The False Promise of Closing Rikers Island

The New York City Council overwhelmingly voted earlier this month to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex. The $8 billion resolution will replace...

The Miseducation of Business

Bill Tsai, former Stern Student Council President, was charged by the SEC on Aug. 12 with insider trading. They allege he gained nearly $100,000...

Protect Black Girls Before It’s Too Late

Samaya Dillard was a seven-year-old black girl from Sacramento. In December of 2013, Dillard’s second-grade teacher dragged her by her chair outside into the...

South Africa’s Gender-Based Violence Needs Our Attention

This past week, my social media feed has been ablaze with friends and family voicing their outrage about the escalation of gender-based violence back...

What the Puerto Rican Government Owes Its Women

A video began circulating Twitter last week and further inflamed an already-heated discussion regarding the lack of protection for victims of domestic violence in...

Some Justice, No Peace

On P(optics) this week, Mickey contemplates how police officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second degree murder for the death of Laquan McDonald. Unlike previous instances of police brutality, Van Dyke is being held accountable, but an emptiness overwhelms Mickey. What will happen from here?

The NYPD’s Subway Occupation Must End

A young black man, Adrian Napier, was sitting alone on the subway at the Franklin Avenue station in Brooklyn on Oct. 25. A gang...

The Supreme Court Is Facing a Legitimacy Crisis

Almost exactly one year ago, the American public watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s gripping account of a sexual assault perpetrated by then-Supreme Court nominee...

Broken Windows, Broken Policy

In response to the firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo — the man who killed Eric Garner — Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch...

DNA Collection Program Demonizes Migrants

Soon, U.S. immigration officials will be allowed to start collecting DNA samples of detained migrants. Supporters of this argue that the program is necessary...

Bill Cosby as a Lesson on Accountability for NYU

In mid-July, WSN reported that NYU’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree. The decision comes after years of sexual...
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