Advocacy Updates & Action


Voter Registration at Harlem United

As part of Harlem United's advocacy goals for our community, we continue to focus on increasing access to care for underserved communities. We’re excited to announce that throughout September 2020, we will be helping our clients register to vote so they can demand more access and influence how our government spends tax dollars. Our staff will work with their clients to help them register to vote, request absentee ballots, find their polling place, and answer questions. We hope to register 20 clients for the first time in this non-partisan effort to ...

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Harlem United Supports Contact Tracing Confidentiality Bill

Would you be more or less likely to answer contact tracing questions if you knew your responses were 100% confidential? Imagine getting a call from a contact tracer letting you know that the cousin you had dinner with last week has tested positive for COVID-19. You know that contact tracing is essential to stopping the spread of COVID-19. People have a right to privacy.For those who have been targeted by the police or ICE, privacy becomes even more important. People need to know that their responses to contact tracers are private. That’s why, earlier this month, Harlem ...

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Harlem United Opposes Asylum Rule Change

Last month, the Trump administration proposed rules that would effectively end asylum in this country as we know it. The new rules would reject claims based on gender or orientation, in addition to denying anti-Black or anti-Indigenous persecution, and also allow judges to deny asylum applications without a court hearing, violating due process. We, Harlem United, stand strongly opposed to this racist and xenophobic attack on those fleeing persecution, torture, and death threats simply because of who they are. Everyone deserves basic freedom and respect.On July 13th, Harlem ...

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Harlem United Celebrates Juneteenth

PRESS RELEASE Date: June 19, 2020 Contact: Mari Eva Mendes | c: 646-505-7322 Every year on June 19th, we celebrate freedom from slavery in honor of Texan African Americans who were liberated two and a half years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Slavery was still in practice in some U.S. regions until 1868. Harlem United’s CEO, Jacqui Kilmer said, “Today we celebrate African American liberation, along with our many staff members who have fond memories of participating in this day of community and joy throughout their lives. “Harlem ...

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Harlem United’s Response to Recent Noose Finding in Harlem Park

PRESS RELEASE Date: June 17, 2020 Contact: Mari Eva Mendes | c: 646-505-7322 Earlier this week, a noose was found in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. This triggering reminder of the countless lynchings of Black people all over this country, placed in one of the most prominent Black communities, is appalling. Harlem United’s CEO, Jacqui Kilmer said, “This noose was found in our own neighborhood, our very own back yard. Unacceptable.” “Make no mistake - we will not yield in our fight for racial justice and equality. Harlem United will not back down ...

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Harlem United Stands with our Community

Harlem United stands in solidarity with our community as we protest for an end to systemic violence against Black and Brown people. Here are resources to help you take part in the way that best suits you: Donate to Harlem United and other nonprofits who work for people of color Find information about daily protests in NYC: JusticeForGeorgeNYC on Instagram, Movement for Black Lives website, Angelysskay on Instagram Protect yourself from Covid-19 at a protest Practice solidarity with protestors if you cannot join in the streets Know what to bring to a protest ...

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Letter from the CEO

Dear Harlem United Family, This has been a difficult time, there’s no way around it. In May, we lost a dear colleague and friend, Wilhelmina Blanch. The loss of a beloved member of the Harlem United family would have been hard to bear under any circumstances, but the suddenness of her passing has been heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with her loved ones in this sad moment of grief. We will miss her dearly. 2020 has been a year of strong emotions: first anxiety, then sadness, and now, anger too. We begin June 2020, LGBTQ Pride month, against the backdrop of 12 weeks’ ...

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Harlem United Calls on NYS Legislature to Protect Black Lives

Following weeks of protests against police violence across the U.S., Harlem United joined more than 175 other organizations to call on the New York State Legislature to take decisive action to address racist state violence from policing to courts to jails and prisons. READ THE LETTER HERE

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Harlem United Urges NYS DOH to Listen to HIV/AIDs Organizations on Medicaid

Harlem United, along with more than 80 other members of the AIDS New York Community Coalition, urges the NYS Department of Health to appoint an independent and representative workgroup to advise on the impact of a Medicaid Pharmacy Benefit Carve-out from managed care and into fee-for-service on 340B Providers and the communities they serve. READ THE LETTER HERE

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Harlem United Submits testimony on COVID-19 in Minority Communities

Jacqui Kilmer speaking to the camera. A blue and gold graphic under her face says "New York State Legislature; Jacqui Kilmer; CEO; Harlem United"
Harlem United Submits testimony on COVID-19 in Minority Communities May 18, 2020 Harlem United CEO, Jacquelyn Kilmer, gave oral testimony today before a New York State Senate Joint Public Hearing to discuss solutions to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in communities of color. Read full testimony

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