#HandsOffTheHomeless Protest of de Blasio’s NYPD

For months, we’ve been working with homeless folks living on 125th Street, who have been the target of increasingly aggressive policing by Mayor de Blasio’s NYPD. This is part of a huge citywide effort to push the homeless people out of public space, with the Daily News reporting that the NYPD has identified “80 sites” across the five boroughs where homeless people congregate, that they plan to break up.

But homeless people aren’t going to take this lying down. They’re fighting back. And yesterday, we helped the folks on 125th organize an incredible rally and press conference, complete with poems and songs and street theater.

Check out all of our photos right here!

Here is a full round-up of press coverage!

Amsterdam News: “Homeless People Protest Mayor de Blasio ‘Attack'”

“Picture the Homeless says 125th Street has been the epicenter for abusive policing, with aggressive 'sweeps' of homeless people occurring up to three times a day, and cops telling homeless people they’re acting under orders from the mayor.”

Al Jazeera America: “New York City Homeless Rally Against Closure of Urban Campsites”

“'Cops have always messed with us, but in the past month it’s gotten really bad,' said a homeless veteran named Sarge in a statement released Wednesday by Picture the Homeless.”

New York Post: “Homeless Launch Twitter War Against de Blasio”

“They may not have roofs, beds or running water — but that didn’t stop a group of angry homeless people from waging a high-tech hashtag war against Mayor Bill de Blasio. The vagrants launched their unlikely cyberattack Wednesday, as they protested the mayor’s homeless policies with signs urging people to 'Tweet @billdeblasio' using '#handsoffthehomeless.'” http://pix11.com/2015/09/09/nyc-homeless-gather-to-protest-police-harass...

PIX11: “NYC homeless gather to protest police harassment under Mayor de Blasio”

“Even as the NYPD cracks down on homeless encampments, Mayor Bill de Blasio has described them as an example of 'disorder.'”

“New York City Homeless Rally Against Closure of Urban Campsites”

“'Cops have always messed with us, but in the past month it’s gotten really bad,' said a homeless veteran named Sarge in a statement released Wednesday by Picture the Homeless.”

New York Observer: “Indigent Advocates to de Blasio: ‘Hands Off The Homeless'”

"Chanting 'hands off the homeless' in the frequent gathering spot for indigent individuals, the demonstrators alleged Mr. de Blasio has allowed and even encouraged the NYPD to badger and intimidate people living on the street. Several said the treatment has gotten worse in recent weeks, after Mr. de Blasio has vowed to clear the 80 encampments around the city—a pledge the demonstrators said was a betrayal of the progressive principles he campaigned on in 2013."

Waging Nonviolence: NYC activists push back against anti-homeless crackdown

“New York City’s most recent crackdown on its homeless population has been fueled by the local media, particularly the right-wing tabloid the New York Post, as well as the NYPD’s attempts to discredit Mayor de Blasio and advance the narrative that the city is on a violent, crime-filled decline.”

Socialist Worker: “Persecuting the ‘Undesirables'”

“… The general approach seems to be geared toward promoting gentrification in the central corridor of East Harlem, rather than solving the problems of the homeless, residents of the community or those coming to the neighborhood for treatment.”

Manhattan Times: “Demanding Dignity/Exigiendo Dignidad”

“Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton have recently announced plans to clear 80 homeless encampments throughout the city, among other quality of life initiatives… On Wednesday, speakers condemned the decision, and said that NYPD has taken to forcefully intimidating and removing homeless individuals from the streets. They note that there is no law forbidding homeless people from occupying public spaces.”

Metro NY: “Homeless Advocates Have High Hopes of de Blasio, NYPD During Papal Visit”

“'Bratton doesn’t have a very good history on [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][homelessness],' said William Burnett, a self-identified Roman Catholic and organizer with Harlem-based nonprofit Picture the Homeless. 'But hopefully he has a good grasp of what the Holy See hopes to do during his visit.'”[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

February 12, 2019

FFJ Advisor Discussion Series: Marisa Franco

Marisa Franco, FFJ Field Advisor and Director and Co-founder of of Mijente, a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing and movement building, speaks on the current political moment and how funders can contribute to movement work.

Tell us about the particular moment you are in with your work and place in the movement.

Entering into our fourth year, we are doing our best to be a vehicle to both respond to the real-time challenges our communities face and a place to find respite, connection, and replenished meaning. Given what the Latinx and Chicanx community faces, we’ve got to walk and chew gum at the same time (and hop on one leg, juggle, and balance something on our head!) but we believe that through the continued growth where organizers, healers, change-makers, designers, and disrupters feel Mijente is a place to meaningfully contribute to collective liberation means we are going in the right direction. It is my view that our most critical task at this time is growth and recruitment - millions of people are becoming exposed to the injustice and summarily wrong direction we are heading in - our organizations must be open and accessible entry points for people to contribute to moving us in the right direction.

How do you understand the political moment that we’re in? What do you think we need to do differently right now?

Ultimately I think that lots of what we reference as threats that are coming are largely here - crisis as a result of climate change is here, it’s being felt across the planet. The extreme backlash and attempt to re-entrench power due to demographic change is here, occurring in localities across the United States. Authoritarianism is a growing threat beyond Donald Trump and within the domestic United States. Given all of this, at the very least I think it’s critical we start to widen our panorama of political understanding to include outside of the United States and make the connections internationally. Rest assured, our adversaries are in coordination - we ignore our movement siblings and the struggle outside of the United States to our own detriment.

What should funders be understanding in this political moment? What should funders be doing to support organizations and movements?

What’s important to understand in this political moment is how the volatility impacts the plans, perspective, and morale of people in organizations and social movements. It has become more and more difficult to lay out plans that feel real given how normal it's become for so much to turn upside down pretty regularly. Some understanding and support of this from funders, particularly when it means proposed work is not carried out in the way it was initially described, is very helpful.

Continued support for rapid response tactics is critical, as well as funds that help convene key groups and/or leaders in this time goes a long way. In times like these, those that are able to adapt and move quickly are well positioned to make impactful changes. These folks have got to be able to do so with enough support and not too many hurdles, hoops, and paper to be able to move. So some of these existing practices around simplifying processes, making funds available for rapid response activities, and pop up convenings is something that has been helpful thus far and is important to continue.

December 10, 2018

Welcome to the new NFG website!

Thank you for visiting Neighborhood Funders Group's new website! We've completely redesigned and improved how it works to make it easier than ever for our members to use as an online resource.

What new features can you find on the site?

  • Search the entire website for news, events, and resources using the search bar at the top of every page
  • See where all of the members of our national network are based, right on our member map 
  • Discover more related content, tagged by topic and format, at the bottom of every page
  • Look up NFG member organizations in our member directory
  • Log in to view individual contacts in the member directory and register for events in the future

First check to see if your account has already been created for you by clicking "Forgot Password" on the log in page. Try entering your email address to activate your account and set your password.

Let us know at support@nfg.org if you come across any issues logging in, or anywhere else on the site.

Find More By:

News type: