Gerrymandering: A Tool of Political Manipulation and its Impact on Communities of Color

Gerrymandering: A Tool of Political Manipulation and its Impact on Communities of Color

Editorial credit: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com By Pearl Phillip The intricate concepts of redistricting and gerrymandering can uphold and challenge the very essence of democracy, and this election year is a prime example of that as New York deals with its new district lines.  Gerrymandering and redistricting, which occurs every ten years in New York […]

It’s Caribbean American Heritage Month: Here’s How To Celebrate In New York

It’s Caribbean American Heritage Month: Here’s How To Celebrate In New York

By Ralph Thomassaint Joseph | Documented Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrates Caribbean history, contributions, and achievements in the United States. The national celebration highlights the diverse traditions of Caribbean countries and their diaspora, recognizing their significant impact on American society. Throughout the month, events, festivals, educational programs, and cultural activities are organized nationwide to commemorate […]

Can You Vote in New York City’s June Primary Election?

Can You Vote in New York City’s June Primary Election?

Photo: An early-voting site was open at the Queens Borough Community College for the Congressional District 3 special election, Feb. 9. 2024. Credit: Alex Krales/THE CITY By Melanie Marich and Allison Dikanovic This article is adapted from a previous version published by THE CITY in 2021. Primary Day is two weeks away, on June 25. And early voting starts this […]

Commentary: New York for All Act Would Bar Local Police from Cooperating with ICE

Commentary: New York for All Act Would Bar Local Police from Cooperating with ICE

Editorial credit: Matt Gush / Shutterstock.com By Andrew Gounardes and Karines Reyes | Times Union New Yorkers across the political spectrum agree that our nation’s immigration system is broken. The current path to citizenship can take decades to navigate, leaving many families in a state of constant fear of detention and deportation, even when they’ve done […]

New York For All Act Would Limit Disclosure of Immigration Status

New York For All Act Would Limit Disclosure of Immigration Status

By Jack Arpey | Spectrum News 1 Advocates and some Democratic lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would prohibit local law enforcement and other officials from questioning individuals regarding their citizenship or immigration status, as well as sharing information about someone’s immigration status with federal enforcement officials except under certain circumstances. Murad Awawdeh, president […]

Investigation Update: 60-Day Rule

Investigation Update: 60-Day Rule

Editorial credit: Roy De La Cruz / Shutterstock.com Dear New Yorkers, In January, the Adams Administration enacted a cruel policy of evicting asylum-seeking families from shelter every 60 days with the empty promise of intensive case management. That same day, my office launched an investigation into the City’s implementation of this “60-Day Rule.” Our findings, released today, are […]

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