Category: New York

Various Contributors: The Cause Is Right and the Time is Now

Rally in New York

David Swanson: Mass Murderers Brazenly Discuss Tools of Trade

War has taken 200 million lives in the past 100 years and cost the world $2 trillion a year–and the U.S. half of that.

Jonathan N: New Yorkers Finally Elect a Democrat Mayor – A View from Oakland

OAKLAND – New York City has finally elected a Democrat as Mayor. In a city where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by more than 5 to 1, Bill de Blasio will be the first Democrat elected mayor in 20 years (since David Dinkins left office at the end of 1993). Why you might ask? In Read more…

Laura Flanders: Bill de Blasio: A Mayor for the New Economy

After 20 years of rule by Republicans, and three terms with a businessman mayor who referred to billionaires like himself as a "godsend," New Yorkers this Tuesday elected Bill de Blasio, a self described "unapologetic progressive" who ran on a simple message of confronting inequality. "For all those who had their doubts about the ability Read more…

Gail Robinson: Class in the Classroom: The Income Gap and NYC’s Schools

While America's rich are getting richer, evidence seem to indicate they are getting smarter—or at least better in school—as well. Nationwide, until around 1980, middle- and upper-income students performed at around the same level in schools. The gap that existed then was between them and students from low-income families. Now, though, rich students have pulled Read more…

Adam Gabbatt: Academics join CUNY David Petraeus protests as NYPD arrests six students

Scores of academics at the City University of New York have signed a petition calling for charges against six students, arrested during a protest against David Petraeus, to be dropped. The academics have also called for the former four-star general to resign from his teaching role at CUNY.  The six students were detained on Tuesday as they demonstrated Read more…

The Center for Constitutional Rights: Landmark Decision: Judge Rules NYPD Stop and Frisk Practices Unconstitutional, Racially Discriminatory

In a landmark decision today, a federal court found the New York City Police Department’s highly controversial stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional. In her thorough, 198-page ruling, Judge Shira Sheindlin found the NYPD’s practices to violate New Yorkers’ Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and also found that the practices were racially Read more…

: NYPD’s Highest-Ranking Black Cop ‘Stopped, Frisked’ By Two White Cops

At least one cop has been disciplined for ordering the NYPD's highest-ranking uniformed black officer out of his city-issued vehicle while parked in Queens, the New York Daily News reports. The off-duty, three-star chief was not charged with breaking any law. "How you can not know or recognize a chief in a department SUV with Read more…

Tom Hayden: How New York Stopped Shale Fracking

Anthony Ingraffea is a Cornell professor who has been immersed in the science, politics and resistance to the development of oil and gas from shale in New York State for five years. After a long grassroots battle, New Yorkers have succeeded in achieving a five-year moratorium, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised he will make Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Corporate Welfare or Education?

“Who needs the Cayman Islands?”  That’s how a May 22 New York Times article began as it described “Tax-Free NY,” a plan zealously promoted by New York State’s Democratic Governor, Andrew Cuomo. Under the provisions of his Tax-Free NY scheme, most of the 64 campuses of the State University of New York (SUNY), some private Read more…

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