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New York City “Ends Qualified Immunity” — A Little Bit

The media is celebrating NYC as the first major U.S. city to “end qualified immunity” for cops who commit criminal acts --- but the legislation that passed is far from a full ban on the statute that protects cops from legal retribution.

Strikers and supporters prepare food in the strike kitchen during the Little Falls Textile Strike.

On This Day: The Little Falls Textile Strike of 1912

On January 3, 1913, workers across New York won their demands after eighty-seven days on strike.

Image of Corey Booker, a white man with a beard in a black suit with a blue tie, in front of a sign that says New York City Council on top and City Hall on the bottom.

New York City Hall Staffers Unionize

After years of organizing, the Association of Legislative Employees becomes the first legislative staff union in New York state.

MTA Temporarily Averts Austerity. A Wealth Tax Could Save It.

The full MTA budget includes anticipated funding from a yet-to-be-passed coronavirus relief package. Cuomo could easily solve the MTA’s budget problem by taxing the rich.

Did Republican Felon Disenfranchisement Deliver Florida for Trump?

In 2018, Florida voters restored voting rights to over 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people. Because of a Republican-backed bill passed in 2019, however, very few of these people were actually able to vote in the 2020 election. With a close race in Florida, did this tip the scales in Trump's favor?

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Pandemic Exacerbates Precarity of Arts Workers

Arts workers were among the first to become unemployed during the pandemic, and will likely be some of the last people who are able to return to work. With unemployment benefits scheduled to run out well before theatres can safely reopen, arts unions must mobilize their members to demand relief.

Not Until It’s Safe: Educators and Community Protest Rushed School Reopening

Schools in New York City have been open for just four days. The kids aren't even in the classroom yet and 55 people have already tested positive for Covid-19. Teachers across the city organized pickets protesting against unsafe reopening of NYC schools.