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Drawing A Line In The Sand: Fighting Or Accepting Gentrification

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 01.12.2017 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

It's not everyday that a city official sounds the alarm by claiming a city plan could "inadvertently displace tens of thousands" of New Yorkers from one neighborhood alone.

Will New York City's Proposed Street Vendor Changes Help Or Hurt Vendors?

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 10.14.2016 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

The 1,300 cop city council (which they will forever be known as) yesterday proposed changes to New York's wildly abusive treatment of street vendors. Since 1983, there the city has capped the number of permits required to legally sell on the street.

Right to Counsel in Housing Court: The Bottom Line

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 04.19.2017 | New York
New York Legal Assistance Group

By Susanna Blankley, Director, Community Action for Safe Apartments and Andrew Scherer, Policy Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law, New Yo...

Fighting Mayor de Blasio's 'Luxury Housing' Plan

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 02.04.2017 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Earlier this month New York city council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito co-hosted her final community meeting for residents of Spanish Harlem concerned about the city's housing plans.

Bratton OKs Broken Windows 'Reform'

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 01.25.2017 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

With constant reminders that they wouldn't be in any way, shape, or form disturbing the way Broken Windows policing operates in New York City, the city council today rolled out a new set of bills said to adjust some penalties for low-level offenses.

A Different Kind Of Public Art Stands Out In Harlem And The Bronx

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 10.21.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Some of these new murals are definitely monumental. As are some of the social ills addressed by themes such as immigration and the world refugee crisi...

The Legacy of Eric Garner

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 06.14.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

"Body cameras are a huge joke." That was one of the responses of Jewel Miller, mother of Eric Garner's one year old baby daughter, Legacy, to the body camera 'reform' ideas that were now being further embraced around the country after the videotaped shooting death of Walter Scott in South Carolina earlier this month.

No New Cops: Strong Communities Make Policing Obsolete

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 05.30.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

At just under 35,000, the New York City Police Department is bar none the largest police department in the United States. It's also one of the beefiest in terms of police-to-citizen ratio.

Christopher Mathias

New York City Marks One-Year Anniversary Of Deadly Harlem Building Explosion | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.12.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK -- Nilsa Aguila broke down in tears Thursday morning while remembering her cousin, who was killed a year ago today in a Harlem gas explosion ...

There Are Lies, Damn Lies and Then There's 'Community Policing'

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 05.09.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Cops will never reform themselves. The attempts to bring them closer to us by quite literally packaging us in this same, tired concept of 'community policing' is a spin that no one seeking justice should fall for.

New York City Just Made It Harder For Feds To Detain Immigrants

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.14.2014 | Latino Voices

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill Friday that will further restrict the city’s cooperation with immigration authorities who try to de...

Roque Planas

New York Considers Limiting Immigrant Detention | Roque Planas | Posted 10.15.2014 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK -- The City Council inched closer on Wednesday toward passing two bills that would sharply limit the instances in which New York City detains...

No Holding Back: Sunset Park's Fight to Stop Police Brutality

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Carlos Menchaca and Nydia Velazquez didn't say a word. This past Saturday at a march and rally culminating in front of NYPD's 72nd precinct, the local newbie city councilmember and the 11-term congresswoman weren't given a chance to speak.

Roque Planas

New York's Big Move To Help Unaccompanied Minors Gives Kids A Fighting Chance | Roque Planas | Posted 09.23.2014 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK -- The city of New York will help pay for legal services for minors from Central America who crossed the border illegally by themselves this ...

Hearing What They Want: The Illusions of Police Reform

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Two important meetings in New York city last week were followed by an important whistleblower story Friday that should serve as the exclamation points on assertions that NYPD is beyond reform.

Wednesday's St. Patrick's Day Parade Announcement Isn't Progress -- It's an Insult to New York's Irish LGBT Community

Mary Emily O'Hara | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary Emily O'Hara

Parade organizers say LGBT groups are "free to apply" to march in 2016. What's missing from this statement is any recognition of the years of shunning, hostility, and even violence we Irish gays have experienced at the hand of the committee.

NYC Council Speaker Reveals She Has 'High-Risk HPV'

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

Through a series of tweets Sunday, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito revealed she had been recently diagnosed with "high-risk HPV." ...

NYC Council Speaker 'Disappointed' In Congress On Immigration

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 08.06.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito thinks Congress has been "extremely irresponsible" towards undocumented immigrants, she said in a ...

City Project Almost Kills First Victim

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

A woman was exercising on a mat on the fourth floor of an athletic facility at 91st and York Avenue when a sharp-ended 10-pound steel chisel crashed through a plate glass window and landed three inches from her right side.

Major NY Network Drops Offensive Term

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.30.2014 | Latino Voices

Better late than never. The 24-hour, New York City newschannel NY1 will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant," Capital New York reported Mond...

Is Progressive More Than a Word in Politics?

Julio Pabon | Posted 08.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Julio Pabon

The word progressive has been heard more in this past New York City mayoral race than any other I can remember. The fact is that after more than two d...

How NYCHA Can Create an Infill Plan That Works

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 04.30.2014 | New York
Denise M. Miranda

Thankfully, Mayor de Blasio trashed Bloomberg's ill-conceived plan. The logical question is: "What now?"

Major City Votes To Expand Paid Sick Leave Law

amNewYork, New York | Ivan Pereira | Posted 04.29.2014 | Small Business

A whole lot more city small business employees are about to get paid sick leave. By a 46-5 vote Wednesday, the City Council extended the paid sick le...

MAJOR Group Drops Out Of NYC's St. Patty's Parade Over Treatment Of Gay Groups

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The New York City Council will boycott this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade because of organizers' treatment of LGBT groups. Speaker Melissa Mark-Vive...

'Talking Trash' Report Slams NYC's Expensive and Environmentally Outdated Garbage Plan

Matthew Chapman | Posted 04.21.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

For the first time in a decade-long fight against a garbage site slated to be built in surreal proximity to public housing, a report has been published that exposes not just the absurdity of this one site, but the absurdities and weaknesses of the entire plan it is a part of.