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    Over 50 students, faculty and staff at The Cooper Union in New York have begun a sit-in inside the office of the school’s president, Jamshed Bharucha. The school recently announced an end to its longstanding tradition of free tuition for all undergraduates. [includes rush transcript]
    May 08, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Ariel_russo
    Democracy Now! co-host and Daily News columnist Juan González describes his reporting that has exposed repeated crashes in New York City’s new 911 computer dispatch system. The glitches led to delays that appear to have already contributed to at least one death. "Last week, there was a young girl, Ariel Russo, a four-year-old girl who was hit and killed by an unlicensed teenage driver who was speeding away from police. I discovered,...
    Jun 13, 2013 | Story
  • Stopandfrisk2
    The Obama administration is backing calls for a court-appointed monitor to oversee New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policing program. In a brief filed Wednesday night, the Justice Department endorsed the appointment of a monitor in the event "stop and frisk" is deemed to be unlawful. A New York judge is set to decide on a lawsuit that says "stop and frisk" is unconstitutional and unfairly targets people of...
    Jun 13, 2013 | Story
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    In a settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York City Police Department agreed to stop storing the names of people who were arrested or issued a summons after being stopped and frisked — and later cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. For years, police have used the database to target New Yorkers for criminal investigations, even though it includes people who were victims of unjustified police stops. Since 2002, the police...
    Aug 08, 2013 | Story
  • Stopandfriskplaintiffs
    In a historic ruling, a federal court has ruled the controversial "stop-and-frisk" tactics used by New York City Police officers are unconstitutional. In a harshly critical decision, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin said police had relied on what she called a "policy of indirect racial profiling" that led officers to routinely stop "blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white."...
    Aug 13, 2013 | Story
  • Billlynch2
    A funeral was held Thursday for the influential New York-based political strategist Bill Lynch, who died last week at the age of 72. In the 1988 Democratic presidential primary, he masterminded Rev. Jesse Jackson’s upset win among New York City Democrats. He played a pivotal role in the election of David Dinkins as New York’s first African-American mayor. In 2009 he helped John Liu be elected as New York City comptroller, making Liu...
    Aug 16, 2013 | Story
  • Billdeblasio1
    After the three-term administration of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg, progressive candidates emerged as the clear winners of New York City’s primary elections earlier this week. Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio led the Democratic field after opposing Bloomberg’s embrace of the police tactic of "stop and frisk" and vowing to take on growing inequality between rich and poor. A number of young progressive candidates also...
    Sep 12, 2013 | Story
  • Juancititime
    The trial has begun in the largest corruption case in New York City history. Private consultants are accused of siphoning tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks from the scandal-ridden $700 million CityTime payroll project. Last year, the project’s main contractor, SAIC, was forced to repay the city $500 million as part of a deferred prosecution agreement. Juan González, who broke the story, discusses the latest developments.
    Oct 18, 2013 | Story
  • Mrs._bah
    As the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation holds protests in several cities today, we bring you the shocking story of Mohamed Bah, a 28-year-old college student from the African nation of Guinea. He was shot dead by New York City police officers on September 25, 2012. Police arrived at Mohamed Bah’s apartment after his mother, Hawa Bah, called 911 because she thought he was...
    Oct 22, 2013 | Story
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    By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

    Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

    Oct 24, 2013 | Columns & Articles