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Day: <span>March 22, 2012</span>

View From Here: Trayvon Martin / Stop-and-Frisk

Listening to Trayvon Martin’s extended terrorized screams for help that can be heard in the background of a 911 caller, as Zimmerman tracked him and cornered him, or Ramarley Graham cowering in a corner of the bathroom while a policeman stood and shot him, made real the understanding that even now, in 2012, an African-American […]readmore

Kings County Politics (KPC)

At press time, in a senate race seemingly to nowhere, Republican candidate David Storobin clung to an unofficial 120 vote over Democratic City Councilman Lew Fidler in the special election to replace former state senator and convicted felon Carl Kruger in the 27th State Senate District. According to the New York City Board of Elections […]readmore

News Briefs, March 22, 2012

East New York, Brownsville lead city in stop-and-frisks Two police precincts covering Easy New York and Brownsville led the city in stop-and-frisks, according to a recent New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) preliminary report leaked to the press. The 75th precinct in East New York topped the list, counting the most people stopped – 31,100 […]readmore

Alternatives to Stop-And-Frisk

New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly issued a challenge for local lawmakers to come up with ideas other than stop-and-frisk measures to reduce crime in communities of color and Central Brooklyn’s elected officials responded with a boatload. Kelly issued the challenge on March 13 when he was grilled before the New York City Council […]readmore

Restoration Plaza At Odds With Sonny Carson’s Organization

As Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza continues eviction proceedings against one of the community’s oldest grass roots organizations, a City Council member from outside the district said he is willing to mediate to resolve the issue. Restoration Plaza was established during the height of the Civil Rights Movement with the help of Bobby Kennedy under the mandate […]readmore

Feds step in to investigate shooting death of unarmed black

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law questioned amid allegations of a cover up By Aimena Lipscomb The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division have stepped in to further investigate the Trayvon Martin tragedy. Martin, a 17-year-old, 140 lb unarmed teen, was shot and killed February 26 by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, the self-appointed town watch […]readmore

Cong. Ed Towns Holds Field Hearing on Foreclosure & Mortgage

Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-NY), 10th CD, former chair and now ranking member, of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on mortgage servicing practices and the foreclosure crisis, obviously dismayed over the rising number of foreclosures in Brooklyn – 16,000 in the past year – convened a field Congressional hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Monday […]readmore

Governor Cuomo and Senate Republicans Play ‘Let’s Pretend’ on Pension

Does anybody read the NYS Constitution anymore? Last week in the dead of night, the NYS Legislature addressed a number of bills on Assembly and Senate redistricting, a DNA database, casino gambling, performance evaluations for educators, the establishment of the independent redistricting commission, and pension reform. All but one was passed with a simple majority […]readmore