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Cookies, Pop-Ups And Commercials: How Tech Companies' Privacy Promises Are Preserving Their Data Dominance, Cailley Lapara Dec 2022

Cookies, Pop-Ups And Commercials: How Tech Companies' Privacy Promises Are Preserving Their Data Dominance, Cailley Lapara

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As antitrust sentiment focused on Big Tech from regulators and consumers grows, companies like Google and Apple and more have announced plans to move away from the behavioral ad business model that brought the companies to the size they are today. This trend is marketed to customers as a way to address their growing concerns over privacy and data collection. It also comes as the companies face sweeping antitrust litigation and legislation that would break up the firms. But the companies' claims of moving towards privacy are sketchy at best, and appear to serve as a way for the companies …


Fighting For The Right To Dance In Nyc’S Public Parks, Caithlin Peña Dec 2022

Fighting For The Right To Dance In Nyc’S Public Parks, Caithlin Peña

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Kanami Kusajima is an ink dancer and street performer who dances and creates art at Washington Square Park. She’s also been clashing with the Park Enforcement Patrol officers, who patrol the area. Her attempts to create a safer space for her fellow performers brings to light the complicated rules and regulations as well as the obstacles street performers face on the daily. Link to capstone project: https://medium.com/@caithlin.pena53/fighting-for-the-right-to-dance-in-nycs-public-parks-2cab922d1a1c


Wage Theft In Construction Is The Greatest Form Of Theft And We Do Nothing About It, Alexandra B. O'Connor Dec 2022

Wage Theft In Construction Is The Greatest Form Of Theft And We Do Nothing About It, Alexandra B. O'Connor

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I looked at the construction industry in New York City and state to analyze the prevalence of wage theft. The unaccounted and accounted for wage theft in the industry directly correlates with its low-wage and immigrant workforce.


“The New Pinkertons”: Anti-Union Consultants And Surveillance Tech Thwart Organizing, Jo Constantz Dec 2021

“The New Pinkertons”: Anti-Union Consultants And Surveillance Tech Thwart Organizing, Jo Constantz

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In 2020, just 6.3% of U.S. private-sector workers were union members, despite the fact that 68% of Americans approve of labor unions, the highest since 1965, and nearly half of non-union workers say they would join.

After World War II, wage growth kept pace with GDP growth, but then began to diverge in the 1970s, according to a study by the RAND Corporation. After 1975, incomes of the bottom 90% rose more slowly than the economy as a whole, while incomes of the top 10% grew faster. The declining wage growth coincided with and is closely related to a drop-off …


On The Cusp Film, Rommel H. Ojeda, Rommel H. Ojeda Dec 2021

On The Cusp Film, Rommel H. Ojeda, Rommel H. Ojeda

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On the Cusp film follows the story of Dreamer Erika Apupalo, who immigrated to the United States at the age of 9. Her story is one that represents the determination that Dreamers or DACA-recipients have to achieve the American Dream (freedom), while dealing with the physical limitations of being out of status, and having to deal with the uncertainty of what could happen if she went back to her country. Taking place in 2006 in Tigualo, Ecuador, Erika takes us through her journey of migrating to the United State. “I remember the immigration officer asking me questions”, says Erika, who …


Life Without Parole Is Replacing The Death Penalty -- But For Those Who Don’T Have The Possibility Of Parole, Their Future Is Bleak., Jessica Lerner Dec 2021

Life Without Parole Is Replacing The Death Penalty -- But For Those Who Don’T Have The Possibility Of Parole, Their Future Is Bleak., Jessica Lerner

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Across the country, life sentences are increasingly being used to replace the death penalty, according to a recent study by The Sentencing Project. Nearly 162,000 people are serving life sentences – one out of every nine in prison, the study found – and for those like Darrell Powell, who don’t have the possibility of parole, their future is bleak.

https://jlerner.exposure.co/life-without-parole-is-replacing-the-death-penalty?source=share-jlerner


When A Woman Goes To Jail, Renee Onque, Emily Nadal Dec 2021

When A Woman Goes To Jail, Renee Onque, Emily Nadal

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The United States holds 30% of the world’s incarcerated women and the laws protecting their specific needs while in the prison system differ by state. New York, Minnesota and Alabama are introducing innovative ways to improve the birthing experiences of women who are incarcerated. From programs that allow mothers to send their breast milk on dry ice to their babies to nurseries within prisons that allow babies to live with their moms for up to a year, these states are pushing for progressive changes for mothers in the system. https://reneeonque.github.io/capstone/


Hslda Concerned With More Than Just Homeschool, Griffin S. Kelly Dec 2021

Hslda Concerned With More Than Just Homeschool, Griffin S. Kelly

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My capstone is just one piece of a greater investigation into homeschooling in America. For my piece, my colleague Keith Medelis reported on the Home School Legal Defense Association, a premiere homeschooling advocacy group that provides legal advice to its members and lobbies against any regulations they find restrictive to the homeschooling process.

Our goal was to see exactly what their mission is because beyond homeschooling, the HSLDA advocates for small government, religious (mainly Christian) freedoms and protecting its members from child protective services.

A review of 84 court cases revealed that the HSLDA has occasionally engaged in legal battles …


America's Homeschool Lobby, Harrison Parker Dec 2021

America's Homeschool Lobby, Harrison Parker

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An NYC News Service examination of public filings and other documents shows the HSLDA and its state allies, while pushing to increase homeschooling, simultaneously pushes for legislative changes that have seemingly nothing to do with homeschooling -- in the past year alone, it has been fighting vaccination requirements, opposing a national child abuse registry and limiting the ability of children to get medical treatment.

Link: https://harry-parker.com/2022/01/16/homeschool-lobby/


A Crisis Within A Crisis: Nyc Landlords Ramp Up Harassment Of Vulnerable Tenants In Wake Of Pandemic, Joseph A. Jungermann Iii Dec 2020

A Crisis Within A Crisis: Nyc Landlords Ramp Up Harassment Of Vulnerable Tenants In Wake Of Pandemic, Joseph A. Jungermann Iii

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Already burdened with more sickness and death during the pandemic than other New Yorkers, low-income tenants and tenants of color are particularly vulnerable to additional harassment by landlords who seek to take advantage of the city's health and financial crisis to force them out. Brooklyn residents Delene Ahye, Dexter Lendor and Sonny Singh tell stories of their landlord, landlord agents and building manager’s harassment, which began during the pandemic’s most dangerous spikes in New York City. These forms of harassment included intimidation, abusive construction, constant buyout offers and biometrics and surveillance technology.

Link to capstone project: https://joseph-jungermann.medium.com/a-crisis-within-a-crisis-nyc-landlords-ramp-up-harassment-of-vulnerable-tenants-in-wake-of-e09d67968208


Mayoral Candidates Scott Stringer, Eric Adams Travel Different Roads On Police Reform, Ryan Songalia Dec 2020

Mayoral Candidates Scott Stringer, Eric Adams Travel Different Roads On Police Reform, Ryan Songalia

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Police reform is likely to be among the most consequential issues in the 2021 New York City Mayoral Democratic Primary and general election. Two of the leading candidates, Eric Adams and Scott Stringer, have long records to dissect on the issue.


Federation Divided, Max M. Balton Dec 2020

Federation Divided, Max M. Balton

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At the start of the 2020 school year, a lack of covid safety plans led teachers like Rosy Clark to protest, urging her union the United Federation of Teachers to act. She and other progressives in the dissident caucus, Movement of Rank and File Educators, were willing to strike to ensure their safety. Union leadership hesitated largely because public union strikes are illegal under the state’s Taylor Law.

This four-part audio documentary looks at the history of the UFT and this contentious state law. The union began striking under more onerous strike prohibition legislation. Its roots are steeped in radical …


Covering The Indigent Defendant System, Francis J. Difiore Dec 2020

Covering The Indigent Defendant System, Francis J. Difiore

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I chose the indigent defense system in New York City as my focus community for social journalism, particularly the attorneys who work in this system and the clients they represent. I conducted interviews and outreach with working public defenders and assigned counsel in the Bronx and Manhattan, and wrote stories for a self-started online publication known as "Public Defense Informer."


https://public-defense-informer.glitch.me/


After Nypd: Scores Of New York City Police Officers With Substantiated Complaints Move To New Public Safety Jobs., Luca Powell Dec 2020

After Nypd: Scores Of New York City Police Officers With Substantiated Complaints Move To New Public Safety Jobs., Luca Powell

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In the wake of the nation’s 2020 summer protests about policing and use of force, New York State made public the Civilian Complaint Review Board records documenting complaints against police officers, including those at the NYPD, an agency with just over 34,000 officers. Those records showed that officers with substantiated accusations of misconduct and use-of-force were able to remain at the department and get promoted.

The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board documents show something else: A New York City News Service review found at least 81 former NYPD officers with substantiated accusations of wrongdoing have been able to …


When Clemency Is A Lifeline, Shehzil Zahid Dec 2020

When Clemency Is A Lifeline, Shehzil Zahid

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In 1982, Yohannes Johnson was convicted for the murder of Errol Blackwood. He has spent the last 40 years behind bars and today, he is seeking clemency. This is a profile on potential clemency recipient Yohannes Johnson.


En La Iglesia Católica De Nueva York, Los Sobrevivientes Latinos De Abuso Infantil Podrían Estarse Perdiendo Un Momento Único De Rendición De Cuentas, Roman O. Gressier, Jocelyn Azucena Contreras Dec 2020

En La Iglesia Católica De Nueva York, Los Sobrevivientes Latinos De Abuso Infantil Podrían Estarse Perdiendo Un Momento Único De Rendición De Cuentas, Roman O. Gressier, Jocelyn Azucena Contreras

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El pasaje de la Ley de Protección de Víctimas Infantiles (CVA por sus siglas en inglés) en el Estado de Nueva York en agosto del 2019 ofrece un momento histórico de rendición de cuentas desde instituciones que por décadas permitieron u ocultaron abuso sexual contra niños bajo su cuidado. Desde que se aprobó la ley hasta 1 diciembre 2020, las cortes estatales registraron poco menos de 900 casos contra las dos diócesis de la Iglesia Católica que abarcan la Ciudad de Nueva York.

Aunque la CVA estará vigente por un plazo total de dos años, la impunidad de la que …


In New York’S Prison System, Who Is Eligible For A Second Chance?, Jackie Harris Dec 2020

In New York’S Prison System, Who Is Eligible For A Second Chance?, Jackie Harris

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Robert "Bobby" Ehrenberg is 61 years old, and he is serving a 50 years to life sentence at Sullivan Correctional Facility for murdering Silvio Goldberg, a jewelry store owner, in 1992. After decades of "self-examination, education, and rehabilitative programs," Ehrenberg applied for clemency in 2020. In the audio portion, we hear who he was before incarceration and what factors led up to the murder he committed. The other multimedia display the clemency application components, incarceration population data and upcoming state legislation that could impact Ehrenberg’s sentence.


Pirate Radio Proves Invaluable To Immigrant Communities During The Pandemic — But The Fcc Isn’T Having It, May Olvera Dec 2020

Pirate Radio Proves Invaluable To Immigrant Communities During The Pandemic — But The Fcc Isn’T Having It, May Olvera

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In January 2020, congress passed the PIRATE Act into law, expanding the legal consequences for operating pirate radio tenfold. Although the FCC claims that the reason they are cracking down on pirate stations — that is, stations broadcasting on regulated airwaves without an FCC license — is that they could interfere with emergency messaging, the pandemic has proven otherwise; there is no evidence of pirates interfering with official safety warnings. In fact, most pirate stations are run by immigrants speaking in their native tongue and they have been able to provide vulnerable and underserved communities with the information they need …


One Salvadoran Mother Was Determined To Bring Her Son To The U.S. Legally— It Took 24 Years, Maggie Veatch Dec 2019

One Salvadoran Mother Was Determined To Bring Her Son To The U.S. Legally— It Took 24 Years, Maggie Veatch

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Desperate for a better life, Daysi Perla fled violence in El Salvador to provide a better life for her ten-year-old son. She immediately received temporary legal status. But by the time the paperwork for her son was processed, he was 34 years old with a 5-year-old child of his own. This is a story of a broken immigration system, and shows why Salvadorans are now risking their children's lives by bringing them to the U.S.

Link: http://maggieveatch.com/Capstone/


Getting Out: Bruce Bryant’S Climb To Redemption Inside Prison, Rachel M. Rippetoe, Sean Sanders-Mills Dec 2019

Getting Out: Bruce Bryant’S Climb To Redemption Inside Prison, Rachel M. Rippetoe, Sean Sanders-Mills

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Bruce Bryant, 50, was convicted of the murder of 11-year-old Travis Lilley in June 1996. Bryant maintains he never fired a weapon that day in 1993. But he recognizes that his lifestyle as a young person — he started dealing drugs when he was 14 — contributed to an environment in which a stray bullet could take a young life. And for that reason, he’s spent most of his 25 years in prison working to help young people.

With at least 12 more years on his sentence, Bryant is now asking the governor for early release, with the hope that …


A New Breed Of Cop: Keeping Kids On The Straight And Narrow, Michael Tashji Dec 2019

A New Breed Of Cop: Keeping Kids On The Straight And Narrow, Michael Tashji

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Policing kids in America today has changed—the ‘tough on crime’ days are over. Public scrutiny of police is at an all-time high, five years after the unrest in Ferguson. Officers Camacho, Charles and Romano serve the town of Bloomfield, New Jersey, and work specifically with kids in the community. They’ve adapted to these changes. But they’ve also banded together to support each other behind the thin blue line.

https://michaeltashji.com


Dangerous Drivers Still On City Streets Despite Thousands Of Speeding Tickets, Liam Quigley Dec 2019

Dangerous Drivers Still On City Streets Despite Thousands Of Speeding Tickets, Liam Quigley

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A months-long investigation of a vehicle in New York City with many speeding tickets led to a Nassau County address and a man who claims his employer paid all the tickets. It’s one of a limited number of cases where thousands of dollars in fines have proven ineffective at changing behavior and highlights a blind spot of the city’s Vision Zero initiative. This article explores a bill that lawmakers are hoping to use to get the worst drivers off the road and into a safety course.

Link: https://medium.com/@lquigley/dangerous-drivers-still-on-city-streets-despite-thousands-of-speeding-tickets-2cfda50883d7


Voter, Jefferson S. Arak Dec 2019

Voter, Jefferson S. Arak

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Ron Pierce, on parole in New Jersey, fights for a state bill that would re-enfranchise himself and 100,000 other New Jerseyans with criminal convictions.

Taught at a young age that voting is a duty to one's community, Ron works tirelessly to make sure that the fundamental right to vote does not leave New Jersey's neediest without a voice.

Meanwhile, state lawmakers may need to compromise their efforts to restore the right to vote in the face of political opposition.


Finding Justice, Hannah Miller Dec 2019

Finding Justice, Hannah Miller

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Finding Justice tackles the devastation caused by wrongful conviction through the journey of Jeffrey Deskovic. After serving 16 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Deskovic has strived to rebuild his life. The film follows him as he finishes law school and runs a foundation that frees the wrongfully convicted, all while dealing with lingering trauma.


Discipline Or Destiny: A School-To-Prison Pipeline Story, Trayonna Hendricks, Kourtney Webb Dec 2019

Discipline Or Destiny: A School-To-Prison Pipeline Story, Trayonna Hendricks, Kourtney Webb

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The school-to-prison pipeline is a phenomenon by which students, mainly students of color, are pushed out of schools and into juvenile detention centers and through the criminal justice system. This documentary series explains and displays what "the school-to-prison pipeline looks like through a personal story.

https://readymag.com/u1985351703/1646028/


After 31 Years In Prison, Lee Chalk Asks For Forgiveness., Jeffery Harrell, Brenda Leon Dec 2019

After 31 Years In Prison, Lee Chalk Asks For Forgiveness., Jeffery Harrell, Brenda Leon

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Lee Chalk has spent more than three decades in state prison, and is now applying for executive clemency to have his sentence ended early. He is guilty of a crime, being involved in an armed robbery turned deadly which killed two people. Our project explores the potential for transformation and rehabilitation inside prison, and the personal and political ramification of mass incarceration and extreme sentencing.

https://medium.com/p/738d1cb28532/edit

A shorter version of the capstone was also published with Gothamist here: https://gothamist.com/news/ny-prison-clemency-parole-cuomo


Clemency Gives A Renewed Sense Of Hope To A Man Incarcerated For 39 Years, Annie Todd, Stephanie Chukwuma Dec 2019

Clemency Gives A Renewed Sense Of Hope To A Man Incarcerated For 39 Years, Annie Todd, Stephanie Chukwuma

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Paul Clark has spent the past 39 years incarcerated in New York prisons. He was 19 when he first went inside because he murdered a 17-year-old at an East Flatbush summer block party. A few years later, 25 years was added to his sentence for a crime he says he never committed. He's asked Governor Andrew Cuomo for clemency in 2019.

https://medium.com/@annietodd203/clemency-gives-renewed-sense-of-hope-to-man-incarcerated-for-39-years-44a8ee58db2e


Ny State Marijuana Law Clears The Records Of Thousands, But Will It Help Immigrants?, Jaime Longoria, Harsha Nahata Dec 2019

Ny State Marijuana Law Clears The Records Of Thousands, But Will It Help Immigrants?, Jaime Longoria, Harsha Nahata

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In July 2019, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that would clear criminal records for over 200,000 people with marijuana related convictions and reduce punishment for possession. But, there’s one group of New Yorkers who are left out — and that’s immigrants. With over 4 million immigrants in New York State, the lives of those with prior marijuana convictions are still in limbo. Harsha Nahata and Jaime Longoria spoke with immigrants and advocates to find out why. The full story can be found here: https://jaimelongoria.github.io/nys-marijuana-law/


Beneath Brooklyn’S Darkened Skies, Court Continues Long Into The Night, Emilie Ruscoe Dec 2018

Beneath Brooklyn’S Darkened Skies, Court Continues Long Into The Night, Emilie Ruscoe

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Tens of thousands of people who pass annually through New York’s criminal justice system via night court in Brooklyn. In these eight hours, the administration of justice slows and the human foundation of this bureaucracy is on display as the court works into the night. http://www.emilieruscoe.com/night-court/


Amenazado En Venezuela, En Espera En Ee.Uu., Hernan Goicochea, Juan Garcia Dec 2018

Amenazado En Venezuela, En Espera En Ee.Uu., Hernan Goicochea, Juan Garcia

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Venezolano activista luchó para combatir el sida en su país, huyo de las amenazas del gobierno venezolano, y está buscando asilo político en los Estado Unidos.

https://theinformantes.home.blog/2018/12/13/amenazado-en-venezuela-en-espera-en-ee-uu/

Published Link: https://www.telemundo.com/noticias/noticias-telemundo/inmigracion/la-historia-de-jesus-en-estados-unidos-dos-secuestros-le-hicieron-huir-de-venezuela-los-tmna3870280