MFJ in the News

MFJ Supports Crown Heights Tenants on Rent Strike

Mobilization for Justice is representing a group of Crown Heights tenants who are waging a rent strike after three winters with no heat. As this report from News 12 Brooklyn shows, the landlord has engaged in serious harassment in an effort to force out rent-stabilized tenants. MFJ Attorney Brian Sullivan said, “They’ve illegally removed five …

WNYC Report: Giving Tenants Their Day in Court

WNYC reporter Beth Fertig spent time in Bronx Housing Court with Mobilization for Justice attorneys examining how the city’s right to counsel in housing court program is working. MFJ attorneys are in the court every Friday offering free legal assistance to low-income tenants who qualify. Over the past three years, representation for tenants has increased …

MFJ: U.S. Senate Vote is a Major Blow to Consumer Rights

Mobilization for Justice has actively opposed efforts to repeal a rule on predisupte binding mandatory (forced) arbitration issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rule, issued in July 2017, had restored consumers’ right to band together in class actions to pursue claims of wrongdoing against financial institutions. Mobilization for Justice is a member of …

MFJ Led Push for Preferred Language Option on Mortgage Applications

On Friday, October 20, 2017,  the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the body that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced that it will amend its Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) to add a preferred language question so that limited English proficient (LEP) borrowers can inform the lender at the outset the language in which …

MFJ to NYS Legislature: Tie Adult Home Subsidies to Quality Improvements

Legislation introduced in the New York State Legislature would increase subsidies for adult homes that care for people with disabilities and the elderly.  At a recent hearing in Albany, advocates urged lawmakers to tie any increase in subsidies to improvements in the quality of care as well as an increase in residents’ personal needs allowances.  …

MFJ Urges City Council to Adopt Law Clearly Defining Tenant Harassment

Mobilization for Justice Staff Attorney Shi Shi Wang testified before the New York City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings today, supporting Intro. 1721-2017, which will amend the current definition of tenant harassment by landlords to include misrepresenting the condition of a dwelling unit; knowingly misrepresenting work to be performed in a permit application that …

MFJ Report: Nursing Home Residents Are Often Illegally Confined

A report released today by Mobilization for Justice details how nursing homes’ restrictive day pass policies violate residents’ rights to community integration. It describes the barriers nursing home residents face when they attempt to leave the home to visit family or friends, go to religious services, shop, or simply sit outside in the fresh air. …

Mobilization for Justice Supports Right to Know Act

Mobilization for Justice has endorsed the Right to Know Act, a legislative package before the New York City Council to protect the civil and human rights of New Yorkers in everyday encounters with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) by improving transparency and accountability. More than 200 organizations have endorsed two bills (Int. 182B …

MFJ Urges Congress to Protect Consumers in Wake of Equifax Data Breach

Mobilization for Justice joined consumer advocates across the country in urging Congress to take immediate action to repair the Equifax breach of personal data of 143 million consumers. Advocates demand that Congress ban forced arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from bringing class action lawsuits, enact credit freeze legislation to protect consumers from identity theft, reform …

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