Mohamed Attia

Street Vendor Project/Urban Justice Center

Key Topics: Street vending, Food justice, Grassroots organizing, Immigration

Bio: Mohamed Atta is a Co-Director of the Street Vendor Project (SVP), which is a part of the Urban Justice Center. SVP is the only member-led organization that fights for street vendors in NYC and provides them with legal and business services and fights the government for justice for all street vendors.

Mohamed immigrated to the US from Alexandria, Egypt in 2008. He worked as a food vendor for 9 years, joined SVP as a member in 2012 and was elected to the board in 2014. He served on the board until March 2018, when he joined the staff as a co-director.

He joined SVP in the successful campaign to lower the fines imposed on street vendors and helped SVP in launching the Lift The Cap campaign in 2014, a campaign to increase the number of vending permits in the city.

Selected Speaking Experience

Food justice conference at Columbia University