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NYLPI's Health Justice Program has dealt with "the barriers" to traditional advocacy for "necessary and appropriate care," by "turn[ing] to novel forms of advocacy ... [and has]  develop[ed a sustained analysis of patterns of poor care."  NYLPI's program included individual advocacy, systemic strategies, impact litigation, and developing a network of medical professionals for reviews and analysis in support of advocacy.  Human Rights Watch included NYLPI's model as one of two creative strategies for addressing the lack of medical care in immigration detention facilities documented across the country.  NYLPI thanks HRW for their collaboration and support. Read the report here ...
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HJ Director Laura Redman and DJ director Ruth Lowenkron testified this morning at a City Council Committee on Women's Issues hearing in support of a package of bills creating mandated race and gender impact assessments for City policies and cultural competency and implicit bias training for staff sponsored by Speaker Mark-Viverito, Councilmember Dromm and Councilmber Lander. Ms. Redman brought her experience of best practices from working with race equality impact assessments at the Commission for Racial Equality in London, England and Ms. Lowenkron included a specific ask to the Council to include disability in the package of bills as persons ...
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Laura Redman, Health Justice Director says: “Tobacco use causes devastating and preventable diseases in communities across New York City, and continues to disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.  Local government programs to curb tobacco use -- including Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation program-- have already had a demonstrable positive effect.  The bold steps proposed in this package of legislation will further reduce tobacco-related illness in our city.” ...
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NYLPI has teamed up with Foundation Center through our longstanding partnership to create the Nonprofit Formation Fundamentals Series to help individuals gain the understanding and skills needed to start a nonprofit organization. Throughout the month of April, we are hosting informative workshops for individuals who are thinking about starting a nonprofit, recently established a nonprofit, or are new to the sector and want to learn more about a variety of issues that budding nonprofits face. Our highly popular series is making headlines! Check out our latest op-ed, written by our very own Annamaria Santamaria, featured in New York Nonprofit Media ...
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Environmental 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 Litigation plays a critical role in movements for racial justice. Across a range of cutting edge issues legal advocates work closely with movement leaders to mobilize litigation as one of the tactics deployed to combat structural racism. In this afternoon's program, Christine Appah-Gyamfi will speak on "Environmental Justice as Racial Justice." Christine Appah-Gyamfi is a senior staff attorney in the Environmental Justice Program for ...
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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 health concerns, and immigrants, as well as the right to environmental protections for all. Click here to read more ...
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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 credits, the Governor's desired allocation for the money, are inaccessible to many low-income individuals due to reduced tax liability. Direct grants are the best way to  ensure that all New Yorkers, particularly those on the front lines and impacted first and worst by climate change, can access clean, reliable, and affordable energy. This would be an important step for New ...
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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 just three predominantly low-income, minority neighborhoods in the South Bronx, Southeast Queens, and North Brooklyn. NYLPI’s Environmental Justice program has been advocating for waste equity for more than 20 years. The Metro article details the current legislative proposal in City Council to reduce the amount of waste processed in these three communities ...
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Health Justice

NYLPI's Health Justice Program has dealt with "the barriers" to traditional advocacy for "necessary and appropriate care," by "turn[ing] to novel forms of advocacy ... [and has]  develop[ed a sustained analysis of patterns of poor care."  NYLPI's program included individual advocacy, systemic strategies, impact litigation, and developing a network of medical professionals for reviews and analysis in support of advocacy.  Human Rights Watch included NYLPI's model as one of two creative strategies for addressing the lack of medical care in immigration detention facilities documented across the country.  NYLPI thanks HRW for their collaboration and support. Read the report here ...
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HJ Director Laura Redman and DJ director Ruth Lowenkron testified this morning at a City Council Committee on Women's Issues hearing in support of a package of bills creating mandated race and gender impact assessments for City policies and cultural competency and implicit bias training for staff sponsored by Speaker Mark-Viverito, Councilmember Dromm and Councilmber Lander. Ms. Redman brought her experience of best practices from working with race equality impact assessments at the Commission for Racial Equality in London, England and Ms. Lowenkron included a specific ask to the Council to include disability in the package of bills as persons ...
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Laura Redman, Health Justice Director says: “Tobacco use causes devastating and preventable diseases in communities across New York City, and continues to disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.  Local government programs to curb tobacco use -- including Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation program-- have already had a demonstrable positive effect.  The bold steps proposed in this package of legislation will further reduce tobacco-related illness in our city.” ...
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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 health concerns, and immigrants, as well as the right to environmental protections for all. Click here to read more ...
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Disability Justice

HJ Director Laura Redman and DJ director Ruth Lowenkron testified this morning at a City Council Committee on Women's Issues hearing in support of a package of bills creating mandated race and gender impact assessments for City policies and cultural competency and implicit bias training for staff sponsored by Speaker Mark-Viverito, Councilmember Dromm and Councilmber Lander. Ms. Redman brought her experience of best practices from working with race equality impact assessments at the Commission for Racial Equality in London, England and Ms. Lowenkron included a specific ask to the Council to include disability in the package of bills as persons ...
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The Deaf Justice Coalition announced the launch of a pilot program today by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) aimed at improving access to law enforcement services for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). Several years of negotiations between the Deaf Justice Coalition, a New York-based coalition of d/Deaf rights advocates, and the NYPD led to the creation of this program in three police precincts in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The program will require the NYPD to provide in-person, on-site American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters upon request and to equip officers with handheld tablets for ...
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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 health concerns, and immigrants, as well as the right to environmental protections for all. Click here to read more ...
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In a unanimous ruling this week, the U.S. Supreme Court resoundingly rejected the claim that students with disabilities are merely entitled to a minimal educational benefit. The plaintiff in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District is a boy with autism whose parents placed him in a private school after he made little progress in his public school district. The parents' subsequent claim for reimbursement was denied by the district court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the child had made "minimal progress," and that was all that was mandated by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education ...
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