Monthly Archives: October 2016

NYLPI Advocates for Asthma Free and Healthy Housing

NYLPI joined Councilmember Rosie Mendez along with our partners in the Coalition for Asthma Free Homes at a press conference on Monday, October 24, 2016 in front of a residential building in the East Village that has been plagued by

Posted in Environmental Justice, Recent News

Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan Pens Op-Ed with US Rep Serrano

U.S. Rep. José Serrano and Melissa Iachan of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest write that, 25 years after the start of the environmental justice movement, the South Bronx is still dealing with the discriminatory burden of commercial and

Posted in Environmental Justice, Recent News

NYLPI Wins Victory for Transparency in NYC Public Schools

In a rebuke to the NYC Department of Education, which began closing School Leadership Team (SLT) meetings to the public in 2013, a New York appellate court has found that closing the meetings violates the state’s Open Meetings Law. In

Posted in Environmental Justice, Recent News

NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Panels at Columbia Law School

Senior Staff Attorney Christine Appah-Gyamfi, of the Environmental Justice Program, represented NYLPI on a panel at Columbia Law School’s recent symposium on environmental justice on October 19. The symposium was co-hosted by the Columbia Journal of Race and Law and

Posted in Environmental Justice

NYLPI Hires Ruth Lowenkron as Director of Disability Justice

NYLPI is thrilled to announce that Ruth Lowenkron joins us on October 17, 2016 as the new director of our Disability Justice Program. Ruth is a passionate and fierce advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, and we are

Posted in Disability Rights, Features, Recent News, Staff

Why We Are Campaigning for Healthier Bronx Housing

Despite increased awareness of how environmental issues intersect with race and poverty, many people ignore some of the greatest environmental hazards such as mold, mildew, asbestos, and lead because they occur in the home rather than outdoors. As covered in

Posted in Campaign, Health Justice, Recent News