MEC’s Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) was recently featured in local media outlets.
In a two-part series covering racial bias in healthcare, the Gotham Gazette quotes Lurie Daniel-Favors, interim executive director of CLSJ. As the virus exposes gaps in the level and quality of care across the city and nation, these disparities often fall along lines of race and are compounded by mistrust in a medical system fraught with bias and racialized health inequities. “We know that black and brown people are going to be the ones that bear the brunt of that,” said Daniel-Favors. Read part one here and part two here.
Lurie Daniel-Favors recently appeared on CUNY-TV’s Urban U. Lurie discusses the importance of Census 2020, how Covid-19 is impacting response rates from hard-to-count communities, and what the CLSJ and CUNY are doing to make sure every New Yorker is counted. Watch the full episode here. Lurie’s segment begins at 10:00.
Lurie was also a panelist on Investigation Discovery’s The Murder of George Floyd: A Nation Responds. The discussion focuses on pervasive racism, police violence, and whether the collective outrage and mass protests will be enough to expand equality everywhere. Moderated by Tony Harris, the panel also includes Yamiche Alcindor, PBS Newshour correspondent and NBC and MSNBC political contributor, and DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist and organizer of Campaign Zero, among others. Read more about the episode and panelists here, and watch the full episode here.
USA Today named Esmeralda Simmons, Esq., one of the most influential civil rights leaders of today. Simmons has been engaged in the fight for equal rights for more than three decades. As a civil rights lawyer, she has worked in the U.S. Department of Education, for a federal judge, and in New York State and City governments. She founded the Center for Law and Social Justice and served as executive director from 1986 until her retirement in 2020. Read the full story here.