NEW YORK, NY – A movement to physically stop Mayor Eric Adams’ controversial cleanup of homeless encampments is growing across the city as activists urge the mayor to adopt new methods to help homeless New Yorkers.
Activists who blocked the lack of New York from police last week in a seven-hour East Village draw are just a small part of an army of volunteers who are planning tents to protect against the broom, which has already destroyed hundreds of makeshift homes, according to local adherents.
“A new defense network is being built,” said Tompkins Homeless Collective, Cynthia V. Protest_ NYC After her tent was targeted by police in the East Village. “It’s all for us – the suffering of our people is heartbreaking.”
The network includes organizations like Brooklyn Evacuation Security, Refuse to Rent for Mutual Assistance in the East Village, Washington Square Mutual Assistance and the Twitter account NYC Broom Alerts, which warns homeless New Yorkers where cleaning crews go next, according to V.
Police were sent in tears for help down the encampments and did not give the effort to walk lightly. During the draw in the East Village, six activists were arrested, along with protest leader John Grima, who refused to leave his tent, and the encampment was eventually destroyed, according to reports.
Adams introduced the controversial cleanup program as a way to provide better housing for residents of New York homeless, although only five people received help during the first week of the Blitz, eventually evacuated 239 tents.
Other homeless supporters have taken a different approach to letting their thoughts be known.
On Tuesday, Shira-York released a “roadmap” of alternative methods Adams can take to help be displaced from her home in New York after rallying at Fulton Street Subway Station, where the mayor unveiled a similar plan to remove missing New Yorkers from the city’s subways.
“There’s so much work in the Adams Administration can do to endless people – no one be it a broom to the encampment or the eviction of people from the subways,” said Selena Trowell, organizer of the Shira-York Homeless Association. “We can not stress enough the harm that Adams’ tactics are causing, without providing some improvement on the issues related to the lack of quality of life New Yorkers face.”
The organization, like many supporters, claims in the encampment to clean up even poorer only the homeless New Yorkers, who often have another place to go given the fear of the city’s inputs.
Of the 640 homeless people in New York who lost their lives last year, 489 of them lived in shelters, according to VOCAL-NY.
The missing eruptions to the missing encampment also go against the CDC guidelines that advise local governments to leave encampments where they are if “separate accommodation options are not available.” The mayor claimed that each person encountered by cleaning crews was offered a space in the shelter, and were shown booklets for fears and help.
Asked Tuesday about the road map of VOCAL-NY, Mayor’s Office pointed Patch In a recent interview with NY1 and pointed to his commitment to add 500 new beds in shelters, of which 350 were built last month.
“It’s the right to a city shelter. No one is expelled if they need shelters,” Adams said. “” I do not intend to allow the normalization of people living on our streets because we have been allowed to happen before, and I do not intend to continue to allow that to happen. It is inhuman. “
Shira-York’s roadmap urges Adams to use all available housing stock to rehouse homeless New Yorkers, sweep to an edge encampment and provide access to more public services.
“The solution lacks housing. The city needs to invest in permanent housing likely missing where our neighbors can dwell in peace, away from the elements and other dangers on the street,” said Legal Aid Society Coalition for the homeless in a joint declaration third day.
“Administration can offer immediate real and permanent housing options for privacy safe haven for people, and we urge the municipality to do just that, and stop scans cruelty, pointless and ineffective these.”