Happy New Year! I wanted to share some good news you may have missed.
In late December, the Street Vendor Project settled a lawsuit against the city for years of over-charging NYC vendors on tickets they receive for minor violations. Already, vendors have begun to receive a total of $228,000 in cash refunds, while having their aggregate fines decreased by more than $4 million.
Peanut vendor Mohammed Yunnus Ali, pictured below, got a ticket in 2010 for vending too close to a crosswalk. The fine should have been $100, but the city wrongly charged him $1,000. Including interest, Mohammed got a check for $970, which was a big help to him and his wife and two children (age 1 and 5) this holiday season.
photo: Robert Miller
While celebrating this big victory, we are continuing to fight to permanently lower the penalties by pushing for a City Council on Intros 434 and 435. I did not send a year-end appeal for donations, as I usually do. But expect to hear from me in the coming months for your help with this campaign.
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