Parents Fighting Back as NYC Aims to Close Harlem Charter School

They want to steal everything……And they will if more don’t stand the fk up! Get involved…!!!!

Article begins

A group of families are suing the city to prevent the closure of their Harlem charter school.

In court papers, seven city parents allege that the city is discriminating against disabled kids by refusing to renew the charter for Harlem’s Opportunity Charter School, one of the only charters in the city that enrolls a majority of kids with disabilities.

The city declined to renew the 13-year-old school’s charter authorization in March, citing poor academic performance.

But the parents in the suit, filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court, claim the city’s decision to close the school will harm kids with disabilities.

“The city should keep Opportunity charter School open so that other kids who are struggling in their schools will have a great opportunity just as my kids did,” said Bronx mother Layta Downs, whose two sons with learning disabilities are enrolled in seventh and eighth grades at Opportunity.

My kids have benefitted from an educational experience that they couldn’t find anywhere else,” added Downs, who works as a parent organizer at the school.
“If the city closes our school, my sons — just like other students — will be sent back to public schools that haven’t served their needs.”

Read the complete article here. 

A Bit of Good News; Rikers Island to be Shut Down, FINALLY 

I am going to only post this, and not ruin the good news with depressing facts about America and prisons overall. That’ll be another post. 🙂

After years of abhorrent conditions and abuses, New York City will shut down the notoriously troubled Rikers Island jail.

New York City will close the Rikers Island jail facility,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday. “It will take many years. It will take many tough decisions along the way. But it will happen.”

The details of what will come to replace Rikers Island are still unclear. As the New York Times reported, a commission previously recommended that the jail be broken up into smaller jails located in each of the city’s five boroughs.

De Blasio was previously skeptical
 of shutting it down, but it seems like public pressure to do something about the jail — and perhaps a looming reelection campaign this year — pushed him to change his mind.

Rikers Island is notoriously awful

Rikers Island has earned a national reputation for its terrible conditions, with horror stories regularly coming out.

One such story was that of Kalief Browder, who killed himself in 2015, after his release. He spent three years in the facility even though he was never convicted of the robbery he was wrongly accused of at the age of 16. He claimed he spent more than 400 days in solitary confinement, and he attempted suicide at least six times while at the jail. “I didn’t get to go to prom, graduation, nothing,” Browder told New York City’s ABC 7. “I’m never going to get those years back. Never.”

A New York Times article headlined “Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail” detailed several other examples of abuse at the jail. In one case, officers reacted to an inmate’s suicide attempt by beating him:

After being arrested on a misdemeanor charge following a family dispute last year, Jose Bautista was unable to post $250 bail and ended up in a jail cell on Rikers Island.

A few days later, he tore his underwear, looped it around his neck and tried to hang himself from the cell’s highest bar. Four correction officers rushed in and cut him down. But instead of notifying medical personnel, they handcuffed Mr. Bautista, forced him to lie face down on the cell floor and began punching him with such force, according to New York City investigators, that he suffered a perforated bowel and needed emergency surgery. “

De Blasio and other city officials had worked to try to fix the jail facility. But the pace of change was slow, and the jail could never shake its reputation as a place of historical brutality. Now Rikers Island is closing down, affecting the roughly 9,000 inmates held there on a daily basis.
Click here for the full article. 

If This Information Doesn’t Scare You or Wake You Up..  

Recent radioactive waste, deadly toxins in the Hudson, Miami, St Louis contaminating our water and god knows what else; yet it’s all kept quiet… That alone should wake you up or get your attention. 

“…startling investigation by the Associated Press found radioactive tritium leaking from three-quarters of all commercial nuclear power sites in the United States.”

The scary part is this is not even the tip of issue. Fox News, CNN, MSNBC; they are not news channels they are opinion based networks and they compete the others with hopes of better ratings. They are putting a show on for you while force feeding the sleeping lies. 

The CIA and government control for-profit media. Anyone who doubts this I encourage to do some research, or ask me and I’ll send you a copy of documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.

I was going to write about this tomorrow but this is a big issue, things like this,

  “The workers reportedly inhaled radioactive fumes – the same issue facing the 19 previously hospitalized workers,…”

That site now has 22 workers hospitalized. That’s one location. Open your mind… Why the media blackout?

I need a few hours sleep, I don’t recall the last time I slept lol so I have a little more work to do for a piece onthe horrific    homeless epidemic and some other articles to complete and then post tomorrow…amongst other things 😑🤓 so I am going to copy the full article below and put the original link at the end. 

This is an issue that should be of fairly great concern, I think… 

Remember: The media is controlled by the government; they don’t want this all over the news…so it isn’t; that is the red flag which makes it even more vital information and news if you ask me. 

Article follows…

Scriba, NY — US Coast Gaurd officials have cordoned off a portion of Lake Ontario this week, after aerial spotters found a visible “sheen” that is coming from a nuclear power plant in upstate New York.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew first noticed the sheen on Sunday. Shortly after, a boat crew from the Oswego station tested the sheen and a “temporary safety zone” was put in place.

The Free Thought Project spoke to the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo Command Center on Tuesday and confirmed that the zone was still closed off, and there is no information as to when it will reopen.

The oil sheen is said to be coming from the vent for the hydrogen seal system of the Fitzpatrick plant is in Scriba, New York, approximately 10 miles northeast of Oswego.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Entergy Corporation, which operates the plant, found the source of the oil on the roof of a turbine building, said Neil Sheehan, a public affairs officer for the NRC.

“It appears about 20 to 30 gallons that leaked were then drained through the plant’s discharge drain system to the lake,” said NRC public affairs officer Neil Sheehan.“The company has placed oil-absorbent pads on the turbine building roof and has also stopped all circulating water pumps to eliminate any further discharges.”

Despite the miles-long spill coming from their nuclear power plant, Entergy is claiming that the sheen has not impacted the operation of the plant.

It appears that this Fitzpatrick leak is likely the least worrisome of current leaks popping up around the country.

Although the media spotlight is rarely shined upon America’s aging nuclear infrastructure, U.S. nuclear power plants are decaying rapidly, precipitating numerous nuclear environmental disasters across the country. 

To give you an idea of the scope of the crisis facing America’s aging nuclear infrastructure, a startling investigation by the Associated Press found radioactive tritium leaking from three-quarters of all commercial nuclear power sites in the United States.

As the Free Thought Project reported last month, a major nuclear disaster is unfolding in Washington state at what is known as the Hanford nuclear site. There have been reports that the Hanford has been leaking massive amounts of radioactive material for over two weeks.

Only a week after 19 workers were sent for medical evaluation after waste tank they were moving was found to be leaking, 3 more workers have reportedly been injured at the site. The workers reportedly inhaled radioactive fumes – the same issue facing the 19 previously hospitalized workers, according to reports, bringing the total number of workers injured at the site up to 22.

On top of the Hanford disaster, in recent months, a fire at the Bridgeton Landfill is closing in on a nuclear waste dump, according to a Missouri emergency plan recently distributed by St. Louis County officials. The landfill fire has been burning for over five years, and they have been unable to contain it thus far.

There are clouds of smoke that have been billowing from the site, making the air in parts of St. Louis heavily contaminated. 

In 2013, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued Republic Services, the company responsible for the landfill, charging the company with neglecting the site and harming the local environment.

Last year, city officials became concerned that the fire may reach the nearby Lake Landfill, which is littered with decades worth of nuclear waste from government projects and weapons manufacturing. Remnants from the Manhattan Project and the Cold War have been stuffed there for generations. The site has been under the control of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1990, but they failed to make any significant effort to clean up the waste.

In December of last year, the EPA announced that it would install a physical barrier in an effort to isolate the nuclear waste. But the timeline given by the EPA said it could take up to a year to complete. 

Residents aren’t comforted by that timetable, and think the government, despite years of warning, has done too little to stave off a possible environmental disaster. They are right.

To add to the legitimacy of the residents’ worries about the government’s timeline, the ground has yet to be broken, the fire is still smoldering, and the EPA just finalized, on Thursday, an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent (Settlement) requiring Bridgeton Landfill, LLC to start work on the isolation barrier system at the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site.

Aside from the threat of the U.S. military’s decades-old nuclear waste erupting into flames in the near future, there are also two nuclear reactors inside the United States, which have been leaking for months.

In In Florida, a recent study commissioned by Miami-Dade County concluded that the area’s four-decades-old nuclear power plants at Turkey Point are leaking polluted water into Biscayne Bay.

This has raised alarm among county officials and environmentalists that the plant, which sits on the coastline, is polluting the bay’s surface waters and its fragile ecosystem, reports the NY Times. In the past two years, bay waters near the plant have had a large saltwater plume that is slowly moving toward wells several miles away that supply drinking water to millions of residents in Miami and the Florida Keys.

Samples taken during the study show everything from the deadly radioactive isotope, tritium, to elevated levels of salt, ammonia, and phosphorous. So far, according to the scientists conducting the study, the levels of tritium are too low to harm people. 

 However, in December, and January, the levels were far higher than they should be in nearby ocean water which is a telling sign of a much larger underlying problem.

“We now know exactly where the pollution is coming from, and we have a tracer that shows it’s in the national park,” said Laura Reynolds. Reynolds is an environmental consultant who is working with the Tropical Audubon Society and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which intend to file the lawsuit, according to the Times. “We are worried about the marine life there and the future of Biscayne Bay.”

Fifteen hundred miles north of the leaking reactors in Florida is the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York. Since the beginning of this year, there’s been an uncontrollable radioactive flow from the Indian Point nuclear power plant that continues leaking into groundwater, which leads to the Hudson River, raising the specter of a Fukushima-like disaster only 25 miles from New York City.

The Indian Point nuclear plant is located on the Hudson River and serves the electrical needs of an estimated 2 million people. In January, while preparing a reactor for refueling, workers accidentally spilled some contaminated water containing the radioactive hydrogen isotope tritium, causing a massive radiation spike in groundwater monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing by as much as 65,000 percent.

The tritium leak is the ninth in just the past year, four of which were severe enough to shut down the reactors. But the most recent leak, however, according to an assessment by the New York Department of State as part of its Coastal Zone Management Assessment, contains a variety of radioactive elements such as strontium-90, cesium-137, cobalt-60, and nickel-63, and isn’t limited to tritium contamination.

As the utility companies and government agencies continue to downplay the severity of these situations, the residents who live the closest to these spots are already feeling the effects.

According to a recent report, Radiation and Public Health Project researchers compared the state and national cancer data from 1988-92 with three other five-year periods (1993-97, 1998-02, and 2003-07). The results, published in 2009, show the cancer rates going from 11 percent below the national average to 7 percent above in that timespan. Unexpected increases were detected in 19 out of 20 major types of cancer. Thyroid cancer registered the biggest increase, going from 13 percent below the national average to 51 percent above.

While the U.S. war machine spends hundreds of billions of dollars per year waging war against humanity, Americans at home are dying from a crumbling nuclear infrastructure. The realization that multiple nuclear disasters are currently unfolding across the country, while the mainstream media remains silent, speaks to the fact that most media is owned by the same benefactors that have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

The original article can be found here. Keep yourself and your loved ones, including pets, safe. They don’t care about any of us… This is some dangerous fire they playing with; and they’d leave us behind in it to burn without a second thought… Protect yourself and try stay healthy. ✊

Happening Today! Free Food & Community Discussion in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Bed-Stuy Hunger Food Brooklyn New York NYC Free Food Hungry Starvation

The only place I’ve ever felt I belonged is my home; Brooklyn. New York City. I’m very proud of where I come from and am proud to see Bed-Stuy reaching out to the community.

This month the generous activity takes place today, January 12, 2016. This community event will continue to take place each second Tuesday of the month, until further notice.
The hours are from 7pm to 9pm and they do ask you let them know you’ll be attending, so they can plan how many people to prepare for.
For more information, location and address, train directions and all other relevant information you can visit their page by clicking here or reading their banner at the top of this page..

Any and all can come, no one will be turned away and all are welcome to a free, healthy meal while the community grassroots development is discussed. I believe they also have a different speaker(s) each month.

And again, no one will be turned away according to their websites information. This wonderful program and growing organization is a monthly community event, sponsored by those of the Purpose Lounge (click here for information on who they are and to read on their community work and outreach).

They ask if you have the money to please donate $10.00 but reassure no harassment to those of able. Being that they have so many to feed for free as well as other expenses any donations would be more than appreciated I am sure; to help them meet their  out  can be made securely by clicking here.

An excerpt from their site:

“THE BED-STUY STRATEGY LOUNGE
Exploring tactical brainspace for grassroots development

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month [STARTING TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016]
7pm to 9pm = SPREAD THE WORD & COME OUT

@ Bailey’s Cafe’ 324 Malcolm X Blvd., Brooklyn [btwn Decatur & Bainbridge Sts.] MAP
[only mins away from the Utica Ave. A & C subways and the B25, B26, B15 B46, B47 buses]

Healthy food will be served [meat & veggie]
FREE TO ENTER [we request a $10 donation to cover costs, but no one will be turned away or badgered to pay]”
PLEASE RSVP [so we will know how much food to prepare]
RSVP by email: s6kmedia@gmail.com or by phone: 917-723-7281

If nothing more, please share and spread the word about this event! Thank you!

Update: #Video of #BlackMale #JeremyMcDole Killed by 4 Delaware Cops, Wed…

I have had a long, depressing night dealing with … too much hate and harm or death(s). I can’t handle writing up all of what happened below but there’s been a vital update in the death of a Black male Wednesday which everyone needs to know (so we can fight even harder to get the killers locked away, for a start).

(Detailed info below, first, the update):

After his murder on Wednesday, an officer claimed the young man was suicidal; they also claim he had a handgun on him, which became one he reached for when they said to put his hands up, obviously. The young man, paralyzed from the waist down, was shot to death by cops at the scene.

They’ve stated he was suicidal when they came. They also claim he reaches for his gun, points it and that’s why they opened fire, or, according to other reports the police said, he reached for a gun and shot it up in the air! This is not seen at all, not once, in the video. Additionally, his uncle had been with him only 15 minutes before they arrived. He stated that Jeremy had no gun, a bag, but no gun.

His uncle, Eugene Smith, stated it had only been 15 minutes since he last saw Jeremy, unarmed, he said.

“He had a book bag, but I never seen a gun,” he said. “It was an execution. That’s what it was. I don’t care if he was black, white, whatever.”

[It’s no secret police are willing and do resort to planting weapons on victims. Who is to say that isn’t the case here?]

In the video,
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NYPD undercover cop fires at suspect armed with fake gun, fatally shoots (Afro-American) bystander

I have no words to express the disgust that continues to grind my heart and soul, my stomach, my nerves, every time I see what the cops have done this time.

And to anyone who has the cruel and blind audacity to say the bystander just “happened to be a Black male” and this has nothing to do with “racial issues”…. If you seriously believe that, if you actually believe it was an accidental murder which they care so little about having committed (see the heartbreaking photo), you are far too blind and insensitive to even consider discussing such a tragic, haunting and clearly racist problem of police brutality and racism.

With all my heart I agree with the heartbreaking yet sadly truthful words the original blogger wrote…..

There is a man laying on the ground, DYING, in pain and alone. Alone as he dies, listening to the sounds of the cruel people around him discuss….whatever they ‘discussed’.

When I first saw a group of cops hog tie an overweight Black male with Narcolepsy outside of White Castle (he had a bout of Narcolepsy, when he woke he began acting ‘erratically’; if he actually did that is a very common response to people with the disorder) .

Long story short, the Black 40 year old male was hog tied as over a dozen cops arrived in the parking lot where I was watching and someone was recording their abuse.

He began to suffocate. He began to cry. He called out for his mother.

And when his innocent, beautiful soul left his body, a part of me died, too. I was 14. For a week I mourned the man I never met. I had seen people fatally shot before, it was tragic…but never before or after has my soul felt as though a part went with the person who died.
It was impossible to try and comfort the man; the cops had him surrounded. I cried with him, as did my friends. I hope somehow he felt our presence; our love, even if only a bit… I can only pray to the gods that he knew he wasn’t alone; that I tried to get past them….To no avail.

Sorry, I share this story because I too am seeing these images. I am tired of seeing so many Black men being killed or beaten regardless of age and everyone saying how horrible it is, then moving on to the next topic. Since 14 I have spent virtually every day fighting against absent hearted police and FOR their victims in numerous ways.
But, it’s obvious; more than obvious, that we need more than a couple of people who have a heart, soul, and deep, deep desire and passion to fix this; and punish the racists with a badge, the killers, the abusers, the liars and the law enforcement’s blue shield, which is covered in crimson red blood, needs to be shattered. Justice WILL prevail, but we can NOT give up.
May all those who have been stolen from this life, far before their time, due to this evil plague find joy and peace… And may every person fighting the murders, beatings and abuses this gang conducts, stay strong… Change IS possible…. It will come so long as we don’t give in.

NYC or Online: Join Dr. Cornell West & Carl Dix For Talk on Ending Police Murders Thursday!

To any and everyone If you live or are in the NYC area on August 27th starting at 10:00am this is an event and opportunity you don’t wanna miss out on! Join Dr. Cornell West and Carl Dix in racist copsa much needed discussion regarding how to bring an end to the police terror, murder, beatings and harassment going on in the Black and brown communities. It’s long past time for this talk; if you’re able please join! (Address below)

” When your children ask you, what did you do when the police were killing black & brown people. What will you tell them? #riseupoctober ”

Though I live in NYC I’m outta state at the moment and upset because I have to miss it… However, if you are like me and can’t be there in person, whether you’re in LA or elsewhere, you can watch the livestream on the site below:

” Live from #Harlem: 8/27 Join  @CornelWest @Carl_Dix, @GbengaAkinnagbe, victims of police terror & more http://stopmassincarceration.net/ #riseupoctober

From here on I’m copying and pasting info, at the end you’ll find the link to the original website should you want to check out more suggested tweets, etc. As this goes on all of us that can’t make it are asked to join together and create a twitterstorm. See the link at the end of this page for more information and let’s get this started!

Let’s UNITE and stop this fatal war the police are giving, a war which the government is allowing. A war that’s leaving Black children afraid of the police (I know because I work with a group of kids that are TRAUMATIZED due to the fear that they may be next; and they are under 12!). A war that has killed, brutalized, stolen and abused the people for far too long.

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Carl and Cornel will be joined by the families of people killed by police, including Nicholas Heyward Jr., Tony Robinson, Justus Howell, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and other families. In addition, hear Rev. Willie Francois III, Jamal Joseph, Marsha Coleman-Abedayo, Noche Diaz, Rev. Stephen Phelps, Rev. Jerome McCorry, Gbenga Akinnagbe and other special guests.

Starting Wednesday at 10:00am est and going til Thursday leading into the event.

 
Thursday, August 27, 6:30 pm
Live & free at First Corinthian Baptist Church
1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. @ 116th St., New York City
or Live streamed free at stopmassincarceration.net

The purpose of this twitterstorm is to get people all over NYC and around the country hearing the leaders of this movement, Carl Dix & Dr. Cornel West, speak on What We Must Do to STOP Police Terror & Murder.

Starting Wednesday at 10:00am est and going til Thursday leading into the event.
 
Thursday, August 27, 6:30 pm
Live & free at First Corinthian Baptist Church
1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. @ 116th St., New York City
or Live streamed free at stopmassincarceration.net
 Here are some ideas for tweets…A Reminder…. Please do NOT simply retweet, instead you need to copy and paste so that it reaches many more people and helps the hashtag go viral  . =]
Directions for twitterstorm
Use these tweets or create your own using the #RiseUpOctober hashtag
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Thursday, 8/27 6:30 pm. @CornelWest & @carldix
#RiseUpOctober @ First Corinthian Baptist Church in #NYC or watch live http://www.stopmassincarceration.net
In #NYC! Come hear @CornelWest and @Carl_Dix on What we MUST DO to STOP POLICE TERROR!
Police continue to MURDER! Too many still sit on sidelines. Which side are you on? www.stopmassincarceration.net #riseupoctober
@hspirit13 had his son murdered by NYPD. Hear him speak and Tune into #RiseupOctober event on Thursday –> http://bit.ly/1i0xr2S
Sign the call from @CornelWest and @Carl_Dix for #RiseupOctober http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1170/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18140 and tune in on Thursday http://bit.ly/1i0xr2S
People have struggled, resisted, risen up against police terror  This must go on, go further and you must throw all in! http://bit.ly/1i0xr2S  – #RiseUpOctober
For more tweets, please visit this link.
Please Share and GET INVOLVED; IT’S PAST TIME WE UNITE AND FIGHT THE REAL ENEMY!