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Craig D. Frazier

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Only days left in Newark municipal election for mayor

Councilman Ras Baraka and Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries have less than one week before an election that will decide the next mayor of Newark, N.J.

Teachers say no to NYC English language arts performance assessment exam

Teachers at the International High School at Prospect Heights (IHSPH) gathered in front of the school last week to announce they would not give the New York City English language arts (ELA) performance assessment exam.

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NBT honors Amiri Baraka with a production of ‘Dutchman’

The National Black Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem will come together to pay tribute to late author, playwright and activist Amiri Baraka

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Nollywood hits NY at the New York African Film Festival

Some of the latest work from talented filmmakers representing the continent of Africa will be presented at the 21st New York African Film Festival

Community leaders continue to seek justice for Abdul Kamal

The family of a slain Irvington man is waiting for justice after members of the Irvington Police Department killed Abdul Kamal, 30, last November.

Former Newark police boss under investigation

The former boss of the Newark Police Department’s Internal Affair unit, Deputy Chief Joseph Tutela, is the target of an investigation by the prosecutor’s office.

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Brooklyn artists welcome Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka at fundraiser

With less than two weeks remaining in the mayoral race for Newark, N.J., candidate Ras Baraka took time out from the campaign trail to attend a fundraiser in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Attorney general announces new program to fight gun violence in Newark

Earlier this year, Newark Mayor Luis Quintana and community leaders, including prominent faith leader Bishop Jethro James of Paradise Baptist Church, called for the state to address excessive gun violence in Newark.

Boys and Girls Clubs honors Youth of the Year

In Union County, the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGCUC) continues to inspire and enable young people who need to realize their full potential.

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Black farmers protest government behind lawsuit

Three years ago President Barack Obama signed the bill authorizing compensation for discrimination in farm lending at the hands of the United States Department of Agriculture. 

Hundreds protest Section 8 cutbacks

A coalition of elected officials, community members and tenants from across the city met at City Hall last week to protest cutbacks in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s last minute push for pre-K sign up

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a campaign urging New Yorkers to sign their children up for pre-K. The mayor said the city has secured the funding necessary to expand pre-K to 53,000 children this September.

Newark man pleads not guilty in death of elderly man

A Newark man, arrested last week, pleaded not guilty to all charges when he appeared in court on Monday. Joshua E. Higgins, 19, was charged with shooting and killing a 63-year-old Jersey City man who came to the aid of his wife Sunday morning, April 6.

More subpoenas in Christie bridge scandal

More trouble may be on the horizon for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is now reportedly investigating the relationship between the Republican and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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City schools protest against Common Core testing

Last week, teachers, administrators, students and parents from P.S. 87 on the Upper West Side were among protestors at 31 schools across the city who rallied against the controversial Common Core testing program. Thousands of students opted out of the statewide English language arts test, which many said was full of unclear questions.

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Man arrested in connection to Baraka bus blaze

Last week, Newark mayoral candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries commented after a Newark man, charged with setting a fire to Ras Baraka’s campaign bus in February, was connected to Shavar Jeffries’ campaign.

Students walk out from classes in protest of One Newark plan

Last week, more than 1,000 Newark public school students walked out of classes to protest Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson’s “One Newark” plan.

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Councilman Andy King reveals his 12-point plan for District 12

Backed by the Bronx Democratic County Committee, Assemblyman Carl Heastie and 1199SEIU, the health care workers union, Councilman Andy King received the majority of votes in District 12 of the Bronx, in 2012, beating five opponents.

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Report by Christie’s lawyers clear him in toll lane scandal

Lawyers hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at taxpayers’ expense concluded that the governor and members of his staff played no role in the toll lane closures that caused massive gridlock on the world’s busiest bridge from Sept. 9-13, 2013.

Murders continue to plague Newark

“No one should have to bury their child, especially at 14,” said Lowman Colclough. His family now looks for answers after his 14-year-old son was killed in Newark this past weekend.

Faith and community leaders host anti-violence training

Faith and community leaders gathered at Israel Memorial AME Church in Newark for a training session to mobilize the community, reduce gun violence and advocate for reforms that would end mass incarceration.

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Newark Freeholders endorse Jeffries

Three members of the Essex County Freeholder Board endorsed Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries this week

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Shavar Jeffries gets first union endorsement

Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries received his first union endorsement last week from Local 97

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Convicted mayor wants new trial

Last week, Trenton Mayor Tony Mack asked a federal judge to throw out his guilty conviction

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City settles in FDNY discrimination case

This week, the city settled the second part of the Vulcan Society lawsuit against discriminatory exams for the Fire Department of New York

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Convicted mayor still in office

When Trenton Mayor Tony Mack was convicted of bribery, extortion, wire fraud and mail fraud in federal court earlier this month, he opted not to resign.

Poll places Christie fourth among Republican presidential candidates

Last week, thousands of right-leaning activists made the journey to a convention hall outside the nation’s capital for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Newark community campaigns for smoke-free parks

Newark organizations and community members have established 100 percent smoke-free parks and recreational areas for Newark

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Newark schools superintendent will not attend public meetings

The relationship between Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson and the school advisory board has become so confrontational that they now communicate solely by press release and video.

Christie supports ‘One Newark’ plan

Newark public schools have been under state control since 1995. Now, the Newark community is exploding with concern over proposed education reform.

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Jeffries gaining ground in Newark mayoral race

This week, Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff and former New Jersey Assemblyman William D. Payne endorsed Shavar Jeffries for mayor of Newark. He also agreed to serve as campaign co-chairperson.

Family of slain Irvington man still waiting for answers

Last month at an Irvington NAACP press conference, local leaders questioned city officials to draw attention to the events that led to the death of Abdul W. Kamal.

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Convicted mayor still in office

When Trenton Mayor Tony Mack was convicted of bribery, extortion, wire fraud and mail fraud in federal court earlier this month, he opted not to resign.

Feds to monitor Newark Police

A spokeswoman for Newark, the state’s largest city, said Monday that officials were in discussions with the Department of Justice to select a monitor to oversee the Newark Police Department later this year.

Newark community opposes ‘One Newark’ plan

Hundreds of parents, teachers and community activists packed Newark’s First Avenue School auditorium last week to protest Newark school Superintendent Cami Anderson’s “One Newark” plan.

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Workshop promotes Newark Science and Sustainability program

The phrase “think global, act local” urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their communities. The phrase is also the mantra for health care organizer, master gardener and Newark Science and Sustainability (SAS) founder Tobias A. Fox.

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Victims of police violence oppose new police commissioner

police reform groups recently to protested in front of the Harlem State Office Building in opposition to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s choice of Bill Bratton as the new police commissioner.

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The life of the Rev. Dr. Eugene Callender celebrated at memorial service

A fixture in the Harlem community, the beloved Presbyterian minister died on Nov. 2 at the age of 87.

Benefit addresses the need to make hunger a human right

Last week, the Hunger Action Network hosted a soup benefit to end hunger at the All Souls Church in Manhattan.

Report suggests new public safety policies for mayor-elect

Earlier this month, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio introduced Bill Bratton as his choice for NYPD commissioner. The announcement prompted a range of reactions from different leaders across the city.

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FDNY graduates record number of diverse firefighters

The FDNY as they welcomed their most diverse class in department history

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Harlem will honor the Rev. Dr. Eugene S. Callender at memorial service

Some of Harlem’s most renowned and esteemed individuals will gather at a memorial service for the late Rev. Dr. Eugene S. Callender on Dec. 7 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

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Communities United for Police Reform hosts forum on policing and redefining public safety

Communities United for Police Reform hosted an open dialogue at the Talking Transition tent in Chelsea on the future of public safety in New York City

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Unions oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership at rally in Queens

A group of union officials joined a coalition of community groups in protest outside of Rep. Gregory Meeks’ office in Jamaica, Queens

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Petition asks Gov Cuomo to ensure affordable housing in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn civic associations and community-based organizations have launched an online petition asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo stop the sale of Atlantic Yards to Greenland Holdings Group

Lawmakers seek to expand Social Security

Social Security currently keeps 20 million Americans out of poverty

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Kyam Livingston’s family files wrongful death suit

Kyam Livingston’s family, elected officials and community leaders announce the filing of a federal lawsuit in connection to her death

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Elected officials put pressure on Atlantic Yards developers

A group of elected officials representing the Brooklyn areas in and around Atlantic Yards want to stop Forest City Ratner from selling a majority stake in the development to the Shanghai

Stop-and-frisk unconstitutional ruling upheld

The United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals denied the city’s lawyers’ request to overturn Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling that the NYPD had violated the U.S. Constitution

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Vulcan Society honors Black heroes at annual memorial

The Vulcan Society, the fraternal order of Black firefighters, held its annual memorial service at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn last weekend.