Entries by NY Personal Injury Attorneys

White Supremacy, With a Tan

By John Blake, CNN (CNN) – Cutting taxes for the rich helps the poor. There is no such thing as a Republican or a Democratic judge. Climate change is a hoax. Some political myths refuse to die despite all evidence the contrary. Here’s another: When White people are no longer a majority, racism will fade […]

Groundbreaking Analysis of Hate Crime Laws Finds Limitations and Opportunities in the Face of Rising Hate Violence

By SPL Center With a rise in hate violence across the country, a new report from the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and 16 leading civil rights organizations provides a groundbreaking analysis of state and federal hate crime laws. The report features a foreword by Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard and Board/Chair President of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. (Read the report.) The partners releasing the report […]

‘Cruel, Unfair and Racist’: Black immigrants whose fathers are U.S. citizens push to overturn law that keeps them from obtaining citizenship

By Liz Vinson Behind the steel gates of a remote immigrant prison in Georgia lies a visitation room where detained people speak to visitors through a plexiglass window. There are messages etched on the visitor’s side – words the detained men and women sitting opposite can’t see. “Be anxious for nothing,” one message reads. “I’m […]

Opinion: Merrick Garland: It is Time for Congress to act Again to Protect the Right to Vote

A young Black woman demonstrator at a rally at the Capitol protests voting rights limitations contained in bills written by Republicans in the state legislature. – Austin, TX, USA – July 31, 2021 (Shutterstock) By Merrick B. Garland, Washington Post Our society is shaped not only by the rights it declares but also by its […]

Biden Administration says long Covid can be Considered a Disability Under Law

By Maeve Sheehey and Rebecca Rainey, Politico The Biden administration announced Monday that long Covid, a condition where people experience long-term Covid-19 symptoms long after clearing the actual virus from their system, could be considered a disability under civil rights laws. The White House announced the new long Covid guidance on the 31st anniversary of […]

Senator Chuck Schumer Proposes Decriminalization of Marijuana at the Federal Level

By Victoria Falk Just a few months after New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed legislation on March 31, 2021, legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults in New York State, Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing forward to propose federal decriminalization of marijuana. Effective March 31, 2021, the new law allowed adults aged 21-years-old and over to […]

Gillibrand, Joined by Brooklyn BP Eric Adams, Announces Federal Gun Trafficking Legislation

Brooklyn, N.Y. — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, stood in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall to announce the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act. Named for two teenage girls in Brooklyn and Chicago, IL, the bill seeks to address the illegal transfer of guns across state lines […]

Racism Lurks Behind Decisions to Deny Black High School Students From Being Recognized as the Top in Their Class

By Jamel K. Donnor, The Conversation Two Black students – Ikeria Washington and Layla Temple – were named valedictorian and salutatorian at West Point High School in Mississippi in 2021. Shortly afterward, two white parents questioned whether school officials had correctly calculated the top academic honors. Ultimately, the school superintendent named two white students as […]

Driver’s License Suspensions for Failure to pay Fines Inflict Particular Harm on Black Drivers

By Sian Mughan, The Conversation Imagine being unable to pay a US$50 traffic ticket and, as a result, facing mounting fees so high that even after paying hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars toward your debt you still owe money. Imagine being fired from your job because you’ve been forced to use unreliable public transportation instead […]

Ending Virtual-School Oppression: Black Students are Disproportionately Punished for Harmless Behavior at Home During Zoom Classes

By SPLC Isaiah Elliott was suspended from seventh grade for holding a toy gun in an online art class. Ka’Mauri Harrison, 9, faced nearly two weeks of suspension for picking up a BB gun in his own bedroom – after his brother had tripped over it. A 15-year-old girl was incarcerated for not doing her […]

What to do if Workers’ Compensation Benefits Stop Unexpectedly

There are many circumstances when individuals or companies may stop providing certain services. For example, neglecting to pay monthly utility bills could result in the cessation of electricity and other services. Similarly, insurance companies may be able to cease payment of workers’ comp benefits under certain circumstances. However, you may be able to get the […]

Senate Confirms Kristen Clarke as First Woman — and First Black Woman — to Lead the Civil Rights Division

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, history was made. Kristen Clarke was confirmed as the first woman and first woman of color to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Clarke’s career was launched in the office that she now leads. She personally prosecuted crimes based on hatred and bigotry, human trafficking, domestic […]