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NYPI Launches New Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project in Partnership with NYC and other local CDRCs

New York Peace Institute is excited to announce the launch of a new program – the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project – that is a direct response to COVID-19 and the adverse impact it has had on NYC tenants’ ability to maintain their homes. This new project, developed and implemented by NYPI in partnership with the City of New York and other local non-profit Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs), will serve hundreds of New Yorkers each month by addressing rent-related and other housing issues in a mediation setting outside of the housing court system, with a focus on neighborhoods most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Statement of Solidarity

New York Peace Institute stands in solidarity with the protesters in New York City and across the country who demonstrate courage and justifiable outrage at our nation’s historical pattern of racist attacks and murders.

 

We are deeply saddened by the acts of racial animus that have unfolded over the last few weeks and throughout history. The injustices against black people in this country are the result of a long, institutionalized legacy of racism, and the current focus on this important matter is long overdue.

 

We extend our condolences to all those who have lost loved ones in the recent turbulent weeks and to those who have been significantly and forever impacted by racialized violence throughout our country’s history.

 

Immediate action is necessary to transform our institutions and to end the power imbalances and legacy of injustice and inequity that pervade our City and country as a whole.

 

New York Peace Institute is devoted to the hard work necessary to navigate and/or resolve conflict. We vehemently support and promote difficult but critical dialogue, the use of restorative justice processes, and the widespread dissemination of peaceful de-escalation tactics.

 

Moving forward, we commit to speaking loudly and more frequently about the racism and inequity in our community, and we endeavor to engage in efforts to eliminate injustice, discrimination, and violence once and for all.

 

In peace and solidarity,

New York Peace Institute

PeaceRaiser 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PeaceRaiser 2020 will now be a series of online events and a month-  long online giving campaign. Please support PeaceRaiser 2020 by donating, helping us fundraise, and joining  one of our virtual events. Click here for more information.

Letter From The CEO

Dear New York Peace Community,

The current health crisis has tested all of us as individuals, families, mediators, community members and New Yorkers in immeasurable ways. Some of us are working from home for the first time. Some of us are spending more time with our family members, children and roommates. Some of us have gotten sick. Many of us have lost people dear to our hearts, and many more have lost their livelihoods. The disruption, stress, and grief we are experiencing as individuals and a community is unfathomable and unprecedented.

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NYPI Mediators Can Help with Escalating Tensions At Home

By Michele Kirschbaum, Director of Programs

As Anna Goldfarb observes in Roommates or Partner Getting on Your Nerves? Read This from the New York Times, the lockdown environment of COVID-19 is placing increasing strains on many family and roommate relationships. The article includes some excellent tips about how to manage conflict before it escalates out of control; however, readers should also know that mediation is a viable option to consider when self-help strategies don’t work.

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Apprenticeship From Afar

Training and Business Development Manager Ayanna Behin, Associate Director of Training Chris Daly, and Apprentice Ashley Smyth share how the Apprenticeship program has changed due to the current health crisis.

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Can Mediation Help Parents Deal With Joint Custody Right Now? NYPI Thinks So.

By Senior Manager Family Programs, Carol Himes

Deborah Copaken’s article entitled, “How Are Parents Supposed to Deal With Joint Custody Right Now?” (Atlantic, April 8, 2020) underscores the increased challenges the current health crisis is imposing on co-parents, as well as their children.

 

As the author observes, the COVID-19 pandemic is placing unprecedented pressures on families. Parents worry about their own health and that of their children and loved ones; they are working from home, recently unemployed, or are essential workers putting themselves and possibly their families at risk; and many are likely facing financial strains on food and rent budgets. Further, child-care is virtually nonexistent and school-aged children require additional educational support now that they are “attending” school remotely.

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