New York City

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Socialist Latina From the Bronx, Ousts 10-Term Representative

The Bronx-born and raised organizer is on track to represent her community in the House of Representatives—and become the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress.

New York state health commissioner will recommend that state legalizes recreational use of marijuana.

New York Health Department to Recommend Marijuana Legalization

Drug reform advocates welcome the move, but remain wary of how the state will address criminal justice issues related to legalization.

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New York City Officials Vow to Revamp Marijuana Policy

The mayor and district attorneys promise to limit prosecutions for most offenses, but reform advocates remain weary in absence of codified law.

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READ: This Article Explores How Gentrification is Turning NYC's Subway Dancers Into 'Criminals'

A new Okayplayer article profiles street and subway dancers of color who, once a staple of New York City’s commuter culture, find their shows restricted by police and residents who seem them as a nuisance.

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Crown Heights Residents Protest New Restaurant for Using Black Poverty Stereotypes to Sell Drinks

Summerhill’s White owner promoted her sandwich shop in the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood by citing its allegedly bullet-riddled wall and selling 40 oz. rosé bottles in paper bags.

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NYC 'Cultural Plan' Will Direct City Arts Funds to Diversifying Orgs

Mayor Bill de Blasio: ”We must use every tool we have to ensure that every resident, in every neighborhood, has the same access to cultural opportunities.”

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Here's Why New York City's Pension Program Just Divested From Private Prisons

“Society used mass incarceration as an economic development strategy at the expense of communities of color. Today, we’re taking action.”

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Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Respond to Plan to Close Rikers Island

“It’s not close Rikers while we allow law makers to make policy that continues to criminalize Brown and Black people.”

 Tracey Tong, left, and woman who was harassing Muslim subway riders to the right.

Tracey Tong Showed Us All What Solidarity Looks Like

In an interview she reveals why she stood up for two Muslim subway riders being harassed in New York City.

Environmentalists gather at Trump Tower for a teach in. Jamie Tyberg, from New York Communities for Change, is on the back left. Yasmina Price, of the DSA Climate Justice, is on right with 350 NYC's Marilyn Vlasta front left.

Environmentalists Take to Trump Tower, Occupy Public Garden

The teach-in was intended to highlight environmental justice and how the president’s actions have harmed frontline communities.

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The #BodegaStrike in 10 Tweets

Yemeni-American convenience store owners in New York City closed their shops and joined with supporters for a thousands-strong protest against Donald Trump’s executive orders targeting immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, including Yemen.

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Shaun King Launches 'Injustice Boycott' Against State Violence

The New York Daily News columnist launched the first phase of the boycott in San Francsco, New York City and Standing Rock.

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WATCH: #TrumpProtests Take Over Streets Nationwide

From New York City to Los Angeles, Americas are expressing their displeasure with the election of Donald Trump.

Activists Sue FBI, DHS for Movement for Black Lives Surveillance Info

Color Of Change’s Brandi Collins “It is clear the Department of Homeland Security and FBI are continuing their disturbing legacy of employing secretive surveillance tactics with murky legal parameters to chill The Movement for Black Lives.”

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Meet Swet Shop Boys, the Desi Hip-Hop Group Powering Through Racial Profiling

Made up of former-Das Racist member Himanshu “Heems” Suri, actor/rapper Riz “Riz MC” Ahmed and producer Tom “Redinho” Calvert, the Swet Shop Boys explore the everyday struggles of South Asian and other Brown people moving through a world full of racial profiling and dangerous stereotypes. 

The South Street Seaport, an area of lower Manhattan that was severely flooded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

FEMA and NYC Revise Flood Maps With Climate Change and Affordability in Mind

The agency is taking preventative steps in New York, but it refused to do so after storms ravaged Louisiana.

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AAPI Orgs, Activists Join Forces for New Voter Mobilization Initiative and Concerts

#IAmAsianAmerican launched today with plans to register 15,000 Asian-American millenials to vote through via free concerts in four cities on October 16.

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Racist Trolls Force Yelp to Shut Down Ahmad Khan Rahami's Family's Restaurant Page

Yelp spokesperson: “Reviews aren’t the place for rants about a business’s employment practices, political ideologies, extraordinary circumstances, or other matters that don’t address the core of the consumer experience.”

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Cop Who Killed Eric Garner Has Received Several Raises

Daughter Erica Garner tweeted: “This seems like movies.”

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Woman Charged With Hate Crime After Allegedly Attacking Muslim Women, Infants

Court documents say Emirjeta Xhelili tried to rip the hijab off two mothers in Brooklyn last week.