Friday, May 10, 2019

In Memoriam: The Victims of the 142nd Street Fire in Harlem

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No News Content Will Be Published Today.

With the exception of the two reports below, From The G-Man will not publish any news stories today. The day is being dedicated to the family killed in a Harlem fire this week. The tragedy occurred just steps away from this news office. 

May their family members and friends find some measure of comfort in the days to come, and may the victims forever rest in peace.   

Harlem Community Remembers Family of 6 Killed in Fire


This report was published on YouTube on May 9.

Rev. Al Sharpton and Community Leaders to Host Surviving Family of Harlem Fire Victims


On May 11 at 9:30 a.m., Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) will host the surviving family of the victims in this weeks’ tragic fire in Harlem that killed six people, including four children. 

Family members that will be in attendance include: Raven Reyes, daughter of victim Andrea Pollidore, Natelle Pollidore, sister of Andrea Pollidore, Kendra Pollidore-Mulzae, sister of Andrea Pollidore, parents and other relatives of Andrea Pollidore, Jean Belot, father of Elijah, youngest victim, Jamillah Abdullah, mother of Matt Abdularaph, Talib Abdul-Rauf, father of Matt Abdularaph, and Malika Abdullah, sister of Matt Abdularaph.

The gathering will be held at NAN's House of Justice, located at 106 West 145th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. It will be live-streamed at nationalactionnetwork.net, The Impact Network and WLIB 1190 AM.

Source: Mercury

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Listen to TurboTax Lie to Get Out of Refunding Overcharged Customers


TurboTax successfully lobbied to keep the IRS from offering free tax prep. Now it’s pretending the government already does it.

Click here for the report.

Source: ProPublica

Analyzing Executive Privilege and Congressional Oversight

 
C-SPAN: The Firewall editor in chief David Hawkings talked about the Trump administration’s response to Congress' attempts to obtain the unredacted Mueller report.

Click here for video. 

House Speaker Weekly Briefing


C-SPAN: House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held her weekly press conference on the Democratic legislative agenda. Speaker Pelosi said she agrees with Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler’s assertion that the U.S. is currently facing a “constitutional crisis” after the committee voted along party lines to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. Speaker Pelosi did not specify when the full House would vote on the contempt resolution but said, “In terms of timing, when we’re ready, we’ll come to the floor.” 

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House Minority Leader Weekly Briefing

 
C-SPAN: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters at his weekly briefing that House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is not capable of running the Judiciary Committee. The leader also dismissed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s request to interview Donald Trump Jr., arguing Congress needs to move on from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. 

Click here for video. 

Bob Woodward: I Think We Have a Governing Crisis


North Korea Launches 3 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles


Pope Issues New Requirement on Reporting Sex Abuse


Supporters of Maduro and Guaido Clash at Venezuelan Embassy in US


DR Congo Ebola Clinic in North Kivu Attacked


Main Parties Battle It Out as Indian Election Reaches Final Stretch


Iran Nuclear Deal: EU Rejects 'Ultimatums' from Iran


US Set to Raise Tariffs on $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Imports


Putin Marches with Thousands in Moscow to Commemorate WW2 Fighters


Justin Trudeau Comes Under Attack in the House Over Mark Norman Scandal


This report was published on YouTube on May 8. 

Global News: In a stunning reversal of position, the Crown stayed its charge of breach of trust against the former second-in-command of the Canadian military, Vice Adm. Mark Norman, admitting it did not have enough evidence to meet the standard of conviction required for the allegation in light of new evidence presented by the defence and third parties in a March 28 meeting between the Crown and Norman’s counsel. 

The dropped charge comes after prosecutors alleged he was the leak of sensitive information in late 2015 about Liberal plans to freeze a deal to buy the navy an interim supply ship after both of its remaining vessels rusted out and caught fire, forcing their early retirement.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Farrakhan on the Media: 'You're Afraid If You Tell the Truth, Your Bosses Will Take Your Jobs from You!'


This video was published on YouTube on February 13, 2015.

Source: T Spoke

The segment was recorded in October of 2011, but From The G-Man recommends that every person working in broadcast, digital and print media listen very carefully to what Minister Farrakhan is saying, especially with the recent and unprecedented number of attacks against journalists and the increasing level of disdain, disgust and distrust for news organizations all over the world. 

Harlem Activists to Conduct Major Rally in Response to Park Violence

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The following announcement was submitted by Street Corner Resources.

On Wednesday, April 17, a Harlem resident was attacked and beaten at 4:30 in the afternoon in Morningside Park. Since this assault, there have been reports of at least four other attacks on innocent victims in Morningside and another Harlem park. 

We are coming together as a community to say, “this senseless violence must stop!”  We want everyone in Harlem to feel safe! We really are responsible for each other! 

From The G-Man is urging members of the community to show up in mass numbers to send a clear and strong message to those with bad intentions: not on our watch!

Oregon’s Nonunanimous Juries Rooted in White Nationalism

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Source: Associated Press

Op-Ed: A Tale of Two Mueller Reports


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other wayin short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only." Charles Dickens' famous opening lines from his book "The Tale of Two Cities."

The two cities are, of course Paris and London, two of the world's major metropolises of the time (end of the 18th century), but oh so different from each other in so many ways. And so we have "The Mueller Report" on, primarily, the investigation headed by Robert Mueller on: a) Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election and its aftermath, b) possible Trump Campaign and Presidency cooperation/coordination with it, and c) attempts by President Trump to obstruct justice in a variety of ways relating to one or another of the investigations of the Russian interference and related matters. 

As is well known, the Report is over 400 pages long. As is also well-known, the full Mueller Reporthas yet to see the light of the public's and the Congresses' day, "redacted" as it has been by President Trump's new in-house lawyer, William Barr (who also carries the tile of "Attorney General of the United States") (https://www.opednews.com/articles/Katy-Barr-the-Door-by-Steven-Jonas-Congress_Evidence_Fraud_Fraud-190325-684.html ).

There is also the "Barr Report," that is the misleading 3 ½ page summary that Mr. Barr offered to the public some days before he released his "censored-for-the-benefit-of-the-President-to-the-extent-he-thought-he-could-pull-it-off" (otherwise known as the above-mentioned "redacted") version of the Report. (And then there was also the presser-spin that Barr put on the redacted version before he released it.) Neither the public nor the Congress has, as of this writing, seen the full Report. If Mr. Barr has his way, neither the public nor the Congress will ever see the full Report (less any must-be-protected national security matters). This of course is because the President has been "fully vindicated" on both the "collusion" and obstruction of justice matters.

But wait a minute. If the President has been" fully vindicated" why wouldn't he and his boy Barr want the full Report released? And if the President had been "fully vindicated" why are there two completely different versions of the Report circulating in the media, creating the above-mentioned "Tale of Two Mueller Reports?"

Click here for the full article. 

Source: OpEdNews.com 

'1969' Exhibit on Display at Empire State Plaza's Vietnam Memorial Gallery



Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito today announced the opening of the exhibition "1969," which explores the end of one of the most iconic and turbulent decades in United States' history. Located at the Robert Abrams Justice Building's Vietnam Memorial Gallery at Empire State Plaza in Albany, the exhibition will be on display through December 2019.

"The 1960s brought our nation exceptional milestones for science, social progress and pop culture, even as many Americans coped with the ravages of war and social unrest," Governor Cuomo said. "This new exhibition at the Vietnam Memorial Gallery celebrates New York's contributions in this time period while honoring the Vietnam War veterans who served and died for this country."

Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito said, "We are proud to focus on the 50th anniversary of such a pivotal year—both in Vietnam and in New York State. Many important events occurred during this year and we are pleased to share them with those who visit our Vietnam Gallery. The Gallery was created to foster increased public understanding and discussion of the Vietnam War and its aftermath. This exhibition recounts the role New York played in this important year and how its activities continue to resonate in America today."

Jim McDonough, Director of the New York State Division of Veterans Services, said, "This exhibition highlights an important part of our past as a nation and includes the great sacrifices made by our men and women who served in and during Vietnam. To hear these men and women recount their experiences first hand is both powerful and moving. Exhibits like this remind us of our solemn obligation to honor our veterans and their families who, in some cases, have contributed their very lives in service to our nation."

1969 was a year of seminal events that became ingrained in the heart and soul of America. From the Vietnam War to Woodstock and from the initial television airing of Sesame Street to the inaugural manned moon landing, it was a year where events across the country shaped our culture. It was a time in our history when our nation was full of polarized ideologies, emotions, and reactions.  As a new president took office with a new foreign policy strategy, the Vietnam War was first televised to living rooms across the country, inspiring a range of reactions and responses.

Click here for the full announcement.

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Cecile Richards on How Her New Political Organization 'Supermajority' Is Mobilizing Women For 2020


John Bolton is Getting Closer to War with Iran, Warns Trita Parsi


This report was published on YouTube on May 7.

James Comey Says He'd Like Mueller to Testify About Russia Probe


New Generation of Women in Politics Reflect on Death of Mary Jo Kopechne


Missing 4-Year-Old Has Had Multiple Brain Surgeries, Requires Constant Care


If anyone has information on the girl's whereabouts, you are urged to contact the Houston Police Department as soon as possible. From The G-Man is also extending an invitation to have information emailed to its New York City office at FromTheGMan@gmail.com. You may do so anonymously.  It will be shared with the authorities.

Thank you.

House Judiciary Committee Votes on Whether to Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt


What’s Behind Trump’s Trade War with China


This report was published on YouTube on May 7.

Venezuela's Top Court Targets Opposition Leaders


Iran Grapples with Soaring Inflation, Negative Growth Under US Sanctions



South Africans Go to the Polls to Vote Amid Corruption and High Unemployment


This report was published on YouTube on May 7.

EU, IMF Warn Trade War Could Affect Global Growth


This report was published on YouTube on May 7.

U.S. Says Canada's Claim Over Northwest Passage 'llegitimate,' Sparking Fresh War of Words


Global News: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ignited a fresh war of words between the U.S. and Canada after calling Canada's claim to the Northwest Passage "illegitimate" during a speech at the Arctic Council in Finland on May 6. 

Pompeo offered that characterization during a wide-ranging speech in Finland today in which he also warned against China’s increased Arctic presence, saying it threatens North American security and could be harmful to the environment. 

Click here for the full breakdown. 

Mayor de Blasio Makes Announcement About Guaranteed Health Care for New Yorkers


This video was published on YouTube on May 7.

New York Appellate Court Rules Against City Policy That Issues Arrest Warrants for Runaway Foster Children

"The Court recognized that victimized children should not be treated as criminals,” said Legal Aid Society attorney Israel T. Appel.

 Click here for the report. 

Source: The New York Daily News

Harlem Fire Wipes Out a Family of Six – Inferno Likely Started in the Kitchen


Andrea Pollidore died alongside her 33-year-old stepson and four of her kids, aged 4 to 11. The fire broke out about 1:40 a.m. inside their three-bedroom apartment on the fifth floor of the Frederick E. Samuel Houses.

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Source: The New York Daily News 

NY City Council Candidate Calls for MTA Inspector General to Investigate Toxic Site in Brooklyn

 
Farah Louis, City Council Candidate for the 45th District in Brooklyn, today issued the following statement. 

“The residents of District 45 refuse to stand by while the MTA allows Brooklyn Resource Recovery (BRR) to contaminate their land with toxic liquid wastes. For thirty years, the MTA has let BRR illegally occupy and operate on MTA-owned land with a complete lack of oversight or enforcement. The MTA’s Inspector General must take action to evict BRR from the MTA’s 45,000 square feet of land, which BRR is illegally occupying without a lease or rent payment, and which has a market value of $200 per square foot or $9,000,000. BRR uses this MTA land to store oil-laden junk cars and other automotive debris in brazen disregard of the law; BRR demolished and removed a natural earth berm – used to prevent LIRR tracks from collapsing -- and replaced it with an illegally-constructed 60-foot wall of individual concrete blocks. These blocks are improperly stacked on top of each other, not adhered to each other, without an engineered support system and held in place only by gravity. This 60-foot wall is putting LIRR freight lines at great risk. The MTA is liable for any resulting accident occurring due to this dangerous situation. I have been informed that underneath a newly-placed concrete slab - again built without required permits – is MTA land laden with automotive fluids, such as oil and gasoline along with mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and PCBs.“

This is the official letter that was submitted to the MTA Inspector General. 

May 06, 2019

Mr. Barry Kluger
MTA Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General
Two Penn Plaza, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10121

 

Dear Mr. Kluger,

As a candidate for NYC Council District 45, I am requesting immediate action by the MTA: I urge you to conduct a thorough investigation and issue findings on whether a private entity has illegally occupied and used for its benefit 45,000-square feet of public property that belongs to the taxpayers of New York City.

For nearly three decades, the MTA has allowed Brooklyn Resource Recovery (BRR) to occupy and operate on MTA-owned property with a complete lack of oversight or enforcement by the MTA. As Inspector General, you must take action to (1) investigate whether BRR is illegally occupying MTA-owned property, (2) investigate the environmental health impact on the land and community surrounding the BRR site, and, if BRR is found to be flouting the law and engaged in an illegal occupation, (3) evict BRR from MTA land and demand that BRR cover costs associated with damage to the surrounding land and community.

For the better part of a decade and a half, concerned residents, community activists and organizations, and elected officials have publicly and privately raised the following contentions with the MTA over BRR:

• Thirty years ago, BRR began illegally occupying 45,000 sq. ft. of land owned by the MTA.

• BRR holds no lease, licensing or permission that is publicly known that authorizes its possession of this public land.

• BRR has made no discoverable rent payments to the MTA for the use of this MTA land, which has a market value of $200/sq. ft. or $9,000,000.

• BRR uses the MTA property for the storage of environmentally hazardous materials, such as oil-laden junk cars and other automotive debris.

• BRR, without appropriate and necessary permits, manipulated the topography of the MTA land.

• With brazen disregard, BRR demolished a natural earth berm that LIRR rail tracks relied upon for structural integrity.

• In place of the natural earth berm, BRR constructed, with no publicly known permits issued or permit applications submitted for, a 60-foot tall wall of thousands of individual concrete blocks improperly stacked which are not adhered to one other, have no engineered support system and are, terrifyingly, held in place with just gravity.

• LIRR freight lines are at great risk due to the reckless construction of this 60 ft. retaining wall by BRR.

• The MTA will be liable for any accident in part or in whole caused by this dangerous situation created by BRR.

In addition to the contentions above, BRR’s actions appear to have resulted in the contamination of MTA land with toxic liquid wastes. I have been informed that underneath a newly placed concrete slab - again built without required permits – is MTA land that is now laden with automotive fluids such as oil and gasoline along with mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and PCBs. Moreover, the surrounding community has been subjected to the release of these harmful chemicals and pollutants not simply through their permeation of the land, but through massive fires at BRR’s site.

A simple request for FDNY public records will demonstrate the numerous fires at the BRR site, which the MTA has previously acknowledged is directly adjacent to the MTA rail tracks and which put MTA rail freights in direct danger.

If an FDNY records request somehow proves too cumbersome, a simple Google search will return reporting on a half dozen fires since the mid-2000s and at least one ruling by an Administrative Law Judge that substantiates the claims above of unpermitted work and operations by BRR.

The residents of East Flatbush are tired of being overlooked and treated as second class citizens by the MTA while the MTA allows BRR to operate a toxic waste site that is very likely illegal on MTA land. BRR has been allowed to abuse land and make millions while polluting Black and Brown communities, families and children.

This is disgraceful, and its certainly not BRR or the MTA paying the price; it’s Brooklyn’s residents. I cannot allow this situation to continue. As a candidate for the City Council District that suffers from BRR’s actions, I demand action by the MTA to correct this situation.

It’s worth repeating: any damages – financial or otherwise - which result from permit-less construction, illegal occupation of MTA land, environmental pollution or, worse, the collapse of the rail tracks and the resulting injuries and deaths will fall upon the MTA.

I demand that you immediately conduct a full investigation into BRR, its supposed title to occupy and use MTA land as it does, and its operations. Moreoever, no investigation would be complete unless you also sought answers as to the MTA’s role at the site, the failure of the MTA real-estate department to manages its properties and which MTA officials have been fully aware for quite some time of this situation.

If you will not take these actions, including removing BRR from its illegal occupancy of MTA land, I will use the platform available to me as a candidate and, should I win, all the tools at my disposal as an official take immediate action.

Source: Mercury

Happening in Harlem: New Exhibition Opens at the Schomburg Center


'A Ballad for Harlem'

A Ballad for Harlem examines several strands of Black placemaking in the 20th century, offering views of residents and institutions committed to community, innovation, education, fervent political engagement, cultural affirmation, global perspectives, and creativity. 

Exhibition highlights include the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the Speakers Corner, items from the recent acquisitions of artist and activists Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis and author Ann Petry, artwork by contemporary Nigeria-based artist Modupeola Fadugba featuring Harlem Honeys and Bears, Harlem's daughter and tennis champion Althea Gibson, sculptures by Augusta Savage, and street scene photography of 1930s Harlem.

Click here for additional information on the exhibit.

Source: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Losses


Donald J. Trump was propelled to the presidency, in part, by a self-spun narrative of business success and of setbacks triumphantly overcome. 

But 10 years of tax information, from 1985 to 1994, obtained by The Times paints a far bleaker picture of his financial condition. 

Click here for the report. 

Source: The New York Times

After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New 'Poll Tax' For Formerly Incarcerated


Elizabeth Warren Calls on Congress to Impeach Trump


PBS NewsHour: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., went to the Senate floor on Tuesday to reiterate her call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that the Russia probe and potential obstruction by Trump was "case closed."

The Mumia Abu-Jamal Commentaries: The Power of Movements


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Source: Prison Radio

63 NY Police Officers Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Officers' Names Added to New York State's Police Officers' Memorial

Governor Andrew Cuomo today honored 63 police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to communities across New York State. The officers from eight local and state law enforcement agencies were recognized at the annual Police Officers' Memorial Remembrance Ceremony in Albany this afternoon. With the addition of the names of the 54 men and nine women — the most ever honored in one year — the memorial now includes the names of 1,567 police officers.

"Today we honor 63 brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the people of New York State," Governor Cuomo said. "Their names will be forever etched in this memorial to not only honor their legacy, but to remind us all that New York's law enforcement officers put their own lives on the line every day to keep us safe. We cannot possibly thank them enough for that service."

"The names on the Police Officers' Memorial wall stand testament to the brave and selfless commitment these officers made to keep our communities and residents safe," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke at the ceremony. "We will never forget the legacy of these men and women who died honorably serving our state, or the peril countless other law enforcement officers face every day they wear their badge. Our hearts go out to the officers' loved ones - we owe a great debt of gratitude to their families."

The ceremony recognized three officers who died in the line of duty in 2018, an officer who died in 1904 not previously recognized, and 59 officers who died from illnesses resulting from their work at Ground Zero in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack at the World Trade Center in New York City. The names of officers who died of Ground Zero-related illnesses were first added to the memorial in 2008 and now total 227. Sixty men and women who served with the NYPD and Port Authority Police Department died the day of the attack.

Governor Cuomo also directed that the Gov. Alfred E. Smith State Office Building in Albany be illuminated in blue this evening in memory of the fallen officers. The state Division of Criminal Justice Services, located at the Smith building, coordinates the annual ceremony, which is attended by local, state and federal law enforcement professionals; elected officials; and family members of the deceased officers, in addition to other friends and colleagues of the fallen.

Click here to review the list of officers recognized at today's ceremony.

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  

First Lady Melania Trump's 'Be Best' Anniversary Celebration


Mitch McConnell Declares 'Case Closed' on Mueller Probe


Pompeo to Meet with Russian FM as Tensions Escalate Over Iran, Venezuela


Venezuela's Guaidó Open to U.S. Military Option?


Libya Arms Embargo: UN Investigates UAE Violations


Al Jazeera Investigations: Yemen's Kidney Brokers


Angola Drought: Millions Struggle for Food


Northern Ireland Talks Effort to Restore Power-Sharing Government


Argentina Remembers Former First Lady Eva Peron


Russian Military Shows Off It's Strength at Victory Day Parade Rehearsal


Global News: Moscow residents and tourists gathered in Russian capital on Tuesday to witness tanks and trucks carrying missile systems pass through city centre for the final rehearsal of the Victory Day parade. 

Self-propelled howitzers, new T-14 Armata tanks, S-400 missile systems and many more - all these fighting vehicles rumbled through Moscow's central streets in today's final rehearsal, impressing spectators with their military might.

Pamela Anderson: We Need to Save Julian Assange's Life


Journalists Freed in Myanmar After 511 Days in Jail


Global News: Two journalists were freed on Tuesday in Myanmar after spending more than 500 days in jail and reunited with their families. 

Video shows the pair, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Ooo, walking free after being released before eventually reuniting with their families in a separate location. 

The pair had been convicted in September of breaking the Official Secrets Act in a case that sparked an outcry from diplomats and human rights advocates. 

Before they were arrested in December 2017, they had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys by security forces and Buddhist civilians.

GGE Update: What's Next for the School Girls Deserve Campaign


The following announcement was submitted by Brittany Brathwaite, Manager of Organizing and Innovation for Girls for Gender Equity

Earlier this week we held the School Girls Deserve Press Conference on the steps of NYC City Hall, and it was a huge success!

Girls for Gender Equity is driving the conversation in New York City around sexual harassment and gender and racial equity in our public schools, but we're not alone! At Tuesday's press conference we had the support of many City Council Members such as Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Education Chair Mark Treyger, Council Member and Co-chair of the Women and Gender Equity Committee Helen Rosenthal, Council Member Co-chair of the Women’s Caucus Carlina Rivera, Higher Education Chair Inez Barron, Council Member Adrienne E. Adams and Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr.

We also had the support of amazing organizational partners, activists and organizers such as Brotherhood Sistersol, DRUM, DSC-NYCWomen’s Sports Foundation, Planned Parenthood NYC, the ACLU, Girl Scouts of NYC, Bronx Legal Services, Lambda LegalConnect NYC, National Women's Law Center, the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault, Carrie Goldberg, Esq., NYC Anti-violence Project, SafeBae, and Girls Inc

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After the press conference, we joined our partner organizations and other advocates in the New York City Council Chambers for the Oversight Hearing on Title IX and Gender Discrimination, where our Young Women's Advisory Council youth organizers gave testimony that made it painfully clear how desperately NYC Department of Education (DOE) needs to act to protect students.


At the close of the hearing, Council Member Helen Rosenthal said, "Your testimony here reflects a deeper understanding of why [the] education [you've provided] is important. Each of your stories is about the climate that you're in and how it's not conducive to learning. And you've explained it very well, and I'm sorry the DOE didn't stay here to hear and understand what you said. But we're here, and we heard you, and we want to thank you."
 

The fight continues... We'll be testifying at the Executive Budget Hearing for Education on May 20th for the NYC DOE to fulfill our ask to hire seven additional full-time Title IX Coordinators.

We'll also be working on our second campaign ask for NYC DOE to adopt an affirming and supportive city-wide dress code.
 

Thank you for your continued support as we work to make schools a safe place for all Black and Brown girls, trans and gender non-conforming and non-binary youth of color! 

Ethics Cloud Hangs Over de Blasio as He Weighs Presidential Run

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
 
As the mayor nears a decision on the race, new questions have arisen over his efforts to raise money from donors who do business with the city.
 
Click here for the report.
 
Source: The New York Times 

It Seemed Like a Model Green Energy Firm. But Black Workers Paint a Different Picture.


A half-dozen workers at a New Jersey-based solar energy company filed a lawsuit claiming they were subjected to racist taunts and were fired when they complained.

Click here for the report.

Source: The New York Times

Jail Guards in New York City Performed Illegal Strip Searches on Women, Prosecutors Say


The guards “blocked exits, surrounded visitors on all sides, forcibly removed visitors’ clothing, including underwear,” the charges said.

Click here for the report.

Source: The New York Times

DFS to Investigate If Nurses Are Being Denied Life Insurance

 
Reports Allege They've Been Declined Coverage
for Carrying Opioid Overdose Reversal Medications

The New York State Department of Financial Services will investigate reports that nurses have been denied life insurance coverage for carrying opioid overdose reversal medications, such as Naloxone or Narcan.

"Nurses are on the front line of our state's fight to combat the opioid epidemic, and it is unacceptable that life insurance providers would deny these hard-working health professionals coverage for common sense precautions they take to help save lives," Governor Cuomo said. "New York State will always stand up for our nurses and do all we can to support their work to keep New Yorkers healthy and safe, and today I am calling on the Department of Financial Services to launch an investigation and take appropriate steps to ensure no nurse in New York State is being unfairly denied the life insurance coverage that they deserve."

The Governor encouraged nurses who have been denied coverage to contact the Department of Financial Services via the Department's consumer complaint website or phone line, to ensure all instances are thoroughly investigated. Nurses should file a consumer complaint here or call (212) 480-6400 or toll-free (800) 342-3736 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM).

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, namely slowed or stopped breathing. With the opioid crisis tragically affecting communities across the nation, the U.S. Surgeon General called for an increase of availability and emphasized the importance of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. According to the Center for Disease Control, Fentanyl, an opioid estimated to be hundreds of times more potent than heroin, can be disseminated into the air as fine particles or liquid spray endangering first responders through inhalation or skin contact. Many nurses on the front lines of the fight against the opioid epidemic obtain naloxone without a patient-specific prescription, fearing encounters with drug users and patients outside of a typical medical setting.

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Monday, May 6, 2019

Committee to Protect Journalists: U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

 
The Committee to Protect Journalists: The CPJ and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, in collaboration with other press freedom groups, lead this nonpartisan website on the number of press freedom violations in the United States.  

Click here to review the findings.

Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections

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Source: Associated Press

Google Set to Launch Privacy Tools to Limit Online Tracking: WSJ


Alphabet Inc's Google is set to roll out a dashboard-like function in its Chrome browser to offer users more control in fending off tracking cookies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Click here for the report. 

Source: Reuters 

Senior IRS Leaders Launch Review of Agency’s Partnership With TurboTax and H&R Block

 
Both the IRS and its inspector general are investigating the partnership with the tax software industry in response to ProPublica’s reporting.

Click here for the report. 

The Week Ahead in Washington.


Politico’s Melanie Zanona and Washington Examiner’s Steve Nelson preview the week ahead in Washington.

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Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World


The Paramilitary Guards Taking Over Detroit


This report was published on YouTube on May 5.

Michael Cohen Reporting to New York Prison for 3-Year Term


Barr Misses House Democrats' Deadline to Release Full, Unredacted Mueller Report


North Korea Says Kim Expressed 'Great Satisfaction' with Missile Tests


This report was published on YouTube on May 5.

Afghan Government Tackles Displacement as Millions Face Eviction