Raising the Bar: Criminalizing Poverty

October 13, 2019

Last year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the MTA announced their plans to roll out the “Fair Fares” program, after many families living below the poverty line complained they could not afford to pay their MetroCard. A huge percentage of New Yorkers use public transportation to get to and from work. With consistent fare increase, poorer New Yorkers found themselves with a huge financial burden that forced them to train hop and received large fines by bystanding police officers. 

Financial instability has left over 61,000 people–in New York City alone– without permanent homes. Homeless people rely on the streets and homeless shelters for a place to rest and use the trains as a place to beg for money and food. While, panhandling is currently not outlawed in New York City, it is in fact illegal to beg for money on public transportation. But, why does poverty seem like a never ending cycle?

Raising the Bar host Jason Clark, President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association is joined by Esere Onaodowan, Managing Partner at the Law Offices of Onaodowan & Delince, PLLC, and Karume James, Supervising Attorney at The Bronx Defenders to discuss criminalizing poverty.

Aired October 13th, 2019.

About the Program

Raising the Bar with the MBBA

Co-hosts Jason Clark, President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), Attorney Adeola Adejobi, and their guests discuss legal issues facing the African American community.

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