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I’m a white teacher who chose a high-poverty school for my daughter. Here’s why.

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Alie Stumpf on January 11, 2019. Reprinted with permission. When I read Saratu Ghartey’s story last fall that beautifully and honestly captured her experience touring, searching for, and finally selecting a “good” preschool for her...

Have The Dyker Heights Lights Become A Christmas Nightmare? – OPINION

By: City Councilman Justin Brannan and Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann When most people talk about Christmas in New York City, they usually mention the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the stunning holiday...

‘Public charge’ rule change would strip access to care, pack emergency rooms – OPINION

By Larry McReynolds, Executive Director of the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone in Brooklyn A proposed rule to limit the path to permanent U.S. residency for so-called public charges is an insult to the hard-working...

In The Trenches: American Dystopia (COLUMN)

CROWN HEIGHTS - When my parents arrived in the United States having fled war-torn Uganda, they never imagined the country they would risk life and limb for would descend into this, a backward sliding...

Not Doing Us Proud: Silence Speaks Volumes – and Matters (OPINION)

By Jay Brown and Rachel Posner  On August 15, 2017, long-time Marty Golden employee and loyalist John Quaglione stood in front of a crowd at Xaverian High School and said this: “I’d be remiss not to...

Kings County Democratic Committee – Time To Engage With Your Members! OPINION

By Yaneth Lombana, LMSW, Trauma therapist and County Committee Member 56 AD 91 ED CROWN HEIGHTS - One of the nation’s largest Democratic county organizations, the Kings County Committee, is located in Brooklyn and has the power...

Cy Vance is Dangerously Aligned with the Trump Administration – OPINION

By Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change. It’s not a secret: the Trump Administration’s policies are ravaging our communities, causing damage that will take decades to rectify.  Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is doing...

Stop Politicizing Our Schools – OPINION

By: Steve Saperstein, Candidate for the 46th Assembly Seat As a New York City public school teacher, I'm excited to start another year of school teaching bright minds and young adults. However, as a candidate...

In The Trenches: Reform Grows in Brooklyn

“Sounds like a suicide mission.” This was a common refrain I heard from most of Brooklyn’s political establishment when I ran as an insurgent for Congress earlier this year against Rep. Yvette Clarke. Yet...

A Green Dream Along the BQE – OPINION

By Borough President Eric L. Adams and Rick Russo, the Acting President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. In a borough with so much activity and congestion — the most populous of New York City...

Bursting Park Slope’s Progressive Bubble – Opinion

By Jane Willis, Park Slope resident who spent the summer canvassing for Kashif Hussain in her neighborhood. In the heat of the first day of the Judge Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings on September 4th, the heat...

To the man on Avenue H who told me to “take it off”

FLATBUSH - I pass the Avenue H subway station every morning. There are always men who sit on the chairs in front of the station taking a hit of weed.  Quite frankly, the area stinks. ...

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Brooklyn GOP Should Revoke Invitation to Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Speaker Sebastian Gorka [OPINION]

May 14, 2018 To the Kings County Republican Party: Last month news leaked that the Brooklyn GOP would be hosting a fundraiser in Dyker Heights, featuring as guest speaker noted anti-Semitic and Islamophobic propagandist Sebastian Gorka. Gorka, who...

Internet-Enabled Services Create Opportunity For Brooklyn Communities And Small Businesses – OPINION

By: Representative Yvette D. Clarke and Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman The internet is about opportunity. Its evolution continues to open doors for students to further their education, for communities to exchange ideas,...