Nobody is sleeping on the streets.

something New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg actually said.

Apparently the thousands of NYC children & adults who live on the streets every day don’t exist. I do outreach & advocacy for homeless youth in all five boroughs & obviously, this statement is 100 percent false, degrading, deceitful & shameful. I see young people trying to find shelter in train stations, alley ways, bus stops, parks & anywhere they can find refuge from the cold weather. 

There are 22,000 homeless children in NYC alone, & more than 4,000 youth who sleep on the streets each night. NYC shelters provide only 250 beds. Not only do these shelters rarely have vacancy & are difficult to get into, especially for a young person, they are also dangerous & unsanitary.

Homelessness in New York City (& elsewhere) is a huge fucking problem. In mostly neighborhoods of color, the system de-funds their schools, pushes out their small businesses & affordable housing with skyrocketing rent to fulfill an agenda of gentrification & exploits low-wage workers, eventually forcing people into illegal economies, such as selling drugs & sex work, & eventually onto the streets. 

Fuck you, $$$$$Michael Bloomberg$$$$$

NYC City Council overturns Bloomberg’s veto on Stop & FriskAugust 22, 2013
The New York City Council has voted to affirm legislation previously vetoed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that seeks to ban discriminatory profiling within the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program and establishes oversight over of the department.
The Community Safety Act includes two pieces of legislation. The End Discriminatory Profiling Act, passed by a vote of 34-15, establishes an enforceable ban on profiling and discrimination by the NYPD and broadens the categories of communities protected to include age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, and housing status, in addition to race, ethnicity, religion, and national origin. The NYPD Oversight Act, passed by a margin of 39-10, puts department oversight responsibility on the Commissioner of the Department of Investigation. The NYPD does not currently have an inspector general. The override of the program vociferously defended by Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly comes ten days after it was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Judge Schira Scheindlin ruled on August 12 that the “stop, question and frisk” program instituted in by the NYPD in 2002 is unlawful, agreeing with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil liberty groups that the program has clearly and wrongfully targeted racial minorities. As a result, a federal monitor will be assigned to oversee departmental policies. 
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NYC City Council overturns Bloomberg’s veto on Stop & Frisk
August 22, 2013

The New York City Council has voted to affirm legislation previously vetoed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that seeks to ban discriminatory profiling within the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program and establishes oversight over of the department.

The Community Safety Act includes two pieces of legislation. The End Discriminatory Profiling Act, passed by a vote of 34-15, establishes an enforceable ban on profiling and discrimination by the NYPD and broadens the categories of communities protected to include age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, and housing status, in addition to race, ethnicity, religion, and national origin. 

The NYPD Oversight Act, passed by a margin of 39-10, puts department oversight responsibility on the Commissioner of the Department of Investigation. The NYPD does not currently have an inspector general. 

The override of the program vociferously defended by Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly comes ten days after it was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. 

Judge Schira Scheindlin ruled on August 12 that the “stop, question and frisk” program instituted in by the NYPD in 2002 is unlawful, agreeing with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil liberty groups that the program has clearly and wrongfully targeted racial minorities. As a result, a federal monitor will be assigned to oversee departmental policies. 

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I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they’re saying. I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on NYPD’s Stop & Frisk program.

LOL, okay. Some stats:

  • From 2002 to 2011, black and Latino residents made up close to 90 percent of people stopped.
  • About 88 percent of stops – more than 3.8 million – were of innocent New Yorkers.
  • Even in neighborhoods that are predominantly white, black and Latino New Yorkers face the disproportionate brunt. For example, in 2011, Black and Latino New Yorkers made up 24 percent of the population in Park Slope, but 79 percent of stops.
  • In 2012, New Yorkers were stopped by the police 532,911 times
    - 473,644 were totally innocent (89 percent). 
    - 284,229 were black (55 percent).
    - 165,140 were Latino (32 percent). 
    - 50,366 were white (10 percent).

via NYCLU

June 7, 2012 - Today, Occupy Wall Street activists and members of New York’s 99% will deliver giant bags of cash to Governor Cuomo, hoping that a two million-dollar bribe will secure a long-awaited increase in New York State’s minimum wage. Following the successful example set by the gambling industry, OWS and members of local community organizations have decided to try bribery, since overwhelming public support and peaceful protest have thus far failed to work. 
 
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June 7, 2012 - Today, Occupy Wall Street activists and members of New York’s 99% will deliver giant bags of cash to Governor Cuomo, hoping that a two million-dollar bribe will secure a long-awaited increase in New York State’s minimum wage. Following the successful example set by the gambling industry, OWS and members of local community organizations have decided to try bribery, since overwhelming public support and peaceful protest have thus far failed to work.
 
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