Issues: Human Rights

Serranos Applaud Obama Decision on the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

(The Bronx, NY)- Congressman José E. Serrano and New York State Senator José M. Serrano today applauded the Obama Administration’s decision to stop defending the federal “Defense of Marriage Act,” which bars the recognition of same-sex marriage.“President Obama and his advisors are to be commended for this brave and just decision to end their defense of the unconstitutional ‘Defense of Marriage Act’,” said Congressman Serrano. “That law, passed during the culture wars of the 1990s, does nothing to expand rights in this nation, and everything to curtail them. I firmly believe that our duty is to expand and defend the protections that the Constitution lays out and to work to end discriminatory laws and policies.

February 24, 2011
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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 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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The Caucus Celebrating Black History 365 Day

February 17, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON ON MAYOR BLOOMBERG

Chairwoman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

“Mayor Bloomberg claims activist parents were disrespecting him simply because they questioned his continued unilateral control of the public schools. The mayor’s irresponsible commentary fails to truly address the concerns articulated by parents and students.

“It is particularly ironic to hear the mayor’s complaints of disrespect after Cathie Black proposed population control as a means to reduce overcrowding, and reportedly sat through important meetings focused on her blackberry, not the content of the conversations.

February 16, 2011
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Advocates for Juvenile Justice Reform

Youth from the Center for Community Alternatives join with Senator Montgomery and Senator Perkins in announcing the Senate Democratic Conference's proposal for juvenile justice reform.

February 9, 2011
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Governor Gets High Marks on First State of the State, But More Needs to be Done for Communities of Color

By Senator Ruth Hassell-ThompsonChairwoman - New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative CaucusLow-income and middle-income New Yorkers are hurting from the combined effects of high property taxes, unemployment and underemployment, health care premium increases, and cuts to public services. While it is within the responsibilities of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus ("the Caucus") to protect services and resources for the most vulnerable New Yorkers, we understand full well the immediacy of the fiscal challenges facing our state. We are committed to partnering with Governor Andrew Cuomo to balance a budget that is fair going forward.

February 7, 2011
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Anti-Illegal Immigration Program, Secure Communities, Stirs Debate In New York

Latin American News Dispatch

by Amy Elmgren

November 29, 2010

A new federal program called Secure Communities makes many residents of New York feel anything but safe.

Piloted in 2008, the policy requires local police to share the fingerprints of everyone they arrest with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, and to detain and deport those who are here without visas. Secure Communities has been implemented in 33 states and will take effect in New York this fall, unless residents at the state or municipal level are given the choice to opt out.

December 9, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DIANE J. SAVINO ON THE NYC OTB REORGANIZATION LEGISLATION

“I am deeply disappointed in today’s refusal, on the part of certain members of the State Senate, to put decency and common sense before playing politics.  “In saying ‘no’ to saving the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, they said no to the more than 1,000 workers who are now left jobless, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. They said no to millions of dollars worth of revenue that the entire state benefits from.  They said no to the thousands of other jobs and industries—throughout the state—that are created and fueled by the New York City OTB.   “Instead they voted yes to partisanship and political grandstanding, and the unfortunate victims are taxpayers and the hundreds of workers who are now unemployed.” 

December 7, 2010
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LEGISLATURE PASSES HISTORIC WAGE THEFT PROTECTION ACT

Groundbreaking legislation ensuring all workers receive fair pay

 

December 1, 2010
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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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