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Segregation, housing and education

It was recently nationally reported that “New York schools (public and charter) suffer from worse racial segregation than in any other U.S. state.” Throughout New York City schools, all classes get dismal marks for diversity. It was surprising to many ...

Corporate charter school hijackers destroying public education

New York City has become a hotbed for education reformers making promises to ready Black and Brown children for college and their careers, even as young as kindergarten.

Welcome to the jungle: Fetishizing darkness

On April 23, Lupita Nyong’o was named the “Most Beautiful Person” in People magazine

We have the right to know what is in our food

We, as New Yorkers, are a step closer to achieving our right to know what is in all of the food that we eat. Recently, the New York state Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee endorsed a measure that would ...

An open letter from the NYC schools chancellor

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, this letter, written by Chancellor Carmen Farina, is being distributed to 75,000 public school teachers to show appreciation and gratitude for their dedication to improving the lives of our students. Dear colleagues, Few of ...

Raise the age

Think about what your life was like when you were a teenager.

A ‘Sterling’ example of our confusion

The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) is a business organization.

The NBA plantation

Charles Barron will be joined by former NFL star Walter Beach of the Cleveland Browns in a presentation entitled “Jump Ball: Blacks Rising Up to Fight for Power, Ownership and Self-Determination in Sports” on Thursday, May 1.

Dangerous consequences will ensue if Fannie and Freddie dissolve

The financial crisis hit hard throughout the country, but here in New York we are continuing to feel the damage in a profound and personal way.

Gun violence and our collective responsibility

The weather is getting warmer in New York City, to what should be the delight of everyone.

Sounding the alarm about school doors

I am generally a cheerleader for New York City’s public schools, having attended them and sent all six of my children to them as well.

Covering up a lynching—the ugly case of Alfred Wright

Is mainstream media a part of the cover-up of the Alfred Wright lynching case?

King would support New York airport service workers

Forty-six years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.

The anti-gay dogma that is enveloping Africa

It was striking when the president of this country, a woman who has been the center of international prominence and the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize, defended a law that criminalizes same-sex activity.

Open letter to Speaker Sheldon Silver

We write to you as a community-based organization to express our profound disappointment with the closing of 10 Assembly district offices in New York