Adriana Mendoza Named to Food Policy’s “40 Under 40” Rising Food Policy Stars

2024-06-17T10:29:25-04:00June 12th, 2024|News|

Food Policy

"Despite working many jobs to supplement my father’s income, my mother always found time to join grassroots organizations to advocate for labor and immigrant rights, and housing and food justice. She was my inspiration in doing the work that I do today."

The Cost of Being Myself: Cosmetics and Gender-Affirming Care

2024-06-24T13:33:40-04:00May 28th, 2024|News|

Ms. Magazine

"From physical safety to job security, how your present yourself to the world is critical. To transgender and other LGBTQ+ products like makeup or haircare are neither optional nor frivolous expenses." -Op-ed by Amy Leipziger, Director, Free to Be Youth Project

NYC Announces $7 Billion Design and Construction Contracts for Two Borough-based Jails

2024-05-29T13:38:17-04:00May 21st, 2024|News|


Jennifer Parish of the Urban Justice Center told the Daily News: "Delaying completion of the Queens and Bronx jails is shameful and unlawful. Mayor Adams is failing in his responsibility to advance the plan to close Rikers."

New York City’s $7 Billion Jail Construction Project Delayed Beyond 2027 Deadline

2024-05-20T12:17:21-04:00May 19th, 2024|News|

Digital Chew

“On the Mayor’s watch, 31 people have died and countless others have experienced abuse, neglect, and violence at the Rikers Island penal colony,” commented Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda.

Op-Ed: New York City Must Move Forward on Closing Rikers with a Budget that Invests in Care, not DOC Budget Bloat

2024-05-20T12:15:29-04:00May 19th, 2024|News|

Freedom Agenda

"Last year...the City Council reaffirmed its commitment to the plan to close Rikers by 2027 and establish a smaller borough-based jail system to reduce incarceration and improve conditions for incarcerated seems Mayor Eric Adams’ determination to stall the plan has not changed either."

‘A Little Perplexed’: Questions Raised Over City’s $4 Billion Contract for Construction of Queens Jail

2024-05-20T12:20:04-04:00May 17th, 2024|News|

Queens Eagle

“There is a realistic plan for reducing the jail population to meet the target of fewer than 3,300 individuals incarcerated in city jails, and a critical component is prioritizing decarceration of people with mental health concerns and expanding supportive housing and community mental health supports,” Jennifer Parish, the director of Criminal Justice Advocacy at Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project.

Exit Unknown: Where Do People Go After Leaving NYC Homeless Shelters?

2024-05-20T12:09:12-04:00May 14th, 2024|News|

City Limits

"Housing specialists, or staff that help shelter residents apply for housing, can also be hard to get in touch with, advocates say. “[Shelter residents] don't feel like they're getting the help they need for housing and so they just get up and leave,” said Safety Net Project’s Frazier."

In Times Square, Hot Dog in the City by Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw Elicits Postmodern Sublime

2024-05-20T12:12:51-04:00May 13th, 2024|News|

The Architect's Newspaper

"Thus, Hot Dog in the City is a collaboration with the Times Square Arts Alliance as well as the Street Vendor Project, a membership-based organization that advances the rights and wages of street vendors in New York."