MANH Lawmakers on the Move, June 16, 2020

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Espaillat Applauds SCOTUS Decision Protecting Transgender Employees

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (Photo credit: U.S. House Office of Photography)
U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan, Bronx) released a statement yesterday following the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Earlier that day, the Court ruled 6-3 that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“LGBTQ friends, family, neighbors, and allies in New York’s 13th congressional district and across the country have been strident advocates for equal protection under the law, and today’s 6-3 ruling by the Supreme Court is one step towards recognizing true and lasting equality,” said Espaillat. “But this fight – unified behind the principle that all people deserve the dignity and respect of others – does not end with today’s decision.

“We must continue our efforts daily to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and remain committed in always taking a position to stand strong to combat hate, bigotry and discrimination in all aspects of our lives to ensure equality and freedom for all.”


Brewer to Launch New Testing Site in Morningside Heights

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (D) will join Assemblymember Inez Dickens (D-El Barrio, Hamilton Heights) to launch a new COVID-19 testing site at the Riverside Church.

The site, once launched, will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with no appointment necessary. At the launch, Brewer will also be submitting herself to a COVID-19 test.

The event will take place today at 12:30 p.m. at 91 Claremont Ave.


Levine to Host Q&A on Alternatives to Policing

Council Member Mark D. Levine
Council Member Mark D. Levine

Councilmember Mark Levine (D-Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville) will be hosting a virtual discussion tomorrow, entitled “From Policing to Investing: Confronting Discriminatory Policing by Expanding Youth Development”.

Levine, along with Brotherhood/Sister Sol Co-Founder Khary Lazarre-White, will discuss what we can do to invest in public programs to ensure equity and justice for our city’s youth.

The event will take place tonight from 5-6 p.m on Zoom. To register, click here.


James Announces Election Protection Hotline

Attorney General of NY Letitia James
Attorney General of NY Letitia James

Yesterday, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) announced the opening of the Election Protection Hotline for the June 23 primary.

The hotline will also be open during the early voting period between June 13 and June 21. Its purpose is to extend help to both absentee and in-person voters who experience any issues that impede them from voting.

“No one should have to choose between their health and their right to vote,” said James. “Due to COVID-19, New Yorkers across the state are navigating new changes in how to cast their ballots in upcoming elections. During these unprecedented times, my office will do everything in its power to ensure that New Yorkers are able to exercise their right to vote safely and effectively.”

If you’re experiencing any problems, call 1-800-771-7755, or email [email protected]

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