County Exec. Steve McLaughlin claims ‘paid agitators’ were in Troy

In an interview with radio reporter Darrell Camp, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, without evidence, alleged that protesters outside Mayor Patrick Madden’s residence on Thursday were compensated for their actions.

McLaughlin characterized members of the crowd to TALK 1300 as …

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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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GALLERY: Protesters await Joe Abelove verdict in perjury, cover-up case

Vehicles honked at a cluster of protesters, waiting for outside Rensselaer County Courthouse for word on the fate of a former District Attorney accused of lying and covering up evidence in the investigation of an infamous police shooting investigation in …

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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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Digital archive afoot to chronicle media fallout of Edson Thevenin case

A group of Troy activists seek to challenge the City of Troy’s telling of a police killing four years ago by cataloging media reports from the case on one website. 

Launched in July, includes a timeline of news stories …

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WATCH: Albany House of Peace: ‘it’s a war on old bullshit’

Albany House of Peace leader Manetertep Davis wants an end to grisly acts of bloodshed throughout the community.

“I’m on first and Quail because unfortunately one of my best buddies lost his son to gun violence, gun violence where unfortunately …

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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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BLM LGBTQ+ activists: keep tearing down our flag at Gateway Plaza, we’ll replace it

This is the fourth LGBTQ+ Black Lives Matter flag replaced in Schenectady’s Gateway Plaza within nearly a month. Should vandalism continue, expect another flag.

And another flag.

And plenty of extra flags on standby. 

“I have people contacting me like, …

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When a ‘congregation of evildoers’ enter Troy’s Grace Baptist Church

A small group of Black Lives Matter protesters line up in front of a white picket fence on 4th Street in Lansingburgh, a neighborhood in Troy, on June 29. The pastel sky is gradually fading and the scene is tense …

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Ice cream parlor alleged racist hiring practices rankle Schenectady activists

Denise Robertson stood outside of Bumpy’s Polar Freeze Inc. on Sunday afternoon, clutching a megaphone. She stood, elevated, on a stone ledge as she gazed out into a crowd of rapt listeners. After taking a moment to steel herself, Robertson, …

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