Michelle Go’s employer supported a pro-homelessness group


The employer of tragic subway stampede victim Michelle Go, who was allegedly killed by a lunatic drifter, has helped fund a progressive nonprofit that has sued to stop homeless people from be kicked out of New York City’s transit system.

Go, 40, a senior executive at consulting conglomerate Deloitte, was killed on January 15 when Simon Martial, 61, allegedly pushed her in front of an oncoming train at Times Square station. He told reporters he did it “because of God”.

Deloitte Financial Advisory Services donated between $25,000 and $50,000 in 2021 to the Urban Justice Center, according to the group’s annual report.

In February 2021, the Urban Justice Center, along with a homeless person and another nonprofit, sued the MTA, claiming that its new code of conduct for public transportation – adopted in 2020 due to the pandemic – had “the effect of excluding homeless New Yorkers from the subway system.”

The rules prohibited people from staying in a subway station for more than an hour; take wheeled carts over 30 inches long and 30 inches wide in the system; and prohibits people from remaining in a terminal after a train is taken out of service.

Go, above, was killed on January 15.

The lawsuit argued that the rules were “arbitrary and capricious”. He was fired in June.

Doug Lasdon, the executive director of the Urban Justice Center, told the Post that homeless people should have the same access to the subway “that I have.”

Joseph Giacalone, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD sergeant, said the public transit system shouldn’t be seen as a homeless shelter.

“I know the complaint has always been that the shelters aren’t safe,” Giacolone said. “Well, if shelters aren’t safe, what makes you think putting people who assault other homeless people, letting them sleep on the subway, is a good idea?”

The Urban Justice Center derives most of its revenue — $25 million in the last fiscal year — from government grants. It also receives donations from left-wing groups like George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. In addition to advocacy work for the homeless, the organization provides legal services on housing issues and for sex workers, among others.

A Deloitte spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Additional reporting by Conor Skelding


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