Jewish groups push back against police surge in wake of antisemitic attacks

Liberal groups say the new policing measures put forward by Mayor de Blasio will divide communities New York Mayor Bill de Blasios decision to up the police presence in multi-ethnic neighborhoods to combat a rise in antisemitic hate crimes has received push-back from liberal Jewish groups that contend the measures will further divide communities. Over the weekend, de Blasio announced said Jews for Racial & Economic Justice in a tweet. Instead of investing in restorative solutions that prioritize the safety of all communities is implementing a plan that treats abuse of Black and Brown communities as the answer to antisemitic violence. It isnt. After an attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh earlier this year, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice …

To hell with gentrification’s obsession with better, richer, prettier give me grime | Jessa Crispin

Gentrifiers bought my favorite scumbag bar and made it nicer, cleaner and newer and its an absolute tragedy It must have been the very on-trend exposed brick that first tipped me off: something is incredibly wrong here. With its ratty neon sign promising ENTERTAINMENT, the Gold Star bar on Division Street in Chicago looked mostly the same from the outside, even if every other storefront on the walk from the subway looked very different. The post office had become a gym, the dentist had become an upscale probiotic dispensary the usual replacement of useful services with a relentless appeal for self-improvement. That old neon sign, then, became a beacon, pointing to an oasis of self-deterioration. But once I sat down …

Three years of waiting: Trump travel ban bureaucracy keeps Iranian couple apart

A sham, advocacy groups call a process that has left thousands, like Yazdanesta and her husband, in legal limbo for years Every morning, Hedieh Yazdanseta gets up by 5am and pulls up the US state departments website on her phone, tapping in a case number made up of 13 digits and letters she has long memorized. She holds her breath as the page slowly loads, but disappointment quickly settles in when she sees her case is still in administrative processing. For the past two years, those words have kept Yazdanseta and her husband, Mohsen Rahmani, thousands of miles apart and unable to start the life they want to live together. Rahmani, who lives in Tehran, has been stuck in US …

Greta Thunberg: emotional incontinents like Trump cant cope with her controlled anger | Rebecca Nicolson

The activist had the perfect riposte to the presidents peevish jealousy when she was named Times person of the year If only we could bottle (reusables) and distribute Greta Thunbergs ability to neutralise the ire of men who should know better. In an attempt to divert attention from the House judiciary committee debating his impeachment, Time magazines Person of the Year for 2019. (Let us never forget that Trump had to mock up his own Time cover to hang on the wall, like a Moonpig card for someone whose birthday you forgot about until the very last minute.) Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, he Twitter bio to A teenager working on her anger management problem Please note …