Your NYC, Your Human Rights: October Newsletter

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View Now: Amplify Youth Voices Virtual Exhibit

Art has the power to inspire people to make positive social change, and young people are driving this conversation forward. We asked NYC youth to submit visual art, music, and poetry on the human rights issues that mattered most to them. Click here to tour the virtual exhibit and see what they had to say.
October 2020
Proposed Rules on Hair Discrimination
On October 15, the Commission held an online public hearing on proposed rules concerning discrimination based on hair, hairstyles, and head coverings as a form of religious and racial discrimination. Click here to read written testimony.

a potrait shot of an African american woman with a black scarf and checkered jacket

Commission Testifies on COVID-19 Crisis and Human Rights
On October 23, Deputy Commissioners Dana Sussman and Brittny Saunders (pictured) testified before the NYC Council Committee on Civil and Human Rights to address the Commission’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a rise in anti-Asian discrimination and harassment, and the Commission’s longstanding work to address racial injustice. Click here to watch the full hearing.

A screenshot from a Zoom session of Brittny Saunders

Make a Plan to Vote
From now until November 1, New Yorkers can vote early at select polling locations. While polls are open now and on weekends, hours vary. Your vote is your voice, so be heard! Plan ahead. Visit this link to find your polling place and make a voting plan.

A roll of I Voted Stickers.

New Settlement Highlights
Following a Commission-initiated complaint against a landlord who harassed a potential tenant based on their citizenship status, we reached a settlement for $15,000 and required the landlord to include our notice of rights document in all future leases. Click here to check out the Commission’s latest settlement highlights.

A bronze statue of lady justice

UPCOMING EVENTS
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Muslim Communities Town Hall
11/12/2020 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
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NYC Human Rights Law Panel Presentation: Protections for Military Members and Veterans
11/13/2020 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
IN THE NEWS
Boston Children’s Hospital Will No Longer Perform Two Types of Intersex Surgery on Children – USA Today
10/22/2020
NYC settles religious discrimination lawsuit with JFK, LaGuardia contractor – QNS.com
10/28/20
Alfie White Interviews His Photography Icon, Andre D. Wagner – Dazed
10/12/2020

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