July 14, 2007
In a unique collaboration, the CUNY on Wheels Program is collaborating with CUNY School of Law’s Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) to provide information and counseling to immigrant residents of the Rockaways. This free program to be held this Saturday July 14th from 11:00am to 4:00pm at P.S. 215, the Lucretta Mott School at 535 Briar Place, Rockaway, NY 11691, is being presented by NYS Assemblywoman Michele R. Titus and is sponsored by Queens Borough President, Helen Marshall and the City University of New York.
Two experienced Immigration lawyers, S. Peter Gayle and Zachary Sanders, members of CLRN (CLRN), a nationally recognized collaborative network of community-based lawyers, will make presentations to residents of the Rockaways on the state of Immigration law in this volatile time, will address the state of immigration law, given the recent activity in Washington, and issues in family immigration and removal proceedings. Both attorneys, typical of CLRN member attorneys, are solo practitioners with offices in Brooklyn devoted to increasing access to civil justice for the many communities in New York whose legal needs are unmet. Mr. Sanders is fluent in Spanish.
The Rockaways is home to diverse poor and working poor immigrant communities who lack access to attorneys in the increasing complex and ever-changing realm of immigration law. This event will give attendees an opportunity to learn important basics, and also to meet briefly with one of the attorneys to discuss their individual case.
Fashioned from a 40-foot long bus, the CUNY on Wheels program exists to bring multiple levels of information and services to Rockaway residents. The mobile CUNY admissions center/ computer-based multi media vehicle was developed at the request of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall responding to community leaders of the Rockaway Peninsula. The vehicle provides CUNY with a unique opportunity to publicize credit and non-credit programs, workshops and seminars that are targeted to specific populations in need. As with this program, CUNY On Wheels engages the active participation of community residents in the design of direct services to be administered. It was a perfect match for the CUNY on Wheels to collaborate with the CLRN program, where both have the common goal of increasing access to information and justice for New Yorkers of limited means.