Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Unveils Justice 2020 Reform

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Unveils Justice 2020 Reform

(L. to R.) Former NYS Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, and Medgar Evers College President Dr. Rudy Crew Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced a groundbreaking initiative to transform Brooklyn’s justice system into a progressive model designed to keep Brooklyn safe and strengthen community trust.  The Justice 2020 reforms were developed following months […]

The Aftermath of the Public Advocate Race

by Eli Valentin (gothamgazette.com)

The Aftermath of the Public Advocate Race

Melissa Mark-Viverito & Jumaane Williams (photo: William Alatriste/City Council) The public advocate special election has come and gone. The implications of the results will be felt for years to come. Yet there is a debate over whether the position of public advocate should even exist. But it is here and the last two to hold […]

4th Annual Love is L.O.V.E.

Love is L.O.V.E.: Living Our Values Equally benefit, a celebration of Queer Caribbean love and liberations.

4th Annual Love is L.O.V.E.

On behalf of the organizers and volunteers at the Caribbean Equality Project (CEP), we want to thank you for attending our 4th Annual Love is L.O.V.E.: Living Our Values Equally benefit, a celebration of Queer Caribbean love and liberations. It is our sincere hope that you found the community safe space that we created together healing, transformative and empowering. […]

New York is closer to “universal rent control” than you think

By REBECCA C. LEWIS (City & State)

New York is closer to “universal rent control” than you think

Before the 2018 state election cycle, universal rent control was not a common phrase among New Yorkers. When the idea gained popularity, thanks to the campaigns of progressive insurgents such as Cynthia Nixon, Jumaane Williams and Julia Salazar, it seemed to some like an ill-defined pipe-dream. But now, just two months into the state Legislative […]

Mayor De Blasio Signs Legislation To Launch Basement Apartment Conversion Pilot Program

City to partner with community organizations to finance creation of safe, quality basement apartments in East New York

Mayor De Blasio Signs Legislation To Launch Basement Apartment Conversion Pilot Program

NEW YORK— Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed landmark legislation to create a pathway for transforming certain basement and cellar apartments into safe, legal, affordable homes. The new law establishes a three-year demonstration program to facilitate the creation and renovation of apartments in the basements and cellars of qualifying one- and two-family homes in Brooklyn […]

Jumaane Williams Delivers Victory Speech

Jumaane Williams Delivers Victory Speech

NEW YORK: After winning the Public Advocate special election, Jumaane Williams addressed an enthusiastic crowd of supporters in Flatbush at his victory party. Jumaane garnered 33 percent of the vote, according to priliminary totals from the Board of Elections, with 97 percent of the precincts reporting and about 396,000 ballots cast. ***Remarks as prepared*** Thank you. Thank you […]

Data Shows Granting Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented New Yorkers Would Benefit Everyone

Comptroller Stringer and Fiscal Policy Institute :Data Shows How Expanding Driver’s License Eligibility Would Increase Economic Mobility for Immigrants, Improve Road Safety, and Lower Insurance Premiums for All

Data Shows Granting Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented New Yorkers Would Benefit Everyone

(New York, NY) — New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, the Fiscal Policy Institute, New York Immigration Coalition, Make the Road New York, and MinKwon Center today renewed their call to expand access to driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers, without regard to immigration status – citing economic and safety benefits of the policy. The coalition […]

Trans Women Are Fighting Back Against Police Abuse

Transgender people are often profiled as sex workers and targeted with bogus arrests

(By NYCLU) On her way home from the bus stop on a spring night in the Bronx last year, Linda Dominguez cut across a park because it was the most direct route to her apartment. Even though others leaving the bus were also crossing the park, three officers from the New York City Police Department […]

The 48-Hour Rule: How the Police Get Their Story Straight When They Kill Someone

By Travis Morales. Why are police who brutalize and murder rarely if ever charged, much less convicted and sent to prison?

The 48-Hour Rule: How the Police Get Their Story Straight When They Kill Someone

BROOKLYN, NY (Workers World Today) — Three days before Christmas, 1994. The Baez family is altogether. Around 1 a.m., four of the Baez brothers go outside, and start a game of touch football. Everybody’s happy, playing around…then the ball goes off target, thud…it hits the roof of a cop car parked on the street. “Sorry […]

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