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Black and Blue

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It is a poignant irony that a long-simmering debate framed in the public mind as pitting white cops against black New Yorkers was brought to a boil by the cold-blooded execution of two officers of color — one Latino, the other Asian-American. Black lives matter, as protesters have said over and […]

Transparency and Trust

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The nation’s two most significant news stories in recent weeks both underscore a critical shortcoming too big to ignore — that government, at all levels, too often fails in its obligations for transparency. Whether it’s about guaranteeing that police conduct toward those they’re sworn to protect is free of abuses or that […]

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a December 4 statement, more than a dozen major groups from New York’s LGBT advocacy community came together to voice their “outrage over the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case.” A day before, a Staten Island grand jury declined to issue an indictment in a wide array of potential […]

Democratic Armageddon and Post-Everything America

BY KELLY COGSWELL  | The Democrats really got clobbered this mid-term. And all the progressives are wailing and gnashing their teeth. Still, we at least have a Democratic president for another two years, so it could be worse. And maybe it will be next election. The Republicans will probably keep the House and Senate and […]

Hillary’s Not Our Mom, and She’s Not Judy Garland

Hillary’s Not Our Mom, and She’s Not Judy Garland

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a recent New York Times article, which was titled “Hillary Clinton’s Gay Rights Evolution” and explored her connection to and, to a lesser extent, her detractors among LGBT voters, longtime activist David Mixner got the last word. Arguing that lesbians and straight women were among the most committed activists during […]

“Systemic” Change Goal of Staten Island Protest    

“Systemic” Change Goal of Staten Island Protest    

BY GERARD FLYNN | Even before it began, the media was suggesting that the August 23 rally in Staten Island to protest the death of Eric Garner in a police chokehold on July 17 would bring trouble, presumably a repeat of the images witnessed earlier in the week in Ferguson, Missouri. A flier from the […]

Allies Aren’t Enough In Ferguson, San Fran

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Another unarmed black man is shot by a white cop, and as the situation explodes, plenty of right-thinking white folks are exhorting each of us blanquitos to become an ally. It’s also what straight folks are supposed to become when another fag gets beaten, another transwoman mutilated and killed. Or a […]