Find a Union Writer – Michael Mcquillan

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Service as a U.S. Senate aide in Washington, Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea, community organizer in low-income Queens sections, and a Brooklyn Borough President's race relations adviser, shaped the social justice approach of my nineteen-year career teaching history.

A contributing writer for the History News Network and for Harlem World Magazine, I focus on politics, education and race. I chaired the NYPD Training Advisory Council's Race Subcommittee after Eric Garner's death, have written extensively and spoken on police-community relations and other social change issues.

I'm Brooklyn-based with my wife Sharon Kosakoff and adult children.
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Writing "What a Real Conversation on Race Would Entail: We Don't Have to Guess, Richmond Has Set an Example ( at a unique conference in the former cradle of the Confederacy
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Christian Di Spigna is on a 20-year mission to honor an unsung yet seminal figure of the American Revolution in Boston. Di Spigna's lecture at the Brooklyn Historical Society was so compelling that I heard it again two nights later at Manhattan's Fraunces Tavern Museum, then corresponded at length with the "Founding Martyr" author. Here's what emerged.
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Former CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Dan Rather was dignified and direct during his Watergate questioning of President Nixon. I asked Rather whether Trump-era journalists might learn from videos of those encounters. I discuss Rather's thoughtful reply and critique his premise that the fourth estate and faith will see us past Trump's transgressions.
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Is neighborhood policing effective? Do body cameras improve performance in communities of color? Are illegal arrest quotas banned in practice? Which way is trust trending? A unique high school sent teens to investigate police-community relations from varied perspectives: with officials at One Police Plaza, community organizers "on the ground" in Crown Heights, members of the dissident NYPD 12 in person and in Director Steven Maing's award-winning "Crime and Punishment" documentary. This experiential approach to civic engagement adds hidden depth to formal claims as students seek truth. What insights emerge?
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