Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Want George Santos to Resign From House Seat

A majority of New York state residents say that Republican Rep. George Santos should resign from Congress just a few weeks after he was sworn in, due to his many lies on the campaign trail in 2022. Santos has lied about so many issues that some media outlets, including HuffPost, have created running tallies of all the statements he made while campaigning for the House that were later revealed to… Source Source / Read More: Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Want George Santos to Resign From House Seat

Trump Organization Hit With Maximum Fine of $1.6 Million for Tax Evasion Scheme

Former President Donald Trump’s company was handed a $1.6 million fine by a judge on Friday as a result of the 17 convicted felonies committed by the Trump Organization as part of its 15-year tax fraud scheme — the maximum penalty that can be handed down for such a crime in New York, but one that amounts to pocket change for the multibillion dollar company. A New York State Supreme Court judge… Source Source / Read More: Trump Organization Hit With Maximum Fine of $1.6 Million for Tax Evasion Scheme

NYC Nurses’ Deal Is Just a Start — Health Care Advocates Demand Major Reforms

Over 7,000 nurses, represented by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and employed by two major hospitals in New York City, ended their strike in the wee hours this week on January 12. Management had returned to the negotiating table to meet the nurses’ primary demands for increased staffing and wage increases. These nurses, from Montefiore Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital… Source Source / Read More: NYC Nurses’ Deal Is Just a Start — Health Care Advocates Demand Major Reforms

Myanmar: UN Security Council resolution a small but important step in addressing human rights crisis 

After the UN Security Council today adopted a long-overdue resolution demanding an end to the violence and immediate release of all arbitrarily detained persons, Amnesty International Secretary-General Agnes Callamard said:   “With the adoption of this resolution, the Security Council has finally taken a small but important step to acknowledge the dire situation in Myanmar. The […] The post Myanmar: UN Security Council resolution a small but important step in addressing human rights crisis  appeared first on Amnesty International.

New Law Expands Recourse for Survivors of Sexual Assault Behind Bars in New York

Originally published by Capital B. On Thanksgiving Day, the Adult Survivor Act went into effect in New York, allowing over 750 formerly incarcerated individuals to file civil lawsuits against the state for failing to protect them from sexual violence they say they experienced while in prison. The new law is part of a wave of reforms across the country that expands the statute of limitations on sexual offenses. This year, five states and the federal government passed legislation that eliminates or lengthens the statute of limitations of existing criminal and civil laws, giving victims more time to come forward with…

Saudi Arabia: Execution of two Pakistani nationals is callous attack on right to life

Responding to the news that the Saudi Arabian authorities today executed two Pakistani nationals for drug-related crimes, the first such executions since the country’s Human Rights Commission announced a moratorium on the use of the death penalty for drug-related crimes in January 2021, Diana Semaan, Amnesty International’s Acting Deputy Director for the Middle East and […] The post Saudi Arabia: Execution of two Pakistani nationals is callous attack on right to life appeared first on Amnesty International.

Where the Environment Is on the Ballot — And Where It’s Not

This story is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of news outlets strengthening coverage of the climate story. Every election year a handful of statewide ballot initiatives carry high stakes for the environment. In 2020 there were four major ones, including Colorado’s Proposition 114 requiring a plan for the reintroduction of gray wolves. There were even more in 2018, including battles in Nevada and Arizona over how much renewable energy to require from utilities, while Florida debated an offshore-drilling ban. This year the biggest story about environmental ballot initiatives is that there are only two. Cost…

Somalia: Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Abdalle Ahmed Mumin

Responding to news of the detention on 11 October of Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, Secretary General of the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS), Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa, Muleya Mwananyanda, said: “Abdalle Ahmed Mumin is being arbitrarily held solely for defending the right to freedom of expression in Somalia and for raising concerns over […] The post Somalia: Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Abdalle Ahmed Mumin appeared first on Amnesty International.

Amid Redistricting-Fueled Chaos, Corporate Democrats Win in New York Primaries

Democratic Party establishment insider Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and multi-millionaire Dan Goldman secured wins in their respective battles in New York’s primary on Tuesday, dashing hopes of more progressive challengers in a turbulent year upended by redrawn congressional districts in the state. Maloney, chair of the powerful Democracy Congressional Campaign Committee, which controls the party’s election year war chest for House candidates, fended off progressive challenger state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi in the 17th District who said as she launched her campaign that the Democratic Party “should be led by fearless champions — not selfish, corporate politicians.” While Biaggi was endorsed…

Supreme Court Upends New York Gun Law, Making It Easier to Publicly Carry Guns

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a New York state law that placed restrictions on residents seeking to obtain a concealed carry permit to carry a gun in public. The law, which has been on the books for more than 100 years, required residents seeking concealed carry permits to provide a reason why they needed to carry a gun while they were in public. The Supreme Court, which ruled 6-3 against the statute along partisan lines, claimed that the restrictions were too burdensome and not in compliance with the Second Amendment. “Because the State of New York issues public-carry…

New York Amazon Workers Vote to Form Union in Historic First

In a stunning win, Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York, have voted to form the company’s first union in the U.S., overcoming a years-long, multimillion-dollar union-busting campaign. Workers at the JFK8 warehouse voted 55 percent in favor of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) with a vote of 2,654 to 2,131, according to Thursday and Friday’s ballot counts from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Roughly 8,300 workers are eligible to be a part of the union, likely making it one of the largest bargaining units in recent history. The vote is a major victory for the union, and…

In Wrongful Termination Complaint, Chris Cuomo Claims CNN Also Advised Brother

Chris Cuomo, a former news personality at CNN who was fired late last year, is requesting that an arbitrator award him $125 million for what he alleges was a wrongful termination. In his complaint, Cuomo claims that his firing has made it more difficult for him to get related work elsewhere. He also says that he was fired for actions that other anchors in the company engaged in, as well as CNN itself. The network’s former head, Jeff Zucker, fired Cuomo in December after the news personality gave advice to his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), relating…