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NYC Taxpayers Spending Millions On Cyber Center With Controversial Ties To Israeli Intelligence

Early last week, the city of New York launched — with little media scrutiny — one of two new massive cybersecurity centers that will be run by private Israeli firms with close ties to Israel’s government, the so-called “Mega Group” tied to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal and prominent pro-Israel lobby organizations operating in the United States. The centers were first announced in 2018 as was the identity of the firms who would run them...

Turning Up The Pressure For Integration, NYC Students Plan Citywide School Boycott

It’s been more than two months since New York City students began boycotts at a different school campus each week. They’ve walked out of class to demand Mayor Bill de Blasio integrate one of the country’s most segregated school systems. Students went on strike at one Manhattan campus to protest admissions practices that had segregated them into different schools within the same building.

Out Of Patience: NYC Nurses Take On Hospitals For Better Staffing

How do you know when your employees are unsatisfied? When they vote by a 97 percent margin to authorize a strike. And if you think these workers are displeased, you should talk to their customers — or rather, their patients. They complain of waiting in emergency rooms for hours, sometimes days; of lying on stretchers in hallways among surplus medical supplies, their fellow ill and bloody infirm limping and coughing past them; of clicking their attendant button and waiting and wondering when someone will arrive to alleviate their suffering.

On Valentine’s Day, The Fight To Stop The Williams Pipeline Hits The Heart Of NYC

New York, NY – A clear message to Governor Andrew Cuomo struck the heart of Times Square this Valentine’s Day. A building-side message was displayed on February 14, 2019 calling the Governor to “Be a real climate leader and stop the Williams fracked gas pipeline”. As New Yorkers gear up for public hearings being held on Tuesday, February 26, organizers argue stopping this dangerous project is Cuomo’s first major test for his commitment to a Green New Deal for New York. “If Cuomo has a heart this Valentine’s Day, he’ll stop the Williams fracked gas pipeline from wreaking havoc on our communities,” said Cata Romo of 350.org and the Stop the Williams Pipeline NY Coalition.

Writing The Next Chapter In NYC’s Cooperative History

My name is Mike Sandmel. I’m here from NYC where I was born, have lived most of my life, and where I organize for economic democracy and cooperative development with a group called New Economy Project. We’re a citywide economic justice organization founded in 1995. We’re fighting, in close partnership with community-based groups throughout the city, for a new economy vision of economic development, grounded in racial and economic justice. NYC is a really interesting place to do New Economy organizing. It’s full of contradictions and opportunity, deep inequality and a history not just of popular mobilization but of building community-controlled economic institutions. In the late 19th century, when my immigrant great grandparents were working in Manhattan sweatshops, unions like the Knights of Labor invested heavily in organizing worker cooperatives all over the city.

#ParadigmShift Campaign Launched In NYC For Public Banking

Activists from more than two dozen grassroots organizations including New Economy Project and Public Bank NYC took to the streets of Wall Street on Tuesday to launch a campaign for a NYC Public Bank. Carrying signs reading “Public Bank for Public Good,” and chanting, "Wells, Chase, B of A, public bank's a better way!” advocates called for a paradigm shift: “Every year, New York City deposits billions of dollars of public money in big banks like Chase, Bank of America, and Citibank. On top of that, Wall Street extracts many millions of dollars in fees and interest from New York City. This means that our public money is supporting Wall Street’s destructive activities: foreclosing on our homes, fueling the climate crisis, redlining communities of color, backing private prisons and immigrant detention centers, and financing war -- to name a few.

Protest Against Exhibit For Being ‘Racism Disguised As Art’

By Skanda Kadirgamar for Waging Nonviolence - Artist Omer Fast’s crass, stereotypical mock up of a business in pre-gentrified Chinatown has finally left New York City. His transformation of the James Cohan gallery into a dingy, fake storefront with a waiting area that proudly displayed a broken ATM sign, drew fire from the community. Its emphasis on depicting faux squalor was received as poverty porn. Both artist and venue were charged with mocking immigrants being driven from the neighborhood. On October 28, protesters from the Chinatown Art Brigade, Decolonize This Place, Bushwick’s Mi Casa No Es Su Casa, and the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement hoisted a banner, which read “Racism disguised as art,” across the faded awning Fast had installed. Faced with protesters banging drums and chanting “Chinatown, not for sale,” the Israeli-American artist received quite the send off. This symbolic intervention featured a conference with local Chinese language press and a bilingual speak-out about the pivotal role galleries and the art world play in gentrification. This was key, as residents and neighborhood advocates needed space to loudly decry the ongoing displacement and demand a municipal model that would protect the neighborhood. Activists say these issues are simultaneously connected to and bigger than the individual prejudices of Omer Fast and individuals like him.

Marijuana Arrest Capital, NYC Police Focus On Black People

By Phillip Smith for AlterNet - Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by shocking racial disparities, much as they were under his predecessors, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Stung by the criticism, de Blasio is fighting back, but his response so far has consisted of attacking DPA as "legalizers" and comparing apples to oranges. The DPA report, Unjust and Unconstitutional: 60,000 Jim Crow Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s New York,noted that while pot possession arrests are down under de Blasio from the numbers achieved under Giuliani (more than 40,000 arrests in 2001) or Bloomberg (more than 50,000 arrests in 2011), NYPD still arrested more than 18,000 people for pot possession last year, and a whopping 86% of them were black or brown, maintaining the racial disparities so apparent in earlier administrations. That's "a far cry from the mayor's pledge to rein in NYPD's targeting of people of color," charged DPA New York State director Kassandra Frederique in the report. That de Blasio had managed to bring pot arrests down to an average of only 20,000 a year during his tenure shouldn't be portrayed as progress, argued Frederique, instead describing it as "slower injustice, but slower injustice is still injustice delivered."

Protest Against Trump’s Transgender Military Service Ban

By Hayley Miller for The Huffington Post - New Yorkers came out in droves Wednesday to protest President Donald Trump’s seemingly sudden decision to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. Hundreds rallied in front of the U.S. Army Career Center in Times Square as trans activists and allies blasted the president’s discriminatory policy proposal, which he announced in a series of tweets early Wednesday morning. Tanya Walker, a trans woman and U.S. Army veteran, said she was “appalled” by Trump’s tweets, and led the crowd in chanting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” ″It is our duty to fight,” Walker told the crowd. “It is our duty to win. We must love each other and protect each other.” The ban would reverse an Obama-era policy that allowed transgender people to openly serve in the country’s armed forces. The policy would affect thousands of transgender people actively serving in the U.S. military. Trump announced the ban on Wednesday on Twitter and claimed he made the move after consulting with military experts, despite the Pentagon lifting the ban on transgender service members in 2016. Jacqueline Swannick, a trans woman and former Army medic, joined protesters demonstrating against the proposed ban on Wednesday.

Launching Injustice Boycott In Standing Rock, San Francisco, And NYC

By Shaun King for Medium - It’s an organized resistance, driven by local people and activists, supported by passionate believers all over the country and around the world. Just as the Montgomery Bus Boycott lasted for 381 days, we are prepared for this boycott to last as it takes to make change happen. Indeed, we won’t stop until it does. This boycott will not weaken, but will grow in size, strength, reach, and power every single day. We are launching Phase 1 of the Injustice Boycott Monday, and it will last until Monday, Jan. 16th, 2017 — which is also known as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in this country.

Judge Calls For Additional Safeguards In NYPD Surveillance Rules

BY Staff of ACLU - NEW YORK - In a legal challenge to the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of American Muslims, a federal judge issued a ruling calling for alterations to a landmark lawsuit settlement as a condition of approving the settlement. The alterations proposed by the judge would further strengthen the settlement’s ability to protect New York Muslims and others from discriminatory and unjustified surveillance.

NYC Agrees To Pay Over $4 Million To Family Of Akai Gurley

By Andrew Emett for Nation of Change - After an NYPD officer accidentally killed an innocent, unarmed man inside a dark housing project stairwell, the city and the New York City Housing Authority have recently agreed to pay Akai Gurley’s family more than $4.1 million to settle their wrongful death lawsuit. Although the officer was fired and initially convicted of manslaughter, a judge reduced the charge and sentenced him to community service instead of serving jail time. On November 20, NYPD officers Peter Liang and Shaun Landau were conducting vertical patrols on the eighth floor of the Louis H. Pink housing project in Brooklyn.

NYC: City Hall Park Occupied, Police Commissioner Resigns

By Staff of Its Going Down - The war for black lives and the struggle against the police in NYC has taken a new direction with the advent of a militant occupation outside of City Hall. Even before the occupation the revolutionary line was set in Millions March NYC’s orientation guide: “We are a network of revolutionary political organizers dedicated to the abolition of the repressive apparatus of the U.S. state, which includes but is not limited to the police, judicial system, prison system, and major political parties.”

#ShutDownCityHallNYC: Protesters Seek To Oust NYPD Commissioner

By Staff of RT - Protesters in New York City are hoping to force City Hall to shut down until the police commissioner is fired. Other demands include reparations for victims of police brutality and re-investing the NYPD's budget in minority communities. The all-day demonstration is being run by the Millions March NYC group, a spin-off of the Black Lives Matter movement. They are protesting against police brutality and a justice system that is not race-blind.

NYC’s New Generation Of Militant Activists

By Vienna Rye for Medium - Over the past year and a half, New York City has seen the growth of an organized, militant grassroots movement, lead by young activists of color and completely ignored by the mainstream media. Gaining steam a few months after the Ferguson Uprising in 2014, tens of thousands of New Yorkers began taking to the streets to demand justice for Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Now, seventeen months later, a coordinated network has formed, shutting down the streets on a weekly basis in every single borough.
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