New York Focus‘Corporate-funded outreach teams will most likely be focused on getting homeless people out of sight and off corporate property, far more than getting them housed,’ said Kathleen Cash, homeless and benefits advocate for the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project.”
Queens Daily Eagle“‘There is no question that public safety and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks are crucial for Downtown Flushing and the city as a whole,’ said Mohamed Attia, managing director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. ‘We ask that community leaders meet with the vendors - their neighbors - and share their concerns, and work together to develop solutions.’”
City Journal"Rikers inmates are around 56 percent black and 33 percent Hispanic. Longtime BOC member Robert Cohen—who had previously scolded Mayor de Blasio for reforming too slowly—insisted that DOC commissioner Molina, himself Hispanic, exhibited ‘structural racism.’ Cohen recommended that ‘the Department should discharge’ inmates from jail. Indeed, it’s a common sight at BOC meetings for representatives of such organizations as the Legal Aid Society, the Bronx Defenders, and the Urban Justice Center to lambast the DOC for its racist inhumanity."
Gothamist“Detainee Brandon Rodriguez [son of Freedom Agenda member Tamara Carter] died by suicide in such a shower last year, and people can be held inside these stalls for as long as a day, according to NBC New York.”
NY Times“‘Mayor Adams, your constituents are dying,’ Dr. Victoria A. Phillips, who works with the [Mental Health Project of the] Urban Justice Center, said at the rally. ‘You said you represent the Black and brown community, well, step up. Step up and save us."
City Land"The rally included many of the individuals and organizations who spoke during the hearing, as well as a representative of the Street Vendor Project [of the Urban Justice Center]...Council Member Kagan said the issue was, ‘common sense.’ He continued, ‘We want to make New York City livable to everyone. It’s not an issue even of equity. It’s an issue of being, like, normally alive in New York City.’”"
Ato Blankson-Wood, Asmeret Ghebremichael & More to Take Part in Broadway Advocacy Coalition’s Arts in Action Festival
Broadway World"Titled “We Tell The Story”, the culminating event of the Arts in Action Festival is a one-night-only celebration of arts advocacy featuring music, dance & spoken word [featuring UJC among others].
Norwood News“The Urban Justice Center’s Domestic Violence Project provides free legal help with domestic violence-related matters on the last Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with District 12 City Councilman Kevin Riley."
AM NY“What do judges and prosecutors have to say to the thousands of New Yorkers who are terrified that their loved one will be the next to die on Rikers?” said Darren Mack, Co-Director of Freedom Agenda.“
NY1"Last year, 16 people passed away in the city’s jail system, including 25-year-old Brandon Rodriguez, who died by suicide. In a recent interview, Rodriguez’ mother, [UJC Freedom Agenda member] Tamara Carter, told NY1 she believed her son was “broken by being in there.”