By David Mark Greaves European-American police officers choking, beating and killing African-American people, uprisings in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of Michael Brown. Self-destructive rap lyrics, young people killing each other in the street,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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