Violence against Asian Americans – which has increased exponentially during the pandemic fueled by the ex-president and his hateful rhetoric -- is not new. Even though attacks are up 150% over the past year, it took the brutal murder of eight people in Georgia last month, including six women of Asian American descent –to bring these attacks to widespread attention. This excellent piece from NPR’s Code Switch looks into America’s long history of discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and unpacks the sexualization and marginalization of Asian American women.
The Network’s Senior Policy Analyst Tierra Labrada testified before the City Council on March 16 about the Mayor’s proposed budget and its impact on creating and sustaining supportive housing. As previously reported the Network supported the City’s restoration and increase of HPD funding in the FY 22 budget to $1.45 billion. The Network is also relieved to see there were no significant cuts in the expense budget that would impact supportive housing services. Additionally, however, the Network strongly urged that HPD lift its hiring freeze, which, in conjunction with lack of pay raises at the agency is negatively impacting both new development and move-ins.
As a result of years-long advocacy, the use of solitary confinement in New York’s jails and prisons will be severely limited or outright banned for certain populations starting in March of next year. Governor Cuomo signed the HALT (Humane Alternatives to Long-Term) Solitary Confinement Act, March 31st which means no one can be placed in solitary for more than 15 days and the practice is outright banned for various populations including minors, seniors and people with disabilities – including individuals with serious mental illness. The practice, deemed by the United Nations as has been found to have lifelong deleterious health and mental health impacts. This legislation is an important first step in undoing the most barbaric practices in the criminal legal system – which disproportionately impact Black people.
On April 8th, the Network, in partnership with Trinity Church Wall Street, Enterprise Community Partners and the National Association of Social Workers - New York City Chapter, hosted its first ever mayoral forum, “A New New York: A Mayoral Town Hall on Supportive Housing.” View the full forum below or here. For the press release see here.
On March 11th, the Network joined the supportive housing community for our 2021 Annual Meeting to reflect on and celebrate the past year in accomplishments and challenges as well as vote in our 2021 Board of Directors.