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Bill de Blasio was elected to unite a divided city, but some rifts are hard to mend.

The former activist and New York public advocate discusses his first year as mayor.

Riot police and protester

Apparently, to criticize the police is to be anti-police. But if I call and point out that the swings in the playground are broken, am I anti-parks?

Police body camera

Body cameras have been embraced by the police, even as police attack cop-watch patrols.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

At a Local Progress gathering in New York City, “pothole progressives” shared strategies for a grassroots, social justice revival.

UFCW

From ALEC to the Heritage Foundation, a group of anti-labor stalwarts is looking to turn cities and counties into “right-to-work” zones.

Las Vegas sign

After the 2008 crash, southern Nevada became the foreclosure and unemployment capital of the nation.

Chevron sign

Progressives in Richmond, California, trounced Chevron on Election Day, but the company remains a powerful local force.

Flag over Richmond, California

While other cities have embraced heavy-handed policing tactics, Richmond, California, has offered mentoring and money to its most at-risk young men.

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May 5, 2015

Fox and friends are gearing up for a replay of the 1968 riots that helped bring us Richard Nixon.

April 29, 2015

Protesters on both sides of the border are revolting against the same transnational policing and trade policies. 

April 28, 2015

Why that’s a big win for the poor, people of color, and economic justice in general.

April 20, 2015

A challenge to Rahm Emanuel and corporate Democrats sows the seeds of a new urban populism.

April 8, 2015

When it counts, the newest Republican presidential candidate sides with autocrats who thwart local control, democracy and, yes, liberty.

April 7, 2015

A supporter of public schools and teachers pushes Democrats to get on the side of the future.

April 3, 2015

Chuy challenges Mayor Rahm Emanuel and insider Democrats.

April 1, 2015

Although the Department of Justice and the police bureau in Portland, Oregon, reached a “groundbreaking” settlement last year, residents say racial discrimination is a problem.

March 16, 2015

Governor Cuomo's public school agenda puts both students and teachers in jeopardy. 

March 13, 2015