No one is working harder than our attorney, Keith Sullivan, and his law partner Jay Galleshaw - no one. For the next two weeks all conversations should begin, "Have you signed the Merit Matters petition yet?".
If you think this only pertains to the entry test, think again. On Saturday January 7, 2012 Paul Washington was quoted in the Amsterdam News saying: "The (number of black FDNY) firefighters are still only 3 per cent and the officers are 2 per cent- less than 40 are Black officers". The recent New Haven 20 case concerned a Lieutenant and Captain test, and on the 1983 NYPD Sergeant test the same argument was being used- disparate impact. Hundreds of cops who had failed that test were promoted. How would you like to attend promotion classes and study group for years only to be told you are not being promoted because of the color of your skin?
EVERYONE and ANYONE can sign the petition - firefighters, civilians, family, friends. All who care about equal treatment and the safety of NYC residents and firefighters will have no hesitation signing.
Have you signed the Merit Matters petition yet?
President - Merit Matters
Litigation Update: The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal took the VERY rare step of granting an expedited briefing schedule and expanding the briefs from 30 to 60 pages. A clear indication they realize this is a very important case and one that will likely land at the steps of the US Supreme Court. So, the work begins on drafting the appeal for Merit Matters as Amicus Curia ("Friend of the Court"), essentially an advisory appeal to the Court addressing all of the issues from our perspective. This is literally my 24/7 job for the next two weeks. Most appeals are written over months! S&G will get it done. If you have not already done so, PLEASE sign the petition on our website below. On the main page, go to the "Pro-Bono" link and then under the Merit Matters symbol click "Learn More Here". Pass it along, this is your job, your future and the City's safety, we are doing this pro-bono and not getting a penny but need your support in circulating the petition. The more electronic signatures the greater our numbers are for the Court.
Keith Sullivan & James Galleshaw