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ADVISORY BOARD Gene Carroll Maria Hinojosa Craig Kaplan Pamela Koslow Monami Maulik Iris Morales Arva

ADVISORY BOARD Gene Carroll Maria Hinojosa Craig Kaplan Pamela Koslow Monami Maulik Iris Morales Arva Rice John Sayles Cornel West, Ph.D. Barbara Winslow

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COMMUNITY FUNDING COMMITTEE Donald Anthonyson Susanna Blankley Ana Liza Caballes Cathy Dang Jennifer Flynn Kesi Foster Mo George Aber Kawas Katie Lindsay Natalie Peña Adilka Pimentel Zahida Pirani

Richard Burns, Interim Executive Director

Zahida Pirani Richard Burns, Interim Executive Director Testimony Before the New York City Council on the

Testimony Before the New York City Council on the ‘Street Vending Modernization Act” (SVMA)

October 26, 2016

Good afternoon and thank you for permitting testimony on this issue today. I am Jennifer Arieta, Program Officer at North Star Fund. North Star Fund is New York City’s community foundation working to create a more just and equitable city. For 37 years, North Star Fund has helped make democracy happen in New York City by building a diverse network of donors to support the grassroots leaders that move the City forward.

North Star Fund is deeply invested in supporting advocacy efforts that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers. We have specifically invested in the organizing efforts of street vendors for over 14 years. I am here today to offer North Star Fund’s perspective on the ‘Street Vending Modernization Act” (SVMA) and provide a more nuanced and progressive framing of the impact of this legislation.

To be brief, two things about SVMA resonate strongly with our foundation:

The impact of SVMA extends well beyond the scope of street vending; after key victories like the IDNYC program and funding for day laborer centers, SVMA is the next opportunity for us to champion immigrants’ and workers’ rights in New York City.

One of the most compelling aspects of SVMA is that it stands to be a tangible victory for advocates of gender justice in our city. Advancing gender justice is at the core of North Star’s grant making; our foundation has invested deeply in the organizing of street vendors because immigrant women, particularly those who are single mothers and heads of households, are disproportionately impacted by the lack of vending permits.

North Star Fund supports the advocacy efforts of our grantee partner Street Vendor Project to increase the number of vending permits in New York City. As a funder of a majority of the community organizing that takes place in our city, North Star is confident that SVMA represents a continuation of the City Council’s support of legislation that many of our grantee partners have fought for and won in the arena of workers’ rights. We are proud to have provided critical seed funds to organizations such as Make the Road, VOCAL, MinKwon, NICE, Faith in NY and many more that led advocacy efforts that the City Council has supported. We view our funding of street vendor organizing as a strategic investment in the advancement of workers’ rights.

When Street Vendor Project first approached us for funding we were well aware of the forces that long opposed vending in our city. Ultimately, as a philanthropic institution we believe in taking risks on new and emerging

organizing campaigns. Despite the odds at the time, we invested early on in street vendor organizing because of its potential to make a big impact for low-income workers across our city. While North Star has always been a resource for those looking for a philanthropic perspective on the landscape of social movements in our city, in more recent years – particularly after Hurricane Sandy – we have deepened our efforts to engage and help our grantees gather, frame, and put forth a progressive perspective on the issues of the day. Today, you’ll hear and learn from advocates that supporting SVMA is the smart choice for many reasons. As we all continue to strive for a more equitable city, I was particularly moved to testify at this hearing to remind you that it’s the choice that puts you on the right side of justice.

I’d like to personally commend Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Member Levine, and all of the council members supporting the SVMA for continuing to stand up for workers’ rights. Thank you again for giving us this opportunity to speak with you today; we look forward to working with you to further advance gender justice and immigrants’ and workers’ rights in our city.

Submitted by:

Jennifer Arieta, Program Officer

in our city. Submitted by: Jennifer Arieta, Program Officer 10/26/16 North Star Fund Testimony Before the

10/26/16

North Star Fund Testimony Before the New York City Council on the ‘Street Vending Modernization Act” (SVMA)

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