Fmr. DA Joel Abelove cleared on perjury, shooting probe corruption

“Fuck this shit,” Amani Olugbala, an activist with Troy 4 Black Lives, enraged by the results of a trial more than four years in the making are taking to the streets.

Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has been …

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Rensselaer County’s brand of ‘annoyance law’ riles BLM activists

Community activists are outraged by a new law passed 17-2 by the Rensselaer County Legislature on Tuesday that was “designed to provide additional protections to first responders as they perform their duties.”

The law declares it a violation to be …

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Is Lukee Forbes right about Coccadotts’ white supremacy?

A driver leans hard on the horn as his pick-up truck whizzes down Central Avenue. It’s a blatant show of support, but it’s impossible to know who the driver is supporting. There were two competing protests happening outside Coccadotts Cake …

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Albany Cops listen to community concerns, without community

Photos by Allie O’Keefe

Sweat rolls off Manetertep El Dey’s neck as he speaks to Pastor David Traynham. The crowd — press and protesters alike — surround the two. Phones are held aloft, recording live. 

“We don’t have to do …

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A newcomer joins politics

Nohelani Etienne interrupts our conversation to draw attention to the three young women in graduation robes emerging from the parking lot. 

“Oh, that’s awesome,” she says, sighing, sounding every inch the parent that she is. “I’m not sure if they’re …

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A flower blooms in Troy

Brandon Brown comes up to me, and there is exhaustion written on his face.

“This is going on longer than it was supposed to,” he tells me. “Half our security team has already gone home.”

Brown is a member of …

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11,000 March in Troy for Black Lives

Eleven thousand Capital District residents and activists came out to rally, march, and protest for Black lives today in Downtown Troy.

“I don’t give a fuck about them painting ‘Black Lives Matter’ on that street in D.C,” a woman yelled …

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Troy PBA President posts meme some say is insensitive to protestors

The president of the Troy Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Nick Laviano, yesterday posted to his Instagram story several memes that seem to display a contempt for Black Lives Matter protestors, according to Troy Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)*.

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Youth Speakout for Black Lives in Albany

Today’s “Youth Speakout” in Albany was promoted as a way to get youth and young ones feeling like they were part of the movement for Black lives, in order to let their voices be heard.

(Assembled protestors before the event)…

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