For supporting the civil rights movement, Mississippi newspaper publisher Hazel Brannon Smith endured more than 20 years of violence, ostracism and economic strangulation, and became the first woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
I wonder how many other people paused last Sunday to remember where they were 10 years ago on May 4, and recall what they were doing;. I was walking through Sproul Plaza on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley when an acquaintance from countless demonstrations walked up to me. He was crying.…
As you think about whether to cast your vote for President for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, think about health, immigration and our city: they’re all connected.
In a city where racial divisions are an open sore as raw as anywhere in the country, New York's mayors are doomed to be defined by racial strife. Howard Beach summed up the years of coded insults directed at the city's black and Latino residents during the Koch years. Crown Heights fixed an image of…
A developer's threat to an enchanting little park offers a textbook example of the way political fixers manipulate New York City's government--and of the need for communities to fight back.
New York has lavished millions on creating river front parks in Manhattan, but in the Bronx City Hall wants to take park land away.
How a proposed law that would cap the amount of garbage that can be dumped on the South Bronx, North Brooklyn and Southern Queens, went from near-certain passage to imminent defeat offers a text book example of the city’s backroom politics.
A tone-deaf developer throws a "Bronx Is Burning" party to celebrate re-branding the South Bronx to make it more appealing to gentrifiers.
The refusal of leading American news outlets to reprint the Charlie Hebdo cartoons declares that in perilous times there are visions that must not be imagined and thoughts that must not be uttered.
The city is supposed to build a new garbage facility in Manhattan to relieve the South Bronx of the unfair burden it has shouldered for years. Now, though, some politicians are wavering.