LETTER FROM NEW YORK : Is it premature hope to think that the vigor with which Federal prosecutors reached a plea deal with Michael Cohen will translate into greater accountability of politicians in New York City Hall ? New York City Hall : 9 May 2007 (CC BY SA 3.0 by Momos)

As Federal prosecutors bring politically-sensitive cases in an election year, do New York City Hall and City Council find themselves in uncharted waters ?

As the U.S. Attorney’s Office brings political prosecutions in an election year, can voters expect justice when significant Government officials lie to the public ?

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Members of ACT Up have reportedly engaged in discussions with Nike, Inc., over the alleged misappropriation of a form of the advocacy group's most symbolic protest poster. Photo Illustration/Progress New York

Nike consulted ACT UP on donations after the sports wear giant allegedly misappropriated pink triangle synonymous with SILENCE = DEATH poster

Nike has yet to explain its use of an inverted pink triangle on sports wear that appeared to misappropriate or infringe on ACT UP’s pink triangle logo.

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Nike, Inc. is reportedly making a $50,000 donation to ACT UP NY, which will then pass the donation to two nonprofit groups that provide political cover to elected officials. Photo Illustration/Progress New York

ACT UP directs Nike donations to nonprofit groups, which provide political coverage to elected officials

When advocacy groups like ACT UP nominate or pass-through donations to establishment nonprofits, they enmesh political agendas that undermine their own autonomy.

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Rahm Emanuel notoriously used insider access as a way to enforce a centrist control over the idealistic political supporters of then-President Barack Obama (D). 2015-03-23 Rahm Emanuel, Gesticulating CC BY 2.0 Daniel X. O'Neil

Ocasio-Cortez team arranging private meetings with activists : sources

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign team are arranging private meetings with activists as she comes under fire for backtracking on issues, recalling the role of Rahm Emanuel in silencing critics for a former, once-progressive torch-bearer, Barack Obama.

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