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  • Fastfoodworkers
    Fast-food workers walked off the job in New York City Thursday to hold a series of rallies and picket lines in what has been called the largest series of worker actions ever to hit the country’s fast-food industry. Hundreds of workers at dozens of restaurants owned by McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and others went on strike and rallied in a bid for fair pay and union recognition. Organizers with the Fast Food Forward campaign...
    Nov 30, 2012 | Story
  • Central_park_five
    An explosive new documentary looks at a case once referred to as "the crime of the century": the Central Park Five. Many people have heard about the case, but far too few know that innocent men were imprisoned as a result. The film tells the story of how five black and Latino teenagers were arrested in 1989 for beating and raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. Media coverage at the time portrayed the teens as...
    Nov 28, 2012 | Story
  • Sandy_relief_coney_island
    It’s been more than two weeks since Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, yet thousands of people in the city’s public housing buildings are still in the cold. The city says it has restored some level of power to all housing projects, but as of Wednesday, nearly 16,000 public tenants were without heat and hot water. Some remained without any reliable water — hot or cold. Also out of service were dozens of elevators impacted by...
    Nov 15, 2012 | Web Exclusive
  • Mike_burke-rockaways
    Power has returned to most of Manhattan, but well over one million residents of New York City’s outer boroughs and New Jersey remain in the dark. We begin our coverage of Superstorm Sandy’s hardest hit areas with the Rockaways, a peninsula located in the southeast section of New York City. Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke and videographer Elizabeth Press traveled to the Rockaways on Friday and filed this report. [includes...
    Nov 05, 2012 | Story
  • Occupy_sandy
    In addition to the National Guard and FEMA, one of the more active relief efforts in New York City has been a volunteer effort organized by alumni of Occupy Wall Street called Occupy Sandy Relief. Along with groups like 350.org and Recovers.org, Occupy activists quickly mobilized hundreds, and then thousands, of people to help affected areas of New York City. Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke speaks with Occupy organizer Catherine...
    Nov 05, 2012 | Story
  • Amy-staten_island
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says up to 40,000 displaced residents are now in need of shelter in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. That’s the same number of runners who would have ran the New York City Marathon that, up until Friday night, Bloomberg had insisted would go on. Bloomberg had for days resisted calls to cancel the marathon, saying he wanted New York City to show it could get past the storm. But Bloomberg’s...
    Nov 05, 2012 | Story
  • Sandy-staten_island
    Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro angrily denounced the Red Cross response to Superstorm Sandy. "I have not seen the American Red Cross at a shelter. I have not seen them down south shore, where people are buried in their own homes, have nothing to drink, have nothing to eat. ... My advice to the people of Staten Island is: do not donate to the American Red Cross. Let them get their money elsewhere." [includes rush...
    Nov 05, 2012 | Story
  • Team_dn!
    In our first broadcast since the Democracy Now! studio regained power, we’re joined by three staffers who have been on the ground taking part in and reporting on the tri-state’s response to Superstorm Sandy: Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke, who visited the devastated peninsula of Far Rockaway; Democracy Now! producer Steve Martinez, who lives in northwestern New Jersey and has a family home on the Jersey Shore; and...
    Nov 05, 2012 | Story
  • Redhook-sandy-2
    As New York City continues the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we travel to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, one of its hardest-hit areas. At least five feet of water flowed through most of Red Hook during the Sandy high-tide storm surge, flooding the commercial district and hundreds of apartments of people that live on the first floor or basement levels. On Wednesday, the day before the National Guard and FEMA arrived in the...
    Nov 02, 2012 | Story
  • Business_week
    The link between climate change and the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy across much of the Northeast was brought into focus Thursday when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama, citing his policies on the environment. Just days before the elections, Bloomberg wrote: "We need leadership from the White House — and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon...
    Nov 02, 2012 | Story