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NYC Audubon Society tries to move past racist legacy with new names

The New York City chapter of the Audubon Society is making a significant change, confronting the white supremacist legacy of its namesake by choosing a new name.  Last March, New York City Audubon board of directors voted to change its name citing “Audubon” is a barrier to inclusivity in birding and conservation. They’re inviting everyone…

Negotiations over possible immigration deal seem to collapse

After much buildup, it seems like negotiations over an immigration restrictionist deal in Congress have collapsed, tepid denials from leadership notwithstanding.  While this might be hand-waved away as just another attempt by Congress to do, well, much of anything, there’s a key distinction here from prior efforts related to the diffuse notion of “comprehensive immigration…

We speak your language: Which translation services are available to NYC public schools families

As part of the public school Gifted and Talented Kindergarten application process, parents of children not currently enrolled in Universal Pre-Kindergarten are interviewed by Department of Education employees to ascertain whether the applicant qualifies for inclusion into the G&T lottery. During this assessment, families are asked whether the child poses many questions? Whether they engage…

How NYC communities can fight home-flipping

Constant calls on your cell phone, knocks on your door and daily fliers from investors making cash offers on your home — you don’t need to be at risk of foreclosure to be a target.  But the harassment most often happens to longtime low-income Black and Brown homeowners. The aggressors: house “flippers” who buy homes…

The complicated truth about New York’s shoplifting “crisis”

Why we’re seeing more police at chain stores, and what the ethical implications are. Tucked in Governor Kathy Hochul’s preliminary budget announcement last week,— among much-anticipated items like $2.4 billion in asylum seeker funding and plans for education and housing, was  $40.2 million to “address retail theft” —an item so prominent it got its own…

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