17 Articles by: Sam Mellins

Sam Mellins is a journalist and writer living in New York City.

Socialist Elected Officials Are Changing the Way New York State Politics Are Done

Emily Gallagher is New York’s state assembly member for the fiftieth district and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. In an interview with Jacobin, Gallagher discusses how socialists led the way on calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s removal from office, the current state budget fights, and how DSA electeds are crafting a new, leftist approach to governance.

Janos Marton: The Criminal Justice System in New York City Is “Rotten”

Janos Marton says that the Manhattan district attorney’s office is “extremely punitive when prosecuting low-income communities of color and pretty weak when prosecuting the rich and powerful.” He says, in an interview with Jacobin, that he is running for DA to change that, aiming to reduce the number of people in jail, stop drug prosecutions, and go after bad bosses who steal workers’ wages.