MCARE STATEMENT ON JORDAN NEELY MURDER
The Miami Coalition to Advance Racial Equity joins with the National Homelessness Law Center and other organizations in condemning the brutal murder of Jordan Neely in a New York subway train. Neely is one of the many persons experiencing homelessness who have been assaulted and killed because they’re unhoused. Just this past December, a vigilante was charged with the brutal murder of Charles Herman Cole as he slept in a Miami park.
Our partner, the National Coalition for the Homeless, has documented over 1,800 incidents of hate-motivated violence against people who were homeless in 20 Years of Hate: Reporting on Bias-Motivated Violence against People Experiencing Homelessness in 2018-2019. These murders are the inevitable outcome of rhetoric and policies that criminalize homelessness and dehumanize the unhoused.