City staffing shortages lead to months-long waits for housing help

2022-06-13T14:24:58+00:00June 9th, 2022|News|

NY 1

“‘We have a commissioner who's interested, so that's good,’ said Craig Hughes, a senior social worker at [Safety Net Project of] the Urban Justice Center. ‘We don’t have evidence that we've seen of an increase in getting people moved out quicker.’”

Open polling sites at Rikers Island for inmates, advocates say

2022-06-13T14:32:03+00:00June 6th, 2022|News|

NY Daily News

“Greg Williams, 57, who was detained at Rikers in 2020 on a parole violation, said the absentee system was confusing. ‘It just didn’t work the way they had it set up,’ said Williams, an activist with the advocacy group Freedom Agenda...“‘People didn’t know how to get absentee ballots in a timely fashion, who they were supposed to turn to, and there was no one to really advise them."

Amid chaos on Rikers, borough jail plan on schedule with planning, construction in Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn

2022-06-13T13:32:09+00:00June 6th, 2022|News|

NY Daily News

"'Anybody who says that’s not enough [beds] has an investment in incarceration,” [Darren Mack, of UJC's Freedom Agenda] said. “To backpedal against what is now the law, it would be subject to lawsuits.'”

The age-old struggle between the city and street vendors, explained

2022-06-13T14:54:30+00:00June 2nd, 2022|News|


“Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez, deputy director of the Street Vendor Project [of the Urban Justice Center], which advocates for the interests of street vendors, said one reason may be that inspectors don’t have the authority to demand that vendors show them their identification, while police do.

City looks to end pandemic-era protections for older and some medically vulnerable homeless people

2022-06-13T14:02:16+00:00June 2nd, 2022|News|

Gotham Gazette

“In addition to removing protections for older adults, the information we've received indicates this is going to affect at least hundreds and probably thousands of people with a wide range of chronic health conditions,” said Helen Strom, director of benefits and homeless advocacy at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project."

20-Year-Old Emanuel Sullivan Becomes 22nd Rikers Island Prisoner to Die Since 2021

2022-06-13T13:56:34+00:00May 31st, 2022|News|

Democracy Now!

"In response, [Freedom Agenda] community organizer and Rikers survivor Edwin Santana said in a statement, “This tragedy should show every judge, prosecutor, and elected official who has ignored this truth before — Rikers is a death sentence."

NYC mulls new recommendations to help street vendors obtain licenses and permits

2022-06-13T14:51:12+00:00May 27th, 2022|News|

NEws 12: The Bronx

“The Street Vendor Project [of the Urban Justice Center], an advocacy group, says permits for mobile food vendors have remained capped for the past 40 years, which has made it virtually impossible to get.”

Closing the Pipeline that Feeds the Disaster of Rikers

2022-06-13T13:36:40+00:00May 26th, 2022|News|

Gotham Gazette

"History shows that we cannot arrest and incarcerate our way to public safety. We can no longer tolerate a city budget that reflects this false notion. With the release of the mayor’s executive budget proposal, it is clear that we have work to do before this year’s budget deadline to move in the right direction." [Op-Ed by Darren Mack of Freedom Agenda and Rev. Wendy Brown]

Mayor Adams Announces Steps to Reform and Modernize Vending Regulations, Expanding Legal Opportunities for Street Vendors While Remaining Committed to Managing Public Space

2022-05-31T19:53:21+00:00May 25th, 2022|News|


“‘For centuries, street vendors have been an essential part of the fabric of New York City. From the Bronx to Queens, street vendors ensure under-resourced communities have access to fresh, affordable food, commercial corridors have diversity of business, and tourists get the iconic New York City experience. And now, for the first time ever, street vendors are stakeholders in deciding the future of the industry,’ said Mohamed Attia, managing director, of Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project."