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Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - NY: Social Justice

Children may experience depression and anxiety during and after enforced isolation. (Gargonia/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Community-based organizations in New York are getting some extra help dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in underserved communities. In New York, 14 organizations are receiving a combined total of $1.3 million in Empowering Health grants funded by UnitedHealthcare. Acco

Like prisons and jails, immigration detention centers are potential hotspots for the spread of COVID-19. (Antwon McMullen/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Immigrants held in crowded Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers are extremely vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases including COVID-19, and the risks can be especially high for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. The Free Them All Campaign is a join

Half of minority patients tested for COVID-19 at a Community Health Center site tested positive. (bizoo_n/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Despite their role on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Health Centers are receiving very little of the federal aid going to other health-care providers. Community Health Centers serve nearly 30 million mostly low-income and minority patients nationwide. They serve com

A recent <a href=report says solitary confinement in federal and state prisons has increased 500% due to the COVID pandemic. (boscorelli/Adobe Stock)">

NEW YORK -- As New York moves to reform police practices, human rights advocates say the state needs to end the use of solitary confinement in prisons, too. Solitary confinement lasting more than 15 days is recognized by the United Nations as a form of torture. But in New York, prisoners are sub

Students rallying at City Hall in New York City call for more guidance counselors and fewer police in public schools. (Photo: Urban Youth Collaborative)

NEW YORK -- Students in New York City are calling for school safety to be taken out of the hands of the police department. They call it the school-to-prison pipeline, zero-tolerance policies that involve police in minor incidents leading to student arrests, juvenile detention and incarceration.

The Supreme Court ruled that firing a person for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is discrimination based on sex. (renaschild/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers are protected from employment discrimination by federal law. Monday's 6-3 ruling found that firing an employee for being gay or transgender violates Title 7 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. According to O

The census can be completed by mail, online or on the phone by calling 844-330-2020. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Despite the COVID pandemic, the U.S. Census is going on right now. And advocates for people with disabilities are stressing the importance of being counted. The economic impact of the pandemic could mean sharp budget cuts at city, state and federal levels. Margi Trapani, director of ed

Advocates say police violence against peaceful protesters has amplified calls for accountability. (Peter Kim/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state lawmakers are expected to act on police reform bills this week, including a repeal of a law that shields police officers' disciplinary records from public scrutiny. Civil rights law 50-a has been on the books for 44 years, but the killing of George Floyd in Minneapol

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