Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

New York’s stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional, judge rules

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

(The Guardian) A New York judge ruled Monday that "stop-and-frisk" searches carried out by city police are unconstitutional – and ordered that a federal monitor be brought in to oversee their reform.

In a major victory for civil rights activists who have long contended that stop-and-frisk amounts to racial profiling, US district court judge Shira Scheindlin said the stops violated individuals' right to privacy and equal treatment under the law.

She added that testimony had led her to believe that the NYPD carries out more stops of black and Hispanic residents, "even when other relevant variables are held constant".

"This is so even in areas with low crime rates, racially heterogenous populations, or predominantly white populations," Scheindlin ruled.

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Report finds some gains for minority actors in NYC

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

 

(AP) — The percentage of minority actors working on Broadway and at the top 16 not-for-profit theater companies in New York City rose to 23 percent during the 2011-2012 season, but whites continue to be overrepresented, according to a new report.

The Asian American Performers Action Coalition released its second annual look at ethnic representation on New York stages and found that minority actors overall saw a 2 percent increase from the previous season.

It found that African-American actors were cast in 16 percent of all roles, Hispanics in 3 percent and Asian-American actors in 3 percent. Caucasians filled 77 percent of all roles, far outweighing their respective population size in the metro and tri-state areas.

According to 2010 U.S. Census numbers, blacks make up 23 percent of the city’s population and 17 percent of the tri-state area; Hispanics made up 28.6 percent of the city and 22 percent of the tri-state area; and Asian-Americans comprised 13 percent of the city and 9 percent of the tri-state area. Whites are 33 percent of the city and almost 62 percent of the tri-state’s population.

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Lawsuit alleges NYPD violated civil rights by entering private buildings

Friday, March 30th, 2012

(The Guardian) The New York City police department is facing a federal class action lawsuit over the expansion of its controversial stop-and-frisk program into residential buildings largely populated by African Americans and Latinos.

On Wednesday the New York Civil Liberties Union, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and The Bronx Defenders set their sights on Operation Clean Halls, an element of the department's stop-and-frisk program that allows police officers to conduct patrols inside thousands of residential buildings throughout the city.

Filed on behalf of 13 black and Latino New Yorkers and a class of similarly situated individuals, the suit accuses the NYPD of systematically violating the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. The suit is the third major legal challenge to the department's stop-and-frisk program in the last five years.

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‘Asian Playboy’ Teaches Asian Men to Get Over Racial Stereotypes, Build Confidence

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

(ABCNews, Juju Chang) Jeremy Lin has dunked and dazzled his way toward shattering the Asian geek stereotype — good at math, not good with the ladies.

Growing up Asian-American, my sisters and I were painfully aware of the biases, but it was worse for my brother.

But "Asian beefcake" has become hot in Hollywood too, with "Glee's" Harry Shum, Jr., "Hawaii 5-0's" Daniel Dae Kim, and Ken Jeong in "Community" and "The Hangover" films.

Enter JT Tran, the self-styled "Asian Playboy," who has built an empire from hosting dating seminars for single Asian men, who pay thousands of dollars to learn the art of romance from him.

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‘Lady Chinky Eyes’: Papa John’s Store Calls Woman Racial Slur In Receipt

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

(Huffington Post) Minhee Cho went to Papa John's for some fast food goodness. Little did she know, she would get it served with a side of racism.

At around 12:30 p.m. today, Papa John's customer Minhee Cho tweeted a photo of a receipt she received at a Papa John's restaurant in uptown, New York City.

In it, under the customer's name section, the restaurant employee who rang up the order used the racial slur "lady chinky eyes" to describe her.

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Judge: New FDNY Hiring Practices Don’t Go Far Enough

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

(NY1) The New York City Fire Department is once again feeling the heat from a federal judge over its hiring practices.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis says despite progress on diversity in recent recruiting, the department hasn't done enough to reverse discrimination against black and Hispanic candidates.

He's expected to spell out a solution in a separate ruling.

The written entrance exam is being redesigned after the judge ruled it favored white applicants back in 2007.

But the judge now says the process that follows the test also favors white candidates.

Since they make up most of the department, the judge says they have a better chance of having potential background problems overlooked.

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NYC To Spend $127M On Programs For Young Men

Monday, August 8th, 2011

(Huffington Post) New York City will spend $127 million in public and private funds on programs designed to help young black and Latino men.

Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg will kick in $30 million from his foundation and hedge fund manager George Soros will match that amount, according to the mayor's office. The remaining $67.5 million will be paid by the city.

The Young Men's Initiative was first reported by The New York Times on Wednesday. The mayor's office called it the nation's "boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men" in a statement.

It will include job placement, fatherhood classes and training for probation officers and school staff on how to help the young men get ahead. More than a dozen city agencies will be involved.

The program will target about 315,000 black and Latino men between the ages of 16 and 24.

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