Archive for the ‘New York State’ Category

Last year, Governor Cuomo played the progressive community—promising to end stop-and-frisk policing and to increase women’s empowerment—and betraying all of us in the end. This year, we’re not going to let the Governor get away with just paying lip service to our demands. Join us now, and throughout 2014, for a series of actions to […]


Last week a federal lawsuit against stop-and-frisk took major steps forward, and a decision by Judge Shira Scheindlin about whether the suit can proceed as a class action is soon expected. The suit, originally filed in 2008, accuses the NYPD, Ray Kelly, Mayor Bloomberg, the city, and several individual officers of using the practice of […]


In March 2010, Lauren Melodia was finishing a cold winter in a rural New York prison town.  She had moved upstate with the ambitious plan of organizing residents to end the town’s economic dependence on incarceration.  It was not going well. “I thought my community development experience and my dedication would convince people to work […]


Advocacy organization and start-up business Milk Not Jails announced their policy agenda today.  Outlining four criminal justice and four agriculture demands, the agenda calls on the New York State government to create a new urban-rural relationship. Ahead of New York’s budget finalization, Milk Not Jails developed a policy agenda that is budget neutral.  It will […]


New data released by the NYPD show that on an average day, five students are arrested and nine are issued summons while in city schools.  In the 55 school days between October 1st and December 31st, 2012 there were 279 arrests and 532 summons issued. Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties […]


Dairy products go through several steps before they reach our table.  Now there is an online tool that can help us learn more about our sour cream’s long trek.  Where Is My Milk From was developed by Travis Fitzgerald.  It uses the state and plant code on the side of most dairy product containers to […]


A report released Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal found that the NYPD stopped, questioned, and frisked 684,330 New Yorkers, an all-time high, and 14% increase from 2010 which was the prior record. While the tactic of stop and frisk goes back to the start of policing itself, the tactic came to fame starting in the […]


Bronx resident Ramarley Graham was killed by the NYPD last Thursday after they suspected the 18-year-old of possessing a small amount of marijuana, pursued him into his home, and shot him.  Graham was unarmed. The same day, several NYPD officers beat 19-year-old Jateik Reed with batons, also suspecting Reed of possessing a small amount of marijuana.  The incident was […]


To say thank you to all to donors who helped us raise $22,500 last year, Milk Not Jails has sent out hundreds of hand-painted cards, patches, zines, produce baskets, and canvas bags.  A fundraising campaign through Kickstarter.com brought in moral and financial support from over 350 people and organizations.  Donors at different levels received different gifts. […]


The latest bellwether of New York State’s growing dairy industry is the Greek yogurt market.  The New York Times reported last week that sales of the product are way up and “New York’s dairy farmers are among the biggest beneficiaries of the public’s love affair with Greek yogurt.” The Greek yogurt trend will mean at […]