Don’t let Target gentrify Astoria and kick out our unionized supermarket – let’s keep good jobs in our neighborhood and tell our politicians to #StopTarget!
If you want to help preserve Astoria for the working class and prevent its transformation into a playground for the rich, here are three things you can do to stop target:
- Call our local politicians. While each have been engaged on some level with the issue, we need to make very clear how the community feels about what’s happening to inspire them to do more. Their numbers and a script are here.
- Sign on to our petition. There is strength in numbers, and we want to let Target know that they are not welcome in our community.
- Share on social media. Sharing this website, our petition, and information about what Target is doing can help boost attention to Target’s union-busting behavior.
Our Key Food at 2215 31st Street is being forced by their landlord, Jenel Management, to move out so the landlord can demolish the building and make space for Target. This is part of a broader trend of wealthy corporations pushing aside longstanding Astoria businesses so they can transform the neighborhood and make huge profits. In the process, over 150 unionized supermarket employees at Key Food will lose their jobs in the middle of the COVID pandemic. Target will then likely hire at minimum wage with no benefits while nearby small businesses are forced out by Target’s predatory practices. Rents will continue to skyrocket and Astoria will become unrecognizable.
We believe enough is enough – Astoria is not for sale. Astoria will not be the next Williamsburg or Long Island City. If we want to see Astoria thrive, with good jobs from local businesses, we cannot allow greedy corporations to invade and profit off our community. We must work together to take Astoria back from corporate profiteers.