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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Trans Lives Matter

Murdered Trans Women of Color Honored at Washington Square Park Rally

Demonstrators gathered in Washington Square Park last night to honor the nine transgender women of color murdered in 2017 so far. Last week, Chay Reed, 28, from Miami was fatally shot as she fled from her attacker. Reed is the ninth [...]

April 27, 2017 Human Rights, LGBTQ, News
Cooper Union

Tenants’ Rights Activists Blast Proposed Rent Hike

The Rent Justice Coalition brought tenants from across New York City to Manhattan to demand the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) freeze costs for rent-stabilized apartments for a third straight year, but left downhearted when the board voted to raise rents instead. [...]

April 26, 2017 Grassroots, Human Rights, News
Voting

Activists Target New York Voting Reform

New York prides itself as a beacon of progressiveness. Yet in one crucial respect the state is notoriously retrograde: on voting reform. When it comes to voter participation, New York is less a shining beacon and more a black hole. [...]

April 24, 2017 Human Rights, News
Resistance Roundup1

NYC Resistance Roundup: April 21

Protesters Condemn Goldman Sachs Tax Avoidance Demonstrators assembled outside Goldman Sachs’ offices in the Financial District on April 18 to protest the tax dodging practices of the Wall Street behemoth. Organizers advertised the gathering as a chance to condemn the [...]

April 21, 2017 Democratic Party, Grassroots, News, Women
We The People

How Republics Stand

Democracy works when those in power respond to those without. The American brand may have been put through the wringer of late – and even come under direct attack by a foreign power – but its cogs have kept turning,; [...]

April 18, 2017 Opinion
US Capitol

Tax March Brings Much Needed Solidarity to the Resistance

On Saturday April 15, traditionally Tax Day in America, over 200 marches and rallies took place across the country and beyond, to demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns. The president refused to disclose his as a candidate and now [...]

April 17, 2017 Opinion
Resistance Roundup1

NYC Resistance Roundup: April 14

Rise and Resist Storms Trump Tower Members of grassroots activist group Rise and Resist staged a protest and sit-in at Trump Tower on April 13  in support of refugees and immigrants and to denounce the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies. Participants unfurled banners [...]

April 14, 2017 Grassroots, News
Affordable Housing

Navigating New York’s Affordable Housing Crisis

An evening grappling with New York City’s maddening housing laws may not sound like the sort of thing to get millennials’ hearts racing. Yet dozens joined the Manhattan Young Democrats’ Affordable Living Task Force (ALTF) in Midtown on April 5 [...]

April 14, 2017 Democratic Party, Human Rights, News
Public Advocate Letitia James

New York Public Advocate Slams Fox News at Midtown Rally

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James led a fiery protest outside the News Corporation building in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday night to condemn Fox News and high-profile presenter Bill O’Reilly for repeated incidences of sexism and racism. Speaking through [...]

April 13, 2017 Grassroots, News, Women
Hands Off Syria March

Why I Have No Time For Assad Apologists

Hear that? It’s the baying crowd of Assad apologists, screaming invective from beyond the lunatic fringe of civilized political discourse. They pipe up each and every time there’s a new twist in the rotten saga of the Syrian Civil War, [...]

April 12, 2017 Opinion