On April 17, 2018, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) held a public hearing for the proposed Central Harlem 130-132 Streets Historic District.
The testimony at the public hearing overwhelmingly supported the
designation of these special blocks in Harlem, whose aesthetic beauty is
only surpassed by the significance of their cultural history. The history
which happened here — from the artists of the Harlem Renaissance, to
the organization of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963
— transformed the world.
small, three-block district is now in danger of being chipped away by a
building owner who opposes landmarking. The threatened property is 161-165 West 132nd Street,
a four-story Classical Revival garage building with an intact facade,
cornice, and original windows on the second floor. Our coalition,
including Save Harlem Now!; Manhattan Community Board 10; and the West
130th Street and West 132nd Street Block Associations call for your help
to get this historic district designated intact. The owner has hired a
well-connected lobbying firm to remove his building from the district -
we need to use our voices to contact our elected officials and tell them
to listen to the community: No carve outs in Harlem!
are especially concerned that after the LPC designates this district
intact, the City Council will not. There are powerful forces at work to
remove this building, despite overwhelming community support and the LPC
deliberately including it in the proposed district.
Please click here to send a
letter to the City Council today.
After an attack on a former spy, the State Department pondered placing that label on Putin’s government. Instead, the Trump administration continued a longtime U.S. policy of treating Russia as a partner in fighting terrorism even as evidence of its misbehavior mounts.
by Sebastian Rotella
The attempt to kill a former Russian spy in England bore an ominous
signature: The assailants used a lethal nerve agent of a type developed
in the Soviet Union, and British investigators quickly concluded that
only the Kremlin could have carried out such a sophisticated hit.
Soon after the March attack, Rex Tillerson, then the U.S. secretary
of state, ordered State Department officials to outline the case for
designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism under U.S. law. Experts in the department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism began to assemble
what they thought was a strong case.
But almost as quickly as the review began — within about two days —
the secretary of state’s office sent new instructions to drop the
initiative, according to State Department officials familiar with the
“There are a lot of issues that we have to work on together with
Russia,” a U.S. official said. “Designating them would interfere with
our ability to do that.”
The State Department’s reluctance to impose the terror designation
was not a product of Trump administration sympathy for Russian President
Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials say. Rather, it reflected an ambivalent
and at times contradictory policy toward Russia on terrorism issues that
stretches back more than a dozen years, American intelligence officials
and foreign-policy experts said.
Alexis Simendinger and Jennifer Shutt previewed
the week ahead in Washington, D.C. Topics included the defense
authorization bill and fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills,
immigration, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of
Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
This video was published on YouTube on March 30, 2015.
In The Unfinished Revolution: Reconstruction and After, 1865-1890,
Professor Eric Foner examines the pivotal but misunderstood era of
Reconstruction that followed the Civil War, the first effort in American
history to construct an interracial democracy.
Beginning with a
discussion of the dramatic change in historians’ interpretations of the
period in the last two generations, Foner goes on to discuss how
Reconstruction turned on issues of continued relevance today.
Last month, hours after a jury acquitted former police officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter in the shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile, protesters in St. Paul, Minnesota, shutdown
Interstate 94. With signs that read: “Black Lives Matter” and “No
Justice, No Peace,” the chant of “Philando, Philando” rang out as they
marched down the highway in the dark of night.
The scene was familiar. A year earlier, massive protests had erupted when Yanez killed Castile, after pulling him over for a broken taillight. Dashcam footage shows
Yanez firing through the open window of Castile’s car, seconds after
Castile disclosed that he owned and was licensed to carry a concealed
A respected school nutritionist, Castile was one of 233 African-Americans shot and killed by police in 2016, a startling number when demographics are considered. African-Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but account for 24 percent of people fatally shot by police. According to the Washington Post, blacks are “2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers.”
Lost Boundaries is a 1949 American film directed by Alfred L. Werker that stars Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer (in his first starring role), and Susan Douglas Rubeš.
The film is based on William Lindsay White's book of the same title, a non-fiction account of Dr. Albert C. Johnston and his family, who passed for white while living in New England in the 1930s and 1940s.
The film won the 1949 Cannes Film Festival award for Best Screenplay.
She slayed a medley of her most popular songs ― including “Nasty” and “Throb” ― and gave a powerful speech that pledged solidarity to #MeToo while calling for an end to “loud and harsh” public discourse.
"At a time when labor is already under attack, the Supreme Court's decision will allow companies to severely restrict the options their employees have to fight back against workplace violations like racial discrimination and sexual harassment. I join with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in calling on Congress to address the dangerous consequences of this faulty ruling and pass legislation to protect the rights of workers."
In this video provided by Ana Suda, a U.S. Border Patrol agent tells
Suda and her friend that he stopped them and checked their
identification documents because they were speaking Spanish in a store
in Havre, Montana.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out the U.S. strategy for seeking a
new course in Iran after President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear
deal earlier this month. He spoke at the Heritage Foundation, and CBS
News' Kylie Atwood joined CBSN to discuss the highlights.
New York, NY -
Infecting Change Productions(ICP) has announced the debut of
Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories at the National Black Theatre from May 24-26.
event is presented by Mississippi native J.P. (Jana) Haynes, an author,
playwright, spoken word artist and the writer, director and producer of show.
to Haynes: “We are thrilled that New York is the next stop on our
tour and we are honored to debut at the National Black Theatre. At
Infecting Change Productions (ICP),
the name speaks for itself. We are on assignment to set the world on
fire with an infection of love, positivity and belief in your ability to
the impossible and be the inspiration for you to do it.”
The cast will perform a scene from the play at 8 a.m. on May 23 on "Make It Plain". The show is broadcast on SiriusXM Progress (Channel 127).
According to the show host Mark Thompson, “Selma The Musical is the Hamilton of America’s voting rights history.”
By Kim Barker, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Grace Ashford and Sarah Cohen
When Neri Carranza went to see the apartment on
West 109th Street in Manhattan, she folded money into the pocket of her
blue jacket, just in case she liked the place. This would be the first
apartment she had ever looked at, the first time she could make a home
of her own, paid for with the earnings from her first job, at a glass
factory. And the apartment was exactly as her friend from church had
described it: small but comfortable.
So on a freezing Sunday in 1956, Ms. Carranza,
then 32, with a crown of black hair and a fierce desire for
independence, moved into the narrow two-bedroom apartment. She made it
her own, cleaning and decorating every Sunday, planting yellow roses and
hot-pink geraniums in window boxes, painting the walls white when they
needed a new coat. As landlords came and went, Ms. Carranza stayed,
becoming a fixture in the largely Latino neighborhood.
“I had everything I ever wanted,” Ms. Carranza said.
But one day in 2010, when she was 87, Ms.
Carranza learned that her new landlord wanted to evict her for what
seemed like the most nonsensical reason: She supposedly didn’t live in
her own beloved home.
ALBANY — The Reform Party has nominated Dutchess County Executive
Marc Molinaro for governor, giving the leading Republican candidate his
first ballot line as he seeks to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Molinaro spoke to the Reform Party's convention Sunday on Long
Island, according to radio host Curtis Sliwa, who serves as its
chairman. The party was created in 2014 by Republican operatives working
on Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s gubernatorial campaign,
and was originally dubbed the “Stop Common Core” line.
ew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to instruct NYPD to stop
arrests of New Yorkers smoking weed in public while additionally forming
a task force to ease what he sees as an inevitable full-on legalization
of recreational marijuana.
De Blasio will direct the New York
Police Department to hand out summonses -- and not arrest -- people
caught smoking pot by officers in public areas across the city, aides told the New York Daily News Sunday.
Earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo met with WWII veteran Sidney Walton at the State Capitol and presented him with the Governor's Medal for Public Service. Mr. Walton, a New York native, is currently on a "No Regrets Tour" of the United States that aims to give anyone hoping to meet a WWII veteran the opportunity to do so. He plans to meet the governors of all 50 states and complete his tour at the White House on his 100th birthday in February.
Authorities have confirmed that possible explosive devices have been
found both on school property and off-campus in connection with the
Santa Fe High School shooting. Multiple fatalities have also been
Kristen Mello wasn’t invited to the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming “National Leadership Summit” on PFOA, PFOS, and other PFAS chemicals. For most of her life, Mello, a member of Westfield Residents Advocating For Themselves,
drank water contaminated with the chemicals that are going to be
discussed at the meeting. At least six compounds in this class seeped
into local drinking water from firefighting foam used at the Air
National Guard base in her hometown of Westfield, Massachusetts. Mello
and several of her immediate family members have developed some of the
health problems associated with the chemicals, including thyroid
disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver problems. While most people
in the United States have been exposed to PFAS, Westfield is one of the
growing number of communities to learn they’ve had an especially high
dose of the chemicals as the result of living near a military
installation or manufacturing site that used them.
But when Mello sent the EPA a request to attend the PFAS summit, which
will be held May 22-23 at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., the
agency said she wasn’t welcome.
The House rejects the farm bill 198-213. Speaker Ryan then moves to
reconsider the vote. All the Democrats and 30 Republicans voted no. The
time of reconsideration vote is not known and the House continued with
Special Order speeches.
When is enough enough? How many more innocent people have to die before you act?
You were elected to lead - do something. Your first responsibility is to the people of this country, not the NRA - do something. My heart breaks for the families who have to grieve from this needless violence - DO SOMETHING.
Andrew M. Cuomo Father of Cara, Mariah and Michaela Taxpayer Governor of New York NRA "F" Rated Elected Official
On May 19 at 9:30 a.m., New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will make an appearance at the National Action Network's (NAN) House of Justice, 106 West 145th Street, to discuss marijuana decriminalization.
According to a May 15 report published in The Gothamist, "City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Al Sharpton met at City Hall to demand an end to the racial disparities of marijuana arrests, and to call for marijuana legalization."
The following statement was submitted today by the office of New York State Senator James Sanders, Jr.
Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) had a very
limited amount of computers to donate to non-profit organizations
located in his district who are in need. However this process is now
closed. We are no longer accepting applications.
The months-long recovery effort in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria has
reignited the debate around statehood for the U.S. territory. Jose
Fuentes, former Attorney General for Puerto Rico, explains why it’s time
to make Puerto Rico the 51st state.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved forward with a proposal
Friday that would effectively ban Planned Parenthood and similar
organizations from providing abortion and related services under the
same roof as operations funded by federal family-planning grants,
according to an administration official.
The so-called Hyde
amendment prohibits the use of competitive federal family-planning grant
funds for abortion, but organizations like Planned Parenthood have
traditionally used the federal money for other health services while
using private money for abortions and related services — sometimes at
the same facilities and with the same staff.
Governor Andrew Cuomo Responds By Issuing Letter to NYSDOH Commissioner Howard Zucker
The governor directed Zucker to take immediate steps to protect and support New York's reproductive health facilities, which are critical to families across the state, no matter their financial status. The Governor issued the letter in light of reports of actions to be taken by the federal administration that would silence providers, limit health care, and restrict support for these services.
Rapper Meek Mill abruptly backed out of a prison reform event at the
White House on Friday because he was concerned that a meeting with
President Donald Trump would have distracted the public from the topic,
according to a statement obtained by NBC News.
"I was originally
scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to
help shed light on the issues within the system," said Mill, whose legal
name is Robert Rihmeek Williams.
As head of the hate group Family Research Council, Perkins specializes in spreading false propaganda that demonizes the LGBT community and Muslims. Perkins’ idea of "religious freedom" is having the freedom to discriminate against entire groups of people he doesn’t like. His well-documented bigotry has no place in any government entity.
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America
(UCCA), the largest grassroots representation of Americans of Ukrainian
descent, calls on high-ranking U.S. government officials, sports fans
and leaders of industry, to follow the lead of the United Kingdom, Poland and Iceland, and boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“The United States needs to send a clear & loud message to Russia
that there are consequences for not respecting international law and
order,” stated UCCA President Andriy Futey. “We cannot tolerate this
type of behavior and need to condemn the Russian Federation by
boycotting the 2018 FIFA World Cup!”
Click here for the full announcement and to read the UCCA's April and May 2018 newsletters, which are available in English and Ukrainian.
Source: The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America
More than $17.8 million in funding will be provided to the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative and SNUG, New York's street outreach program - both of which received national recognition for employing an evidence-based approach toward reducing gun violence. The 17 counties and 20 law enforcement agencies participating in the GIVE initiative will share $13.3 million of the funding, while the 11 SNUG sites throughout the state will share $4.5 million. This funding will allow communities to build on the work supported by GIVE and SNUG, which helped them significantly reduce gun violence and homicides in 2017.
"By investing in evidence-based practices with a proven record of success, New York is committed to combating gun violence in every corner of this great state," Governor Cuomo said. "From enacting the strongest gun safety laws in the nation to supporting these crucial programs, this administration is doing everything in its power to combat gun crime and protect New Yorkers."
Crime data from GIVE police agencies in 2017 show the number of individuals killed by gun violence has declined since 2016 by nearly 23 percent, while shooting incidents involving injury dropped by 15 percent. Firearm activity in GIVE jurisdictions also decreased compared to the five-year average between 2012 and 2016, with 21 percent fewer individuals killed by gun violence, and 7 percent fewer shooting incidents. There were 866 shooting victims in 2017, which was fewer than any of the previous eight years.
There were 546 murders statewide in 2017, which is a 13 percent decrease compared to the previous year and the lowest number since reliable record keeping began in 1965. Preliminary data indicates that firearm homicides dropped from 368 in 2016 to 292 in 2017 - a 20 percent decrease and the fewest on record.
On May 20 at 12 p.m., on the steps of City Hall, State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will hold a press conference to announce plans to sue in civil court a couple from Far Rockaway for $1 million because they intentionally tried to defame him by spreading lies that he sought a bribe.
The duo, who are former chefs, said they came to Sanders when he was a City Councilman seeking funding to advance their organization and that he promised to give them $1.7 million in taxpayer money in exchange for a $250,000, which is false.
“These individuals made statements, which are untrue, and now they are going to have to face the consequences of those actions,” Sanders said. “This lawsuit that I will be filing is about setting the record straight. I have consistently fought for the districts I have represented during my time in politics, both at the city and state level, and I will not allow these people to ruin my record of service to my constituency because of their nefarious motivations or agenda.”
Moses and Rivera went so far as to take their claim to investigators.
Culinary Kids, Culinary Arts does not have 501(c)3 status and could not have received discretionary funding in the first place. Even, hypothetically, if money were to have been given, it would have had to go through a city agency – the Parks Department, because the land they wanted to utilize was parkland. The Parks Department would have then reimbursed them for the money they spent if they were able to document their expenditures with receipts.
Source: The Office of State Senator James Sanders, Jr.