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Real Solutions to the Scandal of Struggling Schools

Aug 17, 2015

Chancellor Fariña (photo: @NYCSchools) There’s been lots of news and commentary lately about fraudulent credit recovery schemes and grade fixing practices at city schools. The editors of the New York Post


Homeless Solutions Instead of Homeless Shaming

Aug 14, 2015

  (photo: Reuters) On Monday, Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) Chair Ed Mullins sent a memo to SBA members, urging them, their friends and family members, and “the silent majority of New Yorkers, to


A Call for Equitable Development in Southeast Queens

Jul 28, 2015

Rev. Wilkes, middle, leads a prayer & voter registration drive (photo: @andrewjwilkes) Jamaica needs development that benefits long-term residents, workers, and the families of Southeast Queens. Development is a multidimensional process.


City Industrial Manufacturing Plan Still Needed

Jul 23, 2015

Rally outside City Hall before a land use committee hearing Since the recent announcement by Jamestown Properties and partners of a $1 billion investment to rebrand and renovate a massive 16-building


A Win for $15 Within Reach

Jul 21, 2015

Fight for $15 rally, including the author (photo: Make the Road NY) I came to this country in 2010 with my two children looking for a better future. My first job


Eric Garner's Final Words, One Year Later

Jul 20, 2015

An NYPD press conference (photo: @NYPDnews) For good reason, Eric Garner's last words are well remembered. "I can't breathe" -- repeated 11 times by the dying man and ignored by the