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NYC Enforcement Against Street Vendors is Back in Full Force

Plus: Chinatown residents fed up with 20-year road closure, and immigrant 9/11 cleanup crews want residency as a reward

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This article was republished from City Limits. To make up for job loss during the pandemic, thousands of workers took to the streets and sold whatever they could. That changed the face of street vending, leading elected officials to shift enforcement of the industry to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection in January. The agency didn’t start enforcing vendor violations until June 1 and spent the last few months conducting educational outreach with vendors and advocates. But between June 1 and Aug. 31, DCWP administered 1,508 city street vending inspections and issued 424 violation tickets. The number slightly passed the quarterly average of civil vending summons issued by the NYPD in 2019, which was 402. Read more at Documented.

This Chinatown Street Has Been Shut Down Since 9/11 and Residents are Fed Up

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For the last 20 years, the Chinatown community has been regularly calling on the city to reopen Park Row, a street that closed to traffic after the 9/11 attacks because it’s close to One Police Plaza. Residents who live on the road say it’s a stressful environment, since they have to go through police checkpoints just to go home. Chinatown also lost a traffic artery with the closure, with some residents considering it the start of Chinatown’s slow death. Chinatown’s battle against the closure is being revived as the mayoral election approaches and as the federal government considers doling out infrastructure funding. Read more at Documented.

Documented and The Intercept Present: How 9/11 Changed Our Immigration System

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The September 11 attacks led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as crackdowns on Muslims living throughout New York City. Since the agencies’ creation, ICE raids have become common. Documented and The Intercept will examine the legacy of the 9/11 attacks on immigration through a conversation with Azmat Zahra, an award-winning investigative journalist and director of Simon and June Li Center for Global Journalism at Columbia University, along with four experts on national security and immigration. 

The panelists include: 

Mohammad Razvi– Executive director and founder of the Council of People’s Organization
Murtaza Hussain– Intercept reporter who focuses on national security and foreign policy
Asad Dandia– Co-founder of Muslims Giving Back and a plaintiff in Raza v. City of New York
Naz Ahmad– Staff attorney with the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility Project

Documented’s Maurizio Guerrero Discusses ‘A Public Death’ Series

Maurizio Guerrero, Documented’s Isaac Rauch Immigration Policy Reporting Fellow, recently released his series, “A Public Death.” The series follows an undocumented construction worker who fell to his death on the job and reveals the hidden deaths of construction workers throughout the city. The building’s developer was only fined $12,500 for the man’s death, and didn’t get any media attention. Guerrero spoke with Katie Honan and Harry Siegel on FAQ NYC about his series. Guerrero also went on WNYC’S The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the investigation. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of “A Public Death” if you haven’t already. Deanna Garcia for Documented.

Immigrant 9/11 Cleanup Crews Want Residency

Franklin Anchahua spent weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks cleaning up thick layers of dust in offices, apartments and a lower Manhattan chapel. He has faced numerous medical problems, but has been treating his heartburn and acid reflux with herbs his mother from Peru sent. Anchahua avoided medical care due to his fear of deportation. He and other immigrant cleanup workers have continuously asked to obtain legal immigration status in the U.S. as compensation for the work and health problems they’ve suffered. Over the past 20 years, some immigrants have abandoned the fight while dozens continue to protest. The Associated Press

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