“A Right to a Lawyer to Save Your Home”

A smart new bill would make New York City the first in the country to provide lawyers for all lower-income tenants facing eviction.

Source: A Right to a Lawyer to Save Your Home – The New York Times

Terrific news and especially meaningful to me, given my long (and eventually successful) pro se experience in Housing Court. (To see what I’ve written about it, use my search box and type in “Housing Court.” There are too many posts for me to link here.)

Although I represented myself in Housing Court, I was a plaintiff–I filed a complaint against my co-op for failure to maintain the building. I was not a respondent, a tenant who is being dragged into Housing Court by a landlord threatening to evict, a much more dire situation than mine. If I had lost my case, I would still own and be living in my co-op apartment.

When I spent time in Housing Court, I saw tenants fighting landlords’ eviction notices and saw that the marvelous Department of Housing Preservation and Development lawyers–who are stationed in the court to represent New York City’s buildings–could not really help tenants with eviction notices.

This new bill will mean there will be lawyers in Housing Court to help tenants pro bono.  Personally, I think that all needy defendants, criminal and civil, should be given legal representation, an expansion of Gideon v. Wainwright.

 

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A vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for the Koch Brothers

Following Paul Krugman’s short, sharp column on Gary Johnson and the “libertarian” platform he ascribes to, here are two more intelligent essays on Johnson, pointing out that his ideals for government are antithetical to everything progressives and millennials who support Bernie Sanders’ ideals hope for.

In short, see my title above. And read both of these pieces. You’ll understand why I call the “libertarian” big money sales pitch the Koch Brothers final solution to democracy:

He’s attracting a lot of support from Millennials. But why?

Source, Judd Legum, ThinkProgress: The myth of Gary Johnson

And…

Gary Johnson emphasizes marijuana legalization and his anti-war stance. But voters may be unaware of his links to the radical right and the Koch brothers.

Source, Adele Stan, The National Memo: 12 Ways Gary Johnson Is A Hardcore Right-Wing Radical

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The GOP’s war on women: Planned Parenthood

The GOP committee obsessed with Planned Parenthood is harassing scientists

Source, Laurel Raymond, ThinkProgress: Democrats walk out of GOP-led Planned Parenthood hearing

Especially nauseating here is the GOP gets its women members to be the crazed interrogators of these “hearings.”

Bringing up the eternal question: why would any women be or vote for a Republican? I don’t get it.

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