Target: Bill De Blasio, Mayor of New York City
Goal: Stop evicting families from public housing whose relatives have been arrested on drug charges.
Families are being kicked out of their New York City public housing all because relatives of theirs have been arrested on drug-related charges, according to a recent investigation. This is unethical and violates the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Demand that the policy that allows these ridiculous evictions be repealed at once.
According to a local investigation, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has a policy in place ominously called “Permanent Exclusion.” This doctrine allows the Authority to do a number of disagreeable things. For one, it permits the eviction of tenants who have been subject to drug-related arrests, regardless of whether or not they are convicted of them. The problem with this becomes extremely apparent when one considers the racist policing of the New York Police Department.
Secondly, the policy of Permanent Exclusion also allows the NYCHA to punish families who live in public housing and who have relatives who have been arrested on drug-related charges, even if those relatives do not live with them. One woman, Taisha Taylor, has been put on probation by the Authority because her uncle and brother were arrested, and another family is facing eviction because their adult son, who had been arrested in the past on a marijuana-related charge, had taken a nap for a few hours at their place.
Punishing people who have never been convicted of any crime and holding families accountable for the actions of their relatives is profoundly unfair and likely illegal. Sign the petition below to demand that New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio repeal this Permanent Exclusion policy from the NYCHA at once.
Dear Mayor De Blasio,
I am writing you today regarding the New York City Housing Authority. According to a recent City Limits investigation, the Authority has a policy in place it called “Permanent Exclusion” that lets it do some unethical and legally-dubious things. It needs to be addressed at once.
This policy allows the NYCHA to evict anyone who has been arrested—not just convicted for, arrested—on a drug-related charge. This is an obvious violation of Americans’ right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Why should these people be held responsible for drug-related crimes when a court of law cannot even prove that responsibility?
Permanent Exclusion also, incredibly, lets the NYCHA evict the families of people who have been arrested on drug-related charges, even when those people do not maintain residence with the family. That’s right—people face eviction and homelessness through no fault of their own.
These injustices cannot be allowed to continue. I demand that you repeal the NYCHA’s Permanent Exclusion policy at once so that it has no choice but to stop these unfair evictions.
[Your Name Here]
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