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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                                                             PAGE 9

             Queens Elected Officials, Community Leaders And                                         Chairwoman Maloney Applauds
          Residents Hosted Queens Juneteenth Coalition March                                     Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down
                       And Rally to Protest Police Brutality                                          Efforts to Undermine Access to

             A Queens Juneteenth Coali-  coming together in honor of our  strength to continue the fight for   Reproductive Health Care
        tion compiled of various mem-  people and giving voices to those  equality in all facets of our econ-       Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the  efforts.  As these attacks continue,
        bers from the historically Black  unheard.I look forward to more  omy. As we celebrate Juneteenth,   Chairwoman of the Committee on  it is imperative that Congress take
        Divine Nine(D9) Organizations  good trouble.”              we must continue the advance-  Oversight and Reform, issued the  action to safeguard access to abor-
        of  Queens,  NY,  Congressman       The march and rally is in lieu  ment of our people.”-David Tanis   following statement regarding the  tion care in this country.”
        Gregory Meeks, NYS Senator(s)  of celebrating Juneteenth and re-  Executive Director of Showing   Supreme Court’s ruling in June       The June Medical case ex-
        Leroy Comrie and James Sanders,  membrance of Black lives taken  Hearts Inc.            Medical Services v. Russo:   amined  Louisiana’s  state  law
        NYS Assemblymember(s) Vivian  at the hands of racism and police       The rally will conclude with        “The Supreme Court once again  restricting access to comprehen-
        Cook, Alicia Hyndman and Clyde  brutality. Recent events across the  performances by Queens based   upheld a woman’s fundamental  sive reproductive health care by
        Vanel,  and  NYC  Councilmem-  nation sparked a response in the  artists, Nyemiah Supreme, TGI-  right  to abortion in  the United  imposing targeted, medically un-
        bers Adrienne Adams, Donovan  South East Queens community,  Fly, and much more. Black busi-  States.  While I am pleased by the  necessary regulations on abortion
        Richards, and I. Daneek Miller  and these organizations and com-  ness  owners  from  Southeast   Court’s decision, I remain deeply  providers.
        and community organizations and  munities want their voices heard.  Queens, will also be significant   troubled that nearly 50 years after       In 2016, the Supreme Court
        members; will gather at P.S/I.S  The march start point is 233rd  supporters in the celebration by   Roe v. Wade affirmed access to  deemed a similar Texas law un-
        270 of Laurelton, NY, on Saturday,  street and Merrick Blvd, at 2 pm,  donating  resources,  promoting   legal abortion as a constitutional  constitutional in Whole Woman’s
        June 27 for a peaceful march to  and will proceed to Roy Wilkins  their businesses, and marching   right, anti-choice officials at every  Health  v.  Hellerstedt.    Today’s
        rally at Roy Wilkins Park.   Park, where HOT 97’s own Mia-  alongside the community.    level of government continue to  ruling  reaffirmed  the  right  to
             “There have been many times  belle will host the rally.       “Our goal is to bring members   target individuals’ reproductive  abortion in the United States.
        in  my  life,  where  raising  my       “We are excited to be a part  of the Divine Nine (D9) organiza-  health and freedom.  Last Novem-       On November 14, 2019, the
        voice in advocacy felt true and  of the Juneteenth Celebration in  tions, friends, and family together   ber, I convened a hearing in the  Committee on Oversight and Re-
        on the right side of justice, said  Queens. It is imperative that we  for a march and rally for Black   Oversight Committee to examine  form held a hearing that examined
        Assemblymember Alicia Hynd-  march and stand in solidarity, re-  liberation  going  beyond  police   how  states  like  Louisiana  are  state efforts to undermine access
        man. But to march alongside my  questing systemic policy reforms  brutality. Juneteenth is a celebra-  undermining access to compre-  to  reproductive  health  care—
        district and the South East Queens  to be put in place and continue  tory moment on the road to black   hensive reproductive health care,  like the Louisiana law—and the
        community at large, feels nothing  to fight for the advancement of  freedom and this march and rally   and the ways the Trump Admin-  Trump Administration’s role in
        short of divine order. I am grate-  our youth and the families of our  is to do just that. This march/rally   istration has emboldened these  emboldening these efforts.
        ful  to  my  community  and  the  communities. There is strength  also aims to highlight and promote
        Queens Juneteenth Coalition for  in number and we must use this  local black businesses and artists.”  Statement from Council Members Barry
           Attorney General James Helps Win Supreme Court Case                                   S. Grodenchik and Rory I. Lancman on
              Guaranteeing Women’s Access to Abortion Coverage                                                   Wyndham Hotel

        AG James Led Coalition of States  tutional guarantee and place bur-  the Middle District of Louisiana       Recently, we received an onsite  not exceed that number.  The facil-
        Fighting  to  Ensure  Women’s  densome restrictions on women’s  granted a permanent injunction  briefing from representatives of  ity is run by a nonprofit organiza-
        Reproductive  Freedoms  Were  reproductive  freedoms,”  said  against  implementation  of  the  the mayor’s office regarding the  tion called Exodus Transitional
        Not Limited                  Attorney  General  James.  “But  Louisiana law, but, in 2018, the  use of the Wyndham Hotel at 61-  Community, which is under city
                                     today’s Supreme Court decision  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth  27 186th Street in Fresh Meadows,  contract to provide wraparound
             New York Attorney General  once again makes clear that this  Circuit reversed that decision. June  Queens to house individuals who  services, including case manage-
        Letitia James helped win a ma-  right and constitutional guarantee  Medical Services and two physi-  have been released from correc-  ment, job placement, meals, and
        jor victory at the U.S. Supreme  cannot be infringed upon and no  cians appealed the decision to the  tional facilities.  Unfortunately,  assistance  finding  permanent
        Court that will protect the ability  roundabout law will push us back  Supreme Court, which granted an  though the facility has been open  housing.  Residents  stay  in  the
        of  women  across  the  nation  to  to a time of back alley abortions.  emergency application to stay the  for about two months, the city  hotel only temporarily until they
        maintain access to safe, legal abor-  Despite all the progress made in  law from taking effect, pending the  did not provide any notification  have permanent housing available.
        tions. Attorney General James led  women’s freedoms over the last  outcome of the appeal.  of this use to elected officials, the  A private security firm has been
        a coalition of 22 attorneys general  five decades, the state of Louisiana       In December, Attorney General  local community board, or civic  hired and is onsite to monitor the
        in filing an amicus brief in sup-  has continued to strive to regulate  James led a coalition of attorneys  leaders.  The failure to inform the  building and its perimeter as well
        port of the plaintiffs in the case of  women’s bodies and deprive them  general in filing an amicus brief  community was a serious mistake.   as the surrounding area.
        June Medical Services v. Gee, in  of one of their most important  in the case because states have  We are disappointed by the lack of            Normally,  those  who  are
        which a medical provider sought  constitutional rights. This law was  an interest in ensuring the avail-  communication and expressed that  released from city and state cor-
        to overturn a decision from the  simply about controlling women’s  ability of safe, medically sound  sentiment directly to the mayor’s  rectional facilities return to their
        U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth  bodies, controlling their choices,  abortion services and in protecting  office.  families and communities; those
        Circuit that upheld a Louisiana  and  controlling  their  freedom,  the health and safety of women       Standing with the local com-  who lack housing options some-
        law requiring abortion providers  which is why we fought it every  seeking abortion services, as well  munity, our position is that the  times  enter  the  city’s  shelter
        to maintain admitting privileges  step of the way.”        as defending the long-recognized,  facility  must  prevent  negative  system.  The mayor’s office said
        at local hospitals. The law at issue       In 2014, Louisiana enacted a law  substantive due process right to  security  incidents  both  in  the  that providing temporary hous-
        was identical to the Texas law that  that requires abortion providers to  choose to terminate a pregnancy  hotel and in the surrounding area,  ing to these individuals during
        the Supreme Court invalidated in  maintain admitting privileges at  and the undue-burden standard  demonstrate success in placing  the pandemic avoids crowding in
        Whole Woman’s Health v. Hell-  local hospitals. Had the Supreme  that governs review of regulations  residents in permanent housing,  the shelters, where the virus can
        ersedt,  in  2016.  The  Supreme  Court not struck down this law  implicating that right. In the brief,  and establish a functioning com-  spread  quickly,  and  avoids  in-
        Court today reaffirmed its ruling  today,  Louisiana  would  be  left  the attorneys general argued that  munity dialogue group.  creasing street homelessness. Be-
        in Whole Woman’s Health and  with, at most, two physicians at  Louisiana’s law is an unneces-       Representatives from city hall  fore the city set up temporary hotel
        held that the Louisiana law was  only two clinics across the state  sary and onerous burden that fails  provided the following informa-  housing, some people remained in
        unconstitutional, as it infringes on  who could provide abortion ser-  to promote women’s health and  tion.          jail even after their release dates
        women’s reproductive freedoms  vices, despite the fact that roughly  would  end  up  further  limiting       The Wyndham Hotel is part  because they had nowhere safe
        and the right to access an abor-  10,000 women obtain abortions in  the number of abortion providers  of an emergency program estab-  to go, so this program also aims,
        tion, enshrined in the landmark  Louisiana each year. Louisiana’s  available to women in Louisiana.  lished by the mayor whose aim is  according to the mayor’s office,
        Supreme Court decision of Roe v.  admitting-privileges requirement       This case was handled by As-  to avoid the spread of the corona-  to avoid overcrowding in correc-
        Wade in 1973.                was identical to a Texas statute  sistant  Solicitor  General  Ester  virus by reducing homelessness  tional facilities and help stop the
             “More than 45 years after  that was invalidated and found  Murdukhayeva, Deputy Solicitor  and reliance on city shelters by  spread of the coronavirus.  The in-
        Roe v. Wade etched into law a  to be unconstitutional by the Su-  General  Andrea  Oser,  and  So-  those released from city and state  dividuals in the Wyndham do not
        woman’s right to access an abor-  preme Court in Whole Woman’s  licitor General Barbara D. Un-  correctional facilities who do not  have coronavirus; those who do
        tion, states continue to look for  Health v. Hellerstedt. Earlier in the  derwood — all of the Division of  have Covid-19 symptoms.  Under  are isolated in other hotels as part
        ways to chip away at this consti-  case, the U.S. District Court for  Appeals and Opinions.  the auspices of the city’s office  of the city’s pandemic response.
                                                                                                of emergency management, the       In response to our request,
                                                                                                mayor’s office of criminal justice  Exodus agreed to set up a com-
                                                                                                has  entered  into  a  contract  to  munity advisory board, to include
                                                                                                temporarily house individuals at  local elected officials, community
                                                                                                the hotel.  Just over one hundred  board representatives, and civic
                                                                                                people currently reside there, each  and tenant leaders who represent
                                                                                                in her or his own room.  The ho-  the adjacent communities.  The
                                                                                                tel’s capacity is about one hundred  board will meet regularly to ad-
                                                                                                forty rooms, so the population will  dress any issues that may arise.
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