Tired of late pick-up’s? Annoyed at being on a vehicle for hours and getting a city tour? Sick of missing work, appointments, shows, dates? Frustrated with being treated badly because of your disability by a service you pay for?
AARRG! (the Access-A-Ride Reform Group) — comprised of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID), Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) and Mobilization for Justice Legal Services (MFJ) — wants your input. Please fill out this survey — https://goo.gl/28GKht — today!
If you have any questions, please contact: Eman Rimawi, Access-A-Ride Campaign Coordinator and Organizer: ERimawi@NYLPI.org, 212-244-4664 ext. 358.
Also, check out Access-A-Ride’s new pilot program.
Help make Access-A-Ride better for all of us!
Tired of late pick up’s? Annoyed at being on a vehicle for hours and getting a city tour? Sick of missing work, appointments, shows, dates? Frustrated with being treated badly because of your disability by a service you pay for?
Then fill out this survey today! https://goo.gl/28GKht
AARRG! (the Access-A-Ride Reform Group) — comprised of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID), Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) and Mobilization for Justice Legal Services (MFJ) — wants your input. If you have any questions, please contact:
Eman Rimawi: firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-244-4664
Help us make Access-A-Ride better for all of us!
On November 16, 2017, NYLPI honored Bernard J. Carabello, Founder of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, and Eric A. Goldstein, New York City Environment Director and a Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, at the 2017 Felix A. Fishman Awards Luncheon. The honorees were recognized for their leadership and dedication to advocating for the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities and working to create a sustainable, environmentally just city.
The Felix A. Fishman Awards are given by NYLPI every year to recognize the work of community lawyers and advocates who demonstrate a commitment to expanding access to justice. The Henry & Lucy Moses Fund endowed these awards in honor of Felix A. Fishman, a former trustee and director who committed his life to using the law to help others. A talented trusts and estates lawyer whose work was guided by an unerring moral compass, Felix A. Fishman was a staunch believer in progressive ethical ideals and considered the capacity to care for others as the true barometer of a successful lawyer. Established in 2003, the Felix A. Fishman Awards have recognized 31 honorees to date and will continue to honor those who serve the needs of their communities.
Read the full press release here.
Read the New York Law Journal coverage here.
HJ Staff Attorney and UndocuCare Project Manager, Sarika Saxena, is presenting at the New York City Surrogate’s Judges monthly roundtable on immigrant access to healthcare today. In light of concerning Staten Island hospital practices on behalf of undocumented and uninsured individuals in need of nursing home or rehabilitative care, the director of the roundtable asked NYLPI to come speak about the intersection of immigration and healthcare, and the lessons we have learned. We thank the judges for their interest.
The Access-A-Ride Reform Group (AARRG!) is made up of four advocacy organizations — NYLPI, as well as the Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID), the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY), and Mobilization for Justice (MFJ). From long waits to longer rides, Access-A-Ride is in need of a complete overhaul to improve service for persons with disabilities and elderly customers. AARRG! is in the community ascertaining the specific problems with AAR, offering assistance to individuals experiencing problems with AAR, building a network of AAR advocates, and meeting with AAR personnel to implement needed changes.
Read the coverage in The Midtown Gazette.
NYLPI Board Member Kevin McDonough, Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, was recently named Attorney of the Year by the New York Law Journal. Kevin was nominated alongside Evan Chesler, Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, and Eric Wrubel, Partner at Warshaw Burstein. NYLPI is so proud to have Kevin on our team and sends him heartfelt congratulations on this momentous achievement!
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a leading civil rights advocacy organization for marginalized New Yorkers, announced today that, following extensive advocacy, Queens landlord Nouri Realty LLC unveiled a wheelchair ramp which makes an East Elmhurst apartment building accessible to its numerous tenants with disabilities.
Did you know that you have the right to a free interpreter in your primary language when interacting with your medical provider or the staff at any NYC hospital? Check out NYLPI’s new Know Your Rights one-pager in English and Spanish (more languages forthcoming) for the full list of your right to communicate in your primary language when seeking medical care.
What: Join as we call on the Mayor and NYPD to better address mental health crisis in the community
When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Noon
Where: Manhattan Steps of City Hall
Advocates and individuals with mental health concerns request:
• New non-police alternatives to responding to crisis calls
• Reforms to NYPD process for responding to individuals experiencing distress
• Reinstatement of Mayoral Task Force related to intersection of mental health and criminal justice
Hear from those impacted by police shootings, including family members and NYC residents with mental health concerns.
Contact: Carla Rabinowitz, 212-780-1400 x7726
County jails continue to fail to provide medical care to people whom ICE confines while they await immigration proceedings. NYLPI’s February 2017 report detailing the deplorable conditions and lack of medical attention at the jails was mentioned in NY1 report profiling a recent individual’s experience. His medical needs went untreated for so long that an Immigration Judge released him in order to receive medical treatment. NYLPI continues to advocate for better medical care for people confined to immigration detention and hold the jails and ICE accountable.