Shelter Force“We’re really trying to make sure that tenants have access to information,” says Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center. The Urban Justice Center is one of more than 25 tenant advocacy groups that are part of the Right to Counsel Coalition in New York City.
Mother JonesAccording to the New York City-based Street Vendor Project, which is part of the nonprofit advocacy organization the Urban Justice Center, most of the city’s 20,000 vendors are immigrants and people of color—the very groups most vulnerable to racist policing. City cops have issued an average of 18,000 tickets to vendors annually over the past three years.
The New York TimesThat year, after retaining Urban Justice Center attorneys with the help of State Senator Liz Krueger, 20 tenants sued Stahl in New York City Housing Court for failure to make repairs.
Gotham GazetteFor New York City’s communities of color, immigrants, people who are LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities and mental health concerns or substance use problems, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted flaws in our health care system, including inadequate access to needed mental health services.
Gotham GazetteIn New York City, if contact tracing databases are added to the NYPD’s growing armory of tracking tools the consequences will be disastrous. Our over-policed communities of color—those same communities that bear the brunt of this nightmarish pandemic—will face an impossible choice: provide information or help public health, or hide information to protect loved ones from police.
AV ClubNoting how some work by the usual good guys (the ACLU, the Urban Justice Center, and others) has forced at least some laws onto the books protecting our faces, Oliver pointed to the very real probability of this technology being used to target members of Black Lives Matter protests, saying, “we need a comprehensive, nationwide policy, and we need it right now.”
The HillThe most dangerous military tools, however, are the ones that, by design, you’ll never see. IMSI catchers (fake cell towers), mass GPS tracking, and persistent surveillance drones can record nearly every aspect of public dissent.
New York TimesThe Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, an advocacy group, estimates that there are 10,000 to 20,000 vendors across the five boroughs. But only 853 people receive nonfood permits, and only about 5,000 can legally vend food, according to Matthew Shapiro, the center’s legal director.
Food & WineThis news was well received by the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, which has been working towards the decriminalization of street vending for the past two decades—but the group also says there is still work to be done when it comes to ensuring that vendors can operate in the city without the fear of being arrested for minor infractions.
Grub StreetIn response to the news, the Street Vendor Project released a statement calling the announcement “a major step forward to reaching our goal of legalizing street vending in New York City.” But the organization — while repeating its support for others calling on the mayor to defund the NYPD — says that it will hold de Blasio accountable for the words.