For many low-income New Yorkers, choosing between a meal and a MetroCard, risking arrest for jumping a turnstile or missing work, are daily dilemmas.
Our culture's current lack of understanding of women as full human beings must evolve into a conviction that indivisible rights include freedom from unfettered male sexual access, from female genital mutilation to child marriage; from reproductive health to sexual violence; from sexual harassment to prostitution. Achieving equality depends on it.
To say the least, gravity knives are controversial in New York. Gravity knives are considered per se weapons and the mere possession of one is a misde...
What's clear is that strong animal cruelty laws and dedicated enforcement go hand in hand with the elevation of public attitudes about the seriousness of these crimes. Each inspires and activates the other, and both are necessary to effectively tackle this problem.
A reported 120 alleged gang members had been were arrested, surpassing the 2014 raid in West Harlem's Grant and Manhattanville Houses for the biggest in the city's history. One man even fell to his death from a building as he ran away from cops. Since the shooting death of police officer Randolph Holder last October, the frequency of the raids has notably increased.
At The Bronx Defenders, we bear tragic witness to this every day, week after week, year after year. If New York City is truly interested in addressing our homelessness crisis and rebuilding trust with communities of color, eliminating these so-called "drug-related" evictions should be its first task.
To make sure that horrible murders like that of Saaverda do not happen again and to protect all the families that suffer from abuse, the Bronx government needs to work on providing better, more efficient legal aid to victims and access to organizations that offer services like Second Chance.
While our historic milestone provides plenty of reasons to take pause and commemorate our past, the urgency of our cause demands that we continue to look ahead. To that end, the ASPCA is at the forefront of three relatively new areas of animal welfare concentration where the potential for saving lives is nearly limitless.
If the NYPD has nothing to hide then a deeper and more transparent gaze into what makes the department tick shouldn't be a problem. A federal investigation alone does little in this regard, playing out behind the scenes and scrutinizing only a handful of cops.
Ethics is something that was taught in ancient Greece and was once neatly woven into our secondary education system. Ethics classes, like civics classes, are now rarely found on the high school level in this country. Isn't it time to resurrect this again?
If another gang raid is in the works, it's unlikely to help a situation where young people are surrounded by violence, poverty and police surveillance. In fact, it's just part of a cycle that keeps unfolding on both ends of Harlem.
While parents might tell their children that is not polite to stare, people should feel comfortable looking in the direction of police without the fear of being searched as a reprisal.
Ted Cruz is right, our country is at stake. But it isn't "political correctness" that's the problem; it's self-aggrandizing politicians who will stop at nothing to advance themselves - even if it means throwing a religious minority under the bus.
Perhaps the most notorious perpetrators of unwarranted spying on Americans is the New York Police Department (NYPD), which continues to establish questionable counter-terrorism and counterintelligence units to spy on New Yorkers despite being repeatedly sued over it.
It's only Thursday but police in New York city have been on a rampage this week. Four well-known activists and copwatchers were arrested in a span o...
While it may seem strange to have a multinational corporation ostensibly defending Americans against improper searches from the government, stranger yet is that police want to be at the forefront of a debate on civil liberties.