NYC Shut It Down: Weekly Shut Down & Clothes For The Poor

On Wednesday, November 4th, before temperatures in NYC dropped to 4 degrees, and the mayor warned people to stay inside unless absolutely necessary, NYC Shut It Down, the group who has been shutting down NYC for victims of police violence every week for over a year, distributed clothes to those who have no option to stay inside, even in arctic weather – the homeless.

Over the previous weeks, NYC Shut It Down had accepted clothing donations and stored them at the offices of Global Revolution TV, a media collected made famous during Occupy Wall Street.

On Wednesday, NYC Shut It Down, assisted by the Cargo Bike Collective, transported all of the clothing to Penn Station, one of the last 24-hour public spaces where homeless New Yorkers can stay inside while the temperature dropped.

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However, as many of the homeless people in Penn Station told us, they are not allowed to sleep there, and if the NYPD catches them doing so, they throw away their belonging and force them into the streets.

Word spread quickly among those in Penn Station that NYC Shut It Down was stationed outside giving away clothes. Dozens of homeless New Yorkers came out of Penn and found the clothing they needed to replace what the NYPD had destroyed and to add extra layers before the temperatures plummeted this weekend.

In all, NYC Shut It Down helped clothe more than 100 homeless New Yorkers, most of them people of color, before the temperature fell to dangerous lows. The mayor, for his part, instructed New Yorkers to just stay inside, while the NYPD continued to physically force the homeless back into the streets

 

  • DHFabian

    This helped a number of people, no question. But note that once the (Clinton) Democrats took the lead in the war on the poor, liberals became the face of indifference. This generation has waged a hell of a class war against our “surplus population” — the jobless poor, and many of the unemployable. The number of Americans in severe poverty has grown, as has the number of those who die as a direct result of deprivation of the most basic human needs — adequate food, shelter and medical care.

    Some basics: In real life, not everyone can work (health, etc.) and there aren’t jobs for all. The US shut down/shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s. The last I heard, there are 7 jobs for every 10 people who currently still have the means to seek one (can’t get a job without a home address, phone, bus fare, etc.). What do you think happens to those who are left out?

    True, every few years a certain event in a black community might spark a moment of awareness of black poverty — written off as the result of racial discrimination to avoid looking at the grave failures of our socioeconomic system in whole. Similar incidents in poor white communities don’t make the news. Liberal media see that we have a low wage problem, but don’t see our poverty crisis. They hide the fact that the great majority of very poor are white. There is no liberal outrage, no marches for justice, when the homeless poor are arrested, shipped out like cattle, or when they are beaten, even killed, simply because they are homeless. This is what defines us as a people, a nation.