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Here you can read the latest press from all of our Projects, and find out about the tremendous work we’re doing every day.

Each of these stories represents lives changed for the better, and we are so proud of our staff for their dedication to the people they serve.

Woman Dies After Being Pushed Onto Subway Tracks in Times Square

January 15th, 2022|

NY Times

“It’s a horrible tragedy, but that shouldn’t be a pretext for intensifying policing, which is where this will likely go,” said Craig Hughes, a supervising social worker at the Urban Justice Center. “The presence of more police doesn’t necessarily mean more safety, and for many homeless people, it means less safety.”

Advocates call on city to meet hunger striking detainees’ demands

January 14th, 2022|

Queens Daily Eagle

“Darren Mack, the co-director of the Freedom Agenda, said that he worries the city will respond to the hunger strike the way New York State responded to striking incarcerated people at Attica Correctional Facility in 1971, an incident that led to the deaths of over 40 people, including 33 detainees.”

Urgency to improve Rikers conditions grows as inmate hunger strike enters Day 6

January 13th, 2022|

City & State

“The mayor’s office could step in right now,” [Victoria] Phillips, [a community, health, & justice organizer with the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center] said. “There’s nothing new about the outrageous barbarian conditions except for the people who pass the buck. The City Council passes it to the mayor’s office and the mayor’s office passes it to the DOC.”

Three Kings Day celebrated with gift at Corona Plaza

January 11th, 2022|

Newsdesk

'"Various community organizations have come together to host a Three Kings Day giveaway on Thursday, January 6 at Corona Plaza for the second year in a row. Organizations like QEDC, Queens Museum, the Street Vendor Project and other organizations graced the party with this event, while also hoping to slowly revamp Corona Plaza.”