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Christine Appah-Gyamfi will speak on “Environmental Justice as Racial Justice.”

TODAY: Racial Justice Litigation Workshop Tuesday, April 11th Environmental Justice as Racial Justice A Talk with Christine Appah-Gyamfi, Senior Staff Attorney, NYLPI Columbia Law School | Jerome Greene Hall | Room 701 4:20 pm – 6:10 pm Event URL: http://www.law.columbia.edu/content/racial-justice-litigation-workshop-environmental-justice-racial-justice

Posted in Environmental Justice, Recent News

NYLPI statement on the pending confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

After full consideration, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) opposes the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  Judge Gorsuch’s rulings raise serious concerns about his recognition of the civil rights of people with disabilities, individuals with

Posted in Disability Rights, Environmental Justice, Health Justice, Recent News

Public News Service quotes Shiva Prakash on state campaign to create grants for community solar in low-income and environmental justice neighborhoods

NYLPI, along with community partners, is advocating for an allocation of $23 million in New York’s state budget towards direct grants for community solar in low-income and environmental justice communities. NYLPI’s Equal Justice Works Fellow, Shiva Prakash, explains that tax

Posted in Environmental Justice, Recent News

NYLPI Featured in Metro New York Article Highlighting Health Impacts of Waste Facilities in NYC

Metro New York quoted NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan in an article illustrating how the clustering of waste facilities affects community members’ health. As the article highlights, more than three quarters of the City’s waste currently is processed in

Posted in Environmental Justice, Recent News

NY Times Features NYLPI Client, Cleanup North Brooklyn, and Citywide Waste Equity Battles

The New York Times featured NYLPI client Cleanup North Brooklyn and NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan in an article highlighting waste equity issues in North Brooklyn, the South Bronx, and Southeast Queens. Cleanup North Brooklyn recently released a report, Profits

Posted in Environmental Justice, Recent News

News12 Bronx: Residents and NYLPI rally in Bronx for bill to curb garbage truck traffic

NYLPI helped organize a rally of Bronx residents yesterday at Council Member Rafael Salamanca’s office in the South Bronx to demand action to reduce trash and truck pollution.  We called on the Council Member to support Intro 495A aimed at

Posted in Campaign, Environmental Justice, Recent News

Study: Boosting NYC Recycling Would Create Thousands of Jobs

A new report from NYLPI and the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition finds that New York City has an opportunity to create thousands of good-paying jobs by raising the city’s low recycling rate and investing in recycling and composting infrastructure.

Posted in Environmental Justice, Recent News

NYLPI condemns selection of Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest is deeply dismayed that Donald Trump has appointed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. A former fossil fuel industry lobbyist, Pruitt has been a vigorous advocate for oil and gas companies

Posted in Environmental Justice, Recent News

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