Remember that time when you had your dog off his leash in the park after dark where you were riding your bike on the sidewalk, and you threw your beer can at the sign that said “No Littering?” Yeah, remember how you ignored that summons you got from the cop, and got a warrant issued against you? Wanna get it lifted?
Councilman Jumaane Williams, who’s a favorite of ours here at the NYCC MetroPlex, is partnering up with Mt Pishgah Baptist Church, Antioch Baptist Church, the Brooklyn DA, New York State Office of Court Administration, the Legal Aid Society and the NYC Police Department to implement Project Safe Surrender on April 22-23, 2011 from 9-5 p.m.
Here’s the deal: Friends and neighbors get a summons on the spot for picky stuff that’s even below a misdemeanor infraction, they get a court summons to pay a fine and make nice with the authorities, they forget to handle this, then the courts issue a warrant for their arrest. These warrants don’t go away, so our friends cannot apply for vital social assistance programs like health, housing, employment, employment training and education without having their past indiscretions come back to haunt them.
So, make this Friday a Good Friday and spread the word to anyone facing this kind of problem. Tell them to show up at either Mt Pishgah Baptist Church or Antioch Baptist Church, both in Bed-Stuy, so they can take care of their outstanding warrants. Now, this is not a pardon of past transgressions, but a way to get a favorable solution in a safe environment.
And please, stay off the sidewalk when you’re riding your bike!