Two emergency actions to stop NYC’s homeless purge on trains
February 21, 2014
We knew this was coming - NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is rolling out his first major anti-homeless policing initiative. And we’re ready to fight back. And we need your help.
Our main concerns are:
- Folks will be profiled as homeless and told to leave the trains after they’ve paid their fare
- Folks will be told to leave the train if they are homeless regardless if they’ve been on the train for 15 minutes or 15 days. It isn’t against the law to be riding a subway while homeless!
- Besides being a misguided, broken windows strategy, this is a clear violation of the newly-passed Community Safety Act, and its ban on profiling based on “housing status” or perceived homelessness.
- While it is problematic that there is a huge increase in homelessness in NYC policing is not the solution, housing is.
Some of our members have already written powerful responses, captured here on our blog. But statements are not enough.
On Sunday, February 23rd, we’ll gather at NYPD headquarters to hold a press conference condemning this blatant violation of our rights.
3PM, Sunday February 23rd
1 Police Plaza (4/5/6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; behind the Municipal Building)
And then at 3AM, when the MTA is scheduled to roll out this new policy, we’ll be on hand with legal observers to monitor the enforcement and ensure no ones rights are violated!
3AM, Monday February 24th
Jamaica Center Subway Station, E PlatformWTC Subway Station, E Platform
We really really need your help, at either or both of these important actions. We knew that when Bratton returned as NYPD commissioner, bad policing was on its way - but if we fight back fast and hard, we can show him that a lot has changed in New York City since he’s been away, and folks won’t stand for profiling of any kind!
- Picture the Homeless NYC
In news related to NYC’s homelessness crisis & deplorable shelter system, 400 children & their families will be removed from two city shelters - Auburn in Brooklyn & Catherine Street in Manhattan - for more than 400 violations, including “vermin, mold, lead exposure, an inoperable fire safety system, insufficient child care and the presence of sexual predators, among them, a caseworker.”
Disgusting shelter conditions, high rates of sexual abuse, violence, & pure bureaucratic bullshit people have to deal with when entering the shelter system are exactly why there are so many street homeless people & subway sleepers here. Now people will be kicked out of the only warm (& relatively safe) shelter they can find in the city.
The homeless population in New York City includes more than 52,000 people, including 22,000 youth.
please, understand, especially if you’re a NYC resident, you either have to stand against this or accept that your actions are about to kill people. i’m tired of pretending to sop someone’s persecution complex: that’s the real, statistically-inarguable outcome of “police actions” like this.
this especially targets queer people, particularly trans, particularly trans women, particularly trans women of color, who have been disowned and kicked out by their bigoted families and/or social networks, who are often not in shelters or hospitals because of the high rate of abuse and violence their bodies are targeted with in such “community”-oriented spaces, and choose the train instead, because being on their own on the train is safer than trusting the community not to fail them.
and letting the NYC administration do this is going to kill those people. people whose number i could and still someday might be counted among. this is murder.
there are lives at stake. maybe your own. (do you think this is the first time? or the last? as long as any of us draw breath, there will be monsters trying to kill us.) even this little bit - if you can be there. be there.