Civil Rights & Social Justice
Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
A New York City Council member is asking the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity to find housing for several families who were displaced as the charity carried out a project to buy and renovate buildings in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Though the properties were purportedly long vacant, a ProPublica investigation published last week found that tenants in several buildings were pressured to leave shortly before the charity moved to buy them.
Amid outrage over a law that empowers the NYPD to remove people from their homes without giving them the opportunity to go before a judge, the de Blasio administration is resisting legislative reforms. City Hall argues that safeguards are already in place to protect the rights of defendants, and that any changes can be handled internally.
About 28 percent of New York City apartments subject to rent limits can easily get around them. It takes New York housing officials six to nine months to resolve overcharge complaints from renters. And surprisingly few tenants ever file harassment complaints against their landlords — only 207 last year in a city with hundreds of thousands of renters in regulated apartments.
With the last Republican and Democratic debates both held in Michigan (Detroit and Flint, respectively), the Flint water crisis continues to command the national stage. But long before the public health emergency became a presidential campaign issue, Curt Guyette, an investigative journalist for the ACLU of Michigan, was one of the first people to help prove that the city’s drinking water was poisoned.
In his new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant examines the circumstances that give rise to truly original thinkers and groundbreaking ideas. Throughout Originals, the Wharton School of Business professor shares stories from the fields of business, politics and sports, and his chapter exploring the psychology of speaking truth to power – whether it be federal whistleblowers, or a middle-level employee with an innovative idea – holds several lessons for investigative journalists and the people on which they report. For this week’s podcast, ProPublica reporter David Epstein talks with Grant about takeaways from the book.
Apple fought back against the FBI again yesterday, filing a court order to vacate, and citing the 1st and 5th Amendments to defend its refusal to build a back door to the iPhone.
The police officers who shot Ryan Ronquillo were in compliance with department policy and will not be disciplined, the Denver Police Department announced Thursday morning. The ruling, which comes after an extended secondary investigation by multiple agencies, is the same as that made by Denver’s district attorney more than a year and a half ago, devastating Ronquillo’s family.
Mayor Bill de Blasio commented for the first time Monday on the Daily News/ProPublica’s investigation into the NYPD’s use of the nuisance abatement law to boot hundreds of people from homes — saying while he supports the underlying “concept” of the law to keep neighborhoods safe, he thinks “there should always be due process” and promised to “look carefully at protocols.”
The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven’t Committed a Crime - And it’s happening almost exclusively in minority neighborhoods.