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GET ON THE BUS: NATIONAL DAY of MOURNING COMBATS “THANKSGIVING” MYTHS

For many people, this Thursday will be about overeating, shopping, football, and seldom-seen cousins.  So-called "Black Friday," the traditional start of the accelerated Christmas buying season is on deck.  Consumption, of both food and "stuff," is the true spirit of the season. But a smaller group, including activists, educators, and people of conscience will rendezvous at the East Flatbush offices...

A CHURCH HOME

I was raised in the church. I think I went to Sunday School before I started First Grade. It’s all a little fuzzy in my mind because it happened such a long time ago, like maybe around 1950. My church was really my kindergarten. I have always liked school, but I needed more than what I was being taught...

Green Party Candidate Detained for Protesting Controversial Housing Redevelopment Plan

City Council candidate Jabari Brisport, who was detained by the NYPD on Monday, for protesting the controversial Bedford Union Armory redevelopment meeting, said he would have preferred to be arrested if that resulted in stopping the vote. “I’m really pissed. I’m really annoyed at the vote. Its making the problem of the highest eviction rates in the city even worse....

BULLIES

I remember that even as children, we kids in Brooklyn, New York acted democratically and the majority always ruled, not the bullies. Only when we got older did we see bullies in charge. The question then is how and why did we get to this in a country founded on democratic principles. One of the things I saw among...

GLOBAL MATH WEEK CREATES “EUREKA” MOMENTS WITH YOUTH

Hey parents, teachers, mentors, tutors, caregivers: Your middle schooler, high schooler, even your elementary school student has five more days within which to achieve ONE OF A MILLION status.  This week, October 10 - 17th, has been designated as GLOBAL MATH WEEK (GMW.) The plan is for one million young people, worldwide, to have fun while learning important math principles...

NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE IN BURN UNIT

I wrote an article titled “Why Bill M. Wants to Be NYC Mayor” dated July 17, 2017 that basically gave Bill Murawski’s  vision of the future of New York City. We usually call this a “Platform”.  Please feel free to check it out here. Unfortunately I have some bad news to report. Bill was trapped in a fire in his...

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY 2017

If you travel in the West 59th Street section of Manhattan, you have to move quickly. And remember to look up every few seconds.  It's not just the unsafe construction cranes.  Christopher Columbus - the man, the myth, the statue, and the traffic circle - is starting to wobble, its conceptual and PR foundation is shaky.  The hero worship...

An Autumn Soiree with Tulivu Cumberbatch

On a cool autumn Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, jazz vocalist Tulivu  “Donna” Cumberbatch warmed the hearts and conjured up loving memories of days gone by at the historical Siloam Presbyterian Church’s annual Women’s Day celebration. For this last day of September, one of the songs sung by Tulivu was a very appropriate “Autumn Leaves”, accompanied by guitarist Eddie Bourjolly, whom...

East NY Politicians Say ‘No’ to Hosting Mayor Bill de Blasio

Chants of "De Blasio Must Deliver" and "Shame on De Blasio" were heard loud and clear by members of the community organization Operation P.O.W.E.R including Councilwoman Inez Barron and Assemblyman Charles Barron, community leaders and members from the Nation of Islam at a press conference in East New York, Brooklyn on Sunday. The group of approximately 20 people gave several...

Q&A With Derrick Hamilton on Honoring Louis Scarcella

A recent New York Times article (Alan Feuer, Sept. 1, 2017) covered the upcoming ceremony to honor the scandal-ridden retired detective Louis Scarcella by the NY Police Department’s Retired Detectives Association.  The article, “Polarizing Former New York Detective Will Be Honored by His Peers," said that the honor was being bestowed upon Scarcella for his long career as the...

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GET ON THE BUS: NATIONAL DAY of MOURNING COMBATS “THANKSGIVING” MYTHS

For many people, this Thursday will be about overeating, shopping, football, and seldom-seen cousins.  So-called "Black Friday," the traditional start of the accelerated Christmas...

A CHURCH HOME

I was raised in the church. I think I went to Sunday School before I started First Grade. It’s all a little fuzzy in...

Green Party Candidate Detained for Protesting Controversial Housing Redevelopment Plan

City Council candidate Jabari Brisport, who was detained by the NYPD on Monday, for protesting the controversial Bedford Union Armory redevelopment meeting, said he...