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New York City Policing at the Crossroads

New York City Policing at the Crossroads

BY FREDERIC GINYARD | Police criminalization of poor, queer, and trans communities of color, in the form of state-sanctioned genocide, has become the standard approach in New York City and across the country. With the departure of Commissioner Bill Bratton, New York City is at a crossroads and needs real progressive leadership. We already know our […]

Gun Control Key Focus of Second Stonewall Vigil for Orlando Victims

Gun Control Key Focus of Second Stonewall Vigil for Orlando Victims

BY DUNCAN OSBRNE |  What was billed as a vigil for the people murdered by a gunman in an Orlando nightclub quickly became a rally in support of gun control legislation as elected officials, the head of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), and even a trauma surgeon called for tougher federal laws to control […]

Homeland Security Must Put Up or Shut Up

Homeland Security Must Put Up or Shut Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Manhattan raid was carried out midday, with newspaper photographers and TV camera crews conveniently on hand to record law enforcement agents exiting rentboy.com’s 14th Street office, evidence in hand. Homeland Security led the charge, and the NYPD backed them up. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was quoted as shocked, shocked, shocked such […]

Bill Bratton’s Possibly Inadvertent Truthiness About Marijuana

Bill Bratton’s Possibly Inadvertent Truthiness About Marijuana

BY NATHAN RILEY | New York needs to take marijuana seriously. People are dying because we won’t create legal markets and offer the protection of the law to marijuana sellers. Commissioner Bill Bratton recently turned an elementary question of law and order into a joke with rhetorical overkill: “People are killing each other over marijuana more […]

NYPD to Curb Seizing Sex Workers’ Condoms

NYPD to Curb Seizing Sex Workers’ Condoms

BY RYAN HOWE | New York City police will significantly limit the seizure of condoms as evidence during prostitution arrests, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced in a May 12 release. The former policy was criticized by advocacy groups and health officials for undermining the efforts to protect prostitutes and their clients from HIV and other STD […]

With Fewer Sponsors, Anti-Gay St. Pat’s Parade Protested for 23rd Year

With Fewer Sponsors, Anti-Gay St. Pat’s Parade Protested for 23rd Year

BY ANDY HUMM | By legend, St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. The question in 2014 is whether beer companies pulling their sponsorship can drive the homophobia out of the New York and Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parades. On the eve of these parades, Sam Adams pulled its sponsorship from the Boston event and […]

Harnessing Familiar Hands to Chart Progressive Course

Harnessing Familiar Hands to Chart Progressive Course

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | When introducing Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, his pick for deputy mayor for health and human services, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio noted she had been a nun for five years and a proponent of liberation theology, a political movement in the Roman Catholic Church that found support for economic equality in scripture. Proponents of that theology were eventually […]