Sean Basinski

Street Vendor Project

Key Topics: Police reform, Economic justice, Community organizing, Grassroots entrepreneurship, Informal economy, Worker centers, Privatization of public space

Bio: Sean Basinski is the director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based organization that advocates for the 20,000 people who make a living on the sidewalks of New York City. Sean founded SVP in 2001 with a $15,000 grant from Yale Law School. Sean first became interested in vendors in 1998, when he spent the summer selling burritos from a pushcart on the corner of 52nd Street and Park Avenue.

Sean is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Pennsylvania. He spent 2009 as a Fulbright Scholar conducting research on the informal economy in Lagos, Nigeria. He now serves as a board member of the Food Chain Workers Alliance.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Panelist, Van Alen Institute, “On the Street,” June 2015
  • Invited Speaker, World Street Food Congress (Singapore): “Why Foodies Should Care about Politics,” April 2015
  • Panelist, Just Food Conference, “From Field to Fork: Organizing for Justice” Just Food Conference, March 2015