STREET VENDOR SOLIDARITY WEBINAR
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September 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rain or shine, New York City’s street vendors keep our city running. With a hot coffee here, a churro there, and an affordable and delicious lunch wherever you need it, street vendors are a key part of our city’s culture and economy, who as the eyes on the street with deep community connections help keep our New York City streets safe. Yet despite their critical role as NYC’s city’s smallest businesses, vendors have long been denied access to vending licenses needed to legitimize their businesses, instead facing aggressive harassment, surveillance, and $1,000 fines from city enforcement agencies for working without one.
Support your local street vendor! JOIN US on Thursday, September 9th at 6:00pm EDT for a conversation with street vendors from the Street Vendor Project on organizing efforts to reform the vending industry, followed by a CopWatch introduction hosted by the Justice Committee to get a sense of how you can safely support vendors facing harassment. During the presentation, you will learn brief guidelines for staying safer, communicating with the police, and guidelines for effective monitoring, documenting deterring, and de-escalating.
- Helen Guzman, Lead Organizer, Justice Committee
- Sonia Perez, Bushwick Street Vendor & Leadership Board Member, Street Vendor Project
- Eric Nava-Perez, Latinx/Spanish Speaking Member Organizer, Street Vendor Project