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Source: Post Star
Subject: Language Access
Type: Media Coverage

Action in Jackson: que pasa, New York

The subtitle, of course, is a reference to the John Lennon song, set in the context of what took place in the town of Jackson, population 1,800, late Wednesday night.

What occurred inside the little white 19th century schoolhouse 15 months ago drew international attention.

That action was undone, rescinded, “repealed in its entirety” as the new law states, inside of that very same building on Wednesday night.

The sound of applause from across the state came swiftly. “We welcome the Town Board’s decision to rescind this discriminatory and unconstitutional ordinance,” said Melanie Trimble, director of the NYCLU’s Capital Region Chapter. “The English language is not under assault in Jackson or anyplace else. This decision helps ensure that all residents, regardless of what language they speak, have access to crucial public services.”

“On behalf of New York State’s immigrant communities, we are gratified by the repeal,” replied the New York Immigration Coalition.

Throughout the night, similar sentiments came in from across the country. They came from Andrew Friedman, co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY) , and from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.

They came from the state Attorney General and from Clarissa Martinez-De-Castro, Director of Immigration National Campaigns; from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), and from Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition.

Curiously, nothing – at least to this point – has been heard from any group or citizen opposed to the repealing of the law. Certainly there must be some opposition.

So what do you think about the initial adoption of the so-called “English-only” edict and its subsequent repeal?

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