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Policing Homeless People: A Day in the Quality of Life at the Manhattan Institute

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  • "While NYC cops are harassing homeless people, a right-wing 'think tank', Manhattan Institute, promotes criminalizing people for being poor. This is a problem in every major city in the country--including Minneapolis. Being homeless and/or mentally ill makes one as vulnerable to police abuses as does being African-American." --Lydia Howell
  • People of privilege lamenitng that state law and the Constitution handcuff what could be done about homelessness.

Josmar Trujillo, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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http://fair.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MIPanel.jpg The Manhattan Institute’s panel on “Quality of Life” (photo: Manhattan Institute)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Last week I rolled up to 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan for a “Quality of Life Panel” hosted by the Manhattan Institute, one of the city’s most influential conservative think thanks. As a policing activist and writer in  New York City very much focused on the Broken Windows theory—which says punishing low-level “quality-of-life” offenses deters serious crime—the event caught my eye.

The panel, held November 19, was the centerpiece of “Quality of Life Week,” a discussion touching on the city’s handling of homelessness and the perceived signs of returning “disorder.” The discussion was one of many facilitated by The Beat, the Manhattan Institute’s social media-oriented “daily email blast that cuts through the clutter…drawing from the work of the Manhattan Institute’s scholars.”

Josmar Trujillo is a former columnist for Extra! who writes at the Huffington Post, Newsday and amNY. He is also an organizer with the Coalition to End Broken Windows and New Yorkers Against Bratton.

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Net Neutrality update

Now is our chance to prove that this time, the FCC got it right. We’re fighting back every day: We’re defending the Net Neutrality rules in court, meeting with members of Congress and challenging industry lies whenever and wherever they pop up.

Dana Floberg, FreePress.net

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http://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgNovember 30, 2015 | This year’s Net Neutrality win was an enormous victory for the Internet — but the fight isn’t over yet.

The cable industry is suing the FCC in an attempt to gut the agency’s historic open Internet rules. On Dec. 4, the court will hear oral arguments. The case is even in front of one of the same judges who wrote the decision last year, tossing out the agency's last attempt at Net Neutrality because the FCC picked the wrong legal theories.

In the meantime, Republicans in Congress are trying to attach dangerous riders to must-pass budget legislation that would effectively prevent the agency from enforcing the Net Neutrality rules.

Now is our chance to prove that this time, the FCC got it right. We’re fighting back every day: We’re defending the Net Neutrality rules in court, meeting with members of Congress and challenging industry lies whenever and wherever they pop up.

Thanks for standing with us—

Dana, Carrie and the rest of the Free Press Action team
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‘Spotlight’ Celebrates Heroes of Investigative Reporting — and Democracy

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  • ”In a recent interview at Salon, Tom McCarthy said that (investigative journalism) is, “so essential to a free and healthy press in our country. The fact that it is eroding should really be a great alarm to people, as much as the ice caps are eroding. We should be really a bit worried about the state of journalism, and not just for the journalists but for us, because that’s who it will impact most.”
  • Let’s listen to Bill Maher: On Paris, religion and race, Maher walks a fascinating and tricky line. 

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

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http://cdn.billmoyers.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/spotlight.jpg Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in Spotlight. (Photo: Kerry Hayes)

November 25, 2015 | Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporters: the snappy dialogue, the nose for a scoop, the determination to get at the truth and expose the bad guys.

I never miss Citizen Kane, All the President’s Men or His Girl Friday (the great, screwball remake of that classic play, The Front Page). And when I entered the world of journalism for real, briefly working as a freelance feature writer for a now-deceased, great metropolitan newspaper and then for years in television news and public affairs, I discovered that there really were people in the business as funny, dedicated and talented as the characters on film (some stinkers, too, but that’s for my future, sure-to-go-straight-to-remaindered memoir).

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and a former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos.

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Let’s listen to Bill Maher: On Paris, religion and race, Maher walks a fascinating and tricky line, Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

He's not always right, but Maher's posing provocative questions, and answering them with intelligence, consistency.

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