Legal Services Staff Association: Multi-Union Legal Services Statement In Opposition to the Reopening of Housing Court

“We are unionized legal services unions and workers who represent tenants in New York City’s housing courts.

Today, people of all walks of life are participating in a righteous uprising that demands an end to state-sanctioned violence against Black lives. In conjunction with this uprising, communities are renewing their demands for programs and policies that actually protect and serve communities of color. Despite this, New York City is set to evict thousands of mostly Black, Latinx, and immigrant populations. As the New York City tenant movement has already articulated, access to housing is a human right. We therefore oppose the forced re-opening of housing court, be it partial or complete, and any other policy that similarly values property and profit over Black and Brown life.”

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