Making Policy Public
October 1
A program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

2008 Collaborators

New York City Street Vendor Regulations
Designer: Candy Chang
Advocate: Sean Basinski

Predatory Equity
Designer: Glen Cummings
Advocates: Dina Levy, Amy Chan

Barriers to Re-entry
Designer: Sara McKay
Advocates: Jessica Colter, Glenn Martin

Detention & Deportation
Designer: Lana Cavar
Advocates: Families for Freedom

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New York City Street Vendor Regulations
Predatory Equity
Barriers to Re-entry
Detention & Deportation

Candy Chang

With a background in architecture, graphic design, and urban planning, Candy likes to make city information more accessible and engaging through design and the creative use of public space. She has had the opportunity to work in Nairobi, New Orleans, Vancouver, and Johannesburg on community-based design projects. In 2001 she co-founded creative agency Red Antenna with James Reeves and Stephen Baker. They specialize in print and interactive projects for cultural and educational clients, and they have exhibited their own work in NYC, Antwerp, and London.

Sean Basinski

Sean Basinski is the director of the Street Vendor Project, a membership-based organization at the Urban Justice Center that works to provide a voice for the ten thousand people who sell food and merchandise on the streets and sidewalks of New York City. Sean founded the Street Vendor Project in 2001, after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center. Sean received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1997, before starting law school, Sean built a cart and spent six months selling burritos at the corner of 52nd Street and Park Avenue.

Glen Cummings

Glen Cummings is a partner at MTWTF (MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday), a multi-disciplinary graphic design studio in New York City, and a lecturer in graphic design at Yale University School of Art, in New Haven, Connecticut. His work has been published and acknowledged by the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Interior Design Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine, and his work has been exhibited by the AIGA and SF MoMA.

Dina Levy

For the past five years Ms. Levy has been the Director of Organizing and Policy at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, a city-wide nonprofit that assists tenants in converting their rental buildings into limited-equity cooperatives. Under her leadership, UHAB has expanded its efforts to identify preservation models for city, state, and federally subsidized housing. Prior to this position Ms. Levy worked in Newark, New Jersey, directing a comprehensive community revitalization program. From 1998 to 2001 Ms. Levy founded and ran a Grameen Bank-sponsored microcredit program, one of only two domestic programs operating in the United States. She began her career as tenant organizer in Dallas, Texas, working for preservation of affordable housing, specifically in HUD-subsidized programs.

Amy Chan

Amy Chan joined the staff of Tenants & Neighbors in July of 2006 to organize in at-risk Mitchell-Lama housing. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College who majored in Women's and Gender Studies.

Sara McKay

Sara is currently a freelance designer based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She recently relocated to New York from San Francisco, where she studied graphic design at California College of the Arts. She has done work for Elixir Design, Carin Goldberg Design, Number 17, and the New York Times Magazine. Prior to discovering that she was a designer, she had an entirely different career (which she loved) in social justice-based community planning and development.

Jessica Colter

Jessica Colter is the Director of Policy Analysis and Communications at The Fortune Society’s David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP). In addition to her involvement in Fortune’s policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of people with criminal records, she coordinates the organization’s communications outreach and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Fortune News. She has an extensive background in book publishing—most recently at The New Press, a not-for-profit public-interest independent book publisher, where she worked with editors, journalists, and publishers from print and electronic media outlets all over the world to increase the visibility of ideas and viewpoints under-represented in the mass media.

Glenn E. Martin

Glenn Martin is the Vice President of Development and Public Affairs at The Fortune Society and a recognized leader in the promotion of employer and labor support for the workforce participation of qualified jobseekers with criminal records. Heading up Fortune’s David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP), he works to create partnerships with other advocates and policymakers to identify and implement criminal justice policy reform initiatives to remove practical and statutory roadblocks facing people with criminal justice backgrounds who are working to reintegrate into society. Before arriving at Fortune, Glenn spent 4 years as the Director of the National Helping Individuals Reenter through Employment (HIRE) Network, an initiative focused on removing counterproductive barriers to employment facing jobseekers with criminal records.

Lana Cavar

Lana Cavar (b. 1974 in Zagreb, Croatia) has been working as a graphic designer and art director since 1998, when she established Cavarpayer - one of the most respected graphic design teams in that European region. Lana received an MFA in graphic design from the Yale University School of Art in 2006. She works now as a freelance graphic designer and art director both in Zagreb and New York City.

Families for Freedom

Founded in September 2002, Families for Freedom (FFF) is a New York-based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation. We seek to repeal the laws that are tearing apart our homes and neighborhoods, to build the power of immigrant communities as communities of color, and to provide a guiding voice in the growing movement for immigrant rights as human rights.