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1. Blog Archives

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2. Full Blog Archive

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Just Thoughts is the blog of the Empire Justice Center, New York’s statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy public interest law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor ...

Description: Complete archive of blog posts for the Empire Justice Center Blog.

3. Happy Anniversary, Social Security!

(Web Page; Mon Aug 17 08:21:00 CDT 2015)

Happy Anniversary, Social Security! Social Security’s is turning 80! Since the retirement program was enacted in 1935, it has expanded in important ways. The disability component, introduced later, is a now critical piece of...

Description: Social Security’s is turning 80!

4. This American Life and NPR Unfair and Inaccurate in Portrayal of Social Security Disability Recipients and Programs

(Web Page; Mon Apr 01 11:58:00 CDT 2013)

National Public Radio (NPR) recently joined the chorus of media mis-portrayals of our country’s Social Security disability programs. In a one hour segment broadcast on This American Life and rebroadcast in shorter segments on All T...

Description: National Public Radio (NPR) recently joined the chorus of media mis-portrayals of our country’s Social Security disability programs. In a one hour segment broadcast on This American Life and rebroadcast in shorter segments on All Things Considered, reporter Chana Joffe-Walt paints a misleading and inaccurate picture of these critical programs.

5. 60 Minutes Gets it Wrong

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CBS aired a 60 Minutes story on October 6, 2013, featuring Senator Tom Coburn (R - OK), who claims that the Social Security disability system is being “gamed,” and is in need of an overhaul. The truth is that close to 12 mil...

Description: CBS aired a 60 Minutes story on October 6, 2013, featuring Senator Tom Coburn (R - OK), who claims that the Social Security disability system is being “gamed,” and is in need of an overhaul.

6. Happy DAP Thank You Day!

(Web Page; Mon Apr 28 12:21:00 CDT 2014)

Monday, April 28th is “DAP Thank You Day.” Since there is a possibility that some folks don’t celebrate this holiday, we thought an explanation might be helpful. Let’s start with the basics.What is DAP? New Yor...

Description: Monday, April 28th is “DAP Thank You Day.” Since there is a possibility that some folks don’t celebrate this holiday, we thought an explanation might be helpful. Let’s start with the basics.

7. Assisting Non-Custodial Parents to Modify Child Support and Arrears Payments

(Web Page; Wed Jul 02 15:07:00 CDT 2014)

Legal services providers and community agencies throughout New York State are seeing an alarming increase in the number of very low income parents burdened with onerous child support obligations and arrears debt that adversely affect the...

Description: Legal services providers and community agencies throughout New York State are seeing an alarming increase in the number of very low income parents burdened with onerous child support obligations and arrears debt that adversely affect their ability to avoid homelessness, remain employed, cope with illness and disability, and maintain a relationship with their children.

8. TANF at 20: A Look Back at the Impact on Immigrants

(Web Page; Fri Sep 30 12:17:00 CDT 2016)

Since 1973, some incarnation of Empire Justice Center has been fighting for low income and disenfranchised New Yorkers' rights. We've seen many changes and weathered many storms, including the so-called "welfare reform" of 1996. The ad...

Description: At the time PRWORA passed, I was an attorney working with the Greater Upstate Law Project (GULP), predecessor of Empire Justice Center, focusing primarily on housing issues. PRWORA changed all that. I turned back to an earlier area of my practice, public benefits law, but this time with a focus on how PRWORA impacted immigrants in particular.