June 15th, 2015 EDIT: The information regarding the opposition of Helene Weinstein’s office and blockage of the NY Bill of Adoptee Rights is actually now in question. This message that Ms. Weinstein was “the issue” always came directly from Joyce Bahr of Unsealed Initiative. That validity of that leadership is now a cautionary tale of what NOT to do.
Local New York Adoptee Rights Protest for OBC Access
- Who: NY’s Unsealed Initiative: www.unsealedinitiative.org
- When: Sunday September 29th, 2013 at 12:30pm
- Where: NY State Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein’s Brooklyn, NY district office at 3520 Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11229
- Why: She is THE biggest opponent to NY Bill of Adoptee Rights Legislation
Why Are We Just Going after Helen Weinstein?
Once again Brooklyn Assemblymember Helene Weinstein, Chair of Judiciary Committee, has stepped in to hold A909 from advancing to the assembly floor for a vote. She has stymied our legislation and continues to say the birth parents were promised confidentiality which we know is not the case. Every non-adopted person can easily obtain their original birth certificate. Adult adoptees should have that same right. Having one class of people treated differently than another based on the circumstances of their birth is the definition of discrimination. This is a violation of adopted citizen’s civil rights!
New York, being New York, is also VERY IMPORTANT to the rest of the countries fight to restore OBC access to adopted people. If NY was to restore adoptees civil rights, other states could turn quicker. New York, it has been said, “sets the tone”.
Do You Want Your Birth Certificate from New York State?
Then make it so! Make this important. Do NOT make excuses! Please join us and let our voices be heard! We can no longer just sit back and say “pass this!” We have WORK to do!
If you cannot be there in person, please write her, call her, email her. As her “concern” is the adoption mythology of “birthmother privacy” , if you have a particular point to make on that side of the issue, it would be best.
Email Helen Weinstein about the need to support adoptee rights at: WeinstH@assembly.state.ny.us
Helen Weinstein’ s District Office
- 3520 Nostrand Avenue
- Brooklyn, NY 11229
Helen Weinstein’ s Albany Office
- LOB 831
- Albany, NY 12248
Below is Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein’s contact/address information page where you can also fill out her contact form and email her that way.
Need to now more about the Battle to Free Adoption Records in New York?
The history of sealed adoption records in the US and the current battle in New York’s legislation to free them in parts I, II and II.