Homeless Guy’s Sign, Four Blocks from Koch Brothers’ Apartment

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 8:52 am

There’s a homeless man I see from time to time near where I live. He sometimes begs for money. Sometimes people give him food, sometimes he forages in the trash. There’s his sign, written on the lid of an old cooler. In America’s richest city, four blocks from where the Koch Brothers live, in a [...]

Is Forced Quarantine for Ebola Legal?

By: Monday October 27, 2014 9:17 am

New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Florida this week instituted mandatory confinementfor certain people exposed to ebola. Is it legal for a state (or the federal) government to detain and quarantine you against your will for health reasons? Yes. Has this sort of thing been done before? Yes. Will it be effective? No. Is it [...]

Judge Urges Firing for Officers Who Dragged, Hog Tied & Brutalized Mentally Ill Inmate at Rikers Island

By: Monday September 29, 2014 7:14 pm

An administrative law judge in New York has taken the extraordinary step of recommending that six corrections officers at Rikers Island prison be fired for dragging, hog-tying and brutalizing a mentally ill African-American inmate. On April 3, 2012, officers moved Robert Hinton, who was living in isolation in Mental Health Assessment Unit for Infracted Inmates, [...]

Once the American Dream

By: Friday September 19, 2014 6:54 am

We were once the American Dream, and now we’re just what happened to it. The people I am talking about in my book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent seem illusive here on the East Coast; in crazy New York last week, visiting the South Bronx, there are plenty of poor [...]

The Poor Door: Building Has Separate Entrances for Rich and Poor

By: Monday July 28, 2014 6:33 am

Not that America has become a divided, classist society or anything. Oh wait, it has. Poor Doors New York City approved plans for a new 33-story luxury high-rise at 40 Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that will include a separate entrance for tenants in “affordable” housing, what some have called the [...]

Prison Officers Routinely Brutalize Mentally Ill Inmates at Rikers Island But Are Never Punished

By: Monday July 14, 2014 1:33 pm

A four-month investigation by the New York Times has uncovered a regular pattern of prison officers at Rikers Island committing brutal attacks against inmates in the New York prison. The investigation found that the vast majority of inmates who are attacked are mentally ill and in handcuffs when abused by officers. The media organization found [...]

FBI, JTTF & US Marshals Are Reportedly Visiting Political Activists About Thirty Year-Old Case

By: Friday July 4, 2014 10:37 am

Agents with the FBI, US Marshal’s Service and Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) have reportedly been making visits to over a dozen political activists in Chicago, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area to ask about a case that is more than thirty years old. The case involves Donna Borup, who the FBI believes was [...]

Stop-and-Frisk Victims Submit Challenge to Court Ruling That Removed Judge from Lawsuit Against NYPD

By: Monday November 11, 2013 12:06 pm

A motion to reconsider a ruling in a lawsuit brought by victims of stop-and-frisk against the policy and practice carried out by the New York Police Department has been filed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Federal judge Shira Scheindlin of the United States District Court of New York ruled on August 12 ruled [...]

CEO of Trade Association Defends Decision to Not Donate to Occupy Sandy

By: Friday November 16, 2012 12:33 pm

A CEO for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Gary Shapiro, has published an editorial, which defends his decision to not donate support the relief effort being undertaken by Occupy Sandy in the aftermath of the superstorm. The op-ed is remarkable because it indicates just how much respect the relief effort has garnered. For background purposes, [...]

Jetskier Unwittingly Exposes JFK Airport Security Faults, Gets Arrested

By: Monday August 13, 2012 12:45 pm

A man who was out drinking with his friends and decided it would be fun to race and see who had the fastest jet ski has been arrested for criminal trespassing after breaching security at JFK Airport in New York. The breach occurred after his jet ski broke down in Jamaica Bay, and, after his [...]

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