Browsing Category 'Civil Rights'

Gotham Gazette

The Limits of Community Policing by Alyssa Aguilera and Alex S. Vitale | Mar 02, 2015 We share many of the recent concerns about overly aggressive, discourteous, and unlawful policing that have been raised in the last several months. Every day hundreds of mostly poor and non-white New Yorkers have unwanted and problematic interactions with […]

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THE BEST GIFT FOR HER WOULD BE A FULL TIME JOB David R. Jones, La Nueva Mayoria / The New Majority | December 25, 2014 Marilyn Reyes Scales wishes she could buy Christmas gifts for her two daughters, ages 13 and 16. But the income the 52-year old Bronx single mother brings home from two […]

DNAinfo: Mayor’s Police Rhetoric Hit Right Note in Crisis As Critics Question Policy

Mayor’s Police Rhetoric Hit Right Note in Crisis As Critics Question Policy Jeff Mays | December 12, 2014 MANHATTAN — Mayor Bill de Blasio stood in Mt. Sinai United Christian Church on Staten Island in the recent wake of the Eric Garner grand jury decision and described how he had feared his son, Dante, could […]

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New York City One Step Closer to “Banning the Box” Nicole Disser | December 9, 2014 Last Wednesday, city council members reviewed a bill for something called the Fair Chance Act, which would prohibit employers from inquiring about criminal history during the job application process. If it passes, job applicants across the city would not […]

Metro NY: Council bill would help ex-cons land employment

Council bill would help ex-cons land employment If passed, bill would delay criminal background checks for potential employees December 3, 2014 Ex-cons may get a fair chance at finding a job if a new bill before the City Council goes through. The Fair Chance Act would “block the box” that asks job applicants if they’ve […]

Yes! Magazine: Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It’s About More Than Just Getting High

Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It’s About More Than Just Getting High If those three measures pass, more states will be added to the list of places where healing from the drug war can begin, places where people will no longer face jail time because of a little nugget in […]

Daily Kos

Why I Marched Sunday (And How Mayor de Blasio Made it Worth It) Brian Pearson | September 22, 2014 I had two reasons for marching in the People’s Climate March on Sunday. First, I wanted to send a message that low-income people and people of color care about climate change. Across the globe, from New […]

Crains New York Business

‘Ban the Box’ bill worries businesses Chris Bragg | August 20, 2014 A City Council bill barring employers from asking potential hires if they have ever been criminally convicted on job applications is meant to help felons re-enter society. But the fine print of the initiative could lead to lawsuits against employers, according to one […]

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Brooklyn DA Thompson discusses borough’s pot policies July 30, 2014 Marijuana use and how law enforcement is handling it has become a hot-button issue around the country. Medical marijuana use has been passed in a very limited number of circumstances here in New York and is already legalized in Washington and Colorado. So how are […]

Wagining NonViolence

How grassroots power is shaping New York’s marijuana decriminalization debate Hannah K. Gold|July 25, 2014 Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would no longer, in many cases, prosecute low-level marijuana possession. Despite being limited to Brooklyn and allowing exceptions for people smoking in public areas or in front of […]

Huffington Post: Civil Rights Lawyer Appointed To Reform Police Oversight Board

Civil Rights Lawyer Appointed To Reform Police Oversight Board By: Matt Sledge | June 17, 2014 NEW YORK — When clients encounter police misconduct, civil rights lawyer Richard Emery often does not recommend filing a complaint with the official New York City agency charged with investigating officers. “We don’t believe that they will get speedy, […]

City & State

State Legislators Call for Fairness in Marijuana Arrests The Fairness and Equity Act aims to address racial disparities in low-level marijuana arrests throughout the state. By Mylique Sutton Jul 09, 2014 The loosening of marijuana laws in New York continues to be the talk of the town this week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate […]