Issues: Human Rights

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On World AIDS Day

AIDS has taken a breathtaking toll on our families and communities. It would be difficult to find any person today who has not been personally affected by HIV/AIDS – we have felt the strain and loss of illness and death, as well as the inspiration and courage of those living with and working to end this terrible pandemic.

December 1, 2010
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Immigration Leaders Press Paterson to Revoke Enforcement Program

WNYC News

by Monika Fabian

October 20, 2010

Last May, New York signed on to an immigration enforcement program that allows local police to share with federal authorities the digital fingerprints of anyone arrested in the state. The program -- called Secure Communities -- is designed to find and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes like murder, kidnapping and threats to national security.

“New York has a public safety interest in identifying and deporting serious alien defendants from state prisons and jails,” said John M. Caher, director of public information for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), in a written statement.

November 16, 2010
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Community Members Walk for Justice

Queens Courier

by Aisha Al-Muslim

September 21, 2010

More than 500 New Yorkers participated in Make the Road New York’s (MRNY) Walk for Justice, a walkathon to raise money and promote justice for low-income and Latino immigrant communities in the five boroughs.

The walk on Sunday, September 19 started at the Northern Playground on 93rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Corona at 10:30 a.m. The walkers travelled through Elmhurst and Corona, two of the most diverse immigrant neighborhoods in Queens.

October 14, 2010
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Concerns Over Secure Communities Program

Queens Courier

by Luisa Garcia

October 13, 2010

More than 80 neighborhood residents and activists expressed their concerns at a community meeting organized by several Queens-based organizations about the new Secure Communities program (S-Comm) directed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The meeting at P.S. 19 in Corona on Wednesday, October 6 focused on S-Comm. Under S-Comm, local law enforcement agencies are required to forward the fingerprints of every arrested person to the Department of Homeland Security’s biometric identification system. Police then transfer those suspected of being deportable into the detention and deportation system.

October 14, 2010
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Leaders Oppose ID System, Federal Immigration Program Draws Ire of Corona Pols, Advocates

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

October 14, 2010

Advocacy groups and elected officials in Corona last week denounced U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Secure Communities, an initiative aimed at modernizing how the organization identifies criminal aliens but one which the groups say will breed distrust of the police in immigrant neighborhoods.

“We cannot trust this system or trust ICE,” said Josh Epstein, staff attorney for the Immigrant Defense Project.

October 14, 2010
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October 12, 2010
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Public Hearing: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Impact of member item reduction on small and mid-size not-for-profit community based organizations

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Member Item Reduction Impact on Small and Mid-size Not-for-profit Community-based Organizations Event. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

New York State Senate Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative CaucusChair: Senator Ruth Hassell-ThompsonPublic Hearing: Impact of member item reduction on small and mid-size not-for-profit community based organizationsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Jamar S. Hooks (518) 455-5347Media Contact: Lisa King (518) 455-2401ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 20, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Public Policy Agenda Report

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Public Policy Agenda Report. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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Public Policy Agenda Report

October 8, 2010
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2010 Calendar

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2010 Calendar. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2010 Calendar

October 8, 2010
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2009-10 Budget Equity XIX Report

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2009-10 Budget Equity XIX Report. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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2009-10 Budget Equity XIX Report

October 8, 2010
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This tribute is to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Isabel Allende, Oscar De La Hoya and Cesar Chavez. Thank you for paving the way. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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Tribute and Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.pdf

October 8, 2010
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New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Black History 365 Days a Year

This is The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Black History 365 Days a Year. This tribute is to Shirley Chisholm, Percy Sutton and Rosa Parks. Thank you for paving the way. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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Shirley_Sutton_RosaParks_PBHM11x17poster.pdf

October 8, 2010
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The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

Related information
Custom Committee Members: 

<h2 class="title block title"> Officers:</h2>
<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Karim-Camara">Assemblyman
Karim Camara, (Chair)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem?ad=35">Assemblyman
Jeffrion
L. Aubry,<br>
(1st Vice Chairperson)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Walter-T-Mosley">Assemblyman&nbsp;Walter
T.
Mosley, (2nd Vice Chairperson)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michaelle-C-Solages">Assemblywoman&nbsp;&nbsp;Michaelle
Solages, (Secretary)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Jose-Rivera">Assemblyman&nbsp;Jose
Rivera, (Treasurer)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Francisco-P-Moya">Assemblyman&nbsp;Francisco
P. Moya (Parliamentarian)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michele-R-Titus">Assemblywoman&nbsp;Michele
R. Titus, (Chaplain)</a>
</li>
</ul>
<h2 class="title block title">
Senate Members:
</h2>
<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/martin-malave-dilan">Martin
Malave Dilan</a><br>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/shirley-l-huntley">Ruth
Hassell-Thompson</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/adriano-espaillat">Adriano
Espaillat</a></li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/velmanette-montgomery">Velmanette
Montgomery</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/kevin-s-parker">Kevin
S. Parker</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/jose-peralta">José
R. Peralta</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/bill-perkins">Bill
Perkins</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/gustavo-rivera">Gustavo
Rivera</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/john-l-sampson">John
Sampson</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/james-sanders-jr">James
Sanders, Jr.</a></li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/jose-m-serrano">Jose
M. Serrano</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/malcolm-smith">Malcolm
A. Smith</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/andrea-stewart-cousins">Andrea
Stewart-Cousins</a><br>
</li>
</ul>
<h2 class="title block title">
Assembly Members:
</h2>
<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Carmen-E-Arroyo">Carmen
E. Arroyo</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/William-F-Boyland-Jr">William
F. Boyland, Jr.</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Barbara-M-Clark">Barbara
M. Clark</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=32">Vivian
E. Cook</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Marcos-A-Crespo">Marcos
A. Crespo</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Maritza-Davila">Maritza
Davila</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Herman-D-Farrell-Jr">Herman
D. Farrell, Jr.</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/David-F-Gantt">David
F. Gantt</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Earlene-Hooper">Earlene
Hooper</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem?ad=83">Carl
E. Heastie</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Ron-Kim">Ron
Kim</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Peter-D-Lopez">Peter
D. Lopez</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Felix-Ortiz">Felix
Ortiz</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Crystal-D-Peoples-Stokes">Crystal
D. Peoples-Stokes</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/N-Nick-Perry">N.
Nick Perry</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Victor-M-Pichardo">Victor
M. Pichardo</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/J-Gary-Pretlow">J.
Gary Pretlow</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Phil-Ramos">Philip
Ramos</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Annette-Robinson">Annette
Robinson</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Samuel-D-Roberts">Samuel
D. Roberts</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Robert-J-Rodriguez">Robert
J. Rodriguez</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Gabriela-Rosa">Gabriella
Rosa</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Nily-Rozic">Nily
Rozic</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/William-Scarborough">William
Scarborough</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Luis-R-Sepulveda">Luis
Sepulveda</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Keith-L-T-Wright">Keith
L.T. Wright</a>
</li>
</ul>

September 16, 2010
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Celebrating the Enactment of the Dignity for All Students Act

On September 8, Governor Paterson signed into law my bill, the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), to protect the entire school family in every public school across the state.  The legislation also specifically protects all students, including those of transgendered experience, from being bulled in schools.  DASA was one of the first bills I introduced in the State Senate and I am thrilled that for the first time protections for New York's transgendered community are enshrined in State law.  Please see The Villager coverage of the bill signing here.

September 9, 2010
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Espada and Community Commemorate Dr. King’s Historic March on Washington

Joined by 33rd District Residents, Families, Youth and Clergy, Espada Commemorates 47th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Historic March on Washington             Joined by community, clergy and youth groups from the 33rd District, State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. held a “march for peace and unity” on Sunday to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic March on Washington, where the late civil and human rights icon delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

August 29, 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
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A Celebration: 90 Years of Women Voting

This week, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of a great victory for

women and a radical and hard fought win for American democracy:

women’s suffrage -- the right to VOTE!

 

Sitting here in 2010, it’s hard to imagine a time in American history

during which women were not allowed to vote, especially as we watch

women run for all levels of elected office. But as we celebrate the

90th anniversary of American women’s right to vote, we, as men and

women, must ask ourselves if we are honoring the plight of so many who

came before us and fought for this most fundamental right. The sad

reality is that in areas around the world, women and men are still

August 27, 2010
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Staten Island pols sound off against Ground Zero mosque

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island elected officials yesterday condemned the Cordoba House mosque project planned for Manhattan's Ground Zero neighborhood, and slammed President Barack Obama's comments about the project.

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said that another location should be chosen for the mosque, but stopped short of saying that government should stop the project if it can.

"You have to tread very lightly on that," she said. "What makes us uniquely American is our commitment to religious freedom. You don't want to set the precedent on where houses of worship can be built. It's a slippery slope."

But if improved relations are the goal, Ms. Savino added, the mosque should be moved.

August 17, 2010
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