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URBAN AGENDA: NYPD Stonewalling on Subway Arrest Data

The New York City Police Department has chosen to ignore a new law that – through the power of data – could curb its controversial NYC subway fare evasion arrest policies that disproportionately penalize the poor and people of color.

Unions are also families

Faced with student protests at Wellesley College—Hillary Clinton’s alma mater—the keynote speaker at the 1990 commencement ceremony nonetheless eagerly strode to the mic and told the graduating class, “At the end of your life, you will never regret having passed ...

April is National Poetry Month, and it almost came to a close without me properly acknowledging it. I have always been a lover of poetry.

Lately, the political climate has my levels of stress and anxiety on the maximum setting, so I find myself more and more unwinding during the day with a nice poem to calm my nerves and remind me that I am ...

The sinister case against Sinclair Broadcast Group

Broadcasters in America are in the fight of their lives. They face fierce and unprecedented competition not only from pay television and the big five networks but also from a new cast of internet video providers.

Property taxes—An issue of race and ethnicity

For decades, political leaders and independent analysts have decried New York City’s property tax system as inconsistent, antiquated and regressive, acknowledging that it imposes unequal tax bills on property owners that bear little relation to their properties’ actual value.

Census 2020: A new, devastating US citizenship question on 2020 census form: Part 2

Today in 2018, Black America is nearly 50 million strong, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey.

Banning books from prisons

A while ago it was brought to my attention that a prison in New Jersey was banning particular books from their institution. The ACLU immediately honed in on the situation and suddenly the ban was lifted, perhaps temporarily, perhaps indefinitely.

Winnie Mandela’s unyielding stand for independence and freedom deserves no apology

Walking down the streets of cities such as Cape Town, South Africa, today, one would almost think one were somewhere closer to San Diego, Calif.

How corporations stifle local democracy for profits

As thousands of teachers continue to strike across the country—in part because industry groups have spent decades weakening unions and diminishing worker protections—corporate lobbyists are doubling down on another of their favorite strategies: Protecting profits by stifling local democracy.

Black churches and other institutions must open up schools serving our communities

While Black activists seem to only care about fighting the police after someone is killed by the police, there’s little to no real conversations about the socioeconomic conditions that destroy the lives of Black people.

URBAN AGENDA: Why do the City and State Undervalue Public Housing Residents?

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) the nation’s largest public housing agency that was once one of the nation’s best run, has declined into a shameful state of disrepair as a result of neglect by the federal government and ...

NAACP Statement on Starbucks and Growing Climate of Racism and Intolerance

he National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement following the disgraceful arrest of two African American men in a Philadelphia Starbucks.

Black people must vote or reap the consequences

All you have to do is crack open a history book, or sit with one of our experienced elders, and you will learn about the many sacrifices made by people of all races in order to ensure Black people obtained ...

The taxman cometh

It’s that time of year again—tax season. Most people dread the coming of April 15, when annual taxes are due.

Centrality of Poor People’s Campaign

April 4 marked one of the darkest days in U.S. history: the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout his activist years, Dr. King endured many death threats, but in the last years ...