Issues: Civil Rights

Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Anniversary of the Historic March on Washington

“Today is the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. The fact that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s vision is being marked by the first African-American President reminds us all of the power of his words and the collective efforts of the hundreds of thousands of individuals who joined his call for equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., addressing the crowd and the nation, spoke of a time when peace would reign and when compassion and understanding between all races would be a reality. He taught us that violence never brings permanent peace, hate never brings ever-lasting change, and only compassion, civility, and togetherness will rebuild a broken community.

August 28, 2013
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Senator O'Brien reflects on 50th anniversary of March on Washington, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien joins millions of Americans in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the delivery of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“Dr. King's speech still captivates us today through his courage and hopeful vision for a better future for the next generations. However, the struggle for equality among many sectors of the population continues,” said Senator O’Brien.

August 28, 2013
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Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Capital Tonight to Discuss Women's Equality Agenda (Source: YNN)

Source: YNN

In recognition of Women's Equality Day on August 26th, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins appeared on Capital Tonight last night to discuss how pushing for ALL 10-points of the Governor's Women's Equality Agenda can continue to make New York the leader in Women's Rights.

Click here to view the full video.

August 28, 2013
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Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

 

August 28, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Women's Equality Day

“Today is Women’s Equality Day when we commemorate the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. We have made great strides in achieving full equality for women here in New York but we still have much more work to do. I commend the Governor for his Women's Equality Act legislation. It is unfortunate that the Senate was unable to pass the entire 10-point Act.

August 26, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Celebrates Federal Judge Scheindlin Finding the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy to be Unconstitutional

(Brooklyn, NY) “Today, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin concluded that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s Stop-and-Frisk program has violated the Fourth and 14th Amendment constitutional rights of potentially millions of Blacks and Latinos in New York City.

August 14, 2013
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The NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Applaud Stop and Frisk Ruling

Reforming Stop and Frisk has been a top priority 

Albany, NY- Reforming "Stop and Frisk" has been one of the top priorities of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus for at least the past decade. We strongly support and applaud Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s decision on the New York Police Department’s Stop and Frisk Program. In 2012, the Caucus traveled to D.C. to lobby the Department of Justice to investigate NYC’s Stop and Frisk practices. While in D.C. the Caucus also briefed the Congressional Black Caucus on the status and implications of this controversial program.

August 12, 2013
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Senator Serrano Applauds the Supreme Court's Decisions to Strike Down DOMA and Reject Proposition 8 Appeal

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano applauded the Supreme Court's recent rulings regarding same-sex marriage. With a sweeping decision, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a Federal ban on same-sex marriage, was struck down. The Supreme Court also chose to dismiss the appeal brought by the defenders of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. As a longtime advocate of LGBT rights, Senator Serrano expressed his profound excitement about the rulings and looked forward to the future. 

June 26, 2013
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Statement by State Senator Hoylman on Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Federal Defense of Marriage Act

“This is a great day for all LGBT families, like mine.“With the decision today to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, Edie Windsor and her late wife Thea Syper, have joined the pantheon of civil rights heroes. History will inscribe their names alongside the likes of King, Parks, Marshall, Anthony and Milk.“I am so grateful for the courage of Edie and her brilliant attorney, Roberta Kaplan, to take on this discriminatory federal policy.“As we celebrate, we must continue to fight to ensure that the decisions reached today are used to remove bigotry and hate from all of our nation’s laws, and bring full equality to the 37 states that still treat LGBT families as second-class citizens.”

June 26, 2013
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Senate Approves Women Equality Agenda

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills today that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, stop sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status. 

June 21, 2013
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding the Voting Down of Choice Amendment

"No one would believe that in 2013 there were not enough Senators willing to vote to protect the health and equality of women.

In 1970, when choice was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. In our state, women’s health has never been a Republican or Democratic issue. I find it shocking that 43 years later not one Senate Republican stood up for women’s equality."

Click here to view the official press release.

June 21, 2013
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Video: "There Are No Excuses" for Failure to Vote on Gov. Cuomo's Women's Equality Act

Sen. Krueger joined colleagues from both houses to demand a vote on Gov. Cuomo's 10-point Women's Equality Act at a large rally held at the state capitol by the Women's Equality Coalition.

June 10, 2013
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NY Governor Cuomo Officially Introduces Women’s Equality Act (Source: Feminist.org)

Source: Feminist.org

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) officially introduced the long-awaited Women’s Equality Act.

June 7, 2013
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Senator Perkins Supports Women's Equality.

On June 4th, 2013 Senator Perkins met with the GirlsTalk/GuysTalk program in Harlem that came to Albany, NY as guests of the NYCLU. They were a group of inspirational individuals who came to Albany to advocate on behalf of the women's equality movement. Pictured here with Senator Perkins is Jermani (left) and Tatiana (right).

June 4, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Speaking at the NY Women's Equality Coalition Rally

It's an exciting day at the Capitol! The NY Women's Equality Coalition held a rally at the West Capitol Park in Albany, NY on Tuesday, June 4th starting at noon with special guest speaker, Cynthia Nixon, to let the Legislators know that the time is NOW to pass Governor Cuomo's 10-Point Plan for Women's Equality.

June 4, 2013
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Statement by NYS Senator Hoylman on Continuation of BSA’s Discrimination Policy Against Gay & Lesbian Scout Leaders

**Introduces Bill (S.5170) that Would End Tax Exempt Status forDiscriminatory Youth Organizations Like the Scouts

May 24, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Joins GENDA Sponsor Squadron in Urging Immediate Senate Action on Bill Following Anti-LGBT Attacks

GENDA Would Expand Hate Crimes Law to Include Crimes Against Transgender New Yorkers, Prohibit Discrimination Based on Gender Expression or Identity

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), is urging immediate Senate passage of his legislation following a spate of anti-LGBT attacks around New York.

May 22, 2013
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Caucus Applauds Assembly Passage of the DREAM Act, a Caucus Top Priority

Albany, NY- The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus today applauded the passage of the DREAM Act (A.2597) allowing undocumented students who meet in-state tuition requirements to access state financial aid and scholarships for higher education. This bill also opens 529 tuition savings accounts to all New York youth, and establishes a DREAM Fund Commission to raise private funds for a college scholarship program for children of immigrants.

May 22, 2013
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Civil Rights: Post Obama Conversation

The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Host a Forum on Civil Rights

ALBANY,NY -- On the heels of the New York State Assembly's passage of the DREAM Act and as America moves into the second term of President Barack H. Obama the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus presented a thought-provoking conversation about the past successes and future struggles of the civil rights movement. The event took place Monday, May 22, 2013 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York.

May 22, 2013
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