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PTH board member William S. Burnett wrote this review of Alex S. Vitale's City of Disorder on his blog. As it's relevant to our work we're reprinting it here, but please note that the author's perspectives do not necessarily represent those of Picture the Homeless.
Ask a Homeless Person: What do people who use major transit hubs need to know about how the cops treat homeless people?
Lately, our members have been reporting an uptick in incidents of selective enforcement against homeless people in major transit hubs like Grand Central Terminal (which we've protested in the past for their anti-homeless actions). Tens of thousands of commuters walk by this every day, and never notice it, or know what's really going on.
Last week, we asked members of our Housing Campaign what a real rental subsidy might look like. Since Mayor Bloomberg systematically destroyed every single subsidy and support to help homeless people get out of shelter and off the street, homeless people are hopeful that the new administration will recognize what we've been saying for a decade and a half - that homeless people need housing, not shelters!
Here's some of what our members had to say, about what a real rental subsidy should look like.
This week, we asked members of our Civil Rights Committee what they thought of the "Broken Windows" theory of policing. Here's what some of them had to say:
It is a subversion of Terry v. Ohio and extends police power beyond "reasonable suspicion and probable cause." - Jean Rice
Picture the Homeless
Job title: Housing and Community Development Organizer
Term: Full-time with at least a 1-year commitment
Salary: commensurate with experience
Application deadline: Open until filled
Last night, as we advertised here, PTH Board Member and Civil Rights Campaign Leader Jean Rice spoke at a panel convened by the Urban Justice Center and the Police Reform Organizing Project on "CHANGING THE NYPD: A Blueprint for Sweeping Reforms."
Jean's remarks were widely tweeted and retweeted, and event participants took the following photographs of Jean doing his thing.
Photo credits: Linda Sarsour (top); Alex Vitale (bottom). Thank you both!
PTH Board Member and Civil Rights Campaign Leader Jean Rice will be part of this exciting panel, tonight!! Come on out if you can make it - ALL of these panelists are phenomenal.
Urban Justice Center & Police Reform Organizing Project Present
Changing the NYPD:
A Blueprint for Sweeping Reforms
Thursday, January 16th , 6:30pm-8:30pm
Subud Chelsea Center
The moment for community land trusts must truly be upon us, if Rolling Stone magazine is talking about them!
On Being Invited to the Inauguration of the First Woman of Color to Citywide Office in New York - by Jean Rice
Dear Letitia James,
Perspectives from PTH Civil Rights members, answering the question "What does the new mayor need to know about policing?"
The mayor needs to realize the people of today in our city we are not lying low and allow NYPD to use abuse tactics and get away with them. His NYPD will be accountable for their acts of brutality and I hope we are able to get legislation that will state every time the NYPD are sued it come out their salary.