New York Police Will Stop Enforcing Street-Vendor Laws, but Questions Linger

2020-07-06T14:57:28+00:00June 12th, 2020|Press|

New York Times

The Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, an advocacy group, estimates that there are 10,000 to 20,000 vendors across the five boroughs. But only 853 people receive nonfood permits, and only about 5,000 can legally vend food, according to Matthew Shapiro, the center’s legal director.

NYPD to Stop Policing New York City’s Street Food Vendors

2020-07-06T14:58:52+00:00June 9th, 2020|Press|

Food & Wine

This news was well received by the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, which has been working towards the decriminalization of street vending for the past two decades—but the group also says there is still work to be done when it comes to ensuring that vendors can operate in the city without the fear of being arrested for minor infractions.

Bill de Blasio Says NYPD Won’t Be Involved in Street Vendor Enforcement Anymore

2020-07-06T14:59:45+00:00June 8th, 2020|Press|

Grub Street

In response to the news, the Street Vendor Project released a statement calling the announcement “a major step forward to reaching our goal of legalizing street vending in New York City.” But the organization — while repeating its support for others calling on the mayor to defund the NYPD — says that it will hold de Blasio accountable for the words.

GEORGE FLOYD FALLOUT: GROWING CALLS FOR DEFUNDING OF POLICE DEPARTMENTS

2020-07-06T15:00:39+00:00June 4th, 2020|Press|

Black Star News

The Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center joins demands put forward by Communities United for Police Reform, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Decrim NY, and Black Youth Project for the NYPD to be defunded, and resources be redirected to supporting Black communities who have been, and continue to be, disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and targeted by police violence.

‘I have a mortgage to pay’: Sex workers banned from small-business loans under CARES Act due to ‘prurient sexual nature’

2020-07-06T15:10:32+00:00May 24th, 2020|Press|

Market Watch

“Sex workers are heavily affected by measures such as social distancing and business shutdowns because they simply cannot go to their workplaces anymore, and are seeing a sharp decrease in their clients. Unlike employees from ‘mainstream’ businesses, many sex workers are not eligible for unemployment benefits,” says Lynn Liu, the development and communications associate at the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City.

When the NYC subway is your home—and you’re evicted every night

2020-07-06T14:32:50+00:00May 18th, 2020|Press|

Curbed

Anthony Williams, a 67-year-old homeless New Yorker who is now staying in a hotel, had been sleeping on the subway as of a few weeks ago, but he was able to get a hotel room for himself through funds from a GoFundMe campaign organized by the Urban Justice Center.

Ana y Rolando Pérez, siguen la venta de fruta durante la emergencia

2020-07-06T15:02:48+00:00May 15th, 2020|Press|

NY1 Noticias

A pesar de que según datos de la organización Street Vendor Project, cerca del 90% de los puestos ambulantes en la ciudad cerraron por el brote de COVID19, Rolando y su esposa Ana no han dejado ningún día de vender fruta en la esquina de Wyona y New Lots en East new York.

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