DELMAR, Del., Aug. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal authorities must intervene and stop the horrific civil rights violations against the disabled in New York State says the Jonathan Carey Foundation. The JCF "Civil Rights Walk for the Disabled" is to expose discriminatory and deadly treatment of our most vulnerable disabled where they are being denied 911 emergency services. www.jonathancareyfoundation.org
An email was sent out on Sunday July 31, 2016 from the Office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman with its TOP HEADLINES stating that New York State is "Ensuring Equal Rights For All Citizens" which is not true.
New York State with full knowledge is blatantly discriminating against 1,000,000 New Yorkers with disabilities, denying them immediate 911 emergency medical and police first responder services in most cases when they are victims of physical and sexual assault crimes, in medical distress or have died. The New York Times "Abused & Used" investigative reporting series brought these systemic failures to light throughout 2011 and under Governor Cuomo the system has become far more dangerous and deadly. The NY Times series and follow up Editorial speaks volumes. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/nyregion/abused-and-used-series-page.html?_r=0 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/10/opinion/protecting-the-most-vulnerable.html.
The Associated Press http://bigstory.ap.org/article/34c9c059196a4b70bc8ded92d2fbe4b7/9-deaths-no-charges-raise-questions-about-oversight-agency as well as BuzzFeed have also recently done damning investigative reports https://www.buzzfeed.com/benhattem/legislators-and-advocates-call-for-overhaul-of-justice-cente?utm_term=.xbJ9MJ97Y#.avQR1oR9M
The AG email reads, "Attorney General Schneiderman and Governor Cuomo led a coalition of ten states and the District of Columbia in filing of an amicus brief challenging North Carolina's discriminatory anti-transgender law." At the same time that Cuomo is worrying about civil rights in North Carolina he is ignoring the civil rights of the disabled in his own State. Under Cuomo's watch suspicious deaths to his abuse hotline titled the "Justice Center" are not properly reported to local authorities http://bigstory.ap.org/article/27b17232ed3c41d1b79db9c444e0e484/new-protocol-agency-sent-death-reports-nowhere
Governor Cuomo said in his DNC speech that NY was not "leaving anyone out or anyone behind" yet over 50 years have passed since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought and died for equal rights and people with disabilities are being denied their equal rights to 911 emergency assistance, which is ludicrous and obstructs justice. These discriminatory practices are without question leaving the disabled out and behind, the hypocrisy is staggering.
Top New York State leaders are claiming that they are "Ensuring Equal Rights For All Citizens", yet the New York State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution both clearly say that everyone is entitled to the same "equal protection of the laws". A person with a disability living outside their families home, in a state run or state certified private facility or group home are supposed to have equal rights, but tragically they do not. This is why we are going to Washington D.C. to the U.S. Department of Justice seeking swift federal civil rights investigations and emergency federal intervention. We must do everything possible to help make sure "Equal Rights For All Citizens" also include the disabled.
No longer can New York State violate her own laws and Constitution and operate lawlessly. The New York State Constitutions under Section 1 &11 of the Bill of Rights cannot be any clearer. Section 1 directly quoted states "No member of this state shall be disfranchised, or deprived of any of the rights or privileges secured to any citizen thereof…" Section 11, state's "Equal protection of laws; discrimination in civil rights prohibited", then goes on to say "No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws of this state or any subdivision thereof." A person with a disability cannot have "equal protection of laws" if when they are a victim of a crime, the 911 emergency call systems put in place for everyone are bypassed for them and local police are not notified. The practice of treating disabled people differently, unequally, is "Discrimination in Civil Rights".
Governor Cuomo has known of the wide-scale discrimination and civil rights violations against the disabled in New York State since he was Attorney General and throughout his entire time as governor and tragically has looked the other way. Attorney General Schneiderman has also been clearly aware since he became Attorney General in 2011 when the NY Times came out with the "Abused & Used" series and he too has looked the other way.
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SOURCE The Jonathan Carey Foundation