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Calling all members and friends of Picture the Homeless!
Doing the right thing is never easy.
And the Council Members who dared to stand up to bias-based policing and vote for the groundbreaking Community Safety Act are facing a ton of pressure from some very powerful forces.
Mayor Bloomberg has said he'll use his own personal money to influence council members who voted for the CSA bills.
What can we do to make sure Trayvon Martin didn't die in vain? - Perspectives from Homeless New Yorkers
Like so many of us, homeless people were shocked and outraged by the news that George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Yesterday, we shared "Murder Under Color of Law: Legal Lynching in the New Jim Crow" by PTH elder stateman and homeless legal scholar Jean Rice.
The Obama Administration’s False Excuses on Affordable Housing Hurt Families Like Mine: Why I’m Suing - by Danielle Stelluto
[Terrific op-ed piece by PTH member Danielle Stelluto, explaining why we're suing the federal government for the $382 million that it owes to poor people for housing!!]
You think raising toddlers as a single mom is difficult, try doing it without a home.
Our United States of America is said to be governed by "The Rule of Law" - provisions within the Fourth and the Fourteenth Amendment to our United States Constitution as well as Title 42 of our U.S. Code, Section 1983, exist to protect the lives and the property of all United States citizens from unlawful, illegal, unconstitutional intrusion, by law enforcement agents and quasi-law-enforcement agents acting under so-called "color of law."
Dear Friends and Allies -
As you may have seen, on Wednesday, September 18th, at 7pm, we'll be having a dedication and opening party for the Jean Rice Liberation Reference Library! Conceptualized, curated, and run by homeless New Yorkers, where people experiencing homelessness can educate themselves and others, this library will provide homeless New Yorkers with the tools to change their lives, and to change the world.
The Federal Government is obligated by law to invest money in the National Housing Trust Fund, which should go inro housing for folks hit hard by the financial crisis - as well as folks hit hard by centuries of institutional racism and oppression!
But that money is MIA.
In fact, over $380 million is missing from the trust fund.
That's why we're suing the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
And that's why we had this press conference yesterday.
Picture the Homeless & National Partners in Right to the City File Unprecedented Lawsuit vs. Federal Housing Finance Agency!!
The federal government is breaking the law. They're sitting on over $380 million that SHOULD HAVE BEEN SPENT ON HOUSING.
So Picture the Homeless - along with our partners all over the country - are DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
This Tuesday, July 9th, at 2pm, we hope you'll join us for a rally and press conference outside Grand Central Terminal announcing THE SUPER AWESOME SECRET NEXT STEP in our fight to get the government to honor its word and fund housing!!!!