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LDF Statement on Creation of Inclusion Office at New York Taxi and Limousine Commission

7/31/18

Read a PDF of this statement here.

LDF Statement on Creation of Inclusion Office at New York Taxi and Limousine Commission

For years, New Yorkers of color have been unable to easily hail a taxi in their own city. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), led by President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill, has consistently spoken out about such discrimination and engaged in preliminary discussions with the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) about remedies. Today, TLC announced the creation of a new inclusion office aimed at addressing these longstanding issues. Ifill issued the following statement after the announcement:

“Watching an empty and available taxi refuse to pick up African-American passengers is an all too familiar sight on the streets of our city. I have been quite vocal – particularly on social media over the last year – about my own personal experiences with discriminatory ride refusals. These persistent ride refusals are not just an inconvenience, but they deprive us of our dignity. Though the practice has been illegal for 50 years, and there have been improvements over the past decade, this discrimination remains a part of New York City life for African Americans. LDF began face-to-face meetings with the Taxi and Limousine Commission last year in which we have encouraged the TLC to undertake a systemic and aggressive strategy to ending these unacceptable denials of service. Today’s announcement appears to be a major step in the right direction. We look forward to examining this plan more closely, and to learning more about the work of this new office.” 

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Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.