NYPD may soon have to divulge surveillance technologies

2020-07-06T15:16:59+00:00June 29th, 2020|Press|

Roll Call

The legislation earned the support of powerful allies, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Legal Aid Society, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Urban Justice Center’s Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, or STOP, which campaigns specifically for limitations on surveillance by the NYPD.

Vendor, Vidi, Vici

2020-07-06T14:51:37+00:00June 29th, 2020|Press|


A non-profit based in Lower Manhattan has successfully lobbied for street vendors to be removed from the jurisdiction of the NYPD, as a means of furthering social justice. The Street Vendor Project (part of the Urban Justice Center, based at 40 Rector Street) has pushed for years to take enforcement of regulations governing street vendors away from the police.

The Effort to Move Every Homeless New Yorker Into a Hotel

2020-07-06T14:29:20+00:00June 26th, 2020|Press|

Next City

The Homeless Can’t Stay Home campaign launched in March. While its founding organizations, including Human.NYC, VOCAL NY and the Safety Net Project, a division of the Urban Justice Center, push for the city to take on a coordinated effort to move unsheltered people into hotel rooms, the campaign has also raised $128,000 through a GoFundMe, which has allowed them to house about 28 people in hotel rooms.

As Moratoriums Start to Lift, Preparing for an Eviction Wave

2020-07-06T14:30:08+00:00June 25th, 2020|Press|

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.

Why Do Street Vendors Have to Deal With Armed Cops?

2020-07-06T14:52:14+00:00June 24th, 2020|Press|

Mother Jones

According 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.

Health Coverage for the Most Vulnerable

2020-07-06T14:24:58+00:00June 15th, 2020|Press|

Gotham Gazette

For 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.

Surveillance and the City: Contact Tracing, the NYPD’s Newest Spy Tool?

2020-07-06T15:18:31+00:00June 15th, 2020|Press|

Gotham Gazette

In 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.

John Oliver unmasks the company selling your face to law enforcement, dictators, Walmart

2020-07-06T15:23:19+00:00June 15th, 2020|Press|

AV Club

Noting 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.”

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