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Climate Activists Disrupt Hamptons Excesses

Pictured Above: The protesters at the East Hampton Airport. |. Courtesy of Margaret Klein Salamon/Climate Emergency Fund Twelve protesters were arrested Friday, July 14 in an attempt to shut down the East Hampton Airport, part of a weekend-long series of local actions highlighting income inequality organized by New York Communities for Change. Filmmaker Abigail Disney and a group of veteran climate activists attempted to shut down private jet arrivals and departures
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Greenport Pride Parade Will Be A First

Pictured Above: At Long Island Pride in Farmingdale in 2022. |. LGBT Network photo As LGBT people across the country have become convenient scapegoats for society's ills, North Forkers are taking a stand in solidarity with the gay community this June with the first ever North Fork Pride parade and festival, to be held throughout downtown Greenport June 24. The day's events are being organized by the LGBT Network, which
In the Streets Top Stories

Local Lawmakers and Advocates Weigh In On Overturning Roe

The much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision Friday overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe vs. Wade decision upholding a woman's right to choose whether to have an abortion hit many regional lawmakers and advocates for women's rights here with a thud. OLA of Eastern Long Island weighed in Friday afternoon condemning the decision. "This ruling will disproportionately affect low-income women and families of color, including Latina and immigrant women across the country,
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Riverhead Roe Rally Reminds of the Importance of Everyday Engagement

About 200 people gathered in front of the Suffolk County Courthouse in Riverhead Saturday afternoon in support of a woman's right to chose whether to carry through with a pregnancy, in the wake of the leaked draft U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn its landmark 1973 Roe Vs. Wade decision. The rally was one of numerous rallies throughout the nation Saturday dubbed "Bans Off Our Bodies," organized by Planned Parenthood.
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Cops: We Want Body Cameras, But Where’s the Funding?

As local communities roll out their Police Reform & Reinvention Plans this month, an echo is being heard from police departments throughout the East End: We want body cameras, but we don’t have the money to put them into service. The plans are due to be filed with New York State by April 1. “Body cameras are not cheap — $160,000 per year forever,” said Riverhead Town Police Chief David
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Southampton Police Reform Plan Up For Public Hearing March 2

Southampton is the first local town across the finish line with its Police Reform Plan, mandated by New York State to be completed by April 1, 2021, in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. The document runs at more than 260 pages, including appendices, and contains seven pages of recommendations. It is available on the town’s website at southamptontownny.gov. On Feb. 12, the
Vigil for George Floyd, Riverhead
In the Streets Justice Top Stories

Justice Reform: Seeking Officers of Color; Conversations with Cops

Pictured Above: At a June 1, 2020 vigil for George Floyd at Stotzky Park in Riverhead The lack of officers of color and of communication between the police and communities they serve has been on the minds of residents who’ve spoken up at the latest law enforcement public listening sessions in Riverhead and on the North Fork, as East End town task forces prepare reports required by New York State.
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2020 Elections In the Streets Top Stories

Lee Zeldin Sticks With Objection to Election as Mob Storms Capitol

East End Congressman Lee Zeldin continued to object to the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden's victory in the wee hours of Thursday morning, even after a mob of Donald Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon. I will be speaking shortly on the House floor to voice objections you & I have regarding confirmed, evidence filled issues w/ the administration of the 2020 Presidential election in certain battleground states.—
Steve Mumford’s “Before Midnight, Fed. Courthouse, Portland BLM, July 25, 2020.
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Documenting a Year-Long Crisis

Pictured Above: Steve Mumford’s “Before Midnight, Fed. Courthouse, Portland BLM, July 25, 2020. Art is ever present in our world, even when that world is turned upside down.  Last year, the Southampton Arts Center could have been forgiven if it decided to sit out the pandemic, along with many other arts institutions that were crippled by being given “non-essential” status.  But building on its relationship with the New York Academy
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Government In the Streets

Southold Kicks Off Justice Dialogue

Pictured Above: A marcher at a June 3 protest over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd outside the Southold Town Police headquarters in Peconic. Southold Town kicked off the work of its Justice Review & Reform Task Force Monday just like many other major initiatives have been kicked off in the time of Covid — through a Zoom press conference. The Task Force is the result of months of
Riverhead's split Justice Court and Police Department headquarters.
In the Streets Top Stories

Police Reform Groups Seek Community Input

Attempts to comply with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative are underway on the East End.  East Hampton and Southold towns are holding listening sessions with the community in upcoming weeks, and Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar unveiled the members of Riverhead’s Law Enforcement Advisory Panel on Oct. 15, describing the effort as “an unfunded state mandate by the governor.” Back on June