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Sky’s the Limit for Solar in New York

Mar 26, 2015

The author, far left, & others at a solar panel event Fifteen years ago, flat-screen televisions were a rare luxury item, a smart phone was one with an address book, we


The 'Either/Or' of an Assembly Member's Stand on Education

Mar 26, 2015

 Rally outside AM Rodriguez's office (photo: Alliance for Quality Education) Last Friday, and despite a snowstorm, dozens of parents, students, and education advocates picketed in front of Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez's


New York Colleges Need the DREAM Act

Mar 24, 2015

Francisco Curiel, one of the co-authors Queens College is a special place. As one of the country's most culturally diverse campuses—we serve men and women from more than 150 countries—the college


Education Isn't Either/Or

Mar 24, 2015

Assembly Member Rodriguez, the author (photo: investined.org) Each year education advocates head to Albany to fight for our children, this year was no different as thousands arrived on the steps of


The Challenge of Cultural Change on Rikers Island

Mar 18, 2015

Mayor de Blasio at Rikers (photo: @MonicaCKlein) After three years of volunteer service, I recently stepped down from the New York City Board of Correction, which is responsible for ensuring that


Separating Fact from Fiction on the DREAM Act

Mar 13, 2015

The author at a rally for the DREAM Act The gridlocked Congress' failure to produce needed, overdue immigration reform prompted several states to create their own versions of the proposed federal


Our Time in Selma

Mar 12, 2015

Council Member Dan Garodnick, in Selma Last weekend, my wife Zoe and I had the privilege of going to Alabama to trace some steps of the foot soldiers of the Civil