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Puffing Up Marijuana Charges

Jun 06, 2008

Photo (cc) Incognito Much has been written about statistics showing that police "stop-and-frisks" in New York City are directed primarily at young African American and Latino males, but until now


Protecting Incarcerated Gay and Lesbian Youth

Jun 04, 2008

Photo (cc) Ryan Godfrey Young New Yorkers who are defined by themselves or others as LGBTQ - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning their identity - are often at risk


Reversing the Tide Against Protest

Apr 17, 2008

Photo (cc) Brendan Themes The proposed First Amendment Assembly Act would be a reversal of some of NYPD's 2003 RNC-related restrictions. New York has long prided itself as a place of protest,


Document Jam Could Keep Immigrants from Voting

Apr 10, 2008

Photo (cc) Jay Davis for the Korean Resource Center To many immigrants, the right to vote in the United States represents the full realization of their American dreams and a


Taking a New Look at Discrimination in New York

Mar 29, 2008

Gotham Gazette image by Ya-Hsuan Huang Last month, New York City paid $21 million to settle a class action lawsuit for race-based employment practices in the city Department of Parks and


Ending Another Form of Discrimination

Mar 26, 2008

Photo (cc) Freddo Halopino The City Council voted on March 26 to add another category of people to those already protected from discrimination in housing. Now, the Administrative Code will ban


Same-Sex Marriages, Death and Taxes

Mar 14, 2008

"In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes," Benjamin Franklin famously said. But for committed same-sex couples in New York, these are two areas of law, along with


New Year's Show Sparks Controversy

Mar 10, 2008

Photo courtesy of Best Chinese Shows. A Chinese New Year show at the Radio City Music Hall has stirred up some controversies after the New York Times ran a critical review


Trouble on the "Immigrant Express"

Feb 05, 2008

After three weekends of disrupted service between Woodside and Flushing because of installation of new signaling and track switches, the 7 train resumed local service in February, to the huge