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04.06.2020

The Meaning of Floyd From Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, NY

The Meaning of Floyd From Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, NY

By Gustavo Espinoza & Jhon Sánchez ‘Floyd’ in the dictionary of names is a surname that means ‘gray-haired.’ In 2013, It was also the leading plaintiff in the case against the City of York for the unconstitutional stop and frisk practices during the Bloomberg administration. Today, it means the knee… »

04.06.2020

A Letter from a Yale student to the Chinese American Community

A Letter from a Yale student to the Chinese American Community

To the Chinese American Community: My name is Eileen Huang, and I am a junior at Yale University studying English. I was asked to write a reflection, maybe even a poem, on Chinese American history after watching Asian Americans, the new documentary on PBS. However, I find it hard to… »

03.06.2020

Crisis and the Will to Help

Crisis and the Will to Help

By Jhon Sánchez Since the first moment the coronavirus crisis started, there have been a blooming of organizations, mutual funds, or groups of neighbors who get together to help the unemployed, the undocumented, or the disabled. People have different motivations to do selfless acts. I think of the volunteers of… »

03.06.2020

The Murder of George Floyd Is Normal in an Abnormal Society

The Murder of George Floyd Is Normal in an Abnormal Society

By Vijay Prashad Silence There is no need to write these words, no need to read them. All this has been written before. There is no need to wonder why George Floyd (age 46) was murdered in broad daylight in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020. The script of his… »

01.06.2020

Minneapolis Protests at Epicenter of Nationwide Uprising Met with More Police Violence

Minneapolis Protests at Epicenter of Nationwide Uprising Met with More Police Violence

Protests erupted across the United States as people continued to take to the streets over the weekend following the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd by white police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. Curfews have been enacted in at least 40 cities, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle. The National… »

31.05.2020

NYC Rally: Justice For George

NYC Rally: Justice For George

New Yorkers massed Friday at Foley Square and the Barclays Center to protest police brutality after the death of George Floyd, who died Monday after a white Minneapolis cop pressed his knee into the 46-year-old black man’s neck. »

31.05.2020

‘Insanity Outside the White House’: After Trump Stokes Tensions, Fresh Clashes Between Police and Protesters in US Capitol

‘Insanity Outside the White House’: After Trump Stokes Tensions, Fresh Clashes Between Police and Protesters in US Capitol

“I call upon our city and our nation to exercise great restraint even while this President continues to try to divide us,” said DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser in response to president’s comments. By Common Dreams staff As protests against police violence and the killing of George Floyd continued in… »

30.05.2020

“It Was Murder”: Minneapolis Demands Charges in Police Killing of George Floyd, Calls to Defund Cops

“It Was Murder”: Minneapolis Demands Charges in Police Killing of George Floyd, Calls to Defund Cops

As thousands take to the streets of Minneapolis to protest against the police killing of George Floyd for the third night in a row, we go to Minneapolis to speak with City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison. Police pointed an automatic rifle at his head in 2015 when he was peacefully protesting… »

30.05.2020

My Corona Hug

My Corona Hug

By Henry Cruz New Yorkers like me have a complicated relationship with hugs. I first noticed it a few years back after this dude in Times Square holding a FREE HUGS sign gave me an insincere and awkward half-hug. Without missing a beat, Mr. Free Hugs said, “Hey, gimme a… »

30.05.2020

An Open Letter to Joe Biden on Race

An Open Letter to Joe Biden on Race

We need the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to be better than Trump. But we also need him to be better than himself. By Sonali Kolhatkar Dear Mr. Vice President Joe Biden, You showed up in public on Memorial Day weekend for the first time in weeks and I… »

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