Friday, March 22, 2019

Daymond John: Six Habits of Successful People

The following was submitted by "Shark Tank" star and business mogul Daymond John. 

What makes someone successful?
It’s not money and it’s not luck.
I’ve said it time and time again, there is no secret formula.
Success is hidden in the daily habits you create. The most successful people maximize the time they have every single day. They have routines and productive habits that lead them to their goals.
Listen, the fact is we all have the same 24 hours. How you spend them is up to you. But don’t forget that time is our most valuable resource - you can’t get time back.
Think about how you spend your days:
Are you honestly using your time wisely? Are your habits truly productive?
How you choose to spend your 24 hours will define your success. So if you can’t answer yes to both of these questions, you need to commit to starting a few new habits today.
Here are 6 daily habits that productive and highly successful people swear by to help you get started:
  1. They read daily
  2. They make health a priority
  3. The look for opportunities
  4. They always remember their “why”
  5. They upgrade their mindset
  6. They work efficiently
Remember, the keys to making a new habit stick are discipline and consistent commitment. What's one habit you want to create for success?
If you’re looking for some other daily rituals successful people swear by, be sure to check out the paperback version of Rise and Grind, dropping March 26th.

Keep Grinding,

Black Actors Who Won an Academy Award

Note: Black actors that have won Oscars over the last couple of years are not showcased because the video was published on YouTube on January 22, 2016.

Make-A-Wish America: Elliot Kappers Becomes Cincinnati Reds Manager for a Day

This report was published on YouTube on March 21. 

MAWA: Wish kid Elliott grew up an avid Cincinnati Reds fan because of his love of Ohio that he learned from his parents. After being diagnosed with cancer, he had to stop playing in his local baseball league, yet still went to his team’s games to cheer on his squad. It was that spirit and positive attitude that helped Elliott successfully beat the critical illness. To cap off his recovery, he had the opportunity to visit the Cincinnati Reds for his wish to be their manager for the day.

Military Dad Brings Son to Tears with Surprise Homecoming During Martial Arts Practice

This report was published on YouTube on March 21.

Determined Teen Says First Word in Nearly 2 Years

This report was published on YouTube on March 21.

9-Year-Old Who Helped Supermarket Cashier Bag Groceries Makes a Surprise Visit

This report was published on YouTube on March 21.

'Billions' Star Asia Kate Dillon on Using Platform as First Non-Binary TV Star

This report was published on YouTube on March 21.

The Latest on Sully the Dog

This report was published on YouTube on March 20.

Australia: People of Various Faiths Show Support to Muslims

This report was published on YouTube on March 21.

101 East: Reuniting Korea's Families

This report was published on YouTube on March 20.

A Different Note: Celebrating the Work of Women Composers

Brussels, the Beating Heart of Multiculturalism

Prince Harry Plants Trees with School Children in London

This report was published on YouTube on March 20. 

Global News: Britain's Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry joined pupils from St Vincent's Catholic Primary School in London on Wednesday to take part in a tree planting project in support of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) Initiative, together with the Woodland Trust. 

Prince Harry helped plant a cherry tree in the school's grounds as part of the QCC Initiative, which aims to contribute new areas of indigenous forest across all Commonwealth nations. 

Harry also spent time chatting to the school children, and at one point mimed that he had a large belly. 

His wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is expecting the couple's first child in the coming weeks.

New York State Trooper on the Mend After Risky Spine Surgery

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Source: The New York Daily News

Kobe Bryant Takes the Court for New York; No, Not the Knicks, But for His Mamba League

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Source: The New York Daily News

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lawsuit: Harvard ‘Shamelessly’ Profits from Photos of Slaves

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Source: Associated Press

The Roots of Police Violence in Chicago: How Cops Have Targeted Communities of Color for Decades

2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang on Why He's Pushing for a Universal Basic Income

This report was published on YouTube on March 12.

"From The G-Man" hopes Mr. Yang will not be pushed out of the upcoming debates like so many other candidates have in the past. The days of "stacking the deck" must end, and voters should be given the chance to hear what every candidate has to say on important issues. Claims that Mr. Yang doesn't have a chance at winning the White House are irrelevant. He deserves an opportunity to be on the debate stage. 

How High School Students Feel About College Admissions Scandal

This report was published on YouTube on March 19.

Former Deputy Secretary of State on ‘a Deep Hole’ for American Diplomacy

This report was published on YouTube on March 19.

PBS NewsHour: William Burns, former deputy secretary of state and ambassador to Russia, may have spent more time with Vladimir Putin than other American diplomat. In his book, “The Back Channel,” Burns discusses how a “sense of grievance” underlies Putin's interactions with the U.S. Judy Woodruff talks to Burns about a "failure of imagination" on Syria and the current state of American diplomacy.

HUD Secretary Carson on White Supremacists, Public Housing and That Dining Room Set

This report was published on YouTube on March 19. 

PBS NewsHour: The Department of Housing and Urban Development assists more than five million families with affording their rent, among other programs. Yamiche Alcindor talks to HUD Secretary Ben Carson about his reaction to President Trump's rhetoric on race, whether Carson plans to remain in his position, HUD achievements during his tenure and criticism he's received about his use of government resources.

Audit Ordered for Boeing After Ethiopian Airlines Crash

Miami Beach Announces New Measures Amid Spring Break Chaos

Ted Koppel Calls Out Liberal Media Bias Against Trump

This report was published on YouTube on March 19.

The Crimean Port of Sevastopol, a Strategic Link Between Russia and Syria

Brexit Deadlock: PM May Requests to Extend Brexit Deadline

First Funerals Held for New Zealand Mosque Attack Victims

Cyclone Death Toll in Mozambique, Zimbabwe Rises Above 300

Monsanto's Weedkiller Deemed a 'Substantial Factor' in Man's Cancer

Pope Francis Refuses to Accept Cardinal Barbarin's Resignation

This report was published on YouTube on March 19.

'If the US Wants to Invade Venezuela, It Can'

This report was published on YouTube on March 19.

Governor Cuomo Holds Press Briefing on Letter Issued to Trump

This video was published on YouTube on March 19.

Mayor de Blasio Delivers Remarks on American Dream and Promise Act

They Were Accused of Sexual Harassment, but the City Hid It

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Source: The New York Times

9 Fund-Raisers in 1 Night: Democrats Vow Reform in N.Y., but Money Still Flows

Albany has long been a magnet for back-room influence peddling through lobbyist donations, and that tradition is being upheld with gusto.

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Source: The New York Times 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Big Story: Chess Victory is Ticket Out of Shelter for 8-Year-Old Boy

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Source: Associated Press

Supreme Court Gives Trump Victory on Immigration

The Supreme Court endorsed the government's authority to detain immigrants awaiting deportation anytime - potentially even years - after they have completed prison terms for criminal convictions.

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Source: Reuters

It's 'Not Possible' for Former Boeing Exec, Now Trump’s Defense Secretary, to Avoid Conflicts

Democracy Now!: Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan worked as a Boeing executive for more than 30 years, entangling him in all kinds of conflicts of interests in his role now, says William Hartung of the Center for International Policy. Shanahan is supposed to recuse himself from dealings with Boeing, but that's impossible, Hartung says — Boeing is one of the country's largest defense contractors.

ACLU: The U.S. Is Acting Like an Authoritarian Regime by Barring ICC Officials Probing War Crimes

Elizabeth Warren Calls for End to Electoral College

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Visiting Israel as Benjamin Netanyahu Faces Scandals

US Intelligence Officials Share Concerns After Mosque Shooting

Algeria Risks Further Political Unrest as Protests Persist

Italy Medics Blame 'Anti-Vaxxers' for Measles Outbreak

Theresa May's Brexit Deal Suffers New Blow

The Catastrophic Impact of Southern Africa's Cyclone Idai

China Gene Editing Case Triggers Calls for Regulation

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Pay Respects to New Zealand Shooting Victims

Global News: Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan paid their respects on Tuesday to the victims of last week's mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in which 50 people were killed. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the High Commission of New Zealand in London, where they signed a book of condolence on behalf of the British royal family. They also laid small bouquets of flowers outside the building, known as New Zealand House.

New Zealand Shooting: PM Ardern Vows to Deny Gunman Notoriety in Impassioned Speech to Parliament

Global News: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged people not to give the alleged gunman notoriety after the Christchurch mosque shootings during a condolence speech to parliament on Tuesday.

Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.’s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots

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Source: The New York Times

Harlem Woman Escapes Death in Virginia Bus Crash

A Harlem woman is among the survivors of a charter bus crash that killed two people in Virginia Tuesday. Shivon Dollar-Moore, 39, was on her way back to New York from family wedding in South Carolina when the bus she was in overturned on an exit on Interstate 95 in Prince George County around 5 a.m., Virginia State Police said. Two of the 57 people on the bus were killed and dozens more were injured, cops said.

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Source: The New York Daily News 

Statue of Liberty Protester Patricia Okoumou Sentenced to 5 Years’ Probation

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Source: The New York Daily News

Albany Firefighter Recovering After Amputations, Kidney Failure in Near-Death Battle with Sepsis

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Source: The New York Daily News

The Power of the Pen: Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation

This video was published on YouTube on March 18. 

Source: NYC Mayor's Office

Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of DOT Employee Dennis 'Matt' Howe

Governor Andrew Cuomo today directed flags to half-staff on all State government buildings in honor of New York Department of Transportation Maintenance Worker Dennis (Matt) Howe of Owego, Tioga County, who died from injuries sustained last Wednesday when a tractor trailer collided with a DOT truck in the work zone March 13 in Tioga County. Flags will be flown at half-staff beginning today until interment.

"I am saddened by the loss of Matt Howe, a dedicated public servant and Department of Transportation employee, who passed away last night due to injuries from when a tractor trailer collided with a DOT truck in the work zone.  

"Since 2006, Matt served DOT Region 9 and the people of the State of New York honorably. As a maintenance worker, he was a jack of all trades who was always eager to lend a hand to the team.

"His death is a tragic reminder of the dangers our workers face every day braving the elements and our roadways, all while looking out for the safety of one another. There is nothing routine about what our maintenance forces do to keep New York's highways safe, and we have zero tolerance for anyone who flagrantly puts the lives and safety of our workers in jeopardy. This year I called for stricter protections for transportation workers to send a clear message that New York stands with our workers.

"In honor of Matt Howe and his service to the people of New York, I am directing that flags be flown at half-staff across this great state. On behalf of the entire family of New York, I extend my deepest condolences to his friends, colleagues and the loved ones he leaves behind." 

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

Editor's Note: Click here to find out how you can help the Howe family. 

Don’t Be Victimized by Scam Tactics This Filing Season

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today urged taxpayers to remain vigilant and guard against scams during the tax filing season. Strategies used by scammers to steal private information can be as simple as a phone call or as sophisticated as a phishing campaign to install malware on victims’ home computers.

“It’s a nonstop battle to identify and prevent fraud by identity thieves and scam artists,” said New York State Taxpayer Rights Advocate Margaret Neri. “The Tax Department is constantly updating its award-winning analytics to keep pace with these criminals, but it’s also critical for taxpayers to be alert to common scam tactics and protect themselves.” 

Telltale signs of a scam

Threatening calls: Scam artists who use this tactic try to bully or trick victims into disclosing private information, or convince them to wire money to pay a tax debt or fine. If a caller, perhaps posing as a New York State Tax Department or IRS agent, threatens arrest it’s a scam. Neither agency threatens taxpayers, and they notify taxpayers by letter first before making any calls or sending any emails.

Unusual emails: Phishing emails often contain links that activate malware or lead to phony websites that request personal information. Misspellings or unfamiliar logos in the email or subject line are obvious clues that it’s a scam attempt, but some of the bogus emails and websites are convincing. Hovering over the links may reveal an unusual webpage address (URL) that confirms the sender’s true intent. To be safe, simply delete these emails and any that are unsolicited, and never click the links within them.

Remember, the Tax Department never requests personal or financial information by email.

Offers to collect a tax payment in person: If a caller claiming to be from the Tax Department or IRS offers to meet you at a specified location to collect a payment, it’s a scam. This is never an option with the IRS or Tax Department. End the call immediately.

Requests for a specific type of payment: If you’re being told to pay through a prepaid debit card or an iTunes gift card, this is an obvious sign of a scam. The Tax Department and IRS provide various payment options, but the use of gift cards isn’t one of them.

Report it

If you are a victim, or believe you may be a potential victim of tax-related identity theft, alert us immediately. We will track your information to help keep it private and protected. Visit the Tax Department’s Report fraud, scams, and identity theft webpage.

Click here for more information.

Source: The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

Black Theater Spotlight: 'Surely Goodness and Mercy'

Set in an under-funded public school in Newark, Surely Goodness and Mercy tells the story of a bible-toting boy with a photographic memory who befriends a cantankerous old lunch lady. Against all odds, Tino and Bernadette help each other through the trials of growing up and growing old. 

The play, which was written by Chisa Hutchinson, has spent the last year charming audiences across the country. Now, Keen is honored to bring this vibrant new play to New York for the first time. 

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Source: ImageNation

Monday, March 18, 2019

Federal Authorities Raided Trump Fundraiser’s Office in Money Laundering Probe

A sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica shows federal agents scoured Elliott Broidy’s office for documents related to China, Saudi Arabia and a Miami Beach club promoter.

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Source: ProPublica

George W. Bush Says Immigration is a 'Blessing and a Strength'

CBS News: Former President George W. Bush, a vocal Republican supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, urged lawmakers in Washington to support "just" and "fair" bipartisan policies to overhaul the nation's immigration system and bolster border security, saying immigration is a "blessing" and "strength" for the U.S.

Puzzling Number of Men Tied to Ferguson Protests Have Died

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Source: Associated Press

First Lady Hosts Interagency Meeting on Youth Programs

C-SPAN: First lady Melania Trump hosts the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs at the White House as part of her “Be Best” initiative.

Homeland Security Secretary on 2019 Priorities

C-SPAN: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen outlines 2019 priorities for her department at an event hosted by Auburn University in Washington, DC.

Kellyanne Conway Speaks with Reporters at the White House

C-SPAN: Kellyanne Conway speaks with reporters about President Trump’s reaction to the mosque shootings in New Zealand, North Korea’s nuclear program, and the president’s veto of a resolution overturning his southern border national emergency declaration.

A Crisis in Brooklyn: Victims of HPD's Third Party Transfer Program Speak Out!

In this explosive investigative report, Brooklyn residents and noted community activists provide details on how the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is forcing people out of their apartments through its Third Party Transfer program

The report also reveals that the majority of those being impacted are people of color and seniors, who claim state and local elected officials in their districts have done nothing to address the issue.  

The investigation, which was published on YouTube on March 14, was conducted and provided by Double R. Productions. 

New Campaign Focuses on Addiction Services Available for Pregnant Women in New York State

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the New York State Health Department (DOH) today announced the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness of the addiction services available in New York State for women who are pregnant. The campaign reminds women that it is OK to ask for help, and that they should talk to a healthcare professional about the services and medications that can help treat their addiction and support a healthy pregnancy.

“Mothers in recovery and their children need the resources to live normal lives, free from the oppressive bonds of addiction,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the NYS Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force. “I have heard from families across the state who have felt the impact of addiction, and we’re taking aggressive actions to support the recovery of individuals and families in our communities. This new campaign will help to raise awareness of the services available for women in New York State, and ensure they receive the care and treatment they need to live healthy lives.”

Public service announcements, posters and palm cards were developed and will be distributed in community and medical settings, including OB/GYN facilities. The campaign will run in English and Spanish through April 15. Campaign materials, and more information regarding medication assisted treatment and services for pregnant women can be found here.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) both recommend the use of medications when paired with counseling, as appropriate, to help pregnant women with opioid use disorder.

New York State offers a variety of programs dedicated to addressing the needs of women. Statewide, OASAS-certified providers oversee more than 40 residential addiction treatment programs specifically for women, including the first facility in the nation for women veterans which is located in Ellenville. In addition, New York State has worked to ensure access to treatment for pregnant women by establishing them as a priority population for admission, meaning they cannot be put on a wait list when seeking treatment.

“For women suffering from addiction during their pregnancy, it is vitally important that they seek treatment as soon as possible,” OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. “These critical treatment services are available throughout New York State to support women facing challenges related to their addiction, while also helping to increase their chances of having a healthy pregnancy.”

“We want women who are pregnant and struggling with addiction to know that there are safe and effective treatments available to help them,” Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said. “This campaign will raise awareness among providers and patients about Medication-Assisted Treatment options that promote a healthy pregnancy.”

“Every child deserves a healthy start in life and a safe living environment. When mothers are suffering from opioid addiction during pregnancy or after, both the mother and child are at extreme risk,” said Senator Pete Harckham, 40th Senate District, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. “This campaign will help ensure that pregnant women and mothers are given the treatment and support necessary to help them recover and to best protect their children from the ravages of addiction.”

"As the overdose crisis continues to ravage every region of our State, it is vital that all New Yorkers are made aware of the support services available to them and their loved ones," said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF- Manhattan). "Mothers and pregnant individuals, in particular, face unique challenges accessing treatment for substance use disorder. I continue to sponsor legislation to expand the OASAS directory of licensed service providers, and believe we must also target specific populations to ensure they are connected to the resources tailored to fit their needs."

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369). 

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at or through the NYS OASAS website

Visit to learn more about the warning signs of addiction, review information on how to get help, and access resources on how to facilitate conversations with loved ones and communities about addiction. 

For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the state’s Talk2Prevent website.

Source: OASAS

Reformed neo-Nazi: Under Trump, White House is a 'Command Post' of White Supremacy

Democracy Now!: "In the 80s and 90s, the white supremacist movement had a very concerted strategy to mainstream. We recognized back then when I was involved that we were too edgy," says Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist whose organization Life After Hate transitions neo-Nazis out of hate groups. Thirty years later, he says that white nationalists are seeing these efforts to mainstream "coming to fruition" through the rise of Trump.

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Weighs in on Trump Investigations, Mueller Probe

White House Defends Trump's Response to New Zealand Shootings

Black Box Data Shows Link Between 2 Crashes: Authorities

Why is Islamophobia Increasing in Western Countries?

This report was published on YouTube on March 17.

France 'Yellow Vest' Movement: PM Édouard Philippe Unveils Plan to Address Protests Violence

Philippines Quits International Criminal Court Over Inquiry into Duterte's Drug War

New Zealand Moves to Tighten Gun Laws as Australian Police Probe Links to Shooting

New Zealand Shooting: Survivor Who Lost His Wife Says He Forgives Suspected Shooter

Global News: New Zealand shooting survivor Farid Ahmed, who lost his wife in the attack, said Monday that he forgives the shooter and expressed his desire to meet the man's family.

Mayor de Blasio Vowed to Create 100,000 Jobs. The Truth? No One Really Knows.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would create 100,000 “good-paying jobs” in 10 years, but the administration has no firm track of how it’s doing.

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Source: The New York Times

He Spent 7 Years in Prison. Then a Court Changed the Rules.

Otis Boone, who was recently acquitted of robbery after a second trial, on his way home in Brooklyn.

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Source: The New York Times

Security at Critical New York Infrastructure Points Increased After Shooting in the Netherlands

(Netherlands Shooting)
Police Are Looking for a 37-Year-Old Turkish-Born Man

The following statement was issued today by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

"The horrific shooting on a tram in Utrecht is another scar on the soul of the people of this planet and an affirmation of the fear and anxiety that people feel in the face of division and hate. My thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones, and New Yorkers stand with the people of the Netherlands and all our allies against hate, terror and violence of any kind. 

"In New York, public safety is our number one priority. Out of an abundance of caution, I have directed state law enforcement officials to step up security at high-profile locations around the state, including our airports, train stations, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems. We will take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and security of New Yorkers." 

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

HUD's Lynne Patton Slams Mayor de Blasio's Out-of-Town Travel Amid NYCHA Problems

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Source: The New York Daily News

Busts for Weed Could Lead to Deportation

Drug convictions are usually grounds for deportation. One exception is for only one conviction for simple possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana -that’s not a grounds for removal.

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Source: The New York Daily News 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Calls for Investigation into MTA's Bus Distribution

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Source: The New York Daily News 

NY General Assembly Urged to Tie Marijuana Legalization to Economic Equity Requirements

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the National Action Network issued a joint call to leaders of the New York State General Assembly in support of the state’s fight to ensure that the legalization of marijuana in New York State is tied to an economic opportunity program with specific requirements to address racial inequities.

Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, noted: “The Controlled Substances Act of the 1970’s used racism and bias to criminalize marijuana. Generations of African Americans have been on the receiving end of a decades-long public relations campaign aimed at pinning drug use on this particular group, jailing millions and wreaking havoc on generations of African-American families. The current decriminalization opens this old wound, and fails to provide meaningful economic opportunities for communities ravaged by the 'War on Drugs.' The leaders of the New York State Assembly have shown great leadership in their effort to course-correct. The legalization and resulting commercialization of marijuana in New York must not leave African American communities behind. The Assembly must prioritize the grants of licenses for people from communities that have been ravaged by the war on drugs, invest revenue from legalized cannabis into communities of color, and eliminate the barriers to reentry faced by those with criminal records tied to prior marijuana offenses.”

Reverend Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network, said: “An equitable legal marijuana industry in New York State and across America must include pathways for communities who have traditionally been afflicted by marijuana related crimes, namely low-income families, formerly incarcerated individuals, and communities of color. This is a unique opportunity for the state of New York to be an leader in the marijuana industry in regards to economic and restorative justice for all. I applaud the efforts of Black lawmakers in New York who have stepped up to represent the interests of so many communities that otherwise stand to be left out of the conversation and face continued inequality in the burgeoning marijuana industry.”

Read the letter here.

Source: Mercury