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  • 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...
    Sep 12, 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...
    Aug 16, 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...
    Aug 13, 2013 | Story
  • Stopandfriskreplacethumb
    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...
    Aug 08, 2013 | Story
  • 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
  • Cooperunionwebex-v2
    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
  • Stop_and_frisk
    A historic trial is underway challenging the New York City Police Department’s controversial "stop-and-frisk" policy as unconstitutional and unfairly targeting people of color. Recent data shows the vast majority of the five million people stopped and frisked by the NYPD over the past decade are African American or Latino, with nearly 90 percent neither ticketed nor arrested. We play secretly recorded police tapes heard in the...
    Apr 04, 2013 | Story
  • Koch
    Former New York City Democratic Mayor Ed Koch died Friday morning at the age of 88. He served three terms in office from 1978 to 1989. Koch is widely credited with rescuing the city from the brink of financial ruin, an achievement Democracy Now! co-host Juan González notes was also the result of sacrifices from labor unions. González describes Koch’s mixed legacy, from his earlier days opposing the Vietnam War to his hostile relations...
    Feb 01, 2013 | Story
  • Stop_and_frisk
    A federal judge has ruled that New York City police are not allowed to routinely stop pedestrians outside of private residential buildings in the Bronx. The stops are part of the so-called Clean Halls program, which has prompted allegations of police harassment by some residents who say they are being accosted outside of the buildings in which they live. Previous data on the New York Police Department’s "stop-and-frisk" policy...
    Jan 10, 2013 | Story