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Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York Antoinette Bacon
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While law enforcement officials say there are no specific threats at this time, they are preparing for demonstrations around the New York State Capitol in Albany in the run-up to Inauguration Day. 

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest capital city in the country but it is not immune to the passions and controversies swirling over the departure of President Donald Trump and the inauguration of President-elect Joseph Biden. The police department is working with federal and state agencies to secure the city and Statehouse in the wake of FBI warnings of potential violent protests at state capitols across the country.

Pleasant Valley Black Lives Matter Protest, July 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Dutchess County Sheriff's office

Members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office delivered a presentation Thursday before a county legislature committee about the department’s response to and an analysis of a Black Lives Matter protest in July. Counter-protestors also appeared and tensions escalated into verbal sparring and violence. Legislators had many questions.

Eric Hawkins
City of Albany

Today we discuss policing with Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Bob Goepfert: Lack Of A Unifying Song Of Protest

Jun 21, 2020
A man burns an American flag Saturday in Albany.  May 2020.
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TROY – Throughout American history there have been many moments of powerful social protest that led to change. And, in most of them there was a song that unified the emotions and illuminated the goals of those protesters.

A Family In A Small, Rural Town Protests Racism

Jun 8, 2020
Kate Bixby and her mother, Heather Myers, protesting in Bangall, NY, June 6, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

There have been several large protests in the Hudson Valley since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, including over the weekend. But a few protestors in Dutchess County have started one of their own, in their own backyard and, so far, solely within their family.

Thousands gathered at Troy's Riverfront Park before marching through city streets Sunday afternoon
Jesse King / WAMC

Thousands marched in Troy Sunday to protest police brutality. Despite some tension, the day remained peaceful. WAMC’s Jesse King was there.

Sheriff Jeff Murphy
New York State Sheriffs' Association

Last week, Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy, who is also President of the New York State Sheriffs' Association, released a letter saying he wants politicians and leaders to refrain from using the term “systemic racism” against police departments.

Courtesy of the City of Beacon government

City of Beacon, New York officials will talk about their police department’s training and best practices at a City Council meeting Monday. It follows the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week and resulting protests nationwide, including in Beacon.

Colonie Center
WAMC file photo

Colonie officials have a message for residents of the Albany County town: stay inside after 9 p.m. for the rest of the week. With protests against police brutality continuing locally and around the country, Town Supervisor Paula Mahan established a curfew through Sunday morning. For more information, WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Colonie Police Lieutenant Robert Winn.

A protest is planned in Poughkeepsie Tuesday afternoon in the aftermath of the George Floyd death.

A white woman stands in a sun-dappled park with a mic in her hand with people around her
Josh Landes / WAMC

Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington was elected in 2018 on a progressive platform of criminal justice reform and community-oriented law enforcement. She took part in demonstrations over the weekend that called for an end to police brutality against African-Americans spurred by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Harrington spoke to WAMC about how she’s preparing her office during a historic period of social unrest, and why she disagrees with the county’s sheriff about decarceration.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio virtually joined Governor Andrew Cuomo's briefing on April 30, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the mass protests in New York City and in upstate cites over the past few nights have been “counterproductive” to the cause of racial justice, and may even reignite the spread of the coronavirus. Cuomo announced an 11 p.m. curfew for New York City on WAMC Monday afternoon. 

Police join with protesters in Schenectady Sunday.

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford and his officers made national headlines on Sunday when they marched and kneeled alongside protesters who gathered in the city as part of nationwide actions following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last week. There was no violence in the city Sunday, and a curfew remains in effect. Clifford spoke with WAMC Monday morning.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Protesters in Brooklyn clashed with police Friday night, marked by images of a police vehicle set on fire and a video shared thousands of times on social media of a woman being violently shoved to the ground by a New York City police officer. 

A protester reads testimony filed by children in 9th Circuit Court case.
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The City of Glens Falls has adopted a local law that requires large groups of protesters to seek a permit before demonstrating.

Protesters gather in Plattsburgh's Trinity Park as part of nationwide demonstrations
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Hoping to protect the Mueller investigation, people from Vermont and northern New York joined national protests at 5 p.m. Thursday against President Donald Trump’s installation of Matt Whitaker as Acting Attorney General.

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Massachusetts State Police say six protesters have been arrested for trespassing into restricted areas at a natural gas pipeline project.

  In the early sixties, Calvin Trillin got his start as a journalist covering the Civil Rights Movement in the South.

Over the next five decades of reporting, he often returned to scenes of racial tension. Now, for the first time, the best of Trillin’s pieces on race in America have been collected in one volume: Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America.

In the new book The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East author Shelly Culbertson, Middle East analyst at the Rand Corporation, looks to shed light on the Middle East after the Arab Spring. 

Karen Dewitt
Karen Dewitt. WAMC

Anti hunger advocates came to the Capitol Monday to lobby for measures to help New York’s neediest.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

With police still investigating the latest gun death in Albany, the weekend was marked by social awareness events around the region.

People moved by headlines assembled Saturday in Albany and also Kingston observing a national day of protest in support of the people of Baltimore, calling for justice for Freddie Gray and all victims of police brutality.

4/28/15 Panel

Apr 28, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

Scheduled topics include: Baltimore Violence; Nepal; SCOTUS on Same-Sex Marriage; Pope on Climate Change; Japan & US Cooperation.

Vermont police say six protesters have been arrested at the site of the Lowell mountain wind-power project.

The activists say at least 45 individuals on Monday prevented construction workers and equipment from reaching the construction area along the top of the mountain.

The protesters believe the project is destroying a pristine ridgeline and has little environmental benefit.