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Today, the new documentary film MLK/FBI is available to screen. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, it's a dark and revealing update to civil rights movement history. That, and an older Dr. King film, are the subjects of this edition of Fishko Files. MLK/FBI is out today in select theatres and on VOD. King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis is av…
 
A U.S. Army soldier was arrested Tuesday for trying to assist ISIS by plotting to kill fellow soldiers in the Middle East and providing advice on potential terrorist targets in New York, including the 9/11 Memorial, according to the Department of Justice. Cole James Bridges, 20, who also went by Cole Gonzales, was charged with trying to provide mat…
 
Unlike other controversial executive orders that President Donald Trump signed, a proposal by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal to remove almost all undocumented immigrants from public housing has quietly disappeared—a rare example of the Republican administration backing down on a hardline immigration policy. Read more at Gothamist.…
 
New Jersey reserved 214,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for nursing homes and other assisted living facilities but less than a quarter of the shots have been used. The vaccines are being administered by CVS and Walgreens under a federal partnership that's been adopted by 48 other states, including New York. But state officials say just 50,000 doses have…
 
The COVID positivity rate inside prisons is around 18 percent — twice that of the general public. And recent data from the state shows there are currently large COVID-19 outbreaks in about half of New York's 52 prisons. Some of the worst outbreaks are occurring at facilities in the state's North Country region. For example, Gouverneur Correctional …
 
New York Senator Chuck Schumer will become majority leader on Wednesday when President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take office. Schumer assumes his new role after serving in the chamber for more than two decades. Before that, he represented Brooklyn and Queens in the House of Representatives for 18 years. Schumer's former…
 
When insurrectionists ransacked the U.S. Capitol, John McBeth, a church deacon and civil rights activist, was already helping to plan a march to protest a flurry of racist and anti-Semitic fliers that had just popped up near his home on Staten Island. “It was about the fliers, and then it moved to what happened to the Capitol,” McBeth said. “Our be…
 
Protesters who believe falsehoods that the election was stolen from President Trump planned to rally at state capitols Sunday. But in Trenton, WNYC's Matt Katz found just one Trump supporter. The man, who identified himself as Donovan from Toms River, NJ, carried a sign that read "supreme courts betray America," a reference to the fact that state s…
 
Workers at the produce section of the Hunts Point Cooperative Market in the Bronx are on strike. There could be a ripple effect throughout the city. Hunts Point has been called Costco on steroids. That’s because 60 percent of produce in the city flows through the market. And workers earning on average $40,000 a year unloading produce are asking for…
 
New Jersey's statehouse in Trenton remained quiet on Sunday despite concerns that pro-Trump supporters were planning armed marches across state capitols. Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora said he was relieved. "It appears there's more skateboarders than protestors but we can't really take anything for granted. We've had all levels of law enforcement coll…
 
An investigation in The Guardian this week revealed that Zello, a walkie-talkie app used by 150 million people worldwide, had been used by insurrectionists who stormed the capitol on January 6th. For years, Zello had been used for recruitment and organizing by far-right militia groups, including some based in the tri-state-area. Now, the company sa…
 
New Jersey has administered more than 310,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. But a very small percentage has gone to the African American and Latino populations. Only 4 percent have been administered to Black people and 5 percent to Latinos, according to data from the state. That's despite the fact that both groups make up about a third of New Jers…
 
President-elect Joe Biden has released plans for a nearly $2 trillion dollar stimulus package. Some of that money would go to public transit around the country, giving the MTA hope it can stave off service cuts. This year, the MTA just narrowly avoided draconian service and job cuts, when congress passed a last minute relief package. It has enough …
 
Attorney General Tish James is seeking a court-appointed monitor to oversee changes to how the NYPD handles protests. It's part of James's lawsuit against the NYPD, accusing the department of violating protesters' civil rights. If the attorney general is successful in getting a monitor, that would put the NYPD would be under two federal monitorship…
 
There were four members of Congress from New York among the 147 Republicans who objected to certifying the presidential election last week — even after the Capitol came under siege by insurrectionists. All four members continue to defend their vote. WNYC and Gothamist spent the week digging in to find out who some of their biggest financial backers…
 
Americans are still digesting the last week’s attack on our seat of government. The disconnect between the police response at our nation’s Capitol and the violence employed by many police to suppress peaceful protesters, last spring and summer, has emerged as a central focus in the long-standing national discourse about race and policing. The WNYC …
 
In his fourth and final State of the State speech this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a broad infrastructure plan for New York’s future, one that he says will jump start the economy. The $306 billion plan focuses on midtown Manhattan, and would include a new train station called Penn South for NJ Transit commuters and a new Port Authority bus…
 
Many of New Jersey's vaccination sites ran out of appointments hours after Gov. Phil Murphy widened the pool of those eligible to get the coronavirus shot by more than 4 million people. Those 65 years or older or aged 14-to-64 with underlying medical conditions can now receive the vaccine, in a major expansion of the state's vaccination program and…
 
In the six weeks after a federal judge in New York ordered the Trump administration to restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and accept first-time applicants along with renewals, more than 31,000 applications were submitted, according to government documents filed with the court. But it’s unlikely any have yet been approved because…
 
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for the second time on Wednesday. Ten Republicans broke party-rank to vote for it, and many swing-district Democrats—hesitant to impeach Trump the first time around—were more willing after the raid on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday. New Jersey Democratic Congressman Tom Malinowski …
 
There hasn’t been overnight subway service for 9 months now, and it may not return before the end of the year. That’s because the MTA says it has to clean train cars to combat COVID-19. But the cleaning doesn’t stop the main way the virus is spread through the air and the shutdown has real-life costs, especially now that 24-hour vaccine centers are…
 
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is alleging that the Trump Administration is protecting dozens of border control officers involved in secret, racist Facebook groups. Maloney, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Customs and Border Protection provided incomplete and overly redacted documents in response to a subpoena for docu…
 
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