Action and Advocacy

The parish of Trinity Church Wall Street is committed to protecting the vulnerable and striving for peace and justice in our country. Areas of focus include issues surrounding immigration and refugees, bail reform and the question of Rikers Island. We invite all community members, neighbors, and partners to join us as we stand with the oppressed and work for justice. Learn about upcoming actions and events below.

 

Upcoming Events


 

Imagine Healing
All Saints Chapel, 75 Broadway

Imagine Healing is a three-part series meant to foster conversation and intentional focus on the intersection of homelessness and race. Join us as we envision a community approach to healing from and taking action on NYC's homelessness crisis.

Imagine Healing Through Story
Mondays, June 17 - July 15 | 5:45-7:00pm
All are welcome to a book group and discussion around the strategic area of Low-Income Housing and Homelessness. The conversation will start as we dream for the new Trinity Commons using the book Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing by Susan Greenfield; facilitated by Terrell Moody. Pick up a free book in the Parish Center; note that reading is not required to join!

Imagine Healing Through Poetry
Wednesdays, July 10-31 | 2-3:30pm
Join us for poetry meditation sessions with SK Doyle and Metha Balasquides. Based off Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen's model for the Writers Workshop Series, each participant will bring poetry readings of their choice to read and meditate on in community. Open to all; no registration required.

Imagine Healing Through Community
Wednesday, July 31 | 5:30pm
All are welcome to celebrate our community's creativity and resilience as we close out our programming series. Hear from our neighbors and authors as they share their stories, poetry, and photography reflections on low-income housing and homelessness, followed by a community meal. Learn more about evidence-based practice for community healing and what you can do.

For more information, contact Mandy Culbreath at mculbreath@trinitywallstreet.org.

 

Housing Court Answers
Free Legal Workshops for Residents in Housing Court

Thursdays, July 11–August 29, 3-5pm | Parish Center, 56 Trinity Place

Trinity is partnering with Housing Court Answers to provide free workshops for residents without legal representation in housing court. These free workshops will cover topics such as termination hearings, getting repairs, rent regulations, and more. Walk-ins welcome, no RSVP required. Note: there will be no session on August 1.

For more information contact Mandy Culbreath at mculbreath@trinitywallstreet.org or 646-216-6413. 

Date Topic
July 11 Overview of Housing Court
July 18 Rent Arrears Assistance
July 25 NYCHA Rent Adjustments and Grievances
August 8 Holdover Cases
August 15 Rights of Rent Stabilized Tenants
August 22 NYCHA Termination Hearings
August 29 Getting Repairs

 

Close Rikers
 
Take Action to # Close Rikers
For more information or to join us at these upcoming hearings, see The Question of Rikers page. 

As we move into the next phase of the movement to #CloseRikers, your voice is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, borough presidents will hold public hearings on the plan to close the jails on Rikers Island and construct modern, borough-based jails. These facilities will replace the intolerable jail complex on Rikers and keep our detained neighbors closer to their families, legal representatives, and social and rehabilitative services. These upcoming public hearings are an important step in the process to decide if Rikers will close and what kind of facilities NYC will build in its place.

Your voice is needed at these hearings. Rikers must close—and as the city debates this plan, we urge you to join us as we raise our voices for a more just, humane, and whole-community vision for justice in our city. Join us at one of the following hearings or submit written testimony with the subject line, "Borough-Based Jails Testimony":

Brooklyn: June 6th, 6pm, Brooklyn Borough Hall – 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Written testimony may be submitted to: askeric@brooklynbp.nyc.gov

Manhattan: June 11th, 6pm, Pace University Student Center – 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038
Written testimony may be submitted to: info@manhattanbp.nyc.gov

Queens: June 13th, 10:30am (subject to change), Queens Borough Hall – 120-55 Queens Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11424
Written testimony may be submitted to: info@queensbp.org

Bronx: June 25th, 6:30pm, Bronx County Courthouse, Room 711 – 851 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, NY 10451

Written testimony may be submitted to:
Sam Goodman, Urban Planner
Office of The Bronx Borough President
851 Grand Concourse-Room 206
Bronx, New York 10451

 

Video


Ending Punishment for Poverty
 

The Mass Bail Out campaign posted bail for over one hundred women and children awaiting trial, many of whom were held at Rikers Island and could not afford bail. As the Rev. Winnie Varghese explains, cash bail is a broken system, a punishment for poverty. Hear why she and others from our Trinity Church Wall Street community partnered with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to support this historic action. Learn more at massbailout.org.

 

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Previous Actions


2019

March 31: CourtWatchNY Training
February 23: Arraignments 101
February 8-9: Scene & Unseen: Facing Race Through Film
February 5: Frederick Douglass Book Talk with Author David Blight
January 31: Stop Mass Incarceration: Ending Cash Bail and the Road to Closing Rikers Breakfast

2018

October 3: Mass Bail Out Training
September 25: National Voter Registration Day
31 de julio & 7 de agosto: Conozca Sus Derechos
July 31 & August 7: Know Your Rights
July 23: Community Care and Mental Health Forum and Information Session
June 30: End Family Separation NYC Rally and March
June 24: Pride March
June 20: World Refugee Day
June 12: Advocate for Cash Bail Reform
June 12: Orlando Remembered
June 11: Seven Deadly Sonnets and Other Stories: A Poetry Reading with Pádraig Ó Tuama
June 2: Youth Over Guns March
June 1: Raising the Pride Flag
April 17: Question of Rikers Island Breakfast
March 24: March For Our Lives
January 30: Trial of Officer Who Shot Deborah Danner
January 20: Women's March

2017

November 1: NYC Interfaith Vigil for Peace
October 28: Undocumented: What Do Faith Communities Need to Know?
September 26: National Voter Registration Day
September 5: Fight for DACA!
August 15: Welcome in Action: Education, Advocacy and Outreach
June 26: Keep Children Covered
June 25: NYC Pride march
June 20: World Refugee Day
June 16: NYC Pride Rally
June 15: Mayoral Candidates Forum & Interfaith Iftar
June 13: LGBT Monthly Meeting & Discussion Group
June 12: Orlando Remembered
June 10: NYC Interfaith Iftar Saturday
June 1: Pride Flag Raising
May 6: Riverkeeper Sweep
May 1: Rise Up NY
April 29: Climate March in Washington, DC
April 22: NYC March for Science
March 28–29: City of Refuge
March 16: March to Protect Immigrant New Yorkers
March 10: Standing with Standing Rock
March 9: Jericho Walk in Support of Immigrants