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Theme: Informal Economy
Region(s): United States of America ; Other Developed
China United States of America China halts all US scrap imports for 1 month in surprise move. WasteDive . (4 May 2018)
By Rosengren, Cole.

This is the latest, and perhaps most direct, escalation in China's crackdown on the scrap trade since its initial ban of 24 select categories in July 2017. In the months since, the country's new 0.5% contamination standard for all materials, and ban on mixed paper and plastics, has roiled recycling markets around the world. Multiple U.S. states continue to feel the effects and the industry's largest companies have begun talking about ways to change their business models as a result.

United States of America Llega la legalización de la venta ambulante a Los Ángeles. Mundo Hispano . (20 April 2018)
By Ballesteros, Maite.

El Consejo de la ciudad de Los Ángeles aprobó elaborar una ordenanza que legalice la venta ambulante en las calles para que se regularicen sus permisos y haya más seguridad para los vendedores de las calles.

India United States of America MIT researchers release evaluation of solar pumps for irrigation and salt mining in India MIT News . (13 November 2017)

To conduct the evaluation, MIT researchers worked closely with the Technology Exchange Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as the Gujarat, India-based Self Employed Women’s Association, a trade union that organizes women in India’s informal economy toward full employment and is currently piloting use of solar pumps in their programs.

United States of America Correction of Article “World Economic Forum recognizes Madhya Pradesh basic income pilot studies” Basic income Earth Network . (14 October 2017)
By McFarland, Kate.

His submission detailed the pilot study of basic income conducted in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh from June 2011 to November 2012, co-sponsored by UNICEF and the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).

United States of America Disruption's double standard: tech firms get rich but street vendors get fined. The Guardian . (19 September 2017)

In a region where companies like Uber and Airbnb have cashed in on unauthorized cabs and boarding houses, vendors trying to make a living selling food without a license face police crackdowns.

By Morales Almada, Jorge.

Comerciantes callejeros del llamado 'tianguis de la Main', en Sur Los Ángeles, denuncian acoso por parte de algunos residentes y comerciantes luego de que se registrara otra confrontación que quedó grabada en video en la que son tachados de "ilegales".

United States of America Video of UC Berkeley police seizing bacon hot dog vendor's earnings goes viral. LA Times . (11 September 2017)
By Serna, Joseph.

A video showing a UC Berkeley bicycle officer citing a bacon hot dog vendor on campus and removing cash from his wallet for operating without a permit has gone viral.

United States of America Why is it taking so long for L.A. to legalize street vending? The Times Editorial Board . (1 August 2017)

In February, the City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending,  yet nearly six months later, we're still waiting for an ordinance to legalize street vending and set practical, enforceable rules to guide the industry.

United States of America Street vendors accuse city workers of destroying pushcarts. New York Post . (27 April 2017)
By Whitehouse, Kaja.

Two NYC street vendors have aimed a class-action lawsuit against New York City, claiming hundreds like them have had their civil rights trampled on when city workers destroyed their pushcarts without warning.

United States of America A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor The New York Times . (18 April 2017)
By Tejal, Rao.

This article describes a day in the life of Kabir Ahmed, a food vendor in New York City. It includes a description of the regulatory barriers that he and other vendors face in the city, and the efforts of the Street Vendor Project to advocate for reform:


"He applied for a food vendor’s license, took a required health and safety class, bought a used cart and took it for an inspection by city officials. (The health department inspects carts at least once a year, and more frequently if a violation is reported.)

Mr. Ahmed still needed a food-vending permit, though, and because of a cap on permits imposed in the 1980s, only 4,000 or so circulate. He acquired his from a permit owner who has charged him and his partner $25,000 for two-year leases (for a permit that cost the owner just $200), which they are still paying off.

A day ago, Mr. Ahmed received a text message: 100 vendors were protesting the cap. Organized by the Street Vendor Project, a nonprofit group that is part of the Urban Justice Center and offers legal representation to city vendors, they hoped to pressure the City Council to pass legislation introduced last fall that would double the number of food-vending permits, gradually, over the next seven years. Mr. Ahmed, who believes the costs for those starting out should be more manageable, wanted to join them, but like many vendors, he couldn’t get away from work."