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"Concise and easy to read for all who care about justice... Candidly offers a glimpse of the thoughtful soul behind the legal legend." — MOVING THE BAR reviewed in the Indypendent

June 11, 2021

"Michael Ratner was one of the most accomplished radical lawyers of his generation, representing clients from Attica to Guantanamo. He served as president of the National Lawyers Guild and was legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights for many years. Radicalzed in the late 1960s, he had no illusions about the ruling-class bias of the law under capitalism. He believed political action outside the courtroom was as important as anything that happened inside it.

Ratner died all too soon of cancer in 2016, at the age of 72. His friends completed the memoir he began before his death[:] Moving the Bar, published on May Day."
Read the full review here.

"New York is failing to democratize its energy system" — PEOPLE'S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for the Daily News

June 11, 2021

"New York has a dirty secret. Although our city has boasted about its environmental credentials since the days of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC in 2007, our power mix is far from green: indeed, only 6% of our energy comes from clean sources like solar and wind. And the city is actually slated to burn more fossil fuels in coming years because the last reactor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which supplies 80% of its non-fossil energy, was shut down at the end of April. With Indian Point closed, the resulting deficit in power is slated to come from so-called peaker plants, which fire up their fossil-fuel-burning generators during times of peak electricity demand. Most of these peaker plants are located in communities of color, which already shoulder a disproportionate burden of deadly pollution. The city and state desperately need a clean, job-creating alternative."

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UPCOMING EVENT: "Live from Kings County" — THE PRINCE official book launch with author Ross Barkan, Assemblymember Zohran K. Mamdani, and special guest Andrew M. Cuomo on 06/24/21

June 11, 2021

Thu, June 24, 2021 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Tradesman 222 Bushwick Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11206
Celebrate—live, in person—the launch of The Prince with author Ross Barkan, New York State Assemblymember Zohran K. Mamdani, and a special guest appearance from Emmy Award-Winner Andrew M. Cuomo himself. This event will be held outdoors, per the Governor's guidelines and "best practices." The evening's programming will begin promptly at 7PM, per the Governor's temperament. Capacity is limited. RSVP now. Rain date: Wednesday, June 30, 7-9PM
RSVP here.

"Qualified immunity serves as a giant rubber stamp on even the most egregious transgressions" — ABOVE THE LAW featured in the Progressive

June 11, 2021

"For decades, the legal construct of qualified immunity has allowed law enforcement officers and others to escape consequences for serious misconduct. It holds that officials cannot be held accountable unless their precise conduct has been found to be wrongful in the past, which keeps it from being found wrongful in the current instance. In practice, qualified immunity serves as a giant rubber stamp on even the most egregious transgressions. Above the Law: How “Qualified Immunity” Protects Violent Police by Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry’s fame), a new book slated for June 15 publication, highlights some examples"

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"Ending qualified immunity" — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed on CNN

June 11, 2021

"Cops get off scot-free" — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed by Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC

June 11, 2021

"The truth about Andrew Cuomo" — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Behind the News

June 11, 2021
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THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on the Katie Halper Show

June 11, 2021

HATE INC author Matt Taibbi interviewed on Reality Asserts Itself

June 11, 2021

"The Plight and Polarisation of Mainstream Media" — HATE INC author Matt Taibbi interviewed on Conversations with John Anderson

June 11, 2021

"Fact Checkers on the Lab Leak Theory" — HATE INC author Matt Taibbi interviewed on the Jimmy Dore Show

June 11, 2021

"Matt Taibbi on the Media's Coverage of Biden" — HATE INC author interviewed on the Megyn Kelly Show

June 11, 2021

"Only Letitia James running against Gov. Cuomo in 2022 could unseat him" — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for the New York Post

June 7, 2021
The Prince.
So far, Cuomo has survived because the cautious labor unions are still in his corner, as well as the state’s wealthiest donors. If the titans of finance and Wall Street decide they are sick of Cuomo, he is in deep trouble. James must merely improve on Nixon’s New York City vote share, since there are many anti-Cuomo Democrats to be found north of the five boroughs, particularly in the Albany area. The path to beating Cuomo is joining black and Latino voters, many of them more moderate and church-going, with white progressives who also vote reliably. Teachout and Nixon could not create this coalition. James, with her pedigree, can. No longer perceived as Cuomo’s lackey, she has won headlines for suing Donald Trump and investigating Cuomo himself. This won’t be easy, of course. Cuomo is a prodigious fundraiser and there are enough blinkered MSNBC-watching liberals who will stick by him. But James has a chance to do what was once unthinkable — end the reign of another Cuomo. Ross Barkan is the author of “The Prince: Andrew Cuomo, Coronavirus, and the Fall of New York” (OR Books).
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"As Soon as COVID-19 Hit, Cuomo Downplayed the Danger" — THE PRINCE excerpt published in the Daily Beast

June 7, 2021

"The New York governor's initial 'nothing to see here' response to the coronavirus was a step behind reality from the very start and sounded a lot like Trump."

Read the excerpt here.

"Coronavirus, Checkpoints, and the Beach of Death" — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE excerpt published in Current Affairs

June 7, 2021

"Enjoy this exclusive excerpt from Belén Fernández’s new book Checkpoint Zipolite: Quarantine in a Small Place, a story about getting stuck during the pandemic and a no-holds-barred critique of the politicians who are largely responsible for the scale of the disaster."

Read the excerpt here.

"Matt Taibbi to the left of Krystal Ball... and Bhaskar Sunkara" — HATE INC featured on Breaking Points with Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti

June 7, 2021

"Outrageously funny, acerbic, insightful" — DIASPORA BOY reviewed in OpEd News

June 7, 2021

"Refreshing in [its] honesty about the hypocrisy embedded in the motivations behind Israeli policies toward Palestinians and the often-cowed American media"

Read the review here.

"A beautiful and compelling account from one of the leaders of the legal left" — MOVING THE BAR reviewed by David Cole in the Nation

June 4, 2021

"Ratner showed that one can indeed be both a radical and a lawyer—by acting “one hundred percent on principle,” and by using the law on behalf of the vulnerable to hold the powerful to account."

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UPCOMING EVENT: "What Michael Taught Us" — MOVING THE BAR author Michael Ratner honored by the Center for Constitutional Rights on 06/16/21

June 4, 2021
 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Michael Ratner devoted four decades of his life at the Center for Constitutional Rights as a staff attorney, legal director, and board president until his untimely death in 2016. We miss him every day, but he left a powerful legacy. Not only did he handle some of the most significant human rights cases of his time, but he also lived and breathed the principles of radical lawyering.

Join Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director Vince Warren, Legal Director Baher Azmy, former Center for Constitutional Rights Staff Attorney and Board Member Ellen Yaroshefsky, and Senior Staff Attorney and Associate Director of Legal Training and Education Rachel Meeropol as we discuss Michael Ratner’s just published autobiography Moving the Bar and reflect on his inspirational and indispensable lessons for the next generation of movement lawyers and activists. ASL and live transcription services will be provided.   RSVP by June 14th. For Zoom, call-In instructions, or questions, please contact: Theda Jackson-Mau [email protected] (212) 614-6448
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"The Campaign to End Qualified Immunity" — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed on Amped Up with Ryan Knight

June 4, 2021