Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Pledges Justice for New Yorkers

Safe Passage, April 14, 2015

By Alexandria Pappas

This morning’s 124th Center for New York City Law CityLaw Breakfast at New York Law School, featured NYC Council’s Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Mark-Viverito gave a short speech with a theme of Justice for All.

Mark-Viverito’s opening remarks thanked Professor Lenni Benson as Founder of the Safe Passage Project for her impact on the people of New York City. The Speaker began her speech pledging justice for all – justice for workers striving to make enough to support their families, justice for communities harmed by gun violence, and justice for unaccompanied children who “fled unspeakable horrors.” She congratulated the City Council in consistently throwing up roadblocks against immigration reform in defiance of Republican Congressional measures. Thanks to City Council, “every, single child who makes his or her way to the New York City is covered by an attorney”, she announced, and other cities should take note because “our work on immigration is upholding and expanding the American Dream.”

Safe Passage Project thanks the Speaker for continuing to keep an open ear to the voices that make up this diverse city and striving to create a system where “justice for all” is not just a phrase, but a reality.

Click here to see full video of the Speaker’s City Law Breakfast speech.