A total of $2.3 million in funding is available through round four of the Climate Resilient Farming grant program for farmers in New York State. The grants will help farms reduce their operational impact on the environment and better prepare for and recover after extreme weather events.
Since the launch of the program in 2015, a total of $5.1 million has been provided to 40 projects across the state, helping 70 farms implement critical projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy savings, mitigate water and soil quality concerns and increase on-farm resiliency to climate change.
"Extreme weather is the new normal and it is becoming more and more unpredictable each year," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding is vital to helping farmers mitigate the impact of climate change and allows them to take the necessary measures to protect their crops and livestock from damage caused by extreme weather while also helping reduce their environmental footprint."
Al Jazeera English: Lina Iris Viktor is a New York-based, London-born artist of Liberian
descent who has the touch of gold. Her work uses the powerful contrast
and symbolism of black and gold to explore race, gender and themes in
African history. Her work is winning accolades, but on her own terms.
Global News: She was in AVP: Alien Vs. Predator, The Incredible Hulk, and Land of the
Dead Movie – Stunt coordinator, Angelica Lisk-Hann talks about what it
takes to bring action to life on television and movie screens as
Canada's first black female stunt coordinator.
is proud to partner with the New York City Council to support the
participation of young people in New York City’s Participatory Budgeting
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The following statement was submitted by DeAnna Hoskins, President/CEO of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA).
It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to our new JLUSA newsletter, ONWARD.
In the past two years, JLUSA has expanded from a small team in a New York City office to a staff working
in cities and states across the country. We
have invested in the leadership of over 120 directly impacted Leading with Conviction fellows, and with our Emerging Leaders graduates, our network has grown to more than 600 trained leaders! Our advocacy campaigns
continue to redefine justice as we work to decarcerate and end the
reliance on mass supervision and harmful technology, build stronger
communities through justice reinvestment, and demand a working future
for the millions of our neighbors returning home. Finally, we countJLUSA members in all 50 states + D.C. and I hope you or a loved one will join this amazing network of change-makers.
All of these achievements reinforce our mission of cutting the US correctional population in#halfby2030 while empowering the people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform.
In this and future newsletters, you will find campaign updates, leader
highlights, upcoming events, and ways to get involved with our work.
None of what we have accomplished so far would be possible without each
and every one of you and we hope that you will continue to lend your
voice, your passion, and your support in the months and years to come.
I could not be prouder of this team, our network of leaders, and our
campaigns, and I look forward to fighting alongside all of you as we
work to ensure a future that centers health, safety, and human dignity
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A fired Florida police officer was found
guilty of manslaughter and attempted murder Thursday for the fatal 2015
shooting of a stranded black motorist, becoming the first officer in the
state to be convicted of an on-duty shooting in 30 years.
A lawyer for one of Epstein’s victims claims he was part of
sex-trafficking ring with Dershowitz and others—but the Harvard attorney
says sealed documents will prove his innocence.
By Kate Briquelet
Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz was accused of involvement in
billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking ring by
an attorney for one of Epstein’s victims, who claimed in federal court
on Wednesday that the release of sealed documents will prove it.
Cassell, who represents Virginia Roberts Giuffre, told the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the testimony of other witnesses
will show Dershowitz’s involvement in the alleged trafficking of “his
close friend Jeffrey Epstein.”
“When all the records come out it
will show that Epstein and [Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine] Maxwell
were trafficking girls to the benefit of his friends, including Mr.
Dershowitz,” Cassell said in oral arguments for a case filed by the Miami Herald to unseal a collection of court documents relating to Giuffre’s now settled lawsuit against Maxwell.
New activity has been detected at a North Korean intercontinental
ballistic missiles plant, South Korean media said on Thursday, as U.S.
President Donald Trump said he would be very disappointed if Pyongyang
rebuilt a rocket site.
Senior military and civilian leaders at the Pentagon testify at a Senate
Armed Services Committee hearing on the current state of military
housing in the wake of a new report showing many military families
living in substandard conditions.
Trump's most famous campaign promise, "Build the Wall
and Mexico Will Pay for It," was never about a Wall, per se. Trump is so disinterested in any kind of real
Wall, that he doesn't even know: a) how much of one there already is, b) how
many other kinds of other barriers there already are, c) how many miles of the Mexico/U.S.
border are either virtually impossible or prohibitively expensive to build on,
d) that El Paso is one of the safer cities in the U.S., e) that there is a
difference between Latino workers coming to find jobs that are being offered by
U.S. employers at below U.S.-worker wages (and such workers would not be coming
if such jobs were not being offered by, let's say, Trump-owned
resorts) and refugee/asylum seekers, seeking to enter under the provision of
U.S. and International law (about which Trump obviously knows nothing). And so on and so forth.
So, if it's not about the Wall, per se, what is it
about? (Let me say here that I know I am
not telling the politically and Trump-ily aware folks in the U.S. [and indeed around
the world] anything most of you don't already know. But I thought that it might be helpful to put
it all in one place.) First and
foremost, and this is very well-known, talked about far and wide, from the advertising
master Donny Deutsch on MSNBC to the economics master Paul Krugman in The New York
Times, it is about Trump's most valuable winning card: racism. As is well-known, Trump began his campaign
for the Presidency not when he descended the golden escalator in 2015, but when
he jumped up the birtherism movement in 2011.
Then on the escalator he broadened the racist message from African-Americans
to Latinos, specifically in the beginning to Mexicans.
The "drugs-rapists-criminals-gangs" message has
only been intensified in recent months, as the fight over wall money has itself
intensified. But it did not have to, for
the first two years of the Trump Presidency.
In fact, it might be speculated
that a reason that Trump did not seriously go for some significant sum of Wall money
when he had the whole of the Congress is a sign that indeed the Wall per se is not
the issue. For, and it is what I am
speculating here, that what Trump wants is not a Wall, but the Wall-issue,
as the symbol of his racism that is, for a significant portion (but not all) of
his base, his most important characteristic.
PBS NewsHour: The childhood vaccine program of the United States has proven to be one
of the most powerful public health achievements of our history," Dr.
John McCullers told a Senate hearing on Tuesday. And yet, vaccine
opposition and hesitancy "are now impairing our ability to effectively
ensure coverage," he said. McCullers, pediatrician-in-chief at Le
Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, explained how
pediatricians can play an important role in counselling parents who get
much of their misinformation online or from uninformed opinions on
social media. But for parents who aren't swayed by their doctors,
McCullers says broader educational and policy fixes are needed to combat
this public health threat.
"In New York, we are leading the fight to protect our environment with the most ambitious environmental agenda in the nation.
"Administrator Wheeler, while you are in New York, I urge you to visit the Hudson River, one of this country's natural treasures that is also one of the most pressing Superfund sites in the country. New York has fought to restore this vital resource but the ball is now in the EPA's court. The EPA can either do the right thing and continue to hold GE accountable for continued clean up, or they can side with big polluters and let GE off the hook for its responsibility to clean up PCBs in the river.
"The EPA has moved toward issuing a Certificate of Completion ending GE's responsibility for cleaning up the Superfund site, but our research confirms that high levels of PCBs remain in the river. We refused to allow PCB contamination to continue to jeopardize the health and safety of our communities for generations to come. We hope and expect that the EPA will join us in ensuring the full completion of the cleanup."
“It’s important that we stop thinking of ethnic media as a ‘nice to have,’ as something on the side. It’s a must have,” Glenn Burkins of Q City Metro, a Charlotte-based African-American news website, said at the Knight Media Forum earlier this week. Discussions
about how to better amplify and support diverse media are still a core
part of the future of the industry — and the numbers are unfortunately still dismal — but it helps to have a data-driven understanding of the state of ethnic media now.
Appropriately, Democracy Fund released a report
on the state of African-American media in the last days of Black
History Month here in the U.S. It includes a detailed history of
African-American media, from the 1800s’ Freedom’s Journal and Frederick Douglass’ The North Star — creating a legacy of, according to the late Columbia Journalism professor Phyllis Garland,
“never [intending] to be objective because it didn’t see the white
press being objective. It often took a position. It had an attitude.
This was a press of advocacy. There was news, but the news had an
admitted and a deliberate slant.”
ready! It's coming for you, Michelle! It also has its sights on members
of the GOP that have leaned so far to the right that they can't even
walk down the halls of Congress without bumping into a damn wall.
who cheered Malkin's recent act of disrespect toward Senator John
McCain at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) can expect
a visit, too. Taking pleasure or pride in mocking the dead doesn't make
you a true conservative. It makes you a heartless dumb-ass. Period, end of
The universe is the greatest equalizer. Laugh now, but rest assured. You all will cry later.
on who you talk to, the non-Indigenous crowd’s coverage of Indian
Country issues is either stagnating or improving too slowly. But no one
who regularly covers Native issues will claim that the major
publications are doing a good job. It’s not because they’re not trying
to cover our issues; it’s because they’re trying to cover Indian Country
without the journalists that call that place home.
doing it better? No, in short,” Native American Journalists Association
President Tristan Ahtone, member of the Kiowa Tribe, told Splinter on a
phone call earlier this month. “I think there’s effort there, but those
organizations move at glacial speeds when it comes to change.
The most recent example is as glaring as it is malicious. On Saturday
in Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders delivered his first speech for his 2020
presidential campaign in front of thousands of people. MSNBC broadcast
the speech live, and anyone can watch the full 2-hour event, or just Sanders’ full 35-minute speech, on YouTube.
As a result, there’s no confusion possible about what was said. Everyone can see it with their own eyes.
Before Sanders spoke, he was introduced by a series of speakers
including three African-Americans: South Carolina State Rep. Terry
Alexander (who spoke of Sanders’ life-long commitment to equal justice
and opportunity), former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner
(who heralded Sanders’ long-time commitment to racial justice and his
status as “only one of two white elected officials” who supported Jesse
Jackson’s presidential campaign run in 1984), and racial justice
activist (and Intercept columnist) Shaun King (who described in
detail Sanders’ history as an anti-racist and civil rights activist in
the 1960s and his decades-long devotion to issues of racial equality).
After Sanders’ speech, MSNBC immediately asked its panel for its
reaction. The first person they turned to was Zerlina Maxwell, who the
host identified only as an “MSNBC analyst.” What the host omitted, but
which Maxwell herself acknowledged, was that she was a paid official for
Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign against Sanders: that, revealingly, is
the first person MSNBC had opine on Sanders’ speech.
After the host noted that Maxwell was making gestures of disapproval
throughout Sanders’ speech and asked her what the cause was, Maxwell
proceeded to state demonstrable lies about that speech. She said:
To be very serious about it, I clocked it. He did not
mention race or gender until 23 minutes into the speech. And just for
point of comparison, I went back and looked at Elizabeth Warren’s
opening speech, for example. She mentions race and discrimination in the
first paragraph. So that’s a big difference.
R. Reid, the former editor of The Herald Tribune who represented
congressional districts in Westchester County, N.Y., for 12 years, first
as a Republican and then as Democrat, died on Saturday at his home in
Waccabuc, N.Y. He was 93.
His death was confirmed by his son David.
Reid was the scion of a newspaper publishing family whose grandfather
was the editor and principal owner of the renowned New York Tribune and
whose father merged it in the 1920s with the equally storied New York
Herald to form The Herald Tribune. Mr. Reid was The Herald Tribune’s
president and editor in the 1950s.
newspaper was respected for its high-quality journalism but dogged by
financial troubles that would help bring its demise in the 1960s; the
family sold its controlling interest in 1958. Mr. Reid entered
government service the next year when President Dwight D. Eisenhower
named him ambassador to Israel.
1961, another Republican, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, appointed Mr. Reid
chairman of New York’s State Commission Against Discrimination. Some
politicians saw the move as intending to help make Mr. Reid better known
in the state should he seek elective office. His family’s ties to the
Republican Party went back to the 19th century.
From The G-Man salutes Mr. Reid's profound contribution to journalism and his service to the aforementioned congressional districts. May his family, friends and colleagues find some measure of comfort in the days to come, and may Ogden R. Reid forever rest in peace.
New York University professor's turnstile jumping summons at a Harlem
train station with malfunctioning MetroCard machines has prompted civil
rights advocates to call on the NYPD's inspector general to probe racial
disparities in fare evasion enforcement.
Legal Aid Society fired off a letter last week to Inspector General
Phil Eure asking him to look into a January ticket that Prof. Terrance
Coffie received for going through the security gate at the St. Nicholas
Ave. station when none of the MetroCard machines were working properly.