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Police Brutality is So Bad in the U.S., United Nations Issues Scathing Review

🕔21:36, 3.Jun 2015

April V. Taylor Every four years, each United Nations member country must submit to a public hearing as part of a Universal Periodic Review, and the United States’ human rights record came under fierce criticism recently as part of their

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Van Dyke Residents Work with NYCHA for Quality of Life Improvements

Van Dyke Residents Work with NYCHA for Quality of Life Improvements

🕔21:24, 3.Jun 2015

By Mary Alice Miller Last September, residents of Van Dyke Houses and the surrounding community came together to commence a series of monthly meetings designed to improve greater Brownsville under Next Generation NYCHA. Six committees were formed: abandoned lots and

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Ollie McClean, Education Icon and Civil Rights Activist, Passes

Ollie McClean, Education Icon and Civil Rights Activist, Passes

🕔10:51, 31.May 2015

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Sister Ollie McClean on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Ollie, a community icon and civil rights activist, was the Founder/Director of Sankofa International Academy(formerly Henson Preparatory School) which has been

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Linden Plaza residents continue fight against ‘permanent’ rent increases for shoddy Capital Renovations

Linden Plaza residents continue fight against ‘permanent’ rent increases for shoddy Capital Renovations

🕔22:44, 21.May 2015

By Mary Alice Miller Years after a 2008 transfer of ownership of Linden Plaza, residents are contesting rent increases for capital renovations that appear to be permanent, rather than temporary to recoup renovation costs. In 2008, when ownership of Linden

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‘I Put in White Tenants’: The Grim, Racist (and Likely Illegal) Methods of One Brooklyn Landlord

‘I Put in White Tenants’: The Grim, Racist (and Likely Illegal) Methods of One Brooklyn Landlord

🕔16:24, 21.May 2015

By DW Gibson For the past three years, I’ve traveled around the city, talking with New Yorkers as they experience gentrification. There is little consensus on the topic — even the word itself is defined differently by each of us. I’ve

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Graca Machel Emerging as a Voice for the  Vulnerable and Giving Hope for a Balanced “Serene” Order

Graca Machel Emerging as a Voice for the Vulnerable and Giving Hope for a Balanced “Serene” Order

🕔14:35, 21.May 2015

By Bernice Elizabeth Green In Nelson Mandela’s first public appearance in the United States in June 1990, he stopped in Bedford-Stuyvesant at Boys & Girls H.S. to address an audience of young people and national and community leaders. In Graca

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Opinion:  Don’t Get it Twisted

Opinion: Don’t Get it Twisted

🕔14:22, 21.May 2015

The very disturbing footage of high school students fighting in a fast-food restaurant is being pointed to by white and black folks as evidence that something is wrong with our young people, their values and home environment. We should not

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Mr. Whittingham … So who protects the hero?

Mr. Whittingham … So who protects the hero?

🕔14:10, 21.May 2015

Mr. Iver Whittingham, 42, has left Brooklyn for Long Island, where he grew up. Last Thursday (May 14), the Battered2Beautiful antiviolence volunteer, was brutalized by teens at the McDonald’s on the Flatbush Extension and Fulton when he tried to help

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Borough President Promoting Prom Safety Awareness

Borough President Promoting Prom Safety Awareness

🕔12:00, 21.May 2015

“The prom is about making a teen’s dreams come true, not about a parent realizing their worst nightmare,” Eric Adams told young people who gathered at Borough Hall on Sunday for a photo opportunity to promote his prom safety initiative.

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Interfaith Medical Center Survives Bankruptcy with State Support

Interfaith Medical Center Survives Bankruptcy with State Support

🕔15:55, 8.May 2015

By Mary Alice Miller It has been almost a year since Interfaith Medical Center teetered on the edge of bankruptcy. The hospital was at risk of closing until sustained advocacy by community members, elected officials and employees persuaded Governor Cuomo

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