The Guardian Covers NYLPI Sports Equity Suit

January 4, 2019

Community Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Media Coverage, News, Sports Equity

The Guardian covered NYLPI’s discrimination lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education calling for equal access to school sports. The piece, by journalist Matthew Hall, focuses on NYLPI’s suit through the lens of efforts by sports equity leader David Garcia-Rosen to secure sports teams for his students in the Bronx:

“It is amazing that these kids are running these campaigns and getting civics lessons and civil rights lessons through all this but on the other hand – they should just be playing sports. When I was their age I wasn’t fighting a civil rights campaign. I was playing soccer. They should just be kids at this point. This shouldn’t be something they have to fight for.”

The story also quotes NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney and Lobbying Compliance Counsel Melissa Iachan:

“The research results and analysis proved what we had anecdotally known,” says Melissa Iachan of the nonprofit New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a lead attorney on the case. “The policies and procedures employed by the PSAL discriminate against black and Latino students by depriving them of equal access to resources that should be made publicly available.”

Read the full story here. And if you’re in New York and would like to write your council member to support the bill mentioned in the story, then you can do so here.

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