I Got Arrested! Now What?

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I Got Arrested! Now What?

Weathering the Storm

Technical Assistance

Weathering the Storm

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Our Voice, Our Choice

Urban Investigations

Our Voice, Our Choice

What Options Doc?

Urban Investigations

What Options Doc?

Your School, Your Choice!

Making Policy Public

Your School, Your Choice!

Print Swept Up

In April 2016, the NYPD raided two Eastchester housing complexes in the Bronx and arrested 120 people. Despite descriptions as the “largest gang takedown in New York City history,” over half the arrestees were never even charged as gang members. How did this all happen? Criminal Conspiracy Laws—originally used to bring down organized crime like the mafia—are being used by NYPD to police youth and charge them with “gang involvement”, simply because of who they know. For many low-income teens of color, basic activities like having friends in one’s neighborhood, are used to justify arrest at alarming rates.

What are criminal conspiracy laws? What’s the NYPD gang database? How do these laws and police practices impact local communities?

In the summer of 2019, CUP collaborated with Teaching Artist Ro Garrido and students from the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn to dig deep into criminal conspiracy laws and their impact on local community members, interview stakeholders working on the issue, and create art to show what they learned. The group teamed up with Designer Marcela Szwarc and created the booklet, Swept Up, to educate others and help them get involved in the issue.

Learn more about the project here!

Ready, Set, Apply!

Technical Assistance

Ready, Set, Apply!

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

Urban Investigations

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

Show Up

Public Access Design

Show Up

Soda Census

City Studies

Soda Census

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Welcome to Health Care!

Making Policy Public

Welcome to Health Care!