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Feds investigate ‘One Newark’ plan

The U.S. attorney general is investigating allegations that Newark’s school re-organization plan discriminates against Black students. The “One Newark” school reorganization plan, announced by Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson in December, is scheduled to be operational this fall. It includes ...

Monitor to oversee Newark Police Department reforms

The Justice Department ordered independent monitoring of the Newark Police Department after a federal investigation found “a pattern of unconstitutional policing.” In addition, findings show that city police officers had no constitutional basis for 75 percent of the pedestrian stops ...

Malcolm X addressed human rights violations at OAU

Malcolm X’s visits to Mecca and West Africa in April-May of 1964 helped broaden his global scope a bit more since departing from the Nation of Islam earlier that March. Later, during the summer, he internationalized the plight of Africans ...

Demonstrators call for dismissal of Marissa Alexander case during ‘Stand Your Ground Week’

Black residents in Florida are pushing for a dismissal of the case against Marissa Alexander and the exit of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey. Reports indicate that Alexander, who is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly ...

Department of Consumer Affairs Welcomes Paid Leave to Employees

Starting today, New York City employees can use paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave law, which went into effect April 1st, allows employees to have no more than forty hours of sick leave.

Leaders launch resistance against acts of police terror in downtown NYC

Today, in front of the One Plaza police headquarters, The "Stop Mass Incarceration: We're Better Than That!" network and contributors to the "Alliance for Global Justice", called for action against policies that disproportionately target and oppress people of color.

Letter No. 85: Immigration reform now!

Against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty in New York City last week, dozens of New Yorkers gathered to urge you to make good on your remarks made June 30 to take executive action on immigration reform. New Yorkers ...

Aruba Reaches Out but has Problems

Just last weekend, the Aruban prime minister, Mike Eman, other cabinet ministers and high officials ended a week-long hunger strike to protest what authorities said were efforts by the Netherlands, the island’s so-called mother country, to sabotage the 2014-15 budget.

frican Burial Ground to be memorialized

A major ancestral awakening of New York City’s sordid slave history occurred in 2008, when Department of Transportation employees unearthed a 17th century African gravesite while refurbishing the Willis Avenue Bridge. The MTA offered to renovate the area in 2010.

The death of Eric Garner demands prompt answers

Just this week, there was the candlelight march on Staten Island, complete with neighborhood mourners, a grieving widow and lingering questions about the senseless death of yet another unarmed African-American man at the hands of police.

Leaders who can keep the dream alive

Over the last month, I had the privilege of reading two new books on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The first was written by David L. Chappell, professor of modern history at the University of Oklahoma, titled “Waking From the ...

Open letter to the mayor and police commissioner of the city of New York

I usually keep my personal views private. However, today I am morally compelled to speak up as the senior pastor of Union Congregational Church, a proud New York City Department of Education career educator and naval reserve chaplain. I am ...

Chaos at the border

So far this year, more than 50,000 unaccompanied alien children have crossed our southern border. Children from multiple Central American countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, are traveling thousands of miles through deserts and rivers to reach America.

De Blasio appoints new head of CCRB

During a news conference at City Hall last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Richard Emery as the new chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Cuomo to address re-entry and reintegration of formerly incarcerated

Formerly incarcerated New Yorkers have a hard time upon re-entry into society. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to tackle that problem head-on. Last week, Cuomo announced the formation of the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and ...