Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic nominee for New York’s 14th Congressional District, high-fives a voter on primary election day in June. Photo Courtesy of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez Stumps, Fundraises Across the U.S.

Is it possible to leverage 17,000 votes into a national political movement? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying.

The 28-year-old liberal activist, who was nearly unknown outside of Queens and the Bronx until a surprise June victory over a 10-term incumbent in New York’s Democratic congressional primary, has been crisscrossing the country in recent weeks to stump for fellow progressives.

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Barros, a Maspeth resident and undocumented immigrant, faces deportation today. He is pictured with his daughter on the day of her high school graduation. GoFundMe Photo by Eileen Barros

Moya Pleads With Judge To Halt Deportation of Maspeth Taxi Driver, Father of 2

Time is running out for Maspeth resident Edisson Barros, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador who faces deportation today.

Barros is detained inside Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, NJ and is scheduled to be deported today.

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Council Member Adrienne Adams represents District 28 in Queens. // Photo courtesy of Adrienne Adams

ADAMS: ‘Food Swamps’ and the Danger of Dehumanizing Language

An area that deserves serious attention is the proliferation of dehumanizing language popping up in public discourse. We must actively call out, protest, and reject any rhetoric that reduces individuals or communities of people to anything less than human beings.

The recent report by Public Health Solutions that deems parts of Queens “food swamps,” or neighborhoods where healthy food options are outnumbered by fast food and junk food retailers, is dehumanizing to the people of these communities.

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District 24 Council Member Rory Lancman // Photo Courtesy of Rory Lancman

LANCMAN: Supervised Release Is Answer For ‘Fairer and Sensible’ Justice System

New York City’s bail system is costly, inefficient and unjust. Everyday, thousands of people languish on Rikers Island, who have not been found guilty of any crime, solely because they cannot afford to pay bail. In essence, these individuals are stuck in jail, not because they are too dangerous to release, but because they cannot afford to buy their freedom.

Until a few years ago, there was no solution to combat this crisis. Today, however, the answer is supervised release.

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Tom McCarthy, Department of Corrections Historian and an Eagle Contributor

Strong Message From DA After CO Slashing Reminds Us Of Rikers’ Bronx Connection

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office recently issued a press release about the sentencing of a young inmate for his role helping another prisoner viciously slash a Correction Officer’s face. Given the volume of criminal offenses handled by that county prosecutor’s office, spotlighting this particular case meant that the DA had a very particular message she wanted to air, loud and clear.

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Choices Women’s Medical Center Founder, President and CEO Merle Hoffman. Photos courtesy of Choices.

Out of the Closet—One By One

The year was 1971 and I was 25 years old. Abortion had been legal in New York for just a few months and I was about to counsel the first patient that came to Choices for an abortion.

Just a few months earlier, abortion was criminalized and considered a sin or a desperate pathological act.
But that day at Choices, abortion was real. This woman came from New Jersey because abortion was still illegal in that state.

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Claire R. Thomas, Director, of the Asylum Clinic and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School || Credit: Claire R. Thomas

‘Why Am I In Jail?’ Wonder Asylum-Seekers Fleeing Hell

“I’ve never been in prison before,” the detained immigrants ask. “Do you have any advice for me?” People who escaped violence and persecution in their home countries must spend months inside Upstate New York jails. And they don’t know why.

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Queens Borough Hall//NYC.gov

NYC Charter Revision Commission Holds Public Hearing at Borough Hall

Speak up and shape the city.

The New York City Charter Revision Commission will hold a public hearing tonight at 6 p.m. Queens Borough Hall, located at 20-55 Queens Blvd in Kew Gardens. The commission seeks suggestions from Queens residents on how to revise the document that defines and outlines civic life in the city.

The public hearing is part of the five-borough Charter Week, a series that seeks to gain input from various community stakeholders on what they would like to see the commission address in a revised charter.

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