Russell S. Novack, a Legal Aid lawyer who represents low-level offenders in court in Midtown Manhattan, said that some of those arrested in recent weeks in the subway system “don’t all fit the profile of the homeless panhandler.”
“In recent weeks,” Mr. Novak said, “I represented a woman arrested for selling churros in the subway system,” as well as a steady stream of people who were arrested after asking passers-by for MetroCard swipes so they could pass through the subway turnstiles.
One of the *new* stop-and-frisks that aren’t called stop and frisk.
— Cheryl LaBash via Facebook
Washington — US lawmakers said Monday they will introduce a “critical” economic support package to Ukraine authorizing $1 billion in loans to the nation in the grips of a geopolitical face-off with neighbor Russia.
Republicans and Democrats agree: Money for neo-Nazis and war, not for SNAP food assistance.
WOOLWORTH SIT-DOWN STRIKE – February 27, 1937
Detail from THE CITY AT THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY
Mural Commissioned for the Puffin Gallery of Social Activism
Museum of the City of New York
by Mike Alewitz – (Work in Progress)
Info on this amazing strike by militant women workers
Via Mike Alewitz
By Rosa Harris, Kasama Project
They say we are broken. They say we have no hope. They say we are bottom feeders, welfare queens, addicts, inhuman, and worthless. But they are full of shit and I want to share with you some stories about how full of shit they are.
In the 1940s the federal government built a housing development in Detroit, due to 200,000 Black residents being faced with a housing crisis, living in poor, unsanitary conditions. In 1942, African Americans were set to move into the Sojourner Truth Homes, but were faced with opposition.
A mob of 1,200 angry protesters showed up to the community with bricks, clubs, weapons and blocked entrances. Eventually, 168 black families moved into the development. This is a photo of 14 year old boy being carried away by police during the event as his sister protests.
A sheet of plastic laid over a clothesline. A mini-fortress of milk crates stacked under a tree. A thin mattress on a flimsy crate lying in a dark tunnel.
On the edge of Baltimore’s woodlands, dozens of the city’s transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters.
Photographer Ben Marcin has captured some of the shanties in his thought-provoking photo essay, ‘The Camps’, documenting the struggle, loneliness and ingenuity of Maryland’s people of the woods.
From Picture the Homeless:
Some of our members have already written powerful responses, captured here on our blog. But statements are not enough.
On Sunday, February 23rd, we’ll gather at NYPD headquarters to hold a press conference condemning this blatant violation of our rights.
3PM, Sunday February 23rd
1 Police Plaza (4/5/6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; behind the Municipal Building)
We really really need your help, at either or both of these important actions. We knew that when Bratton returned as NYPD commissioner, bad policing was on its way - but if we fight back fast and hard, we can show him that a lot has changed in New York City since he’s been away, and folks won’t stand for profiling of any kind!