Yesterday, the New York Times was first to report that the New York Police Department has abandoned their Demographics Unit, also known as the Zone Assessment Unit, a program that spied on Muslims in their mosques, student groups, neighborhoods and homes, and which was the subject of two separate la ... More >>
At the end of last month, luxury department store Barneys found itself facing the wrong kind of publicity, when a black teenager named Trayon Christian said he'd been racially profiled there, detained after buying a belt that someone decided looked too expensive for him. Christian sued the store and ... More >>
Barneys is having a horrendous week. You can tell by their press releases, which started out rather snippy and have escalated rapidly into something that looks a lot like panic. Last Thursday, 19-year-old Trayon Christian came forward with a lawsuit alleging he was racially profiled at the famed Ma ... More >>
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced a statewide election day hotline, a way for people encountering any trouble accessing their right to vote to get help. This is the second time the hotline has been used. The first was last November, when the state received hundreds of complai ... More >>
It took just over 24 hours for several subway ads featuring an offensive, anti-Islamic message were vandalized, which, somehow, has led to a debate about the First Amendment, as apparent in the comment section of our story abut the vandals posted yesterday.The entire debate is a bit of an enigma/com ... More >>
So, the promised fallout between blacks and gays continues! Four weeks after President Obama came out for same-sex marriage, today will see one of the most significant signs of a new alliance between traditional race-based civil rights groups and the current wave of LGBT oriented civil rights group ... More >>
It's fair to call it the Obama Effect: leaders in the black community, old and young, political and cultural, are coming out of the closet to back same-sex marriage. And they are a motley crew, from the legacy NAACP, to the rapper 50 Cent, who just a couple years ago suggested that if you're a man " ... More >>
Update: President Obama has indeed come out of the closet, telling ABC news that he does, in fact, support the right for same-sex couples to get married. Read our report, with reactions from New Yorkers, here. It's been a rough few days for President Obama on the gay marriage question, although he ... More >>
Christine Quinn, the Speaker of the City Council, frontrunner for being the Democratic nomination as the next mayor, and bride to be this month, gave her pleasant reaction to Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriages this afternoon. Says Quinn, in the above video, "For me, someone's who's getting m ... More >>
An unlikely activist's battle with the NYPD's frisky business
James WorrellLooking back, 2011 has been quite a year, especially on the gay rights front, one of our major beats. Like the cardiac organ caught in a bear trap accompanying Jen Doll's "Plight of the Single Lady," there were times when, objective reporter or not, the stories we were reporting ... More >>
Adrian Schoolcraft, the police officer forced into the Jamaica Hospital psychiatric ward by police three weeks after he reported misconduct to investigators, has won round 1 in his legal battle against the city. Schoolcraft's saga was the subject a five-part Village Voice series published la ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 16, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 46 Next year in Fear City by Nat Hentoff This was going to be the first of a non-consecutive series of probes into the reasons for and the consequences of the Nixon victory, with particular emphasis on ... More >>
The House of Representatives failed on Tuesday night to extend three security measures in the post-9/11 Patriot Act, voting 277-148 to push the provisions through 2011, but failing to reach the required two-thirds majority, the Washington Post reports. For those doing math at home, that's sev ... More >>
Just in time for Pride Weekend, the Supreme Court has booted thousands of anti-gay activists out of the closet yesterday, who were terrified of being outed as bigots. In an unusual, near unanimous 8 to 1 decision, the court ruled that people who signed a petition to repeal Washington State's "everyt ... More >>
"Last night I saw Lester Maddox on a TV show With some smart-ass New York Jew And the Jew laughed at Lester Maddox And the audience laughed at Lester Maddox too Well, he may be a fool but he's our fool..." -- Randy Newman, "Rednecks" Last week, fresh from winning the GOP nomination for Senator Jim ... More >>
City Councilwoman Darlene Mealy is calling for an investigation into orders given by 81st Precinct supervisors that may have led to civil rights violations, and said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly needs to do something about the issues raised in The Village Voice's "NYPD Tapes" series. (Part ... More >>
Tomorrow is Harvey Milk's birthday. It's an official holiday in California for the first time (signed into law last year by the Terminator), and will be marked here in the city by a march beginning at the GLBT Center at noon. Runnin' Scared spoke to the real-life Cleve Jones on the phone (portr ... More >>
cj brenchleyMembers of the Congressional Black Caucus leaving a speech on health care by the President yesterday were met by tea party protesters chanting "Kill the bill, nigger." The incident has been confirmed by Congressmen John Lewis (D-Ga), Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo), Andre Carson (D-In), an ... More >>
"I am only ashamed that I waited this many months to act. I hereby resign my membership in the Church of Scientology." Over the past few days, a remarkable letter was published in four parts at the blog of Marty Rathbun, a former high-level Scientology official who has left the church and no ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives April 15, 1965, Vol. X, No. 26 The Name Game By Nat Hentoff Nearly everyone in New York is, of course, for civil rights in Alabama. There are even some who are for civil rights in both places. But a feeling of urgency about civil libe ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, the Justice Department shot down one of the last legal challenges to Mayor Mike Bloomberg's controversial term limits extension. In a fifty-page appeal, lawmakers and civil rights groups had asked the federal government last month to consider the term limits extension a violatio ... More >>
After losing their federal lawsuit challenging the City Council's right to overturn term limits for Mayor Bloomberg, advocates are turning to the federal government. Last month veteran civil rights attorney (and current candidate for public advocate) Norman Siegel, along with the corporate law fir ... More >>
Torture in Manhattan for 28-year-old Muslim American Sayed Fahad Hashmi
Will the Supreme Court hold high the banner 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus,' or crush free speech?
Forcibly silenced, an invited speaker at Columbia has not been invited back.
Senate Judiciary Committee chair intent on rescuing Bush from felony charges
Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned
Black woman nominated to a high federal appellate court is still scandalized
There's a long, rich history of big-time talkers. You have a few hours?
Martha's finally rehabilitated, unlike 1.5 million other ex-felons
A reporter hunts racist murderers, but does a verdict mean the case is closed?
The latest election fraud warnings
Confusion over felon voting bans keeps even the eligible from the polls
Minorities struggle to break free of felon voting bans
New bill would block federal judges from hearing key gay-marriage cases
Why the black church opposes gay marriage
Stop Building 'an American Sparta'
'The Powerful Have Only Gotten More Powerful'
'Civil Liberty Is Why We Have This Country'
Could Ashcroft Pass a Quiz on the Constitution?
Rescuing Protest Before Bush '04
CUNY Law Says No Thanks to Lynne Stewart
Presidential Candidate Sharpton Goes After His Party