Al Sharpton, who clashed endlessly with the Giuliani administration, doesn’t sound thrilled with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s decision to re-appoint Mr. Giuliani’s police commissioner as the city’s top cop.
In a statement released this morning just as news of Bill Bratton’s appointment was trickling out, Mr. Sharpton, who has had a warm relationship with Mr. de Blasio, offered a mixed assessment of Mr. Bratton’s record, which includes stints as chief of both the Boston and Los Angeles police departments.
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With performances by stage stars like Kate Baldwin, Zachary Prince, Nellie McKay, Anthony Rapp, Clinton Curtis, and Tony Award winners Randy Graff and Tonya Pinkins, among others, the 11th annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom benefit, hosted by Susan Blackwell, is like a live mixtape of your favorite songs from the Great White Way. The Read More
The NYCLU’s fight against the constitution challenging Stop-and-Frisk policy went mobile today. The organization wants you to police the police. The “Stop-and-Frisk Watch” app is designed for bystanders to easily shoot and upload videos of the NYPD’s interaction with civilians.
“The police are very fond of saying, ‘If you’re not doing anything wrong Read More
off the record
Since the surprise raid on Occupy Wall Street’s encampment in Zuccotti Park last Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg’s office has been in full spin mode. First defending the actions of the New York Police Department, then minimizing the magnitude of Thursday’s demonstrations and now loudly arresting an Al Qaeda sympathizer and would-be terrorist the FBI had determined wasn’t a major threat.
The New York Civil Liberties Union took advantage of the holiday spirit of love today and published a Valentine’s Day poem in support of same-sex marriage legislation: “Republicans are red, /Democrats are blue, /But love transcends political parties, /We know this is true.” Catchy, kinda of!
The poem comes with a message to the group’s Read More
ALBANY—Groups and scholars on both sides of the court case related to the constitutionality of David Paterson's appointment of Richard Ravitch have filed amicus briefs ahead of a court hearing August 17.
The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a brief last week supporting the governor's position–that Ravitch's appointment is appropriate Read More
ALBANY—First in the mail, then in print, and now on the interweb.
The New York Civil Liberties Union posted a holiday message to State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. on YouTube, in which LGBTQ people from the Bronx talked about their experiences coming out. The video ends with a message Read More