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Published on Feb 15, 2017
Set in NYC, The Right to Vend describes the struggles of street vendors, a diverse community of hard-working immigrants, people of color and military veterans who served their country. They plan collective actions to change current laws and regulations while raising public awareness about their contribution to the city. (11 minutes)
The film, produced by Third World Newsreel, is accompanied by an interview with Matthew Shapiro, Senior Attorney of the Street Vendor Project, SVP. He describes SVP's actions organizing vendors and working for access to vending licenses.
Short Docs Web Series showcases short documentaries about NYC's minority communities and examines issues including immigration, human rights, education, diaspora, multiculturalism, environmental issues and criminal justice. Short Docs creates a fresh multi-cultural dialogue and amplifies a film's issues through social media. The documentaries, produced by Third World Newsreel, stream along with interviews with the filmmakers and subjects related to the pieces at cuny.tv/shortdocs