council is a nonprofit that has been organizing tenants and supporters for 50 years. Farkas is taking the lead at a time when skyrocketing rents across the city are forcing more and more families out of their homes. As part of the Real Rent Reform coalition, Met Council will be working with other tenants’ rights groups this year to push for vital reforms to preserve New York’s dwindling supply of affordable housing.

“This is a critical year for housing policy in New York, because this is the year when we decide whether we finally break from the failed policy of vacancy decontrol to permanently protect affordable housing for working families,” she says. “We know that the deep-pocketed real-estate lobby will try to use their money and influence to harm tenants, but at the end of the day we have the numbers and Albany needs to stand strong for tenants.”[1]

Left Forum 2011

The Living Wage - a UK-US dialogue: Sponsored by: Living Wage Campaign

Better World Awards

New York Friends of the People's World Newspaper in Honoring the Contributions of Outstanding New Yorkers at our Annual Awards Luncheon Celebration, November 7 2015.

This years theme is "The Challenge of 2016: Forging the Unity of the 99%"

Lifetime Achievement Honorees:

Amina Baraka - Renowned poet, singer and legendary activist and leader of the Black Arts movement & Ricky Eisenberg - Lifelong trade unionist and leader of the Communist Party of New York (CPUSA). Author of "Fast Food Workers on the Cutting Edge"

Better World Honorees:


Ava Farkas May 28, 2015 ·


With Joel Feingold, Esteban Giron and Seth David Tobocman.

Albany rent control arrests

June 3, 2015 ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS 10) - The New York State Police arrested dozens of people, including a few lawmakers, at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. Protesters blocked the entrance to the Hall of Governors and refused to move. They were protesting rent control regulations. State Police arrested 55 people for Disorderly Conduct. According to police, three Assembly members, three Senators, and three New York City council members were arrested.

Senators Bill Perkins, Adriano Espaillat, and Brad Holyman, as well as Assembly members Richard Gottfried, Rodneyse Bichotte, and Maritza Davila-Amador were among the lawmakers charged.

Everyone who was arrested was issued appearance tickets for the City of Albany County split among June 10, June 11 and June 12.

The following were arrested, according to NYSP:

Communist Party tabling

Estevan Nembhard, August 11, 2015. ·

We are tabling at Harlem Week this weekend. Help us build the New York State Communist Party into a political force in Harlem and throughout the city and state. — with Divino DeNegro, Chris Herrera, Carol Widom, Jose L. Sanchez, Radhames Morales, David Unger, Bayby Bling Bling, Susan DiRaimo, Gianna Leo Falcon, Lydia Bassett Tyner, Karim Lopez, Chris Butters, Ava Farkas, Gail Walker, Joselina Fay Rodriguez, Roberto J. Mercado, Sara Ladino Cano, William Camarada and Drew King.