Lift the Cap on Street Vendor Permits and Licences!

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Lift the Cap on Street Vendor Permits and Licences!

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Street Vendor Project started this petition to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Despite attempts at making an honest living, vendors are subject to a litany of unjust regulations which make their work an incredible challenge. Since the early 1980s, an arbitrary cap has been placed on the number of available food permits and general vending licenses. This cap effectively makes street vending illegal for thousands of vendors and has led to the creation of a black market where permits that were originally purchased from the City for $200 are now sold upwards of $25,000.

Lifting the caps on permits and licenses would decriminalize vending for hard-working immigrant and veteran communities, it would generate even greater revenue for the City, and bring an end to this illegal black market. In a city where economic inequality is on a constant rise and where jobs are scarce, vendors work tirelessly as the city's smallest businesses in order to support their families while keeping New York affordable.

Join the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, along with our allies, to urge New York City Council to pass new legislation that would lift the cap on permits and licenses! Vendor Power!

Campaign Endorsers:

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Urban Justice Center, New York City

Make the Road NY, New York City

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, New York City

New York Worker Center Federation, New York City

Laundry Worker Center, New York City

El Centro del Inmigrante, New York City

New York Immigration Coalition, New York City

Chhaya CDC, New York City

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), New York City

Queens Economic Development Corporation, New York City

Brooklyn Food Coalition, New York City

Brandworkers, New York City

Peter Chicchino Youth Project, New York City

NYU’s Department of Food Studies, New York City

Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, New York City

Crown Heights Tenant Union, New York City

Metropolitan Council on Housing, New York City

New York City Food Truck Association, New York City

Community Action for Safe Apartments, New York City

BuskNY, New York City

Just Food, New York City

Enlace International, USA and Mexico

CATA: The Farmworker Support Committee, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania

Asociacion de Vendedores Ambulantes, Chicago

Institute for Justice, USA

Alliance for Fair Food, Florida

Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Florida

LatinoJustice, New York

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Nationwide

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