Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Governor Cuomo on the Federal Budget: 'This is the Niagara Falls of Trickle Down Economics'

Source: NYGovCuomo

Arkansas Inmate Who Died in Private Jail Had Civil Rights Violated, Family Claims

When he was alive, Michael Sabbie was a doting stay-at-home dad, who cooked every meal for his children before and after shuffling them to practices and school, his widow Teresa said.

Now, his 13-year-old son has had to take on many of the day-to-day chores his father once managed while Teresa works at a juvenile detention center to provide for her family.

"Without his help, I don't think I could've made it through this," Teresa Sabbie, Michael Sabbie's widow, told NBC News.

Teresa Sabbie said in the two years that have passed since Michael's death, their son has been catapulted into adulthood.

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An Open Letter to the DNC Chair: ‘There’s Too Much at Stake to Ignore Black Women’

Today Black women activists, civic and community leaders, and elected officials penned an open letter to Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez calling for a meeting to discuss the state of Black women and the Party. 

Dear Chairman Tom Perez:

Black women have consistently shown up for Democrats as a loyal voting bloc, demonstrating time and again that we are crucial to the protection of progressive policies such as economic security, affordable healthcare and criminal justice reform.

We have voted and organized our communities with little support or investment from the Democratic Party for voter mobilization efforts. We have shown how Black women lead, yet the Party's leadership from Washington to the state parties have few or no Black women in leadership. More and more, Black women are running for office and winning elections — with scant support from Democratic Party infrastructure.

Well, like civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who testified at the 1964 Democratic convention demanding Blacks have a seat and voice within the Party, we are "sick and tired of being sick and tired." 

Click here to read the letter in its entirety. 

Source: NBC News 

Texas Rep. Al Green Faces Threats of Lynching & Murder After Calling for Trump's Impeachment

This video was published on YouTube on May 24, 2017. 

Last week, Texas Democratic Congressmember Al Green became the first congressmember to call for President Trump’s impeachment from the floor of the House of Representatives. Since then, the African-American lawmaker has received a barrage of racist threats, including voicemails in which callers threaten to lynch him. 

Source: Democracy Now!

Note: From The G-Man is interested in knowing why members of the Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP and other African-American organizations have not addressed this matter via a press conference or statement. I suspect this news and information site isn't the only one.  

Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Trump's Budget Takes a Sledgehammer to What Remains of the American Dream

This video was published on YouTube on May 24, 2017. 

The Trump administration unveiled its $4.1 trillion budget Tuesday. The plan includes massive cuts to social programs, while calling for historic increases in military spending. The budget proposes slashing $800 billion from Medicaid, nearly $200 billion from nutritional assistance programs, such as food stamps and Meals on Wheels, and more than $72 billion from disability benefits. 

President Trump Gives Remarks at the Israel Museum

This video was published on YouTube on May 23, 2017.

Intel Committee Pressures Flynn to Hand Over Documents

This video was published on YouTube on May 24, 2017.

The House Intelligence Committee has issued two more subpoenas for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to hand over documents about his contact with Russian officials. CBSN political contributor Caitlin Huey-Burns discusses the Russia investigations on CBSN.

Source: CBS News

Democratic Lawmaker Calls President's Budget "Cruel and Morally Bankrupt"

Budget Committee member Barbara Lee (D-CA) condemns President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget, calling it a betrayal and saying it is "cruel and morally bankrupt." She asks OMB Direct Mick Mulvaney to defend the president's priorities, including his proposed cuts to food stamps (SNAP). 

Source: C-SPAN

Speaker Ryan and Bob Woodward: Conversations with Axios

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) talked about the Republican agenda, including health care and tax policy at a forum hosted by the news media organization Axios. He also described working with President Trump. Speaker Ryan was interviewed by one of Axios’s co-founders, former Politico reporter Mike Allen. 

Source: C-SPAN

Education Secretary Pressed on Accountability for Charter Schools

Wisconsin Democratic Representative questions Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on ensuring accountability for Charter Schools operating in his state and around the country. Secretary DeVos says the states are required to ensure those standards.

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Source: C-SPAN

'Artist of the Week': A Celebration of Artwork by Children

 Click on the drawing to increase its size.

From The G-Man is proud to announce the launch of its special "Artist of the Week" series, which showcases the artwork of children from the New York City area and other sections of the country. 

The first drawing to be featured, entitled "Love, Love", was created by Missronaisha Quattlebaum. The 11-year-old was born in Brooklyn and now resides in Columbus, Ohio. She intends to be a cartoonist. 

If your child, grandchild or extended family member is an aspiring artist, and you would like to encourage their effort by having it showcased to the online community, you're invited to email a photo of their drawing to Be sure to include their name, age and information on their future goals.

The invitation is also extended to elementary school teachers in the state of New York and across the country. Thank you. 


Black Men In College: Four Success Stories

This video was published on YouTube on June 24, 2014. 

Contrary to oft-repeated claims, there are more Black men in college than in prison. However, in 2011, Black men accounted for less than 6 percent of undergraduate students and less than 4 percent of the students enrolled in graduate studies, although they made for 8.7 percent of the population of 18-29 year olds. This under-representation of Black men in higher education is unacceptable. We all can do better to support policies and programs to encourage more young Black men to go to and graduate from college. 

Trailblazers in Black History: Willie Mays

Eartha Kitt Talks About Being Blacklisted by LBJ

Cosby’s Lawyers Accuse DA of Blocking Black Jurors

PITTSBURGH — Bill Cosby's defense lawyers accused prosecutors Tuesday of trying to keep black jurors off the mostly white panel that will decide if he's guilty or innocent of sexual assault.

The charge came after the Montgomery County district attorney's office used one of its seven peremptory challenges to remove a black woman with a scandal in her past. 

"We believe this is systematic exclusion of African-Americans," defense lawyer Brian McMonagle complained, lodging what's known as a Batson challenge.  

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Clinton Calls Trump Budget an 'Unimaginable Level of Cruelty'