Leaders of the occupation tell Rolling Stone they reject this plan for the budget. But that Sunday morning, they were just focused on maintaining their autonomous community in the park. “They turned us up too early in the goddamn morning!” yelled Jonathan Lykes, 30, through a megaphone to the still-linked human barrier. After the sleeping and lounging protesters jumped to attention when police entered the usually police-free park, Lykes and other organizers with Occupy City Hall then successfully negotiated the riot cops’ dispersal; the protesters had agreed to leave any tarps, tents or canopies down when it wasn’t raining. NYC Parks Penal Law forbids pitching a tent in city parks. Shelters were also a point of contention at the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protest in Zuccotti Park, a 10-minute walk farther downtown. … [Read more...] about Protesters Reject De Blasio’s NYPD Budget, Continue to Occupy City Hall
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Congressman Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, chairwoman of the Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee, said in a joint statement that the new policy will damage the economy, harm US institutions, and do nothing to improve America's safety or security. … [Read more...] about Policy change on international students is misguided, say US universities and lawmakers
“It’s an incredible natural experiment,” says Luca Bertolini, an urban planning professor at the University of Amsterdam. The need for social distance to reduce the spread of the virus has prompted some cities to open streets to different modes of transportation. “What that means, even if you don’t have any aspirations in terms of changing the urban mobility system, is to rely on ways of moving around that are efficient in the way they use space and also safe, and that’s basically active modes, walking and cycling,” he says. … [Read more...] about “It’s an incredible experiment”: Banning cars in cities stirs controversy—and has mixed results
On the periphery, conditions remain dangerous. Informal settlements continue to crop up on cheap land – cinderblock units constructed with little attention to earthquake safety. According to a recent UN report, building codes rarely impact these construction methods. Mexicans have a long history of modifying their housing stock – adding new floors or new rooms to accommodate an expanding family unit – making it more vulnerable to earthquake damage. “This back and forth between regular and irregular states,” the report notes, “reflects the reality that vulnerability-reducing regulations may not reach large classes of housing, nor will be effective long-term without continued enforcement.” … [Read more...] about The Mexico City earthquake, 30 years on: have the lessons been forgotten?
“This matter will have a direct and deep impact on amici [cities] and their communities. First, amici care deeply about their foreign-born populations (some of the largest in the country) and have a strong interest in protecting the rights and well-being of all students and their families as they seek to complete their higher education in the United States. These interests are reflected in, for example, the adoption of welcoming-city ordinances and policies, the provision of healthcare and public health services to all, especially during the current pandemic, and the provision of funds for immigration legal services. … [Read more...] about City Of Pittsburgh And Pitt Sign Legal Brief, Join Harvard-MIT Suit Denouncing ICE Rule On International Students