Dear friends and supporters,
The New York Post ran a big story today about SVP member Alhassane Fall, a US citizen who immigrated here from Senegal almost 20 years ago.
Alhassane (below) sells cell phone cases from a small table on Lower Broadway, supporting his wife and six children. Last month, he received a $1,000 ticket because his vending stand rose (allegedly) one inch too high. No kidding. One inch. One thousand dollars. And it's not just him. Last week, another vendor got a $1,000 ticket because he took a few minutes too long to find his paperwork.
As many of you know, legislation to correct this kind of injustice is currently sitting on the desk of NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. A majority of her colleagues have already signed on, and now we simply need her to call a vote.
Today, we issued a statement urging her to act. Now is the time to get these bills passed.
Thanks. We'll keep you posted on our progress.
There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events. It can be found on this link: http://streetnetbrasil.wordpress.com/
StreetNet Newsletter 31 [pdf]
INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).
TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015) by Ludovick Kazoka.
INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:
BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).
USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.
INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.
ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).
SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.
MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).
INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.
StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.
Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.
The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies