NYC Language Access Campaign

The City Council is considering a new Language Access bill, and could vote on it as soon as December 15.

Unfortunately, the new bill only requires agencies to offer services in six "top languages." This means that French and Arabic, which are spoken by many African immigrants, will continue to be left out, as will all indigenous African languages.

New York recently affirmed that it will remain a sanctuary city for immigrants despite the recent election. But New York cannot be a sanctuary for African immigrants and Arab immigrants if it doesn't include us or the languages we speak.

We are asking you to phone Mayor Bill DeBlasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and call on them to include French and Arabic, at a minimum, in this bill.

Mayor's Office of Community Affairs: 212-788-7418

City Council Speaker's Office: 212-788-7210

Sample message:

Hello, I'm calling for (the Mayor or the Speaker) about a pending bill, Intro. 1181-A. The City should change the bill to increase the number of top languages from six to eight, and include French and Arabic. New York can't be a sanctuary city for African or Arab immigrants if it doesn't provide services in their languages. We need language access for all New Yorkers. Thank you.

If you are on Twitter, please join our tweet storm! Sample tweet:

@BilldeBlasio @MMViverito Real #sanctuary NYC must provide services in French, Arabic, and African languages! #fix1181A #LanguageAccess4All

Once you've taken action, please email or give us a call at (347) 746-2281 to let us know.

Together we can make New York a sanctuary for all New Yorkers!


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