Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change

H2 Oh No!

Technical Assistance

H2 Oh No!

Rumbo A Su Tarjeta Verde

Public Access Design

Rumbo A Su Tarjeta Verde

Swept Up

Urban Investigations

Swept Up

Test Ride

City Studies

Test Ride

From Shelter to Apartment

Making Policy Public

From Shelter to Apartment

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!

Fast Trash

City Studies

Fast Trash

Don't Bank On It

Making Policy Public

Don't Bank On It

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

Public Access Design

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

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Care Aware

City Studies

Care Aware

We care!

Making Policy Public

We care!

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

We Own It

Making Policy Public