National Lawyers Guild : The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is the nation’s largest civil rights bar association, dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system: “We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.”
NYELJP attorneys are deeply engaged with the work of the national NLG and its committees, including but not limited to the Mass Defense Committee, the International Committee which includes the Environmental Human Rights Committee, and the Environmental Justice Committee, as well as the NYC NLG chapter.
Energy Justice Network: A national organization taking its direction from grassroots members, the first to advocate for a complete phase-out of nuclear power, fossil fuels, large hydroelectric dams and “biomass” / incineration within the next 20 years. Extensive links and resources available.
People’s Climate Movement: NYC-based grassroots organization formed around the 2014 People’s Climate March. The next March on Washington is April 29, 2018 (and other locations).
Clean Water Network: A nationwide coalition of local, regional and national groups, the Network convenes organizers and advocates across the country to effectively fight to protect the waterways we love and depend upon.
Beyond Pesticides: Offers the latest information on the hazards of pesticides and least-toxic alternatives, as well as ongoing projects including children’s health.
Indigenous Environmental Network: An alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose Shared Mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law.
Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition : A coalition of environmental, health and public policy organizations addressing the vulnerability of the nuclear reactors at Indian Point. Over 20 million people live within 50 miles of the plant without a viable evacuation plan.
Labrador Land Protectors: We are a group of concerned citizens fighting against the development of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric mega-project. We are a diverse group consisting of both indigenous and settler people, from all walks of life. As Protectors of land, water, and life, we stand together against the damming of our Grand (Churchill) River, in particular Muskrat Falls and Gull Island in Labrador, Canada.
Northeast Mega Dam Resistance is a coalition of organizations whose mission is to protect rivers and their communities by resisting megadams and associated transmission corridors. In this time of climate chaos, as we fight to decarbonize, hydroelectricity produced by megadams is not an option, and rivers must be free flowing.
Right to Information
FOIA/FOIL: The federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) allow the public to request pertinent information from federal and state agencies, respectively. NYEJLP has actively encouraged the public to take advantage of FOIA and FOIL laws to ensure government transparency and has itself initiated actions when an agency fails to comply with a written request for documents.
More to come.
PACER RECAP extension: The federal Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system makes court filings available online. However, it charges 10 cents a page for “public” documents. It had a surplus of $150 million in 2009, and over $100 million in 2012. The RECAP browser extension, a joint project of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy and the Free Law Project, allows PACER users to automatically upload court files to the Internet Archive, and access the files anyone else has uploaded for free. This makes PACER a much more valuable resource for the public.