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DOJ Should Investigate Garner Death, Broken Windows Say NY Pols

Thursday, August 14, 2014

WNYC

Congress members say it's time for the feds to step in and handle Eric Garner inquiry.

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WNYC News

NYC Political Leaders Take Stop-and-Frisk Issue to Capitol Hill

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

For the first time, New York City leaders will make a concerted effort to formally bring the stop-and-frisk issue to the attention of Congress.

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The Empire

Can Brooklyn's historical black Congressional district survive?

Monday, December 05, 2011

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In our first installment examining how the decennial redistricting process affects—and is affected by—ethnic and racial communities of interest, we took a look at Queens’ growing Asian community who are calling for more opportunities to be part of the political process. We made our own plurality Asian Congressional district, which brought up the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the role it’s played in New York City politics.

Few communities have benefited more from the VRA than the black community. While Harlem has been cast as the symbolic center for black politics in New York City, the real epicenter of black political power is Brooklyn. It has been, and remains, the borough with the largest African American, Caribbean and continental African population.

But as with the rest of the city, Brooklyn’s black population is in a state of flux. A number of external and internal forces have reduced the relative and absolute population of people of African descent, and the trend lines going forward indicate a city that will continue to be less black. The waning size of the black population—sooner or later—will have a corresponding effect on black political power in the city.

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