“These words are outdated, and loaded words used to dehumanize the people they describe. It’s time to retire them,” Moya said. “Words matter. The language we choose to use has power and consequences. It’s time we as a city use our language to acknowledge people as people, rather than to dehumanize them and divide us.” … [Read more...] about New York City Outlaws Use of ‘Alien,’ ‘Illegal Immigrant’; All Now Referred to as ‘Noncitizens’
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He also had a message for protesters. “If you are angry with the government, if you are angry with the elected leaders, direct that anger to all of us, because if we haven’t done enough, we are the ones who should be held responsible," he said. “But the police officer in front of you is a working man or woman just trying to do their job.” … [Read more...] about Demonstrators take to New York City streets in Floyd protest
“It might be a while until I get to experience the real New York,” Patel allowed. “But that means I get to gradually see everything come back to life [and] experience what really makes New York so special. I have a lot of compassion for New York even though I’ve never been and I know it’s the people, their energy, and the special community that makes it unique. Now, I get to participate in rebuilding it. That’s pretty special to me. Like being part of history of a city I’ve always admired, you know?” … [Read more...] about Not Everyone Is Fleeing New York City. These People Can’t Wait to Move In.
“You’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t,” Cantone said in response to the mayor’s position. “It’s not working this way. I have to take a chance or we have to take a chance. If there’s repercussions, there’s repercussions.” … [Read more...] about ‘Let The People Decide’: New York City Business Owners Defy State Orders, Reopen Early
Four officers were fired Tuesday and one of them, Derek Gauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder Friday. Protests and rioting took place across the U.S., from New York City and Washington, D.C., to Chicago; Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Ky., and Dallas, to San Jose, Calif. Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. … [Read more...] about De Blasio promises ‘independent review’ after anti-cop riots in New York City