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New York Considers Limiting Immigrant Detention

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 10.06.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 09.17.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | Gay 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...

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 02.26.2014 | Gay 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.

Mark-Viverito Elected Council Speaker

Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

Melissa Mark-Viverito of East Harlem was elected the next speaker of the New York City Council Wednesday, marking the first time a Latina has held the...

Separation of Powers: Still Alive and Well in NYC

David Nocenti | Posted 03.05.2014 | New York
David Nocenti

Some have reported Mayor de Blasio's efforts to influence the Speaker race with all the shock and dismay of Louis Renault discovering that there was gambling going on in Rick's Café as he received his winnings. Fortunately, the reports of the death of an autonomous City Council have been greatly exaggerated.

Mark-Viverito Declares Victory In Speaker Race

| Posted 12.19.2013 | New York

By Colby Hamilton DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito appears headed to become the next speaker of the City Council. As of...

Will NYC Have a Latino Voice in Overall City Politics?

Julio Pabon | Posted 01.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Julio Pabon

A citywide Latino voice is crucial to the overall growth and future development of this city as our growing numbers dictate that reality. Let's hope that many of the council members realize this.

Who Will Be The New York City Council Speaker?

THE NEW YORK WORLD | Posted 09.17.2013 | New York

By Sebastien Malo, The New York World Primary wins shape contest for council speakerWhile the election for City Council speaker is still months aw...

South Bronx Continues to Organize Against 'Stop & Frisk'

Julio Pabon | Posted 06.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Julio Pabon

When our children are growing up not just distrusting the police, but learning to hate them from what they see or experience in their community, it is a serious sign that we need to address immediately.

Melissa Mark-Viverito, Brad Lander, Earth Day and Trade Agreements on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 06.21.2013 | New York
Yetta Kurland

This week, I spoke with NYC Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito of Manhattan and the Bronx and Brad Lander of Brooklyn about the new model of participatory budgeting in New York.

Activists, Pols Try To Revive Movement To End Stop-and-Frisk Police

DNAinfo | Posted 01.18.2013 | New York

HARLEM -- Elected officials and community activists gathered in East Harlem Thursday to try to jumpstart the movement against the NYPD's controversial...

Whites Can't Get Arrested in NYC: Police Refuse to Arrest White Protesters at Police Headquarters

Jesse Levine | Posted 07.14.2012 | New York
Jesse Levine

White activists blocked the entrance of the NYPD headquarters at One Police Plaza, on Saturday, May 12, drawing attention to the city's ever-increasing, racially-skewed marijuana possession arrests.

Officials Sue NYPD Over #OWS Response

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 06.30.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- Four lawmakers sued the city Monday over its handling of the Occupy Wall Street protests, saying police conduct is so problematic that the...

My Son Doesn't Look Like Trayvon

Dan Cantor | Posted 06.02.2012 | New York
Dan Cantor

We ask the police to deal with problems the rest of us want to ignore. We stop-and-frisk because we aren't able to educate-and-employ.