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Over the weekend, 11 women—10 Black, one white—were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train after a customer complained the book club members were too loud. According to one of the women involved, the ladies were paraded through the train into the care of four waiting cops, causing the group to feel humiliated.
Despite the Napa Valley Wine Train debacle, Black people love vino, too. What many don’t know, however, is we also produce it.
To read the full story, please click HERE.
With the below, let’s make sure Bloomberg hears from ALL of us, the people of New York City. Those of us who don’t have protection, money and the, “power” he does. –
Council Members Call for Bloomberg to Listen to New Yorkers on NYPD Bills
Letter requests same “opportunity for public comment” that mayor usually holds before deciding to sign or veto legislation
July 18, 2013
Alex Moore (CM Lander), firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-499-1090; Stefan Ringel (CM Williams), email@example.com, 917-608-8784
NEW YORK, NY
Today, Council Members Jumaane D. Williams, Brad Lander, Robert Jackson, Fernando Cabrera, Rosie Mendez, and Melissa Mark-Viverito called on Mayor Bloomberg to hold a hearing for public comment on the recently passed Community Safety Act. The Council Members highlighted the importance of a public hearing, particularly in light of recent nationwide discussions and protests focused on the need to ban profiling.
It has been common practice under the Bloomberg administration to hold such hearings, so that New Yorkers can speak directly to the mayor about their support or opposition to legislation.
“Too often in debates like these, policymakers from some of the city’s wealthier and safer neighborhoods decide what is best for low-income communities and communities of color without actually listening to the members of those communities.
We hope you will allow New Yorkers to give you their thoughts directly, for or against the legislation, before you decide whether to sign or veto it.”
The Community Safety Act passed the City Council in June by a supermajority, following extensive hearings before the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Oversight and Investigations Committees. The bill was improved by input from elected officials, law enforcement, and other members of the public.
Passage of the legislation marks the culmination of years of advocacy and community organizing by New York’s civil rights movement, including 2012 march, in which tens of thousands of New Yorkers marched against the NYPD’s stop, question, and frisk policy.
The letter follows in full:
and this post, was originally found HERE.
When I read this I am pretty sure I went into shock. A man named Anthony Brasfield was out with his girlfriend in a parking lot when he released a dozen heart shaped helium balloons over Dania Beach for her… A sweet and romantic, good-hearted intention which most women, his girlfriend included, only get to wish their husband or boyfriend would do. However, their moment of romance and love was quickly shattered.
While I am rather sure they thought they were sharing the moment alone…they were wrong. A Florida Highway Patrol officer had also been watching, and realized he had the chance to arrest someone for releasing helium balloons under a rarely used state crime statue. The officer decided, as he watched them let the balloons off, this man was committing a crime against the environment!
This article says it all. We are allowing children, elderly people and ourselves be violated….but not only that, we are allowing our CHILDREN to be violated. Check out the below article, and if you don’t feel rage, consider re-evaluating your life. All of this fear propaganda promotes stereotypical hate and violence, not to mention stupidity. And last but not least, it is violating our human rights, and CHILDREN! I would also like to note the percentage (stated in the below article) of children targeted being non-white. It is just another form of abuse to the people, it’s sickening at the very least ….Why is this not making everyone angry!?! I don’t believe things like this will ever stop, in the UK or US or anywhere until we refuse to accept this as our NORMAL.
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