Roll CallThe 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.
E-BroadsheetA 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.
Next CityThe 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.
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.
Mother JonesAccording 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.
The New York TimesThat year, after retaining Urban Justice Center attorneys with the help of State Senator Liz Krueger, 20 tenants sued Stahl in New York City Housing Court for failure to make repairs.
Gotham GazetteFor 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.
Gotham GazetteIn 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.
AV ClubNoting 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.”
The HillThe most dangerous military tools, however, are the ones that, by design, you’ll never see. IMSI catchers (fake cell towers), mass GPS tracking, and persistent surveillance drones can record nearly every aspect of public dissent.