Goldin planned the action as a protest against museums, galleries and academic institutions in the US, UK and elsewhere which take donations from the Sackler family. The Sacklers donated $3.4m to the Met, a gift that was used to build a home for the Temple of Dendur, one of the institution’s most popular draws.
While reading the Daily News editorial “Cold welcome home,” about parolees flooding into the homeless shelter system (March 3), I couldn’t help but think about the hundreds of people I’ve met while organizing three-quarter house tenants across New York City.
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Sometimes, organizers have to invest their own resources in accountability. Just last week, advocates in New York officially launched Court Watch NYC, a collaborative project created by VOCAL-NY, the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and 5 Boro Defenders. The project trains people to observe arraignments and bail hearings in New York in order to hold district attorneys accountable.
The Governor outlined several proposals to reform the criminal justice system in New York State. Nick Encalada-Malinowski, social worker and organizer with VOCAL-NY, explained his concerns with the Governor’s proposals.
Changing the age cutoff for youth shelters from 21 to 24 could have a huge impact, say homeless New Yorkers.
Progressives should learn from the past to respond to the overdose epidemic.
Shantae Owens, a former drug user and advocate with Vocal New York, calls in to talk about why these sites are life-saving, and points out that people who use drugs are tired of having other people make decisions for them. He says users need these safe sites now.
“Only two countries in the world allow commercial bail bond, the U.S. and the Philippines,” said Encalada-Malinowski. VOCAL-NY is campaigning for the elimination of the industry through petitions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The City Council is considering a package of bills that would improve services for runaway and homeless youth — help that can make the difference between getting a solid footing for adulthood and falling back into homelessness.
Court Watch NYC rolled out after at least 21 wrongful convictions were overturned in Brooklyn alone over the last three-and-a-half years, as well as more in the other boroughs.