One year after President Trump gave his campaign rally cry to the Black community - “What do you have to lose?" - Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond says African-Americans have already lost a lot in the 212 days of Trumps’ leadership.
In response to the deadly violence that took place at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and Trump’s comments that “both sides”
were to blame, Richmond and the Congressional Black Caucus are calling
for action to rid federal policies and the White House of "racism."
“The people that work in the White House
should not be white nationalists or white supremacists,” Richmond said
on a conference call with reporters Monday. “[Steve] Bannon is gone but
you still have [Stephen] Miller and [Sebastian] Gorka and that still
sends a horrible message and anyone else in the White House who shares
Diagnosing the state of President Donald Trump’s political health
should be a simple matter. The story that the traditional metrics tell
On a good day for him, Trump’s approval rating
might crack 40 percent. But a more typical day lately will put him in
the mid- to high-30s, while the worst day, so far, had him plunging to
33 percent. Since his inauguration, Trump’s approval in Gallup’s daily
tracker has never exceeded 46 percent, and he only hit that number once —
during his first week on the job.
By any historical standard, these numbers are politically catastrophic. And maybe that’s just what they are. What complicates them, though, is how Trump became president in the first place.
─ On the ground floor of a deteriorating county courthouse, in a room
outfitted with temporary office furniture and tangles of electrical
wires, a cornerstone of America’s criminal justice system is crumbling.
A 20-year-old man in a green jail jumpsuit appears on a
video monitor that faces a judge. It is early June, and he has been
arrested for driving a car with a gun locked in the glove compartment.
If he were in almost any other courtroom in the country, he’d be ordered
to stay behind bars until he posted bail — if he could afford it. This
is what millions of people charged with crimes from shoplifting to
shootings have done for more than two centuries. The bail system,
enshrined in the Bill of Rights, is meant to ensure that all defendants, presumed innocent before trial, get a shot at freedom and return to court.
But allowing people to pay for their release has proved unfair to people
who don’t have much money. The poor are far more likely to get stuck in
jail, which makes them far more likely to get fired from jobs, lose
custody of children, plead guilty to something they didn’t do, serve
time in prison and suffer the lifelong consequences of a criminal
conviction. Those who borrow from a bail bondsman often fall into
Union Video Allegedly Captures Violation of New York City Franchise Agreement
The striking technicians of Spectrum are
having a rally at the Spectrum payment center on 178st and Broadway on August
25, 2017, at 3 p.m. Public support and the support of elected officials would
be greatly appreciated.
The company has prevented our strike
from receiving news coverage, so we have had to take drastic measures to inform
the public of our plight, which includes the use of YouTube. We have been
out of work since March 28, 2017, and Spectrum refuses to negotiate in good
faith. They appear to be trying to starve us out and make us return to work
under a contract that removes $30,000 in health, welfare and retirement
benefits, annually and per member, and charge us an additional $10,000 per year
for health benefits that provide significantly less than our current plans due
with extremely high deductibles.
I have read the responses Spectrum sent
to our supporters in response to their request that the company return to the
negotiating table in good faith. Spectrum claims to be offering us a 22%
pay raise and as much as a 55% to some of the lower level technicians. What
Spectrum doesn’t say is that in additional to the severe cuts in our benefits
plan, they want to do the following:
Blame technicians for repeat calls when
they are being sent out to service customers with inadequate, outdated and
often re-furbished equipment
Maintain the New York City cable system,
which has not been upgraded since 1992. This is a major reason why customers
continue to complain about outages and unreliable service.
Eradicate all union health, pension and
welfare plans that have been in place for over 40 years
In addition, Spectrum lies when they say
they are following the New York City franchise agreement. In reality, they are
using out-of-town contractors, which is in direct violation of the terms of the
agreement. These out-of-state workers are not being vetted or screened
properly and are not held to the strict public safety and security standards as
Local 3 members.
I have enclosed a flier about the march
on the George Washington Bridge. If you would like more information or have any
questions, please feel free to reach out to me at Marvbillups@aol.com.
to enter the most traffic-clogged parts of Manhattan is “inconceivable” even
with Gov. Cuomo’s support, Mayor de Blasio said Monday.
De Blasio made his strongest comments
yet against congestion pricing a week after Cuomo publicly backed the idea and
said he planned to put his full weight behind it.
“I’ve never been in favor of this
strategy. I’ve never seen an example of it that I thought was fair,” de Blasio
told reporters at an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn. “I’m always going
to keep an open mind, but ... I happen to be someone who does not believe in
When hundreds of
demonstrators recently took to the street to protest the police killing of
seriously mentally ill New Yorkers, my main question was: What took you so
New York is long overdue for a complete
overhaul of the way we treat severely mentally ill people. And by long, I mean
at least 33 years, the length of time since a 66-year-old grandmother named
Eleanor Bumpurs was shot to death by police attempting to evict her from an
apartment in the Sedgwick Houses.
Bumpurs was four months behind on her
rent of $96.85. Less than a week before cops arrived, a city social worker and
psychiatrist had visited her. She told them that then-President Ronald Reagan
had vandalized her apartment.