Saturday, January 20, 2018

US Government Shutdown: Who's to Blame?

Source: Al Jazeera English

Cuomo Delivers Remarks at the 2018 Women's March on New York City

Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered remarks at the 2018 Women's March on New York City. Last week, Governor Cuomo unveiled the 2018 Women's Agenda for New York—a 30 plank proposal to advance equality and promote opportunity in women and girls' health, safety, workplace, and family life.

here to listen. 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  

Mayor de Blasio and First Lady McCray Deliver Remarks at Rally

Source: NYC Mayor's Office

Governor Cuomo Delivers Remarks at the Women's March Breakfast

Source: NYGovCuomo

Government Shuts Down as Bill to Extend Funding Is Blocked; Senators Continue to Seek Deal

By The New York Times 

The United States government has officially shut down. Lawmakers are now scrambling for a quick deal to reopen it and buy them more negotiation time.

• Much of the federal government officially shut down early Saturday morning after Senate Democrats, showing remarkable solidarity in the face of a clear political danger, blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating.

• Senators from both parties were scrambling for a new deal to reopen the government quickly, possibly just hours after the midnight deadline passed.

• The roll call, was 50 in favor and 49 against. Sixty votes are needed to end debate and move to a final vote. Five Democrats voted to end debate, while four Republicans voted with most of the Democrats to block the bill.

Click here for the full article.

Statement by the  Press Secretary 

Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown. Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans. We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform. During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people. 

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

  SUNY Student Assembly President Responds to Government Shutdown

 Student Assembly President Marc J. Cohen stated: 

"SUNY students are disappointed in the failure of Congress and the President to reach an agreement to keep the federal government open and operational. While many essential services will continue during the shutdown, many in the SUNY family will now have to worry about when they will get their next paycheck and hundreds of thousands of federal employees, and their families, will suffer the consequences of mandatory furloughs.

"While this shutdown is incredibly consequential for many Americans, SUNY students and families can be assured that federal financial aid payments by way of programs like PELL and Stafford loans, which many students depend on, will continue to be dispersed this semester. Most of the staff at the Department of Education will be furloughed however, so issues stemming from FAFSA submission and questions about financial aid may go unanswered for the duration of the shutdown. 

"We strongly urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to keep the federal government funded, and to alleviate the uncertainty that has resulted from continual short term continuing resolutions. The Student Assembly also urges Speaker Paul Ryan and Leader Mitch McConnell to allow clean votes on a bill providing permanent legal status for DACA recipients. A legislative solution to protect DACA recipients has broad bipartisan support in the public and in Congress, and would pass both houses if a vote were called. The young Americans who depend on DACA status for security in the only home they have ever known have waited long enough to have their status assured. 

"Millions of students across New York and our nation are counting on our elected leaders in Washington to put polarized partisanship aside, and move forward in the spirit of progress."

Source: SUNY SA

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Special Salute to the Women's March (2018)

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Captions created by "G-Man"

What's Different About the 2018 Women's March?

Source: Newsy

African American Women in Cinema at Sundance

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Source: ImageNation

Happening in Harlem: Free Tribeca Filmmaker Training for Teens

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Source: ImageNation

The 38th Empire State Winter Games to Begin February 1

The 38th annual Empire State Winter Games will kick off on Thursday, February 1 and will run until Sunday, February 4 in Lake Placid. More than 2,500 participants will compete in 17 different sports during the three-day multi-sport festival.

"The North Country is home to world-class winter sports and this February, New York welcomes thousands of athletes and winter sports enthusiasts to enjoy the 38th Empire State Winter Games," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage families from near and far to watch the games and enjoy all that the North Country has to offer."

This multi-sport destination festival gives amateur athletes the opportunity to compete in world-class Olympic venues in more than 30 events. The Games will kick off with an inaugural Torch Relay departing from New York City.

The 2018 Empire State Winter Games includes an expanded outdoor village located on Lake Placid's Main Street. The Village will host the ESWG cauldron, a Jumbotron with livestreaming, ESWG television event coverage, live music, spectator speed tubing, and the 2018 ESWG winter bike and NorX competitions. One of 2018's new events, the inaugural Rail Jam competition, will take place at Malone's Titus Mountain. The Village will also feature samples of soups and chili prepared by local chefs for Taste of the Games.

Outdoor sporting events will be held at the Saranac Lake Civic Center, and Nordic and alpine skiing will be held at Dewey Mountain and Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake. Additionally, Paul Smith's College's Visitors Interpretive Center will host snowshoe racing events.

Olympic Regional Development Authority President and CEO Mike Pratt said, "This has been an extremely exciting winter on ORDA's venues. Lake Placid has hosted five international events that have played significant roles in selecting Olympic teams around the world. Everyone at ORDA takes tremendous pride in not only hosting World Cup and world championship caliber competition, but also events like this that inspire future Olympians."

Executive Director of the Empire State Winter Games Tait Wardlaw said, "Thanks to the Governor, the growth of the Games has come from a concerted effort to create more fun things to do for athletes and their friends and families. We view the Games as a reward for getting outside, working hard and playing hard. This year's Games will be more fun for everyone than ever before."

For more information about the 38th Empire State Winter Games, click here.

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 
Photo source: Empire State Winter Games

Minority Leader Pelosi Holds News Conference on Government Shudown

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Johnson & Johnson's JLABS Giving Out $50,000 in Grants

Johnson & Johnson’s JLABS has launched its Lab Coat of the Future Challenge, offering participants an opportunity to transform the age-old, often stereotyped symbol of science – the white lab coat – into a symbol of breakthrough innovation in the 21st century.

JLABS is giving out $50,000 in grants, including mentorship from the Johnson & Johnson Innovation team and the design community. "Shark Tank" star Daymond John will help select the winner. 

Entries close on February 2.

Click here for additional information and to file an application.

Source: The Weekly Rundown from Daymond John

'Flashback Friday': The Liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp

April 29, 1945

Established by the Nazis in March 1933, the Dachau concentration camp was "the first concentration camp for political prisoners" as Heinrich Himmler officially described the camp. It is located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory near the small town of Dachau, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) northwest of Munich. 

On April 29, 1945 American troops of the 45th Thunderbird Division liberated the Dachau camp together with units of the 42nd Infantry and the 20th Armored division. 

The film was shot by a cameramen for the U.S. Signal Corps, April 29 and May 5 1945.

Source: Timeline

Trailblazers in Black History: Brook Benton

Brook Benton was a very popular soul singer in the early 60's and sold many, many records for the Mercury label. He had a voice that had a very wide appeal and was also a talented songwriter.

Born Benjamin Franklin Peay in Camden, South Carolina in 1931, he became a gospel singer at a young age. While still a child, he worked delivering milk in the morning and joined the Camden Jubilee Singers.

He enjoyed writing songs and in 1948, at age 17, journeyed to New York City to try to sell some of them. With his gospel singing background, it was not long before he drifted in and out of gospel groups such as Bill Langford's Spiritual Singers, the Langfordaires, the Golden Gate Quartet, and the Jerusalem Stars. Brook returned to South Carolina and drove a truck while continuing his music career. He joined an R&B singing group, the Sandmen, and once again went north in search of a big break.

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Democratic Party Faces Reckoning for Purging Sanders Supporters

Source: Democracy Now!

New SPLC Report Examines How Trump is Attacking Civil Rights

The following statement was submitted by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Concerned Citizens: 

When Donald Trump ran for office, he spoke the language of the so-called alt-right – really just a collection of white supremacists and other hatemongers who have rebranded themselves for the digital age.

They were thrilled and emboldened by his candidacy, seeing in him a kindred spirit.

It didn’t bode well for our country.

Now, a year has passed, and the wreckage we saw coming is no longer hypothetical. It’s very real.

We’ve compiled an in-depth report – America the Trumped – listing 10 ways that Trump and his administration are attacking the civil rights of the most vulnerable people in our country.

We hope you can take a few minutes to read it.

It surely doesn’t cover all the damage. We all know Trump’s also fraying our social norms and undermining our democracy in many other ways, such as his incessant lying and his attacks on the free press.

We won’t be celebrating his first anniversary as president tomorrow. Rather, we’ll be recommitting ourselves to the battle against hate and injustice. Many of us, in fact, will be joining the Women’s Marches that are happening across the country.

We know the march for justice is never over and that we can never stop fighting to make the promise of America a reality for everyone – particularly right now.

Thank you for everything you do in your community. Together, we can make a real difference.

Poll: More Than Half of Americans Strongly Disapprove of Trump

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ends his first year in office with 39 percent of Americans approving of his job performance, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll — the lowest mark in the poll’s history for any modern president ending his first year.

Fifty-seven percent disapprove of Trump’s job, including a majority of respondents — 51 percent — who now say they strongly disapprove, which is a record high for Trump in the survey. That’s compared with 26 percent of Americans who strongly approve of the president’s job. 

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Source: NBC News 

Trump Administration Takes DACA Appeal to Supreme Court

Source: CBS News

President Trump Addresses Anti-Abortion Rally in Washington, D.C.

The president delivers remarks to participants in the "March for Life" from the White House Rose Garden.

White House Press Briefing on Potential Government Shutdown

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney and White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short address the looming shutdown and take questions from the media followed by analysis on ABC News' "The Briefing Room." 

Source: ABC News

House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill, Senate Fate Uncertain

Qatari Royal: Gulf Crisis to Seize Qatar's Wealth

Yemenis Rummage Through Garbage Looking for Food

International Lobbying Industry Running Scared

US Sending Mixed Messages About Border Force in Syria

Trump: A Year of Unclear Middle East Policy

Turkey Increases Military Presence Along Border Near Syria’s Afrin

Palestinian Killed by Israeli Forces in Occupied West Bank

Will Korean Sports Diplomacy Extend to Nuclear Weapons?

This report was broadcast on January 18. 

Source: Al Jazeera English

Cuomo Receives 'Fix NYC' Report

Statement from the Governor

"I have received the report from Fix NYC and will review it carefully. I thank the panel for their hard work and effort. I will discuss the alternatives with the legislature over the next several months.

"There is no doubt that we must finally address the undeniable, growing problem of traffic congestion in Manhattan's central business district and present a real, feasible plan that will pass the legislature to raise money for MTA improvements, without raising rider fares.

"A uniform pricing model for FHVs that discourages continuing presence in the central business district and incentivizes trucks to deliver on off peak hours is a necessary component.

"Tolls must be more fair. Trips to and from New Jersey can be less expensive than trips from New York City's outer boroughs. Tolls vary widely, and they must be rationalized so costs are fair to all.

"The report accurately points out that the objective is not to raise tolls entering the borough of Manhattan, but more specifically those trips adding to the congestion in a defined central business district.

"But, as a born and raised Queens boy, I have outer borough blood in my veins, and it is my priority that we keep costs down for hard working New Yorkers, and encourage use of mass transit. We must also find a way to reduce the costs for outer borough bridges in any plan ultimately passed."

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Click here to review the report.

NYC Congestion Pricing: What You Need to Know


What is congestion pricing?

It is a fee charged to drivers traveling in highly congested areas during the times of day when traffic is at its heaviest to help reduce gridlock.

Enacting congestion pricing for some of Manhattan’s high-traffic neighborhoods has been a point of debate for at least the past decade. Now, it looks like the concept could see a revival.

What’s being proposed?

Details of a congestion pricing plan will be released by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Fix NYC panel on Friday.

Cuomo recently said the Fix NYC proposal “doesn’t toll bridges” into and out of Manhattan that are currently free like the Queensboro Bridge but would charge drivers for entering the most congested parts of Manhattan during certain times.

One recommendation is to charge private vehicles a one-way fee of $11.52, or a two-way fee of $5.76, according to a source familiar with the plan. Those fees would be implemented at 60th Street. Different fees would be in place for trucks, taxis and for-hire vehicles.

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Source: amNEWYORK (via Empire Report New York) 

Rep. Joe Crowley: IDC Could ‘Suffer the Consequences’

by Anthony O’Reilly
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) said last Friday that Queens members of the Independent Democratic Conference have about three months left to come back to the mainline Democrats, or they will “suffer the consequences.”

“They have until April to come back, or they will face a head-on primary by everyone,” Crowley, chairman of the Queens Democratic Party, told the Chronicle’s editorial board. “But I’m encouraging them to come back before that.”

The IDC is a group of eight breakaway Democrats who have shared power with Senate Republicans since 2011.

There are two members from Queens — state Sens. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst).

A spokesman for Peralta said in a statement, "Senator Peralta is focused on doing his job to make sure the people in his district are protected from congressional changes to the tax law, with potential cuts to health care, education and to address the changes due to the removal of state tax exemptions. As he already made clear, he supports the plan already in place for all Democrats to work together."

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Source: The Queens Chronicle (via Empire Report New York) 

Saying You Want to Reform the Tax Code? Easy. Doing It? Less So.

By Vivian Wang and Jesse McKinley 

ALBANY — It read like a maddening instruction manual for a do-it-yourself piece of furniture, with page after page of bare-bones guidance — and plenty of room for confusion.

If taxpayers and lawmakers were expecting that a new 37-page report would provide a definitive road map of how New York State might sidestep the effects of President Trump’s new federal tax plan and its sharp reduction in the deductibility of state and local taxes, they instead got a view of just how complicated this is.

The report, released this week, laid out at least a half-dozen ways New York could rewrite its tax code, with no indication of which option legislators might pursue. There was a potpourri of progressive rates, wage credits and tax-withholding schemes, with officials cautioning that all the options would require further study. No bills have been drafted.

The possibilities included completely replacing the state income tax with an employer-side payroll tax; introducing a new progressive payroll tax in addition to the existing income tax, with tax credits to make up the difference; or designing a payroll tax only for wage earners above a certain income threshold — the taxpayers most likely to be hurt by the federal tax plan in the first place. Some versions would be mandatory. Others would be opt-in.\

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

From Half Million to $0, CNY Developers Accused of Bribery Drop Out of Political Giving

Syracuse, N.Y. - They were once the biggest political donors in Central New York, but the principals in Cor Development have completely dropped out of the campaign finance world since they were brought up on federal corruption charges in 2016.

Fayetteville developers Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi are scheduled to appear in federal court in Manhattan next week on charges of bribing a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, then lying about it. They deny the charges.

Before their fall from grace, Cor entities, Aiello, Gerardi and other family members and associates in the company were the biggest CNY donors to state and local politicians.

Over a decade, they gave nearly $500,000 to Cuomo, state legislators, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and other elected officials. They had also contributed to U.S. Rep. John Katko's campaign.

Their 2017 contributions totaled $0, according to campaign finance reports filed this week with the New York State Board of Elections.

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Source: (via Empire Report New York) 

NYS Senator James Sanders Jr's Open Letter to Donald Trump

Senator James Sanders Jr. recently wrote a letter to President Trump expressing his outrage over the Commander-In-Chief's latest racist and anti-immigrant remarks. The letter is supported and co-signed by Senator Leroy Comrie and Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman.
January 12, 2018

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

We are deeply disturbed and offended by the callous and racist remarks you made yesterday, in which you rejected a bi-partisan proposal to protect immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and parts of Africa, which you allegedly called “s**thole” countries. Instead, you said we should be welcoming more immigrants from countries like Norway, which is predominantly Caucasian.

The United States is a nation of immigrants and a melting pot of cultures and that means accepting people from everywhere including nations inhabited by people of color. Your ignorant statement further solidifies the anti-immigrant agenda that you have constantly pushed forward through actions like the Muslim Ban, the proposed Mexican wall, and the ending of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, Salvadorians and Nicaraguans, as well as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

You don’t want to make America great. You want to make America white. You want to select who populates this country by sealing out those you believe are undesirable. Those undesirables, however, are the people who work hard to achieve the American Dream and that is something that benefits all of us.

We demand that you issue an apology for your remarks, lead a humanitarian effort to help improve the conditions in the so-called “s**thole” countries, extend TPS for immigrants from those countries and create an affective pathway to citizenship for them.

We believe that all Americans of good faith will join us in a show of unity and strength to remind you that you cannot continue to embarrass our country through foolish deeds and actions. The United States is often held up as an example for the rest of the globe and we should behave accordingly.

Source: The Office of State Senator James Sanders, Jr. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Affirming Women's Rights: March to Be Held on Anniversary of Trump's Inauguration


March with Quakers

On January 20 at 10:00 a.m., Quakers will assemble at the Ethical Culture Society at 64th Street and Central Park West in New York City. The main entry for the Women’s March will be 71st Street and Central Park West.

Click here for general march information and a map of the route.

For Quaker contingent information the day of the march text (917) 684-8784.

Line Up: 11:00 a.m. (EST)

Rally: 11:30 a.m.-12:30/1:00 p.m.

The march will begin immediately following the rally and end when the last marcher crosses 6th Avenue and 45th Street.

Source: The Quaker Meeting House

First Lady of NYC Accepts 2018 Leadership Award from The Kennedy Forum

Source: NYC Mayor's Office

78 Ex-US Envoys to Africa Write Letter to Trump Following 'S-hole Countries' Comment

by Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG — Dozens of former U.S. ambassadors to African countries have written to President Donald Trump expressing “deep concern” over his comments about the continent and warning that respectful engagement is crucial to protecting American interests.

The letter to Trump is signed by 78 former envoys including former assistant secretaries of state for African affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Johnnie Carson. The letter, dated Tuesday, asks the president to “reassess” his views on the 54-nation continent, which it calls blessed with “almost unparalleled natural resources” and with which the U.S. has deep historical ties.

Trump referred to African nations as “shithole countries” last week in dismissing a bipartisan immigration proposal, according to those at the meeting. The president has denied using that language, but others present insist he did.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: NBC News

Drastic Rise in Influenza Across New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo today called on all New Yorkers six months of age and over who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible. According to the Department of Health, cases of influenza rose by 54 percent and new cases were diagnosed in all counties of the state over the past week. In addition, 1,606 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, the highest weekly number since Department of Health reporting began in 2004.

"With flu cases on the rise, New Yorkers should take steps to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones," Governor Cuomo said. "I am directing the Department of Health to work with local providers to help protect our communities from this flu outbreak, and I urge all New Yorkers to visit local health centers and get vaccinated as soon as possible."

For the last six weeks, influenza has been geographically widespread across New York. As of January 13th, 17,362 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza have been reported and 5,267 people have been hospitalized with influenza in New York State this season.

"Influenza is a potentially deadly disease, and getting vaccinated is the best thing New Yorkers can do to protect themselves and those around them, followed by good hand hygiene," said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. "To address the high number of cases we're seeing across the state, Governor Cuomo has directed the Department of Health to work with healthcare associations to take action against the flu and coordinate on issues of hospital capacity and surge planning. I urge all New Yorkers to get vaccinated immediately."

Click here for the full announcement.

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

'Fairness Fix' Aims to Ensure Justice for New York Taxpayers

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced legislation to close the carried interest loophole, deliver fairness to all New York taxpayers, and help alleviate the impacts of the Trump administration's federal tax plan. This proposal will fix and equalize the tax treatment of income for private equity investors. Currently, investors pay lower tax rates than ordinary New Yorkers on their income by way of the carried interest loophole. The "Fairness Fix" could raise nearly $1.1 billion annually.

"While the federal government stacks the deck in favor of the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the middle class, we are taking action to protect hardworking New Yorkers and ensure fairness and equality," Governor Cuomo said. "Closing this egregious loophole will further this administration's efforts to promote economic justice and establish a fair tax code for working men and women across New York."

Under current federal law, a portion of income earned by hedge fund managers, private equity investors, venture capitalists and certain real estate investors - known as carried interest - is treated as capital gains, rather than as ordinary income. As a result, this income is afforded favorable tax treatment in the form of lower capital gains tax rates. This loophole costs the state approximately $100 million every year.

To ensure justice for New York taxpayers and take proactive measures to fight back against the federal government's tax plan, the Governor has proposed legislation that would treat this hedge fund compensation as ordinary income for state tax purposes. The legislation would also impose a "Fairness Fix" to close the carried interest loophole under New York State's tax code. By imposing a 17 percent "Fairness Fix," every hedge fund manager working in New York State - including those living outside of the state - will be required to pay their fair share and losses under the federal tax code will be compensated. This proposal could raise nearly $1.1 billion annually and help ease the impacts of the federal tax plan.

The legislation puts forward a comprehensive, regional approach to addressing the carried interest issue, taking effect only if Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania enact legislation having substantially the same effect as this bill.

Governor Cuomo has advocated for hard-working New Yorkers since day one, as Republicans in Washington threaten the economic future of New York State. The Governor has traveled across New York to warn against reforms to the tax code that would increase taxes on New Yorkers by $14.3 billion.

The Governor's proposal will build on years of action to reduced tax rates for New York's middle-class to the lowest level in 70 years. In addition, the progressive income tax rate for taxpayers earning over $1 million, which was enacted by the Governor in 2011, will remain in place through 2019.

In 2016, the Governor enacted a multi-billion-dollar tax reduction that will save New York's middle-class nearly $6.6 billion in just the first four years, with annual savings reaching $4.2 billion by 2025. Over 4 million taxpayers will see an average of $250 in savings next year alone, and $700 annually when fully effective.

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Ryan Says President on Board with Government Spending Bill

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Source: C-SPAN

Pelosi Says Democrats Remain Opposed to Government Funding Bill

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Source: C-SPAN

Sheriff’s Officers Working Black Section of Jacksonville to Get Bias Training

The effort comes as Jacksonville has seen controversial police shootings, arrests of activists and calls to suspend pedestrian ticketing in light of racial disparities.

by Benjamin Conarck

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will begin bias training for its officers next week in what the office said is an effort to improve relations with the city’s diverse populations.

The training will be conducted by Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black university in Daytona Beach. It will be concentrated on officers and residents of the Sheriff Office’s Zone 5, which makes up Northwest Jacksonville. That patrol zone has among the highest concentrations of black residents in the city. Research released by the University of North Florida last year showed that the patrol zone has the lowest level of trust in law enforcement.

Trainings for officers will focus on improving negative perceptions and attitudes that exist between the community and police. The university’s work with local residents will center on the community’s role in neighborhood safety and how citizens can improve relationships with police. The training will involve 135 Sheriff’s Office personnel and 120 community members and 52 total hours of training. It will cost about $23,500.

Undersheriff Patrick Ivey, the office’s second in command, said on Wednesday that officers have had trainings in diversity and bias before, but that there was a perception in the community that more was needed.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: ProPublica

Trump Biographer: Trump is the 'Most Racist' President in at Least 100 Years

Source: Democracy Now!

Is ICE Targeting Immigration Activists? Family Members of Detained & Deported Leaders Speak Out

This video was published on YouTube on January  17.

Source: Democracy Now!

Robert De Niro Sounds Off on Donald Trump

This video was published on YouTube on January 10, 2018. 

Source: ET Canada

Joe Scarborough: White House Doc's Update On President Donald Trump's Health Is Shameful

Scarborough reads from Dana Milbank's Washington Post column on White House doctor Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson and Jackson's effusive praise of the president's health.

Trump Admin. Moves to Bar Haitians from Agricultural, Seasonal Worker Visas

The Trump administration is moving to prohibit people from Haiti — which the president allegedly insulted in a meeting last week — from applying for visas for seasonal and farm workers.

The Department of Homeland Security has given notice it plans to prohibit people from Haiti, as well as Belize and Samoa, from applying for H-2A and H-2B visas, which are temporary.

Those visas allow businesses to bring in workers from other countries. The H-2A visa is for agriculture and the H-2B is for non-agricultural seasonal work in places such as resorts.

The notice of which countries are eligible was to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, but a copy was publicly posted online Wednesday per the usual process.

In the notice, DHS said that Haitians applying for the visas "present extremely high rates of refusal" and Haitians who have been granted H-2A and H-2B visas "have demonstrated high levels of fraud and abuse and a high rate of overstaying the terms of their H-2 admission." 

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Source: NBC News 

Puerto Ricans Are Dying. These Volunteers Are Trying to Change That.

What Happens if the Government Shuts Down?

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Source: NBC News 

Is Trump Carrying Out a Mass Deportation? It Feels That Way to Some

by Suzanne Gamboa

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants may not look on paper like a mass deportation, but for many people it feels like one.

Statistically Trump’s sweep of immigrants, while up from last year, doesn’t compare to the deportations done in the early years of President Barack Obama’s first term.

But the administration’s attempt to return to the peak deportation levels under Obama or surpass them, combined with Trump’s rhetoric and his drive to slash legal immigration, have whipped up enough fear to make some feel a mass roundup is underway.

“At any moment I feel I could just be taken away,” said Luis, a 16-year-old Wisconsin resident who is undocumented and did not want his last name used.

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Source: NBC News 

Trump Teases Potential Government Shutdown at Pentagon Visit

Source: CBS News

Second Measles Scare at Chicago Airport

For the second time this month, a "very, very contagious" passenger with measles may have exposed others as they passed through Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Charlie De Mar of CBS Chicago station WBBM reports.

Source: CBS News