The Gospel of Ganja: A Q&A with Cannabis Activist Steve DeAngelo
The “father of legal cannabis,” who has been fighting to end prohibition for nearly 50 years, outlines his vision for a more inclusive and radically just industry—and how it might change the world.
In Rural New York, Counties Turn a Blind Eye to Policing Problems
Police reforms mandated by Governor Cuomo fell short of addressing systemic issues in Delaware and Sullivan counties, advocates say—in part because local officials don’t see an issue with policing in their communities.
Vaccine Rates Among the Incarcerated Remain Low Amid Mistrust and Misinformation
Many people behind bars are turning down or deferring vaccination, despite months of advocacy to get vaccines into jails and prisons.
A Jail By Any Other Name
The Dutchess County Justice and Transition Center is intended to advance restorative justice efforts. Its opponents, and many criminal justice reformers, argue that governments should invest instead in alternatives to incarceration.
Immigration Has Not Been Magically Fixed Under Biden
The recent deportation of a Rockland County resident shows that reforming the system will take time. Meanwhile, state legislators and activists are trying to prevent further injustice.
American Town: Warwick’s Long Struggle Against White Supremacism
The idyllic Hudson Valley town has been in the news since the owner of a popular cafe attended the DC riot. But its history of racist activity extends back more than a century.
Call BlackLine: Community Care and Liberation on Speed Dial
As established systems of public safety fail them, one group of organizers take matters into their own hands.
‘Stop and Frisk’ Finds Few Guns, Many Critics in Kingston
A joint law enforcement campaign made over 1,300 stops, but nabbed only five firearms.
Rethinking Crime and Punishment: Restorative Justice in the Hudson Valley
A program in Ulster County seeks repair, rather than retribution, for criminalized behavior. Can it be a model for a fairer criminal justice system?
Liberation on the Land: Soul Fire Farm
An interview with program director Naima Penniman about the BIPOC-centered community farm’s efforts to fight racism and injustice in the food system through training and creating equitable distribution networks.
Officer Involved in Recent Killing Accused of Excessive Force in Previous Case
Involved in the shooting of Tyrell Fincher, Ricardo Rivera is also accused of nearly hitting Lakeem Thompson with a squad car, then attacking him with a canine—all for a traffic violation.
On the Ground With the Young Activists Transforming Newburgh
A photo series showcasing justice activists in one of New York’s most interesting and historic cities.
Prison Visitation in the Era of COVID-19
New York correctional facilities have been closed to visitors since March, depriving the incarcerated of vital contact with their loved ones. But a DOCCS reopening plan has done little to assuage concerns, some of which predate the pandemic.
Black Lives Matter Rally Met With Violence in Pleasant Valley
Counterprotesters shouted ‘blue lives matter,’ racial slurs, and assaulted multiple rallygoers. The march had been coordinated with local law enforcement, which did little to intervene.
Hunger in the Hudson Valley, Before and After COVID-19
As the pandemic spread nationwide, so did breadlines—for the first time since the Great Depression. In Ulster County, a unique volunteer response prevented such a crisis. At least for a while.
The Contentious Struggle Over the Kingston Academy Green Monuments
Activists seeking to remove statues of enslavers and colonizers are facing racist backlash from bigots.
What Does It Mean to Defund the Police?
Every police reform that governments have tried has failed to address and correct what is toxic in American law-enforcement culture.
Online Threats, Unease Mar BLM Protest in Cobleskill
A June 4 march was canceled after a series of threatening comments from residents on Facebook. But local activists are not backing down.
At the Black Lives Matter Protests in the Hudson Valley
On the ground in nine municipalities across the region.
Lost In Translation During the Coronavirus Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes the need for language justice for non-English speakers in the Hudson Valley.