The Wisdom of Nobel Laureates on the Streets of Ferguson, Cleveland, and NYC

By: Saturday December 6, 2014 9:01 am

In 1953, George Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in part for the visionary economic program to rebuild Europe after WWII that bears his name. In 2006, Muhammed Yunus was given the same honor for his work to fight against poverty through microlending. In their Nobel lectures, both point to the limits of military force when it comes to creating a lasting peace.

When I look at Ferguson, Cleveland, and New York City, it’s clear that too few people share their beliefs.

 

Overwhelming Support for Change to New York City’s Racist Marijuana Policy

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 10:12 am

Ending the racist and often illegal way the New York City police have abused the marijuana possession laws enjoys overwhelming support.

New York City Set to Make Major Change in Marijuana Arrest Policy

By: Monday November 10, 2014 5:03 pm

Even though marijuana possession has technically been decriminalized in New York State for decades, New York City has used a loophole in the law to be one of the leading jurisdictions for marijuana arrests. If New York City goes through with this change, it will have a positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of people.

A Lively Atmosphere at the People’s Climate March

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 2:27 pm

The People’s Climate March featured a diverse amount of people and groups with major themes scattered throughout the march under the banner of environmentalism.

With the United Nations General Assembly occurring two days later, organizers hoped to create an event to raise awareness through the efforts of those in attendance.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Terry Golway, Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

By: Saturday September 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Welcome Terry Golway (Kean University) (Twitter) and Host PhoenixWoman (MercuryRising) (Twitter) Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics We all know the story as it’s the one we were taught in grade school: The Tammany machine was the epitome of public corruption. It ruled New York City with an iron fist [...]

After SNAP Cuts, More New York City Residents Appearing at Emergency Food Programs

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 4:00 pm

There was an increase of people at emergency food programs in New York City due to the Nov. 1 Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program cuts, according to a latest research brief from the Food Bank of New York City.

As the brief mentions, this took place as the number of soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City fell by 25 percent under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg during 2007 to 2012. Meanwhile, Congress decided to let five billion dollars in SNAP benefits expire, which were extended under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, expire on Nov. 1, leaving the 47 million Americans relying on SNAP $121 (for a household of one) to $396 (for a household of four) short.

Mayor De Blasio Tells New York City It’s Time for Equality

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 12:04 pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio used his inauguration speech to distance himself from the class policies of the Bloomberg administration and reaffirm his support for promoting equality within America’s largest city.

GAP Responds to Racist Graffiti With Humane Awesomeness

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 4:20 pm

Having spent nearly 8 years living in New York City, I know a thing or two about spotting unfortunate DIY revisions on the movie posters and advertising campaigns that litter the walls of the city. You’d be hard pressed to find a subway platform free of hand drawn penises and mustaches and other superfluous commentary.

Often times racist, sexist, and otherwise offensive graffiti goes unnoticed which is why Gap’s recently defaced ad, and the company’s respectful response, is filling the internet with all sorts of holiday cheer.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Joseph Lhota (Part III of V)

By: Sunday November 3, 2013 6:20 pm

We move on to Joseph Lhota, the former Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from January 9th, 2012 to December 31st. He is the Republican candidate in this election and has experience in numerous offices under major names like Rudy Giuliani.

Lhota echoes a sentiment of being a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, which is a theme all three major candidates build upon.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Adolfo Carrión, Jr. (Part II of V)

By: Friday November 1, 2013 4:30 pm

I must admit, before October 9th, I had never heard of Carrion before. Watching him in the debate with only Joseph Lhota did not impress me at all and I decided to view his policies as I felt I was not aware of what he represented.

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