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What's Happening

2011 July - September
Cyberbullying Expert Trains Commission’s Human Rights Specialists, 09-23-11 

Cyberbullying Expert Trains Commission’s Human Rights Specialists, 09-23-11
The Commission’s Human Rights Specialists received a half-day of cyberbullying/cyberharassment training from Dr. Parry Aftab, Founder and Executive Director of the oldest and largest Internet safety site, WiredSafety.com. Dr. Aftab is an internationally recognized spokesperson in the areas of cybercrime and Internet safety education.

 
Staff Members Receive Training from Columbia Law School/Mediation Clinic, 

Staff Members Receive Training from Columbia Law School/Mediation Clinic, 09-16-11
The Commission’s Peer Mediation Training staff completed a 30-hour mediation-training program at Columbia Law School/Mediation Clinic., enhancing their mediation skills. The Commission provides Peer Mediation Training for middle and high schools in a free, after-school program, training students to become peer mediators.

 
 Commissioner Gatling Meets With Human Rights Professionals from Africa,  

Commissioner Gatling Meets With Human Rights Professionals from Africa, 09-16-11
Commissioner Patricia L. Gatling met with a delegation of human rights professionals from various African countries. The visitors were under the auspices of the US Department of State’s International Visitor Program.

 
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Commission Surveys/Interviews School Administrators With Peer Training Programs, 09-12-11
Commission staff interviewed school administrators from all City schools that participated in the Commission’s Peer Mediating Training Program for the past three years. The interviews were part of a survey conducted by School Mediation Associates of Boston to measure the status and effectiveness of schools’ Peer Mediation Training Programs around the world.

 
Bronx State Supreme Court Upholds Commission’s Ruling in Housing Disability Case, 09-09-11 

Bronx State Supreme Court Upholds Commission’s Ruling in Housing Disability Case, 09-09-11
A Bronx Supreme Court Justice upheld the Commission’s Decision that ordered a large housing provider in the Bronx to make a front door accessible to a disabled tenant. The Judge’s Decision/Order stated that the housing provider must make the main entrance to a building accessible unless it creates an undue hardship or is architecturally infeasible, and only then should an alternative entrance be considered. In this case, it was determined that the housing provider, who made a side door accessible to the tenant, had not met their obligation under the Human Rights Law.
Read the decision (in PDF) 
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New Amendment to Human Rights Law: Undue Hardship in Relation to Religious Accommodations, 08-30-11 

New Amendment to Human Rights Law: Undue Hardship in Relation to Religious Accommodations, 08-30-11
Mayor Bloomberg signed legislation amending the City’s Human Rights Law regarding the duty of employers to provide reasonable accommodations for religious observers. The new amendment clarified the term ‘undue hardship’ in relation to the request for an accommodation.
Read the amendment (in PDF) 
Read the press release (in PDF) 

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Commission Launches Weekly Workshops at Rikers Island Facilities, 08-16-11
The Commission developed and launched weekly workshops for inmates at 16 Rikers Island and borough facilities throughout the city, informing individuals of their rights under the City Human Rights Law and the services available from NYC agencies. The workshops focus on employment discrimination and successful transition from prison to home. These workshops supplement the Commission’s existing presentations for the formerly incarcerated, through community organizations and dozens of reentry organizations.

 
Commission Teams With Columbia U. In Study on the Effectiveness of Anti-Discrimination Messaging 07-29-11 

Commission Teams With Columbia U. In Study on the Effectiveness of Anti-Discrimination Messaging, 07-29-11
The Commission has teamed up with Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Development Strategies to launch a research initiative studying housing discrimination and the effectiveness of anti-discrimination messaging. This study is part of a larger Fair Housing initiative with the NYC Housing, Preservation, and Development agency.
Read the MOU (in PDF)  

 
Commissioner Gatling Interviewed for ‘Ramp It Up’ Videos, 07-22-11 

Commissioner Gatling Interviewed for ‘Ramp It Up’ Videos, 07-22-11
The Commission, with funding from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, is producing Ramp It Up NYC, four educational videos as part of its equal access and disability educational efforts, which will supplement the Commission’s community presentations and increase its online public education efforts. The videos will depict the various challenges disabled individuals face on a daily basis and provide information on the Human Rights Law, the Commission, and steps to overcome these obstacles. Ramp It Up NYC will be linked to other health and social services agencies throughout the City.

 
 Commissioner Gatling Meets With Members of Israeli Delegation, 07-15-11  Commissioner Gatling Meets With Members of Israeli Delegation, 07-15-11
Commissioner Patricia L. Gatling met with Israeli legal professionals working in education, and members of the City’s Department of Education. The visitors were interested in learning about initiatives against discrimination and segregation in education, specifically across religious, cultural, and ethnic lines. The meeting was arranged through the US Department of State.
 
Commission Civil Rights Film Used at Harvard Training of College Teachers, 07-14-11Commission Civil Rights Film Used at Harvard Training of College Teachers, 07-14-11
One of the Commission’s short films (Esther Cooper Jackson) it co-produced with NYC Media as part of the Fighting For Justice: NY Voices of the Civil Rights Movement online museum was shown and distributed to college and university teachers from across the nation at the 2011 NEH Summer Institute -- African-American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights 1865-1965 -- sponsored by the DuBois Institute at Harvard University. Class participants plan on using the film as a teaching aid in their own classes.
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Commissioner Gatling Meets With The Sikh Coalition Staff, 07-07-11 

Commissioner Gatling Meets With The Sikh Coalition Staff, 07-07-11
Commissioner Gatling met with members of The Sikh Coalition to discuss the Commission’s efforts regarding religious discrimination and public education. The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people.

 
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Commission Teams With NYC Housing, Preservation, & Development to Promote Fair Housing, 07-01-11
The Commission is working with NYC Housing, Preservation, & Development to promote Fair Housing. The interagency activities include: raising awareness of building owners and project sponsors of their duty to comply with the Fair Housing Act and NYC Human Rights Law; and preventing unwarranted displacement of individuals and families by referring the public to the education, counseling, and enforcement services offered by the Commission. The project is funded by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development.
Read the MOU (in PDF)  

Commission Trains and Employs 11 Young Adults in the Summer Youth Employment Program, 07-01-11 

Commission Trains and Employs 11 Young Adults in the Summer Youth Employment Program, 07-01-11
The Commission kicked off its summer intern program, providing training and employment experience to 11 young adults as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The students produced a public service announcement on cyberbullying, which is used during Commission presentations.
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