Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Being Black In China: A Student's Perspective

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

Source: Shawn Kentv

Trailblazers in Black History: Jim Brown

This video was published on YouTube on November 26, 2015. 

Brown discusses the racial challenges of acting and the first-ever interracial love scene with Raquel Welch.  The interview was conducted in 2010.

Black Caucus Vows to ‘Root Out Racism’ in Federal Policy, White House

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 those views.” 

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Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Retrial Is Delayed Until Spring

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges will be delayed until the spring to allow his new high-profile legal team to get up to speed. 

The trial was supposed to start Nov. 6 but the judge postponed jury selection until mid-March after a request from defense lawyer Tom Mesereau, best known for representing Michael Jackson.  

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Polls Show Trump Cratering? Not So Fast

Diagnosing the state of President Donald Trump’s political health should be a simple matter. The story that the traditional metrics tell is straightforward.

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.

Recall some of the dire polling he faced as a candidate. More than 60 percent of voters didn’t think he was qualified to be president; not even 20 percent thought he had the temperament and personality to serve; more than half of Republicans said they weren’t satisfied with him as their nominee. On Election Day, 60 percent of the electorate said it didn’t like him.

By any historical standard, these were also politically catastrophic numbers, and yet, well, Trump is in the White House. In 2016, the numbers didn’t mean quite what we thought they did. 

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Source: NBC News  

Vice President Mike Pence: Trump Has 'Whole New Policy' for Afghanistan

This Grand Experiment Could Revolutionize America's Justice System

By Jon Schuppe

JERSEY CITY, N.J. ─ 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 crippling debt.

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Source: NBC News 

Chaos At Charlottesville Meeting As Angry Residents Demand Mayor’s Ouster

Source: NBC News

Uber Drivers Scamming Customers for Cleaning Fees?

Source: CBS News

Transgender Discussion in Kindergarten Stirs Controversy

Source: CBS News

Remains Found from USS John S. McCain Collision

Source: CBS News

Mayor de Blasio Makes an Education Announcement

Source: NYC Mayor's Office

Governor Cuomo Announces Open Road, Cashless Tolling to Begin on Grand Island Crossings

Source: NYGovCuomo

IBEW Local 3 to March Across George Washington Bridge

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. 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Click on the flier to increase its size. 

Video source: IBEW Local 3

Note: From The G-Man cannot confirm that every vehicle showcased in the video was in the state of New York when photographed or that they were operated and owned by Charter Communications.   

Mayor de Blasio Slams 'Inconceivable' Congestion Pricing Plan Backed by Gov. Cuomo

By Erin Durkin

Charging drivers 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 it.”

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

A New York Daily News Op-Ed: When Insanity Can Get You Killed

 Dwayne Jeune

By Errol Louis

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 long?

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.

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Source: The Empire Report