Panel on NYC Public Schools, Mayoral Debate Watch Party at CCNY: September 3

In anticipation of our event next week, we published a piece on Monday by Dr. Terri Watson of CCNY’s School of Education where she outlined the problems of Bloomberg-era public school policies. City Limits posted a mention of the event on their blog, as well. Jarrett Murphy, City Limits Publisher, will be moderating the discussion panel. Join us! 

Where: Aaron Davis Hall, Theater B, Convent Avenue at 134th Street

When: Tuesday, September 3, 6-9 PM

Refreshments provided. Free to the public. The League of Women Voters will be present with voter registration materials.

Tending Our Gardens

BMGF NYC School visitsby Terri N. Watson, Ph.D., School of Education, City College of New York

The final line of Tupac Shakur’s elegy “The Rose that Grew from Concrete” reads, “Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else cared.” In this poem the fallen rapper marvels at how a rose flourished despite its perilous environment. This feat rings true not only for Shakur’s rose but also for thousands of children who bloom in New York City’s schools. They grow despite their dismal realities influenced, in part, by Mayor Bloomberg’s school-reform efforts. Continue reading “Tending Our Gardens”

Walking Free While Black: Unlocking Streets, Communities

Some of our most recent national news stories paint a definitive picture: institutional racism, which has a long and painful history for many Americans, is still very much a part of our lives.


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Attorney General Eric Holder promises to overhaul America’s prison system.

by Atreish Ramlakhan

Some of our most recent national news stories paint a definitive picture: institutional racism, which has a long and painful history for many Americans, is still very much a part of our lives.

In particular, the criminal justice system has been under close scrutiny; the Trayvon Martin shooting and subsequent verdict, the stop-and-frisk ruling in New York City, and recent comments by Attorney General Eric Holder about mass incarceration have had all shared prominent media coverage this summer, one by one shedding further light on the rampant racial disparities within the criminal justice system—a system that has grown increasingly unacceptable for many Americans.

Continue reading “Walking Free While Black: Unlocking Streets, Communities”