Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cuomo: U.S. Climate Alliance States are on Track to Meet or Exceed Targets of Paris Climate Agreement

Manhattan - Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that the members of the U.S. Climate Alliance - a growing coalition of 14 states and Puerto Rico committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - are collectively on track to meet and possibly exceed their portion of U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement. The announcement was made after the release of an independent report showing that U.S. Climate Alliance states are on track to reach a 24 to 29 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels by 2025, fulfilling their contribution to the Paris Agreement targets. 

Source: NYGovCuomo

President Trump Participates in an Expanded Meeting with the President of the Palestinian Authority

Source: The White House

Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council High-Level Debate

Source: The White House

Hackers Stealing Home Buyers' Down Payments

Source: CBS News

Mayor de Blasio Makes Announcement Expanding Electric Vehicle Accessibility

Source: NYC Mayor's Office

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’

This report was originally published on September 14, 2017. 

Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally? Facebook’s self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you. 

Until this week, when we asked Facebook about it, the world’s largest social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.’”

To test if these ad categories were real, we paid $30 to target those groups with three “promoted posts” — in which a ProPublica article or post was displayed in their news feeds. Facebook approved all three ads within 15 minutes.

After we contacted Facebook, it removed the anti-Semitic categories — which were created by an algorithm rather than by people — and said it would explore ways to fix the problem, such as limiting the number of categories available or scrutinizing them before they are displayed to buyers.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: ProPublica

Experts Say the Use of Private Email by Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Isn’t Legal

President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this week that most of them continue to do so.

Experts say the commission’s email practices do not appear to comport with federal law. “The statute here is clear,” said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle and former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Essentially, Baron said, the commissioners have three options: 1. They can use a government email address; 2. They can use a private email address but copy every message to a government account; or 3. They can use a private email address and forward each message to a government account within 20 days. According to Baron, those are the requirements of the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which the commission must comply with under its charter.

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Source: ProPublica

NHSC Designation Provides Office of Mental Health Staff Student Loan Assistance

The New York State Office of Mental Health announced that 19 additional outpatient sites have been designated as National Health Service Corp (NHSC) approved locations. The designation comes with numerous benefits – including student loan repayment and scholarship programs – that will help recruit and retain talented staff for underserved areas of the state.

“This designation from the NHSC, as well as recent salary increases for Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners approved by Governor Cuomo, are important recruitment tools that will help us attract exceptional health care providers to our facilities,” said Office of Mental Health (OMH) Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan. “And while this is very good for our staff, it will also greatly benefit the residents of our State who live in underserved regions, ensuring that they too have access to quality health care.”

The NHSC’s mission is to build healthy communities by supporting qualified health care providers dedicated to working in underserved areas. OMH now has a total of 35 approved NHSC sites serving adults, adolescents and children and an additional 13 sites serving forensic populations.

OMH clinical staff who provide services in underserved areas at NHSC approved outpatient sites are eligible to participate in several award programs administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Programs include a variety of loan repayment and scholarship programs for licensed professionals as well as nursing and medical students.

Current staff, as well as new hires, may be eligible to apply for loan repayment assistance of up to $50,000 in exchange for a two-year commitment at an NHSC approved site.  This designation may also enable NHSC Scholarship Program recipients to fulfill their associated service obligation.

For more information on the benefits of working in a NHSC approved site please visit the HRSA website:

The OMH facilities newly designated by the NHSC include:

  1. Bronx PC                                White Plains Road Clinic
  2. Buffalo PC                               Butler Clinic
  3. Buffalo PC                               Miller-Broadway Clinic
  4. Buffalo PC                               Lakeside Clinic
  5. Capital District PC                   North Satellite Clinic - Hudson Falls High School
  6. Capital District PC                   Middle Clinic Satellite
  7. Capital District PC                   Glen Street Satellite Clinic
  8. Capital District PC                   Schenectady County Community Treatment Program
  9. Hutchings PC                          Washington Street Clinic
  10. Kingsboro PC                          Williamsburg Clinic
  11. Kingsboro PC                          Canarsie Satellite Clinic
  12. Kingsboro PC                          Canarsie Clinic
  13. Manhattan PC                         125th Street Clinic
  14. Mohawk Valley PC                  York Street Clinic
  15. Mohawk Valley PC                  Herkimer Clinic
  16. Mohawk Valley PC                  Rome Clinic
  17. Rockland PC                          Yonkers Service Center
  18. Lawrence PC                          Watertown Child & Adolescent Wellness Clinic
  19. South Beach PC                     Heights Hill Clinic
More information about employment opportunities at the Office of Mental Health is available on the OMH website:

Source: The New York State Office of Mental Health

No Video Exists of Kenneka Jenkins Walking Into Freezer, Hotel Says

Source: CBS News

The 2017-2018 Class of White House Fellows Announced

Today, the President’s Commission on White House Fellows announces the appointment of the 2017-2018 class of White House Fellows. The prestigious White House Fellows program provides professionals from diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to engage in public service for one year by serving in various roles in Federal government.

Created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program was designed “to give the fellows first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.” The fellowship was created as a non-partisan program and has maintained this tradition throughout both Republican and Democratic administrations. The mission of the White House Fellows program is to encourage active citizenship and service to the Nation. Throughout the year, fellows actively participate in an education program that expands their knowledge of leadership, policy-making, and contemporary issues. Community service also plays a vital role in the program, as fellows take part in service projects throughout the year.

The highly competitive selection process to become a White House Fellow is based on a record of remarkable professional accomplishment, evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth, and a commitment to public service. Selected individuals spend a year working as a full-time, paid fellow to senior White House staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials.

Click here for additional information and the complete listing.  

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

The 'I Am Woman' Series: Nadia Comaneci

This video was published on YouTube on November 10, 2014.
She grabbed the world's attention and affection aged 14. In 1976, this Romanian gymnast scored the first perfect ten in Olympic history and remains a sporting icon. 

Trailblazers in Black History: Forest Whitaker

This video was published on YouTube on January 25, 2017. 

Source: ignoredvoices

The Church and Prejudice

This video was published on YouTube on December 15, 2013. 

"The Church and Prejudice" is a speech by Frederick Douglass. The speech was delivered at the Plymouth Church Anti-Slavery Society, December 23, 1841. 

Orated by Victor Kakulu.

Source:  Vi Kakulu

Eric Thomas: 'The Only Kids That Disrespect Me Are Black Kids'

This video was published on YouTube on March 15, 2016. 

Motivational speaker Eric Thomas was giving a speech at Vashon High School in St. Louis last month when things took a turn.

Source: The Grio

Killer Mike Talks Black Bank Accounts, Gentrification and His Challenge To Black People

This video was published on YouTube on October 1, 2016. 

Warning: Mild language

Source: Boyce Watkins

DL Hughley on Dick Gregory and Charlie Murphy Being Omitted from Emmys 'In Memoriam'

Source: MoorInfo

Trump and Rand Paul Face Off Over Obamacare Repeal

WASHINGTON — With only a few days left for Republicans to try one last time to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up the public pressure on GOP lawmakers to get behind the legislation.

The president targeted Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has already come out against the Graham-Cassidy bill, calling him a "negative force" on health care.

Via Twitter: "Rand Paul is a friend of mine but he is such a negative force when it comes to fixing healthcare. Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT! Ends Ocare!"

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Source: NBC News 

Jimmy Kimmel: Bill Cassidy Lied Right to My Face About Healthcare

Mayor de Blasio Signs Bill Establishing "Nightlife Mayor"

Source: NYC Mayor's Office

Law Enforcement Officials, Privacy Experts Discuss Social Media at Rutgers Police Institute

Rutgers Police Institute and the Brennan Center co-host a round table with 20-25 law enforcement, counter-terrorism, intelligence, privacy and civil liberty and industry experts.

Bob Mueller Brings on 'Tough' Guy Stephen Kelly to Handle Capitol Hill

‘We think he’s an asshole,’ said one source who’s worked with Kelly in his new, previously unreported, role. Others, though, said he’s ‘tough’ but ‘it’s never personal.’

By Betsy Woodruff and Andrew Desiderio

Having hired a host of seasoned federal prosecutors for his probe of the president’s associates, Bob Mueller has now brought on a liaison to Capitol Hill.

Stephen Kelly, formerly the longtime congressional affairs chief for the FBI, has joined the probe, according to several sources familiar with his new role.

“Stephen Kelly is exactly who I would hire if I wanted to share as little information with Congress as possible,” said a Hill staffer who has interacted with Kelly in his new role as Mueller’s congressional liaison.

While Mueller is the face of the investigations into potential coordination between Team Trump and the Kremlin, several Capitol Hill committees are also investigating the issue. And as soon as Mueller’s probe began, concerns emerged that the multiple investigations could butt heads.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: The Daily Beast

Rev. Al Sharpton to Receive James Joyce Award in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland – National Action Network Founder and President Rev. Al Sharpton will receive the distinguished James Joyce Award in Dublin, Ireland on Sept. 25th., joining an remarkable list of activists and world leaders who have received the award on behalf of the Literary and Historical Society. Rev. Sharpton will also be named an honorary fellow of the historical society.
Past James Joyce award recipients have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, JK Rowling, Jane Lynch, Salman Rushdie, George Martin, Ralph Fiennes, F.W. De Klerk, John Howard, John Hume, Bill Bryson, Seamus Heaney, Michael Sheen, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and many more.

Founded in 1855 by the Blessed John Henry Newman, the Literary and Historical Society is University College Dublin’s debating society, which counts James Joyce as one its former illustrious committee members. The James Joyce Award itself is the highest honor any student society in Ireland can bestow upon an individual, and the Society has been addressed by every Irish Prime Minister and sitting President since its inception. 
Source: Mercury

33 Jobs With the Worst Outlook for the Future in NY's North Country


David Stemerman Shuts His Hedge Fund to Explore Run for Connecticut Governor

By Katherine Burton 

Hedge fund manager David Stemerman is closing his Conatus Capital Management after a decade to explore a run as the Republican candidate for governor of Connecticut.

“As Conatus approaches the end of its tenth year, I have decided to pursue an opportunity in public service and will be winding down the firm in December,” he wrote in a letter to investors. “As I begin to evaluate the opportunity to serve as Connecticut’s next governor, I expect to form a candidate committee that will prepare to launch a campaign in 2018.”

Click here for the full article. 

Source: BloombergMarkets (via The Empire Report) 

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, 3 Members of Congress Cuffed at Protest Outside Trump Tower

By Erin Durkin

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and three members of Congress were arrested protesting outside Trump Tower Tuesday for protections for young immigrants threatened by an order from President Trump.

Reps. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Mark-Viverito were among about 10 people who sat down in the street on Fifth Ave. near the tower, and got cuffed after refusing to move.

“We are here to defend our immigrant communities,” Mark-Viverito said before the arrest, in which her hands were secured in plastic cuffs and she was loaded into a Department of Correction bus with other protesters.

Click here for the full article.

Source: The New York Daily News (via The Empire Report) 

Cornell Fraternity Closes Indefinitely After Racially Charged Attack

By Elizabeth A. Harris

The alumni board of a Cornell University fraternity has decided to close the school’s chapter indefinitely, the school said Tuesday, after students who may have been involved in the fraternity were accused of attacking a black student, beating him and calling him by a racial epithet.

A Cornell undergraduate was arrested in connection with the episode and charged with third-degree assault. The Ithaca Police Department identified him on Tuesday as John Greenwood, 19.

Mr. Greenwood’s lawyer, Raymond M. Schlather, said in an email that his client was not “involved in any physical altercation of any kind.”

“Nor did he commit any crime,” he added.

The fraternity, Psi Upsilon, was banned by Cornell in 2016 after a long history of complaints that it violated the school’s code of conduct.

Click here for the full article.

Source: The New York Times (via The Empire Report) 

'TEACH US ALL': Desegregating Our Schools, 60 Years After Little Rock

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TEACH US ALL examines the U.S. education system from the historic Little Rock Crisis to present day disparities in access that are culminating into a re-segregation of schools across the nation. 

On September 25, ARRAY will debut TEACH US ALL on Netflix accompanied by a national tour to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine's momentous school integration. 

Click here to RSVP. 

Source: ImageNation

Mexico Earthquake: Rescue Operation Ongoing for Survivors as Residents Come Out in Solidarity

Source: FRANCE 24 English

UN General Assembly: Macron Defends Iran Deal, Paris Climate Accord

Source: FRANCE 24 English

UN General Assembly: Foreign Leaders React to Donald Trump's Controversial Debut Speech

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Save the Children CEO on Rohingya Crisis: 'Children Are Being Shot At'

Source: FRANCE 24 English

British PM Expected to Make Offer to Brussels in Upcoming Speech

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Spain: Police Arrest Top Aide to Catalan Vice-President

Source: FRANCE 24 English

French Labour Reforms: Will Protests Make Macron Back Down?

Source: FRANCE 24 English

'US Threatens to Totally Destroy North Korea'

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Eye on Africa: Kenyan Chief Justice Says Judges Are Receiving 'Aggressive' Threats

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Witness Describes Major Mexico Earthquake

A major earthquake caused severe damage in central Mexico. Simone Sztrigler witnessed the shaking in Mexico City and CBSN to discuss what happened. 

Source: CBS News

Statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo

"My heart breaks for the people of Mexico following today's tragic earthquake, and I send my deepest condolences to all who are affected by this tragedy as they begin the long process of rebuilding and recovering.

"While the full extent of the damage is still to be determined, we are closely monitoring the situation and prepared to offer whatever assistance the people of Mexico need as they recover from this disaster in the weeks and months ahead.

"With hundreds of thousands of Mexican-Americans calling our state home, New York shares a special bond with Mexico, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with the Mexican community in their time of need." 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Cuomo Calls on Congress to Rescind DSH Payment Cuts and Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

Source: NYGovCuomo

Video Journalism Workshop on September 22nd, #FreelancerFridays

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The following was submitted by freelance journalist Mariko Lochridge

Last week I didn't get a chance to send out my newsletter because I have been busy working on my curriculum for a video journalism workshop I'll be leading on September 22nd in downtown Los Angeles!

I am so excited and nervous! I know that not all of you are in LA and, unfortunately, I have no way of setting up a live stream. However, I am planning a very special Google Hangout for September 21st at 8 p.m. (PST) to preview the same curriculum I'll be sharing at Friday's event.

If you're interested in attending the actual event, you can RSVP here. If you'd like to check out this Thursday's Google Hangout remotely, please contact me at and I'll send details.

I'll not only go into my filming techniques for news and short doc features, but I'll also give some freelancing tips on picking up clients and turning text clients into multimedia ones. :) 

I look forward to connecting with all the video journalists and aspiring video journalists out there! 

Racial Discrimination and Parental Rights

Source: ParentalRights.Org