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The first time I became aware of Jimmy McMillan, he was sitting in a camping chair outside his compact SUV, parked at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway in the summer of 2010. He spoke through a bullhorn while a set of speakers played his voice on a loop, saying, "The rent is too damn high. The rent is too damn high." In front of him was a table draped in signs saying the...
GENDA, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, passed in the New York Assembly on Monday and is now headed to the Senate, where it has failed the previous five times the Assembly passed it. A report issued yesterday by the NYCLU highlights just how essential this piece of legislation is: A 2009 national survey that included 531 transgender people in New York found that 74 percent reported harassment or mistreatment on the job and 20 percent...
doubleadoublek.com Whether it’s Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett telling women seeking abortions they can just close their eyes to deal with mandatory ultrasounds, or a Georgia House rep regaling his colleagues with stories about delivering dead cow and chicken fetuses in order to justify women carrying dead human fetuses to term, the past few months have been rife with shockingly inept, old white men proposing shockingly inept things about women, vaginas and female health. We figured...
Presidents none. Walk down the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Celebrity Path, and you'll find the names of ballplayers, entertainers, writers and politicians who were all born in Kings County. But you won't find the name of any American president. Only one POTUS was a born New Yorker—Teddy Roosevelt came into the world in a Gramercy townhouse, and lived with his family there on E. 20th Street until he was 14, and they moved uptown. As the...

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