New York TimesThe 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.
Food & WineThis 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.
Grub StreetIn 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.
Black Star NewsThe 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.
The Sex Workers Project (SWP) and the Human Rights Project (HRP) stand in solidarity with all those voicing their outrage at the continued state violence perpetrated against African/Black people in the U.S.
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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.
Streets Blog NYCStreet vendors, who for decades have fought official harassment for the right to operate their businesses, must play a central role in any city effort to extend street and sidewalk dining. It’s simply a matter of equity.
CurbedAnthony 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.
NY1 NoticiasA 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.