Making Contact

Making Contact – How Homelessness Became a Crime

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made so-called ‘quality of life’ policing a worldwide trend. And while it may have temporarily decreased crime, there are harsh consequences for the thousands of innocent people caught up in the frenzy of arrests.  On this edition, the criminalization of homelessness.  If it’s illegal to be on a city’s sidewalks, parks and plazas, where else can people go?

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made so-called ‘quality of life’ policing a worldwide trend. And while it may have temporarily decreased crime, there are harsh consequences for the thousands of innocent people caught up in the frenzy of arrests.  On this edition, the criminalization of homelessness.  If it’s illegal to be on a city’s sidewalks, parks and plazas, where else can people go?

 

 

Featuring:

Neil Smith, Center for Graduate Studies at the City University of New York Geography and Urbanism professor; Carlton Berkeley, Former NYPD Detective and author of ‘What to do if Stopped by the Police’; Genghis Kallid Muhammad, Gene Rice, Elise Lowe, Picture the Homeless members; Protestors opposing New York’s disorderly conduct law;  Melvin Williams, Coalition for the Homeless volunteer; Rob Robinson, National Campaign to Restore housing Rights organizer; Barbara Daughtery, homeless New Yorker; Mark Schuylen, former urban planner; Samuel Warber, street musician; Andy Blue, ‘Sidewalks are for People” campaign organizer; George Gascon, San Francisco Police Chief; John Avalos, San Francisco Supervisor; Jen Vandergriff, San Francisco resident; Jason Lean, homeless San Franciscan; Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project organizer

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made so-called ‘quality of life’ policing a worldwide trend. And while it may have temporarily decreased crime, there are harsh consequences for the thousands of innocent people caught up in the frenzy of arrests.  On this edition, the criminalization of homelessness.  If it’s illegal to be on a city’s sidewalks, parks and plazas, where else can people go?

 

 

Featuring:

Neil Smith, Center for Graduate Studies at the City University of New York Geography and Urbanism professor; Carlton Berkeley, Former NYPD Detective and author of ‘What to do if Stopped by the Police’; Genghis Kallid Muhammad, Gene Rice, Elise Lowe, Picture the Homeless members; Protestors opposing New York’s disorderly conduct law;  Melvin Williams, Coalition for the Homeless volunteer; Rob Robinson, National Campaign to Restore housing Rights organizer; Barbara Daughtery, homeless New Yorker; Mark Schuylen, former urban planner; Samuel Warber, street musician; Andy Blue, ‘Sidewalks are for People” campaign organizer; George Gascon, San Francisco Police Chief; John Avalos, San Francisco Supervisor; Jen Vandergriff, San Francisco resident; Jason Lean, homeless San Franciscan; Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project organizer

 

For More Information:

Picture the Homeless

http://www.picturethehomeless.org/

Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP)

http://www.wraphome.org

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

http://www.nlchp.org/

Coalition for the Homeless

http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/

National Coalition for the Homeless

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/

Sidewalks are for People

http://sidewalksareforpeople.org/

Civil Sidewalks Campaign

http://civilsidewalks.com/

Bryant Park Corporation

http://www.bryantpark.org/

Central Park Conservancy

http://www.centralparknyc.org/

Times Square Alliance

http://www.timessquarenyc.org

  

Articles, Blogs, Films, Reports, Other:

Homes Not Handcuffs: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities.

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/crimreport/crimreport_2009.pdf

NY Police Commissioner responds to WABC-TV quotas investigation

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=7461355

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made so-called ‘quality of life’ policing a worldwide trend. And while it may have temporarily decreased crime, there are harsh consequences for the thousands of innocent people caught up in the frenzy of arrests.  On this edition, the criminalization of homelessness.  If it’s illegal to be on a city’s sidewalks, parks and plazas, where else can people go?

 

 

Featuring:

Neil Smith, Center for Graduate Studies at the City University of New York Geography and Urbanism professor; Carlton Berkeley, Former NYPD Detective and author of ‘What to do if Stopped by the Police’; Genghis Kallid Muhammad, Gene Rice, Elise Lowe, Picture the Homeless members; Protestors opposing New York’s disorderly conduct law;  Melvin Williams, Coalition for the Homeless volunteer; Rob Robinson, National Campaign to Restore housing Rights organizer; Barbara Daughtery, homeless New Yorker; Mark Schuylen, former urban planner; Samuel Warber, street musician; Andy Blue, ‘Sidewalks are for People” campaign organizer; George Gascon, San Francisco Police Chief; John Avalos, San Francisco Supervisor; Jen Vandergriff, San Francisco resident; Jason Lean, homeless San Franciscan; Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project organizer

 

For More Information:

Picture the Homeless

http://www.picturethehomeless.org/

Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP)

http://www.wraphome.org

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

http://www.nlchp.org/

Coalition for the Homeless

http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/

National Coalition for the Homeless

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/

Sidewalks are for People

http://sidewalksareforpeople.org/

Civil Sidewalks Campaign

http://civilsidewalks.com/

Bryant Park Corporation

http://www.bryantpark.org/

Central Park Conservancy

http://www.centralparknyc.org/

Times Square Alliance

http://www.timessquarenyc.org

  

Articles, Blogs, Films, Reports, Other:

Homes Not Handcuffs: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities.

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/crimreport/crimreport_2009.pdf

NY Police Commissioner responds to WABC-TV quotas investigation

 

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