The Urban Justice Center
The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing.
We often defend the rights of people who are overlooked or turned away by other organizations. We reach a wide-ranging client base through our Projects.
The Urban Justice Center
Thank you for joining us on Monday night for the panel
on the Future of the Council:
A Discussion Between Leading Candidates for NYC Council Speaker
This event was presented by Common Cause/NY, the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center (HRP), and New York Law School's Center for New York City Law.
If you missed it, click here for a video feed of the event.
On the evening of Monday, December 2nd, the Human Rights Project (HRP) along with Common Cause/NY and New York Law School/Center for New York City Law, held a roundtable at New York Law School with six New York City Council members -Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, James Vacca, and Mark Weprin – on the future of the City Council. The roundtable, moderated by Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY and Christina Greer, Fordham University Professor, featured an in-depth discussion on the Council's rules and operations going forward, touching on topics including discretionary funds, the progression of legislation, the roles of Council, working with Mayor Elect DeBlasio, and the incoming 21 Council members. HRP Director Shani Jamila provided opening and concluding remarks. A video of the event is available at CitylandNYC.org. Audio of the event may be accessed here.
On November 12th, the Safety Net Project (SNP) and the Community Development Project (CDP) announced a new lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court challenging the Bloomberg Administration's disastrous Infill plan. This lawsuit, announced on a frigid morning from the steps of City Hall, represents the Urban Justice Center's latest commitment to preserving affordable Public Housing, which comprises nearly 15% of our city's rentable apartments.
SNP and CDP joined the New York Environmental Law & Justice Project to challenge Infill, which proposes demolishing senior centers, ballfields, and other critical community resources in Public Housing complexes to make way for luxury housing developments. The suit centers on the Administration's failure to conduct Federally-mandated environmental review, parkland alienation, and floodplain analysis procedures, an especially important component given the damage sustained by Public Housing complexes during Hurricane Sandy.
Click here to view highlights from the press conference, and continue checking our website for the latest updates on this important case!
SNP's free city-wide legal clinics will be closed in observance of the following holidays:
The Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project announces the Mental Health Advocacy Course. The Advocacy Course provides an overview of systems advocacy and provides students with the skills to identify appropriate strategies and tactics to advocate around issues that impact people with mental illness. Students will have an opportunity to strengthen skills through discussions and activities about the following topics:
The course will be held on Tuesdays, from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, and will run from 12/10/13 to 3/11/14. This course is for individuals who have a history of mental illness. Please confirm that you are able to commit to every session. For questions and an application, please call Megan Crowe-Rothstein at 646-602-5665. Space is limited and fills up quickly!
This fall, the Safety Net Project fought to preserve Public Housing, pushed back against the war on the hungry, delivered for homeless families, and brought client voices to the Mayoral campaign. Click here to read more in our latest newsletter!