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Study to rezone Empire Blvd. leaves grass-roots community feeling left out

Study to rezone Empire Blvd. leaves grass-roots community feeling left out Updated

🕔16:32, 22.Aug 2014

By Stephen Witt A city study to rezone Empire Boulevard – the major thoroughfare straddling the Crown Heights and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhoods– is drawing strong community opposition and setting off the first major challenge to Borough President Eric Adams’ administration.

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Black Women Begin to Ask: Why Should We March?

Black Women Begin to Ask: Why Should We March? Updated

🕔13:36, 21.Aug 2014

By Mary Alice Miller We are all witnessing yet another dance between civil rights and social control. The latest iterations of this very public dance include the upcoming August 23 “We Will Not Go Back” Verrazano Bridge caravan to the

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City Councilman Jumaane Williams says Bed-Stuy can be saved from gentrification

City Councilman Jumaane Williams says Bed-Stuy can be saved from gentrification Updated

🕔13:14, 21.Aug 2014

By Stephen Witt Despite speculators buying up large chunks of Bedford-Stuyvesant, City Councilman Jumaane Williams said this week that the neighborhood can survive the gentrification onslaught and save the historical black community known as Brooklyn’s Harlem. Williams comments came in

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The View From Here:   Actions By Police Nothing New

The View From Here: Actions By Police Nothing New

🕔10:48, 8.Aug 2014

by David Mark Greaves The pundit denial of the behavior some European-Americans have toward those who are visibly of African heritage is always astonishing to see. “It wasn’t racism because the Supervising Sergeant was an African-American woman,” they cry in

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View From Here: Immigration

View From Here: Immigration Updated

🕔20:30, 25.Jul 2014

The crisis of illegal immigrant young people at the southern U.S. border is not as far away as you might think. CNN reports that Chris Cabrera, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council in the Rio Grande Valley, a

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VIEW FROM HERE: NYPD wolf pack attack and kill unarmed man on Staten Island

VIEW FROM HERE: NYPD wolf pack attack and kill unarmed man on Staten Island Updated

🕔20:02, 25.Jul 2014

How else to describe them? The officers circled the big black man, Eric Garner, 43, a father of six who witnesses said had just broken up a fight, snatching at him until one of them strikes, grabbing Garner around the

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SCOTUS Affirms Denial of Birth Control by Family-Owned Companies Updated

🕔12:38, 5.Jul 2014

By Mary Alice Miller The United States Supreme Court closed its 2013 with a case that allows the religious owners of closely-held or family-owned companies to trample on the reproductive choices its women employees and their religious rights. In a

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Wrongful Convictions Vacated by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson

Wrongful Convictions Vacated by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson Updated

🕔17:10, 28.Jun 2014

By Mary Alice Miller The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office has vacated eight murder convictions of men who were imprisoned for crimes they said they did not commit. Six cases were vacated. In two cases two of the men were co-defendants.

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Campaign Promises Kept: DA Thompson Hosts First Town Hall in Brownsville

Campaign Promises Kept: DA Thompson Hosts First Town Hall in Brownsville

🕔16:58, 28.Jun 2014

By Mary Alice Miller During last year’s contentious campaign for Brooklyn District Attorney, then-candidate Ken Thompson vowed to support raising the age of criminal responsibility so that children under the age of 16 would not be prosecuted and imprisoned as

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City Budget Due: de Blasio still in talks with City Council

🕔09:24, 23.Jun 2014

  By Stephen Witt With the June 30 deadline fast approaching for the de Blasio Administration and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to come to an agreement on the city’s Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget, both sides are playing it close

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