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Federal Immigration Agent Allegedly Inquired About 4th Grader At Queens Public School: Gothamist
RT : A federal immigration official allegedly went to a Queens public school and inquired about a 4th grader
nyc  queens  gothamist.com  2017  2010s  immigration  school  student  america  politics  from twitter
may 2017 by cluebucket
Why You Won’t Get Your Day in Court | by Jed S. Rakoff | The New York Review of Books
1. cost of lawyering up
2. cost of getting it to court
3. won't get out of bed for < $___
4. decline of unions
5, 6, 7, 8...

"The provision of legal services has never operated according to free-market principles.
...
"between 1985 and 2012 the average billing rate for law firm partners in the US increased from $112 per hour to $536 per hour, and for associate lawyers from $79 per hour to $370 per hour. These billing rates increased at more than three times the rate of inflation during the same period.
...
"The result is not only that a very large number of Americans who go to court, or are hauled into court, are unrepresented by counsel, but also that an unknown but probably even larger number of Americans who might otherwise seek legal redress for wrongs done to them simply cannot afford a lawyer and choose instead to forgo justice altogether."
nybooks.com  jed_s_rakoff  law  lawsuit  legal  money  america  injustice  foreclosure  nyc  housing  recession  2016  2010s  economy  labor  union  trial  supreme_court 
november 2016 by cluebucket
Romans 15:7 (NET)
1 Corinthians 4:8: "Y’all are Aalready filled, y’all have already become rich, y’all have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that y’all had become kings so that we also might reign with y’all."
yallversion.com  bible  text  translation  dialect  america  king_james  thee  thou  you  nyc  chicago  pittsburgh  southern  u.k.  english  australia 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Becoming Bernie
really nice read... really glad this/he exists

the least important fact (but one that sticks out in my mind) is that his older brother is "Larry Sanders."
vpr.net  vermont  history  politics  politician  mayor  senator  burlington  bernie_sanders  brooklyn  independence  nyc  poverty  profile  writing  vermont_public_radio  1950s  1960s  1970s  1980s  1990s  2000s  2010s  2015  america  high_school  chicago  university  university_of_chicago  dissent  student  life  biography  independent  controversy  policy  law 
october 2015 by cluebucket
The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit' : NPR
"There is something else about Abel Meeropol that seems to connect the man who wrote 'Strange Fruit' to the man who created a loving family out of a national scandal. ...
"'I was the official lawnmower,' Robert says, 'and I was going to mow over them, and he said, "Oh, no, you can't kill the seedlings!" I said, "What are you going to do with them, Dad? There are dozens of them."

"'Well, he dug them up and put them in coffee cans and lined them up along the side of the house. And there were hundreds of them. But he couldn't bring himself to just kill them. It was just something he couldn't do.'"
2012  elizabeth_blair  npr  morning_edition  billie_holiday  song  lyric  writing  strange_fruit  protest  racism  lynching  abel_meeropol  songwriter  nyc  bronx  teacher  poet  dewitt_clinton  1930s  2010s  classic  herbie_hancock  marcus_miller  1990s  jewish  1940  1940s  communism  history  america  communist  civil_rights  lewis_allan  pseudonym  rosenbergs  ethel_rosenberg  julius_rosenberg  1950s  1953  adoption  parenting  mccarthyism  w.e.b._du_bois  1986  1980s  life  compassion  plant  seed  biography  profile 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Interviews: Robert Wyatt | Features | Pitchfork
"
'Culture is pudding. It’s lovely and I’ll always eat one,' he says in the biography, talking about his take on the worlds of art and politics. 'But on its own, it’s not a full life’s diet for the brain. And the politics, to me, is indeed the protein.'
...
'There's the folky thing of: "Poor me, I'm a sensitive person in a cruel world." Or the pop thing of: "Hey, look at me, I'm sexy." I did that myself for a while... [b]ut then I thought, “I'd never sing ‘hey baby’ to my girlfriend, because she'd just laugh at me and think I was a complete idiot. I've got to start again and try to be honest with this.”'
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'It may be an English thing, in a way, laughing it off at a distance and using that as self-protection. I mean, I don't want to be a professional cripple. And I don't see the suicide stuff as tragic. Basically, at that age, I looked at what adults were doing and how they wanted to earn money, and I really didn't want to do that. I wanted to go away. I have my moods like that a lot. I'm not a fighter in that sense at all.

'I don't think losing things—in my case, the use of my legs—really damages or hurts you. What hurts people a lot is taking humiliation. A lot of the wars going on right now in the Middle East aren't about poverty and exploitation. They’re about humiliation. For a long time, certainly the British and French have been humiliating and dismissing the people of the Middle East, and encouraging people like Israel to do the same. Israel started out as a socialist state, but we always encouraged them to become rather racist and look down on the local inhabitants, which they now do. It's sad that's happened.'
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'I just don't think I write the kind of music that I can see crowds of people singing in football stadiums. Some of us are simply witnesses, and I hope there's a value in that.'
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'America reinvented how to be a group, a people, that hasn't got a race, but nevertheless has a national identity. Potentially, America is really the greatest, but it's not yet, I don't think. It's still too much like an old-fashioned empire, waving the stick and dropping too many bombs on too many people.'
"
robert_wyatt  interview  pitchfork.com  ryan_dombal  2014  2010s  musician  communism  politics  artist  biography  art  1980s  england  u.k.  sadness  suicide  accident  war  humiliation  empire  1960s  1970s  counterculture  police  violence  culture  capitalism  america  russia  ukraine  nyc  vladimir_putin  china  napoleon_bonaparte  relationship  aging  alcohol 
november 2014 by cluebucket
Suicide and the Economy - Elizabeth MacBride - The Atlantic
"My family had not only refused to speak of Roy, they rewrote the story of his death. Within hours, they closed ranks. A second cousin, a local policeman, told the newspaper Roy was subject to fainting spells. His mother said he died of a heart attack in a parking garage; according to another family story, he’d fallen in front of a train. Eventually, the lie became the truth. I flipped through the journals his mother wrote in 1950s. She mentioned Roy once, when a passerby reminded her of him. Then she went back later and whited out his name."
suicide  theatlantic  depression  economy  1920s  1930s  america  family  2013  2010s  death  memory  mental_health  crisis  psychology  employment  failure  life  library  news  roy_humphrey  nyc  new_jersey  elizabeth_macbride  stigma  society  survival  denial  guilt  shame  emotion 
september 2013 by cluebucket
Why Don't Black People Protest 'Black-on-Black Violence'? - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
"There is a kind of sincere black person who really would like to see even more outrage about violence in black communities. I don't think outrage will do it at this point, but I respect the sincere feeling.

"And then there are pundits who write more than they read, and talk more than they listen, and prefer an easy creationism to a Google search."
ta-nehisi_coates  theatlantic  crime  violence  outrage  racism  protest  news  nyc  indiana  michigan  pennsylvania  new_jersey  chicago  juan_williams  black  murder  trayvon_martin  2012  2010s  2000s  america 
july 2013 by cluebucket
Fuhgeddaboutit: New York accent may be dying out - Telegraph
"Long Island for example, was 'Lawn Gyland'. But, he claims such sounds have now faded from New York City."

my aunt used to always accuse us of our hard Gs, but in reality she was probably proud. I hope the fuggedabuddies bring out a noo yawk tawk revival.
accent  dialect  pronunciation  america  nyc  generation  loss  speech  language  george_jocknowitz  kara_becker  linguistics  2010s  21st_century 
january 2012 by cluebucket

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