Most New York City activists want to mend the NYPD. But the author and others want to end it instead.
A growing base of Chinese voters creates a chance for an ethnic first in the contest for a Lower Manhattan Assembly seat. But with three Chinese candidates in the race, the community’s strength could be split.
The mayor tabs a civil-rights lawyer to head the Civilian Complaint Review Board. The police unions cry out. The sequence suggests bold change is afoot. The record suggests otherwise, this author says.
‘We should appeal to the nation’s fundamental altruism, explaining how all of us will benefit from a more inclusive America. Simply scapegoating the one percent just won’t cut it.’
Joel Berg argues that the focus on the 1 percent, and the claim by Bernie Sanders that his backers represented grassroots America, both blur the realities of class, identity and politics in 2016 America.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, Joel Berg takes a hard look at his allies on the Left—from Occupy to Bernie Bros—whose tactics are often less compelling than their politics.
Both conservative law-and-order and liberal-minded urban planning leave poor communities of color in the crosshairs. Public spaces, a theoretically shared space, become battlefields.
In multiple ways, the workers took on the company along the contested front between the new and old economy, and won.
The Vermont socialist may soon remove the capital ‘D’ that has been appended to his name over the course of the race, but his stubborn refusal to prematurely accept The Math has produced a welcome Spring crop of small ‘d’ democracy.
It’s not that unions can’t get behind steps to save the planet. It’s that they can’t endorse policies that don’t also create good jobs.