New Rules for Solitary Confinement on Rikers Island Attempt to Fix What Must Be Replaced

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 4:00 pm

Would New York City’s new rules for solitary confinement have saved the life of 19-year-old Andy Henriquez?
Henriquez was brought to Rikers Island when he was only 16. Three years later, he was still awaiting trial when he was placed in isolation.

 

‘Millions March NYC’ Protest Against Police Brutality: Residents Explain Why They Marched

By: Tuesday December 16, 2014 10:59 am

More than 50,000 people gathered at Washington Square Park on Dec. 13 for Millions March NYC, which was organized by 23-year-old Synead Nichols and 19-year-old Umaara Iynaas Elliott. The march was organized in response to the recent lack of indictments against officers Daniel Pantaleo and Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, respectively. However, [...]

Ferguson in NY as Cop Acquitted after Killing Unarmed Man

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 9:00 am

A grand jury will bring no charges against a white New York City cop who strangled an unarmed African-American man to death. Watch him die in the video. Daniel Pantaelo, the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold on Staten Island on July 17, will not face charges for the killing, a grand [...]

Cop Slaps Man Exercising Rights

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 2:52 pm

In yet another example of how police officers act today if they don’t know there’s a camera on, a New York sheriff’s deputy was suspended without pay after a video that appears to show him slapping a young man went online. The cop is seen quickly losing patience with a man who did not want his car searched, as is his right under the Fourth Amendment.

Homeless Guy’s Sign, Four Blocks from Koch Brothers’ Apartment

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 11:10 am

In America’s richest city, four blocks from where the Koch Brothers live, in a nation that has allocated $1.57 trillion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including $92.3 billion in fiscal year 2014, we don’t have much to offer this guy.

Cuomo Administration Undermined Fracking Study

By: Monday October 6, 2014 9:21 am

Now it has been revealed by Capital New York that the Cuomo Administration delayed and edited an important fracking study when it appeared that the initial results would be politically problematic.

Judge Urges Firing for Officers Who Dragged, Hog Tied & Brutalized Mentally Ill Inmate at Rikers Island

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 6:40 am

An administrative law judge in New York has taken the extraordinary step of recommending that six corrections officers at Rikers Island prison be fired for dragging, hog-tying and brutalizing a mentally ill African-American inmate.

Once the American Dream

By: Friday September 19, 2014 7:56 am

We were once the American Dream, and now we’re just what happened to it.

The people I am talking about in my book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent seem illusive here on the East Coast; in crazy New York last week, visiting the South Bronx, there are plenty of poor people. The sense in Midtown was that if they didn’t deserve to be poor, then, well, they were sort of naturally thrust into it as immigrants, as drug users, simply because they lived in a poor part of the city and it always would be. Kind of the natural ecology of the place.

Cuomo Spent Nearly 40 Times More Than Teachout To Win Primary

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 11:26 am

Yesterday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo defeated Zephyr Teachout in the New York Democratic Gubernatorial Primary winning roughly 60% of the vote. About a third of voters supported Teachout and her running mate Tim Wu even though they had no major institutional backing or spent much on campaign ads.

A Surprisingly Weak Primary Victory for Andrew Cuomo

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 9:00 am

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) won his primary and will very likely go on to win re-election as governor, but it was an ugly victory. With 98.3 percent of precincts reporting Cuomo took 62.1 percent of the primary vote compared to 34.2 percent for his main opponent Zephyr Teachout, who ran to his left. That may seem like a decent margin but it is actually a very weak performance by historical standards for an incumbent governor.

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