New York

The Only Way Out Is Always Through the Police: A History of the Rise and Fall of the 2020 New York Riots

A deep and critical look at the rise and fall of the George Floyd rebellion on the streets of New York and how it relates to, was informed by, and differs from past waves of social struggle and revolt. This article was first published on It's Going Down.

The Forgotten History of New York’s Bagel Famines

"Remembering Local 338 and the world’s toughest bagel bakers." Written by Natasha Frost. Published by Atlas Obscura in 2018.

Police Story - Jarrod Shanahan

Jarrod Shanahan looks at the state response to the George Floyd Rebellion, and the challenges faced by the NYPD when attempting to pursue a counter-insurgency strategy. This article was first published by Ill Will Editions.

Losing Kathy: Slow Violence and Social Service Work in New York City

An essay written in 2018 and updated in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York and prior to the June 2020 uprisings. Explores the death of a woman named 'Kathy' through the eyes of a frontline social worker. Originally published on the website of Hard Crackers.

Jalil Muntaqim tests positive for COVID-19 and is hospitalized in New York

An update on Jalil Muntaqim, an elderly Black Liberation prisoner and former Black Panther who has been infected with Covid-19 in prison after the New York Attorney General deliberately blocked his court-ordered release on medical/humanitarian grounds. This story was first published by the San Francisco Bay View.

A Lesbian Shaggy Dog Story

Midnight Notes review a novel by Sarah Schulman.

Martin Sostre: Prison Revolutionary

A short biography of Martin Sostre, a revolutionary anarchist influential in the 1960s-70s prison movement. First published on Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin's facebook page and then republished by Black Rose Anarchist Federation. This is the introduction to a forthcoming zine to be published by South Chicago ABC Zine Distro.

Struggles at Medgar Evers College

Midnight Notes' coverage of intersectional struggles at a New York College in the early 1980s.

1994-5: ACT UP activists resist New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s AIDS policies

Account of the year long struggles to save social services and support for AIDs patients from budget cuts.