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Independence for All: Rethinking the Fourth of July Through Black and Brown Lenses
By Tahirih Anthony on July 3, 2024

"What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise." - Reflecting on the...

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The NYPD Has No Place at Pride
By Candacé King on June 27, 2024

If there was ever an institution that consistently and spectacularly fails the vibe check, it would be...

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Casting a Wider Ballot: The Fight for Voting Rights in NY
By Tahirih Anthony on June 25, 2024

In the bustling realm of New York politics, the Common Justice Policy Team had the honor of...

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Juneteenth's Call for Freedom: Ending Slavery in Prisons
By Chanda Daniels on June 18, 2024

Over the last few years, Juneteenth, which began as a Texas-centered celebration, has grown into a...

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A Crisis Hidden Behind Bars: Mental Health, Solitary Confinement, and the Battle for Justice
By Havann Brown on May 28, 2024

As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, a glaring issue casts a long shadow over our criminal legal...

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Common Justice 2024 Legislative Priority Spotlight: The Youth Justice & Opportunities Act
By Alice Hamblett on May 7, 2024

Black and brown youth across New York State are disproportionately policed, arrested, and incarcerated....

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Navigating Paths to Healing: How to Support Survivors of Violence
By Havann Brown on April 25, 2024

As National Crime Victims’ Rights Week unfolds, this year’s theme, “How would you help?” prompts us to...

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Creating Safe Havens: Supporting Survivors with Compassion and Care
By Havann Brown on April 25, 2024

It’s Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and our “Creating Safe Havens: Supporting Survivors with Compassion and...

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Reimagining Justice: The Case for Ending Mandatory Minimums in New York
By Tahirih Anthony on April 18, 2024

In the realm of criminal justice reform, New York State stands at a crossroads with the introduction of...

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Dear Governor Hochul: Increased Subway Surveillance Does Not Equal Public Safety
By Sage Overskei North on April 9, 2024

Governor Hochul announced a new initiative to create a police state in NYC subways in the name of public...

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