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St. Pat's for Everyone: How LGBTQ+ Staten Islanders are Creating More Inclusivity by Jacqueline Caruso The Pride Center of Staten Island's St. Pat's for Everyone event is hoping to break up the exclusive legacy of Forest Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade. There were no official in-person St. Patrick's day parades in New York City this year as the Sta…
 
Local Power Broker for Borough President traveled to D.C. on Day of Capitol Insurrection by Jacqueline Caruso & Sean Ghazala Leticia Remauro, a GOP candidate for Staten Island Borough President with a history of racist remarks, was among a busload of Islanders who traveled to Washington D.C. on January 6. In screenshots from a now-deleted Facebook …
 
Trump is Gone, Fascist Trends are Not by Sean Ghazala 'Trumpism' is only the most recent name for far-right, authoritarian, ultranationalist movements that first came to prominence a century ago, during economic hardships triggered by the Great Depression. Countering fascism, however, remains just as important now that Trump has left office. The ri…
 
MLK Tried to Tell Us by Danny O.Z.E While it is true that King championed nonviolent, direct action, and that his methods required great character, solidarity, and composure, Americans have, instead, reduced his legacy to one of compromise. King, however, was not compromising at all. Today we commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Iro…
 
How This New App Can Teach You About Forgotten Histories by Chad Small The virtual Staten Island African American Heritage Tour brings Staten Island’s Black History right to your fingertips. This year’s police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd reignited a national conversation about Black people’s place in America and in its history. In S…
 
North Shore Communities Unite to Provide Holiday Cheer by Valeriana Dema Local organizations team up to better serve their communities through a series of toy drive giveaways. Nine-year old Zayquan Davis had a feeling he was going to win big at Park Hill’s Winter Wonderland Toy Drive Giveaway. Before arriving, he told his mother that he thought he …
 
A Collective Demand for Pandemic Relief by Sean Ghazala A coalition of Staten Island groups including La Colmena, the Pride Center of Staten Island, and CWA Local 1102 launched a campaign Friday, December 11, to demand collective economic security through federal COVID-19 relief. The letter calling for “the swift passage of a comprehensive COVID re…
 
Sandy Ground and the Continued Gentrification of Staten Island's Communities of Color by Chad Small On August 1, a relatively new Young Leaders of Staten Island (YLSI) led the first annual “Path of Liberation” march along Staten Island’s former Underground Railroad route, beginning at the often forgotten Sandy Ground Settlement. “Sandy Ground is th…
 
“Where is the outcry?”: Staten Island’s Deafening Silence on Forced Sterilizations by Alia Danilo On September 14, 2020 whistleblower Dawn Wooten, a former nurse at Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), a Georgia ICE facility, reported that a doctor at the facility has been performing forced sterilizations on detained migrants, specifically removin…
 
'Privilege' and Representation at Staten Island High Schools by Valeriana Dema New Dorp Assistant Principal Deborah Morse-Cunningham received national news coverage in June after sharing a racist and classist post on her Facebook page. Although not explicitly referring to race, the post shared by Morse-Cunningham invokes welfare stereotypes that ha…
 
Greetings by Michael R. O'Brien Plea for the Fifth aims to empower Staten Islanders by providing a new media platform for our borough. There are many stories that often do not get the coverage they deserve, and we are here to change that. We will broaden the kind of coverage Staten Island typically receives by including and uplifting voices that ar…
 
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