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

Hundreds of Immigrants to Protest Illegal Discrimination at NYC Pharmacies

For immediate release
           

Hundreds
of immigrants from around the city to protest widespread illegal discrimination
at NYC pharmacies.


Community
members will announce the filing of a civil rights complaint with New York
State Attorney General.

 

Pharmacies routinely put immigrants at risk by providing
medicines with English-only labels and instructions.

Immigrant
Victims of discrimination and civil rights violations at many New
York City pharmacies will gather in front of Rite Aid branch in Queens to describe their experiences.

release of report "Bad medicine" which contains close
to 20 testimonies showing how the lack of translated labels and interpretation
services can impair access to healthcare and put people in danger.
  

WHAT:

  • One
    hundred immigrants will carry signs and chant about discrimination at
    pharmacies.
  • Press
    conference featuring community members describing their experiences and
    announcing the filing of a complaint with the NYS Attorney General.
  • Release
    of a report detailing laws violated by many pharmacies and real-life stories of
    how people suffer.

WHEN:         Wednesday, October 31st,
2007 at 11am. 

WHERE:       In front of the Eckerd/Rite Aid Store at 50-15 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside, NY
(corner of 50th and Roosevelt
Avenue).
7 train to 52nd street station.

WHO:          Members
and staff of Make the Road New York, New York Immigration Coalition member
organizations, Lawyers from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. 

 
 

*** PHOTO OPPORTUNITY ****
 

Interviews with community members and copies of
written testimony and report available on request