Past Events

The Business of Homelessness

Release of Report on the Business of Homelessness

This year, for the first time, the city’s share of homeless shelter spending will top ONE BILLION DOLLARS, bringing the total expense budget for DHS to 1.8 billion dollars. With so much money moving around, it’s clear that homelessness is “big business” in NYC – but if the system is bad for the budget, bad for homeless people, and bad for neighborhoods, who exactly is profiting?

The cost of sheltering a homeless person can run anywhere from $2000-7500/month (and sometimes more than that) – far more than the cost of even a luxury apartment! And yet – in spite of all the money associated with a shelter stay, residents are forced to endure restrictive, austere, and inhumane conditions.

“Business as usual” isn’t working. Homeless people have a better plan, and later this month Picture the Homeless will release its report, “The Business of Homelessness: Human and Financial Costs of the Shelter-Industrial Complex.” It is the result of a year-long investigation by Picture the Homeless’ research committee into the fiscal policies and priorities that influence the lives of homeless New Yorkers… and how those priorities could be adjusted to support permanent, stable, and decent housing for the lowest income New Yorkers.

Join Picture the Homeless on the steps of City Hall at 9 AM on Tuesday, March 27, for a press conference announcing the official release of the report.

#LatinxDataGap In the Criminal Justice System

No one knows exactly how many Latinxs are arrested each year or how many are in prison, on probation, or on parole. States that only count people as “black" or “white” likely label most of their Latino prison population “white,” artificially inflating the number of “white” people in prison and masking the white/black disparity in the criminal justice system.

Without comprehensive data, policymakers, community members, and advocates cannot know how mass incarceration affects Latinos specifically and ethnic disparities cannot be accurately tracked.

Join this online discussion and hear directly from experts in criminal and juvenile justice on the impact the Latinx data gap has on our communities and what we can do about it.

Speakers include:
-Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice
-Ryan King, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
-Marcia Rincon-Gallardo, Founder & Executive Director Noxtin: Equal Justice For All
-Angel Sanchez, Law student, University of Miami School of Law

Moderated by:
Ana Yáñez-Correa, Program Director for Criminal Justice, Public Welfare Foundation

Event link here: www.bit.ly/latinxdatagap

Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/161920537788637/

Oct. 11th Right to Know Act Rally

Help rid NYC streets of abusive, discriminatory policing by coming to the Right To Know Act rally on October 11th! Communities United for Police Reform and a citywide coalition of over 200 organizations are calling for the New York City Council to pass the Right to Know Act into law to help end police abuses. It would promote police accountability in New Yorkers' most common interactions with the NYPD to prevent abuses and unconstitutional searches that continue in communities across the city. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Right To Know Act.

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Know Your Rights Session

The Legal Aid Society has been sponsoring a series of Know Your Rights sessions to discuss concerns about immigration under the Trump Administration. Legal Aid lawyers will discuss concerns about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the rights of undocumented and documented immigrants.

Location:
United Healthcare, 168 Centre Street, Room 4M, Manhattan

EYES ON ICE: Know Your Rights & Practical Tips for Filming Immigration Agents

Join WITNESS and Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) for a webinar on the power and perils of filming Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and how to safely, ethically and effectively document encounters. The webinar will cover: When and how to document in case of an ICE raid; Your right to film ICE; Sharing ethically, including live-streaming; Digital security concerns

Location:
Online registration: http://bit.ly/2qUNBj4

Learn more and register to attend #EyesOnICE here!

9th Annual Community Freestyle

Calling all trans, two-spirit, gender non conforming, queer, lesbian, bisexual, and gay people of color in Brooklyn and our allies!

The Safe OUTside the System Collective of The Audre Lorde Project invites you to their 9th annual Community Freestyle! Gather your transformative and revolutionary tools and join us for an intergenerational afternoon of building survivor-led self-determined community safety for ourselves and our neighbors of color in central Brooklyn. The Freestyle will feature cultural performances, visual art exhibitions, workshops, childcare, a delicious meal, and a space to ground with community in the Safe OUTside the System's Safe Neighborhood Campaign.
 

Location:
Audre Lorde Project 147 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY

Know Your Rights Session

The Legal Aid Society has been sponsoring a series of Know Your Rights sessions to discuss concerns about immigration under the Trump Administration. Legal Aid lawyers will discuss concerns about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the rights of undocumented and documented immigrants.

Location:
United Healthcare, 136-02 Roosevelt Ave., 3rd Floor, Flushing

Resilient New York

Join North Star Fund and their partners on May 20 for Resilient New York, a forum to advance grassroots organizing as a key strategy to protect the dignity and rights of all New Yorkers. The event is a call to community members, donors, grantmakers, and organizers to unite around a proactive shared vision to support the grassroots for the next four years and beyond.

Location:
North Star Fund 520 Eighth Ave., Ste 1800, New York, NY 10018

Event is FREE, but RSVP required: bit.ly/ResilientNY
If you have questions about Resilient New York or would like to volunteer, please contact Helen Stillman (helen [at] northstarfund.org).

Forward Justice

Join the NYCLU & ACLU Nationwide for an evening of honest conversations among thought-leaders, formerly incarcerated advocates, musicians, and artists about how we must and can transform America’s broken criminal justice system.

Featuring: Michael K. Williams, actor * Udi Ofer and William Cobb, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice * Melissa Harris-Perry, Wake Forest University * Touré, writer and journalist * Rashad Robinson, Color of Change * Glenn Martin, JustLeadershipUSA * Monifa Bandele, MomsRising, Communities United for Police Reform

Location:
Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

Free event, RSVP required (http://bit.ly/2pXZ2ZQ).
*Hosted by the New York Civil Liberties Union & ACLU Nationwide.

South Bronx Community Meeting

Join the Justice Committee for an open discussion about how to build a safer, healthier and more powerful South Bronx community. We will be discussing issues facing the South Bronx community and brainstorming steps we can take together to address them- like building South Bronx Cop Watch, combatting increased ICE activity and much more. Pls bring your ideas and ur love for your community!

Location:
547 E. 146th Street, Bronx, NY 10455

RSVP to riko [at] justicecommittee.org.
Food & metrocards for participants. 

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