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Project Director – Peter Cicchino Youth Project

2021-12-07T15:11:38+00:00December 7th, 2021|Vacancy|

The Peter Cicchino Youth Project (PCYP) at the Urban Justice Center has an exciting and rare opportunity for a leader with vision and passion for representing LGBTQ+ youth. PCYP has been a potent force for LGBTQ+ youths for over three decades and is ready to enter a new and exciting chapter under new leadership that can reinvigorate and direct the Project moving forward.

Advocates’ Advice for Eric Adams? Better Coordination Between NYC’s Housing and Homelessness Agencies

2021-12-06T14:17:53+00:00December 1st, 2021|News|

City Limits

The Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center and #HomelessCantStayHome Campaign issued an even more ambitious demand, encouraging the city to house homeless New Yorkers in affordable units administered by HPD, regardless of the current income thresholds for the apartments.

Scavenger hunt benefits street food vendors

2021-12-06T14:37:13+00:00November 30th, 2021|News|

Fox 5

The Urban Justice Center's Street Vendor Project has launched a citywide scavenger hunt to help local vendors rebound. "We wanted to raise awareness about the street vendor community to get New Yorkers to celebrate street vendors across the city and also support our work as an organization," said Mohamed Attia, the managing director of the Street Vendor Project.

As Staffing Shortage On Rikers Island Remains Big Concern, Vaccine Deadline For NYC Correction Officers Expires

2021-12-05T14:03:11+00:00November 30th, 2021|News|

CBS News

When a correction officer doesn’t come to work, people don’t eat. People miss medical appointments. People are committing suicide. People are dying,” said Brandon Holmes co-director of Freedom Agenda. “Now, this vaccine mandate, yes, can be a tool to make sure that they are held accountable.

NYC Council Considers Bill to Probe Why Homeless Are Denied Supportive Housing

2021-12-06T14:20:04+00:00November 29th, 2021|News|

City Limits

Department of Social Services (DSS) records, obtained through Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests by the advocacy group Safety Net Project, illustrate the charge. Supportive housing is, by definition, designed for people with mental illness, but on dozens of occasions over the first 10 months of 2020, providers cited an applicant’s “lack of insight” into their mental health needs as the reason for rejecting them.

NYC Homeless Services Head Steve Banks to Leave Post at End of Year

2021-11-22T21:23:02+00:00November 22nd, 2021|News|

City Limits

Craig Hughes, a social worker and organizer at the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, said Banks’ policies and strategies ended up harming many homeless New Yorkers, particularly families and individuals bedding down in public spaces.

As borough based jails progress, crisis continues

2021-12-22T16:21:21+00:00November 22nd, 2021|News|

Queens Daily Eagle

 The degree of civilization in the city can be judged by entering its jail, and it would be fair to say that we are living in a state of barbarism,” said Darren Mack, the co-director of Freedom Agenda. “I urge [the City Council] to move forward with the borough based plan if we want to rid ourselves of a barbaric system.

De Blasio Dropped Suit Against Corrections Officers Union. Hundreds Continue To Skip Work

2021-11-22T21:17:27+00:00November 16th, 2021|News|


"The Mayor has failed to address the fact that thousands of guards are still collecting their paychecks without working, while incarcerated people have been abandoned in de-facto lockdown without adequate food, recreation, medical care, access to courts and more for months,” said Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda, an organization pushing for decarceration. “The guards who are working have also been abandoned by their co-workers who are abusing leave policies, and by COBA, whose leadership seems more concerned with the nearly one-third of their members who aren't working with incarcerated people than the 70% who are putting in overtime to cover for them.”

In Honor of Transgender Awareness Week Governor Hochul Signs LGBTQ+ Protection Bills

2021-11-22T21:14:56+00:00November 16th, 2021|News|

NY State

“Associate Director of the Government Affairs for Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center Andy Bowen said, "With Governor Hochul's signature on the START Act, SWP sends its deepest thanks to the Governor, along with sponsors Senator Jessica Ramos and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, for giving so many of our clients past and present greater hope for the future...With START's enactment, we will see many kinds of healing."

Celebrating Our Favorite Street Vendors

2021-11-22T21:07:07+00:00November 14th, 2021|News|

Culinary Backstreets

“The Street Vendor Project estimates that there are as many as 20,000 street vendors in New York City (this includes non-food endeavors such as street art sellers and flower carts). In 1983, the City Council put a cap on the number of vendor permits at about 5,000. Although the few lucky holders only pay $200 every couple of years to renew their permits, they rent or sell them in a secondary market akin to taxi medallions. Permits often go for between $20,000 and $25,000.”