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Homeless People Respond to the Murder of Eric Garner by the NYPD

Like everyone else, homeless New Yorkers were outraged by the recent video in which a New York City police officer murdered man in cold blood with a choke hold (forbidden by the NYPD's own internal regulations) for selling loose cigarettes.

We spoke to a handful of our members to capture their responses, as well as what they think New York City needs to learn from this horrific incident.


Hard to believe, but it's been fifteen years since two men living in Bellevue Men's Shelter held their first meeting for homeless folks who were mad as hell at how this city was mistreating them, and ready to fight back!

Municipal ID Campaign Heralds Passage of New York City Council Legislation, Pledges to Make Program a Success

Picture the Homeless is a proud member of the Municipal ID Campaign, fighting to create a safe and accessible city ID card that homeless folks and others can use to access government services, enter some buildings, and avoid unnecessary arrest when police don't wanna accept their EBT cards or other forms of ID. Today, RIGHT THIS MINUTE, the City Council is voting on it!!! See below for perspectives from lots of rad groups, including PTH....


VICTORY: NYPD Commissioner Cancels Upper West Side Homeless Shelter Raids!

Last month, police from the 24th Precinct raided a homeless shelter on the Upper West Side at 4AM, running residents for warrants and arresting 22 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Homeless People, UWS Residents Rally to Stop NYPD Raids on Shelters

Media Advisory


For Immediate Release: June 17, 2014

Contact: Shaun Lin

Civil Rights, Picture the Homeless

Office- 646-314-6423


Action to Stop UWS Shelter Raids

Picture The Homeless and Freedom House residents rally in front of Freedom House shelter and march to the 24th Precinct Community Council meeting

Homeless Shelter Raids: One Woman's Experience

PTH member Arvernetta Henry has lived through numerous pre-dawn NYPD raids in her time in the shelter system. Here are her perspectives on this unconstitutional and inhuman police behavior...
Just as I nestle deep into my comfortable sleep I am awakened by thunderous voices, yelling GET UP! GET DRESSED! GET YOUR I.D.! YOU GOT OUTSTANDING WARRANTS? People get up struggling to comply out of fear or guilt, meanwhile I lay trembling and wonder if they get a kick out of rousing the others in the wee morning hours!

Wed. June 18th: Direct Action to Stop Unconstitutional Shelter Raids!

In May, police from the 24th Precinct raided a homeless shelter on the Upper West Side at 4AM, running residents for warrants and arresting 22 people - but in all the press coverage, there is no indication of a shred of probable cause!

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