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The US should seize the opportunity for global leadership on racial justice

Senior Attorney Anjana Malhotra co-authored an op-ed about opportunities the Biden administration has to significantly improve U.S. compliance with a racial discrimination treaty through enacting reparations, criminal justice and immigration policies. Read excerpts below and the full article…

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Twenty-two States Are Trying to Deny Free School Lunch to LGBTQ Students 

By Saima Akhtar, Senior Attorney, and Katharine Deabler, Staff Attorney The tide is rising high this year of far-right attacks on LGBTQ youth. And the multi-pronged strategies to win a right to discriminate against young LGBTQ people are…

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This is What Fighting for Disability Rights Looks Like

by Jordan Berger, NCLEJ Skadden Fellow Today is the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On this anniversary, it is important to reflect on the progress the disability community has made towards inclusion and equity….

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The Constitutional Right to Abortion Is Gone

National Center for Law and Economic Justice condemns the Supreme Court’s dismantling of abortion rights with today’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and stands in solidarity with reproductive justice movements working to protect the right to abortion….

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We Mourn with and Support Buffalo’s Black Community

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of the tragic hate crime that took place on Saturday, May 14—the mass shooting of Black Buffalo residents at a Tops grocery store. With deep sorrow, we grieve…

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New York Ends Mortgage Requirement for Homeowners Who Receive Welfare Benefits

The Social Services Law 106 was repealed in the New York State Budget. This important and necessary reform was long overdue. As a result of the repeal and subsequent guidance issued by the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance,…

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NCLEJ Advocates for Workers to Keep Unemployment Insurance Overpayments

Representing workers across New York State in coalition with Legal Services NYC, New York Legal Assistance Group, Volunteers of Legal Service, Empire Justice Center, Brooklyn Defenders Services, and National Employment Law Project, the National Center for Law and…

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NCLEJ Celebrates Women’s History Month

Today, we call attention to Constance Baker Motley, whose accomplishments include: First Black woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court. Lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Led the litigation that integrated the Universities of Georgia, Alabama, and…

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Let Students Eat: How States Are Leaving Money (Food) On the Table

States are abandoning the pandemic electronic benefits transfer, or P-EBT. The P-EBT allows students who rely on the federal school lunch program to access meals when schools are closed.   With the declaration of emergency continuing through at…

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