En Español Know Your Rights
Source: Make the Road New York
Subject: Language Access
Type: Press Advisory

Dozens of Spanish-speaking community members to protest discrimination at Duane Reade Pharmacy

CONTACT:

Theo Oshiro, 718-418-7690 x 218 or 347-432-6234 (English and Spanish)
Andrew Friedman, (718) 418-7690 x206 or (718) 809-7158 (English and Spanish)

Dozens
of Spanish-speaking community members to protest discrimination at
Duane Reade Pharmacy and other pharmacies in front of Duane Reade
store.


Latina victims of discrimination and
civil rights violations at many New York City pharmacies will gather in
front of Duane Reade branch in Brooklyn to describe their experiences.

Community
members call for pharmacies to stop discriminating against limited
English proficient community members who are routinely put at risk by
medicines with English-only labels and instructions.

Announcement of the filing of legal action to confront the problem.

Release
of report "Bad medicine" which contains real life stories showing how
the lack of translated labels and interpretation services can impair
access to healthcare and put people in danger.

 

Who:

Members and staff of Make the Road by Walking, Lawyers from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

What:

  • Dozens of Latino immigrants will carry signs and will sing and chant about discrimination at pharmacies.
  • Press
    conference featuring community members describing their experiences and
    announcing the initiation of legal action to enforce the law.
  • Release of report detailing laws violated by many pharmacies and real-life stories of how people suffer.

When:

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at noon

Where:

In front of the Duane Reade Store at 54-11 Myrtle Avenue Queens, NY
(at the corner of Myrtle Ave. and Palmetto Street)
L train to Myrtle-Wyckoff Station

                                             

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY


Interviews with community members and copies of written testimony and report available on request. Contact Andrew Friedman for more information.