Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped

What is asylum?

Making Policy Public

What is asylum?

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Lotto Zone

Urban Investigations

Lotto Zone

Advocacy Partners

Dave Powell

Dave Powell

Dave Powell has worked as a tenant organizer and tenant advocate for the Metropolitan Council on Housing, The Fifth Avenue ... more

Dave Powell

Dave Powell has worked as a tenant organizer and tenant advocate for the Metropolitan Council on Housing, The Fifth Avenue Committee, and Tenants & Neighbors. He is currently working on a documentary film, “It Took 50 Years: Frances Goldin and the Struggle for Cooper Square”. In 2001, CUP interviewed Dave for the “Building Codes” exhibit at the Storefront for Art in Architecture. While at the Fifth Avenue Committee, Dave collaborated with CUP on workshops about housing and land use.  These workshops utilized the first proto-type of CUP’s Affordable Housing Toolkit.

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The Red Hook Community Justice Center

The Red Hook Community Justice Center

The Red Hook Community Justice Center is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court. Operating since ... more

The Red Hook Community Justice Center

The Red Hook Community Justice Center is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court. Operating since 2000, the Justice Center seeks to solve neighborhood problems using a coordinated response. At Red Hook, a single judge hears neighborhood cases that under ordinary circumstances would go to three different courts. Instead, residents and justice system partners alike have access to an array of services – under one roof – to help improve local quality of life. The Justice Center is a project of the Center for Court Innovation, an independent public-private partnership that works to promote institutional change and new ways of thinking about justice. The Justice Center worked with CUP on Rent, Rights, Repairs, a foldout guide to housing court for public housing residents.

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 Remás

Remás

Remás is a Brooklyn organization that helps immigrants understand their financial choices and improve their ... more

Remás

Remás is a Brooklyn organization that helps immigrants understand their financial choices and improve their options for achieving financial prosperity.

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 Resilience Advocacy Project

Resilience Advocacy Project

Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) empowers youth to become leaders in the fight to end poverty. RAP combines youth ... more

Resilience Advocacy Project

Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) empowers youth to become leaders in the fight to end poverty. RAP combines youth leadership programs with system-level advocacy initiatives in order to build resilience in youth and increase their voice in civic and social justice efforts.

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 Retail Action Project

Retail Action Project

RAP is an organization of retail workers dedicated to improving opportunities and workplace standards in the retail ... more

Retail Action Project

RAP is an organization of retail workers dedicated to improving opportunities and workplace standards in the retail industry. RAP’s growing membership network of 3,000 retail workers is an industry voice for workers across the industry, ranging from bargain chains to high-end department stores. Together with community and labor allies, RAP members are impacting retailers’ labor practices and the public policies that affect their lives. RAP supports retail workers’ path towards career security through job training, services and workplace organizing. Retail Action Project is working with CUP on a video about scheduling practices in the retail industry.

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 Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and ... more

Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the drinking water of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.Riverkeeper focuses on three overarching problems facing Hudson River communities: (1) Restoration of the Hudson River ecosystem, with particular emphasis on minimizing fish kills and water pollution; (2) Protection of New York City’s drinking water supply; and (3) Improving public access to the Hudson River.

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 Safety Net Project

Safety Net Project

The Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project (SNP) is New York City’s advocate for economic justice, ... more

Safety Net Project

The Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project (SNP) is New York City’s advocate for economic justice, combining direct legal services, litigation, research, and policymaking to achieve economic justice for all New Yorkers. We strengthen the safety net by ensuring access to public benefits, nutritional assistance programs, eviction prevention services, public housing, and emergency shelter to ensure that no New Yorker is without food, housing, or other basic human rights.

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 Schema

Schema

is a research and design firm. They solve complex information problems through technology, data, design, and art. They ... more

Schema

is a research and design firm. They solve complex information problems through technology, data, design, and art. They create tools and experiences that turn information into action. 

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 Street Vendor Project

Street Vendor Project

The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with nearly 2,000 vendor members who are working together to create ... more

Street Vendor Project

The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with nearly 2,000 vendor members who are working together to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change. We reach out to vendors in the streets and storage garages and teach them about their legal rights and responsibilities. We hold meetings where we plan collective actions for getting our voices heard. We publish reports and file lawsuits to raise public awareness about vendors and the enormous contribution they make to our city. Finally, we help vendors grow their businesses by linking them with small business training and loans.

The Street Vendor Project Collaborated with CUP on the Vendor Power! MPP.

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 Streetwise & Safe

Streetwise & Safe

Streetwise & Safe—also known as SAS—is a project by and for youth of color in New York City that shares the ... more

Streetwise & Safe

Streetwise & Safe—also known as SAS—is a project by and for youth of color in New York City that shares the ins & outs, do’s & don’ts, and street politics of police encounters between LGBTQQ youth of color and the police. We also stand for and with LGBTQQ and youth with experience trading sex for survival needs. We feel knowing your rights makes you more confident in protecting yourself during and after interactions with the police. We also know that the reality is that the police don’t always respect our rights but knowing what they are is important so that we can fight for them later. We also create a space to share strategies to stay safe from all forms of violence experienced by LGBTQQ youth, and advocate for policies that will change the ways police interact with us.

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 Tenants and Neighbors

Tenants and Neighbors

Tenants and Neighbors is the largest tenant’s rights organization in the New York State, with 15,000 members. For ... more

Tenants and Neighbors

Tenants and Neighbors is the largest tenant’s rights organization in the New York State, with 15,000 members. For more than 30 years, through grassroots organizing, T&N has forged a powerful movement in the fight to preserve affordable housing, strengthen tenant protections, and sustain diverse and livable communities. They collaborated with CUP on the MPP Predatory Equity.

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 The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal ... more

The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, social work support and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. In the Bronx and beyond, The Bronx Defenders promotes justice in low-income communities.

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Teachers Unite

Teachers Unite

Teachers Unite is an independent membership organization of public school educators supporting collaboration between ... more

Teachers Unite

Teachers Unite is an independent membership organization of public school educators supporting collaboration between parents, youth and educators fighting for social justice. TU organizes teachers around human rights issues that impact New York City public school communities, and offers collaborative leadership training for educators, parents and youth.  We believe that schools can only be transformed when educators work with and learn from parents and youth to achieve social and economic justice. TU collaborated with CUP on the MPP “Schools Are Us.”

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The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income tenants control their housing ... more

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income tenants control their housing through the creation of limited-equity cooperatives. UHAB also helps tenants preserve existing and affordable housing by empowering them to make proactive decisions about the future of their homes. UHAB collaborated with CUP on the MPP Predatory Equity.

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Anusha Venkataraman

Anusha Venkataraman

Anusha Venkataraman is an urban planner, writer, artist, and activist. She is presently the Director of the Green Light ... more

Anusha Venkataraman

Anusha Venkataraman is an urban planner, writer, artist, and activist. She is presently the Director of the Green Light District initiative at El Puente, a community human rights institution in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with numerous community groups in local organizing efforts, and as a visual artist both individually and with collectives. In 2010, she edited Intractable Democracy: Fifty Years of Community-Based Planning, a book celebrating New York City’s legacy of grassroots neighborhood-based activism. Anusha was the Youth and Outreach Director at the Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island. She holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University. She served on a 2013 Public Access Design jury.

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Erika Wood

Erika Wood

Erika L. Wood is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School.  Previously, she was the Deputy Director of the ... more

Erika Wood

Erika L. Wood is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School.  Previously, she was the Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice where she designed and launched major reform campaigns around the country and provided legal counsel and strategic guidance to advocates, legislators, and policymakers nationwide. Erika has litigated complex civil rights cases and is a frequent speaker and commentator on voting rights, criminal justice reform and racial justice issues.  In 2010, she worked with CUP to produce the MPP Know Your Lines.

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 Youth Justice Board

Youth Justice Board

The Youth Justice Board is a leadership program that gives young people a voice in policies that affect their lives, and ... more

Youth Justice Board

The Youth Justice Board is a leadership program that gives young people a voice in policies that affect their lives, and provides policymakers access to the insights of informed young people. Each year, a team of high-school-age youth from across New York City investigates a juvenile justice or public safety issue, formulates policy recommendations and works to implement its recommendations. The current Youth Justice Board seeks to expand and improve the City’s Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs for young people charged with delinquencies. The Youth Justice Board is a project of the Center for Court Innovation and the Center for Courts and the Community. The Youth Justice Board was the advocate for the MPP I Got Arrested! Now What?

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Is Your Neighborhood Getting Too Expensive?

Technical Assistance

Is Your Neighborhood Getting Too Expensive?

Zoning It In...

Urban Investigations

Zoning It In...

Voters Rule

City Studies

Voters Rule

Scary, Ok With it, Good

City Studies

Scary, Ok With it, Good

The Good, Bad, & Unknown

Urban Investigations

The Good, Bad, & Unknown

SERVE!

Public Access Design

SERVE!

Keep Your Family's Home

Public Access Design

Keep Your Family's Home

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter