Free holiday rides from Johnnie Walker, DOT

December 23, 2011

Free holiday rides from Johnnie Walker, DOT

youtheman.2011The New York City Department of Transportation is once again sponsoring free rides during the holiday through its You the Manfree voucher program.
In a partnership with Johnnie Walker, the DOT is handing out 4,000 single-ride MetroCards and 1,500 $15 debit cards to use in the city’s 13,000-plus taxicabs, participating livery car services, MTA, PATH, NJ Transit or other ticketing machines from until noon on Jan. 1.
The free cards will be handed out today at 5 p.m. at the St. George Ferry Terminal at Staten Island and at the Fulton Mall in Downtown Brooklyn.
More free cards will be handed out Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. on the Upper East Side at 2nd Avenue at 86th Street and in Harlem at Broadway & 125th Street.

Police Tactic: Keeping Crime Reports Off the Books

Police Tactic: Keeping Crime Reports Off the Books

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Katherine Davis said that when a man climbed through her living room window, the police did not take an official report.

Published: December 30, 2011

Jill Korber walked into a drab police station in Queens in July to report that a passing bicyclist had groped her two days in a row. She left in tears, frustrated, she said, by the response of the first officer she encountered.

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Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

Jill Korber was frustrated by the Police Department’s response after she was groped by a passing cyclist two days in a row.

“He told me it would be a waste of time, because I didn’t know who the guy was or where he worked or anything,” said Ms. Korber, 34, a schoolteacher. “His words to me were, ‘These things happen.’ He said those words.”

African-American – News

African-American – News December 31, 2011

State adds 13 historical highway markers
State adds 13 historical highway markers (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
This contemporary illustration of the pre-Civil War escape from slavery by Henry “Box” Brown shows his “resurrection” in Philadelphia after being mailed there from Richmond in a wooden box 3 feet long and 2 feet wide.
Historic Firsts Detailed in Former Mayor’s New Memoir (NBC Dallas)
Odom was the first African-American elected official in Orange County, Texas in 1965.

Tonia Hughes sparkles in Cinderella (Insight News)
If it is in fact how we react to life’s most challenging experiences that make us who we are, than singer/actress Tonia Hughes is definitely one of the rarest of diamonds.

Lifelong Illness Led West Hartford Woman To Help Others (The Hartford Courant)
For Janis Spurlock, being born with a serious medical condition was a catalyst that prompted her to help other sick people either those like her with sickle cell disease , or people living with AIDS/HIV. “She turned what might have seemed [a] limiting situation into the empathy that taught the folks she worked with how to live with chronic … (more)

Black community celebrates Kwanzaa Dec. 26-Jan. 1 (The Toledo Journal)
As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.

Ron Paul’s Viciously Homophobic Statements Revealed (EDGE)
As Ron Paul campaigns for the GOP presidential nomination, statements attributed to him in newsletters are coming back to haunt him.

Vivian Named SCLC V.P.
Vivian Named SCLC V.P. (Public Broadcasting Atlanta)
During the civil rights movement, non-violence was the main strategy against racial discrimination.
Occupy, civil rights groups join at NC event (SavannahNow)
Members of a traveling Occupy group met Thursday with civil rights leaders in Greensboro and announced marches reminiscent of the one in Selma in the 1960s in an unusual confluence of interests of blacks and the mostly white anti-Wall Street movement.

Michigan Chronicle Publisher Sam Logan, 78, earned Detroiters’ respect (Detroit Free Press)
Whether he was regarded as a friend or foe for his editorial stances, Sam Logan often earned the trust, respect and admiration of his contemporaries no matter where he stood on sensitive political, educational and social issues of the day.


Rival beau kills girlfriend’s man at her 17th birthday party: cops

Rival beau kills girlfriend’s man at her 17th birthday party: cops

An 18-year-old Manhattan man was shot dead early Friday at a Harlem birthday party, apparently by his girlfriend’s other beau, police sources said. Walter Sumpter was struck once in the chest by a gunman on W. 154th St.

Rival beau kills girlfriend’s man at her 17th birthday party: cops
Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:27:42 GMT

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* The chief executive of the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, a troubled Brooklyn hospital, was abruptly dismissed less than a month after a task force set up by Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a reorganization plan in the borough, the New York Times reports. A member of Cuomos task force has now taken over day-to-day operations:

* The Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has launched a lawsuit on behalf of four Asian voters, who say the current redistricting process has left them disenfranchised, the News writes:

* The owners of 1,500 office towers in New York City are preparing for a possible strike by 22,000 members of 32 BJ, the building service workers union, at midnight on Saturday, the Times says:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg acknowledged that the underground museum at the World Trade Center site will not open on time because of a financial dispute, according to the Associated Press:

* Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has launched a concerted effort to crack down on Internet crime, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* During its first year, the Cuomo administration has not focused on ramping up the states use of DNA evidence, and has shied away from issuing pardons. But given Cuomos strong credentials on the issues, insiders say thats likely to change over the next year, writes Jim Dwyer in the Times:


WBGO’s New Antenna Turns On Today!

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African-American – News

African-American – News December 29, 2011

Why Ethnic Studies in Tucson will prevail and reveal the modern-day racists
Why Ethnic Studies in Tucson will prevail and reveal the modern-day racists (Tuscon Citizen)
If you tried to appeal to the local judge for your freedom, his hands were tied and back to the plantation and your master you go.
Community leaders, family mourn death of longtime Michigan Chronicle publisher Sam Logan (Detroit News)
Samuel Logan, longtime publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, a weekly publication considered the state’s oldest African-American newspaper, died Wednesday.

Ruby Dee to speak at Capital City Kwanzaa Festival (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The headline attraction for the 2011 Kwanzaa Festival will be the attendance of Academy Award-nominated actress and humanitarian Ruby Dee.

Stormfront founder: Ron Paul’s views ‘coincide with ours’ on most issues (The Raw Story)
Texas Rep. Ron Paul received an unwanted endorsement on Tuesday when Don Black, the founder of the white nationalist group Stormfront, told The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur that he supported Paul’s presidential candidacy.

Lloyd Ferguson, a pioneering African American professor/chemist from Cal State L.A., has died (Insight News)
Dr. Lloyd Noel Ferguson, Sr., a world-renowned chemistry professor, celebrated author and a pioneer in helping eliminate racial barriers for African Americans in the field of chemistry, died on November 30, 2011.

US Communist Leader: ‘Progressive Change Is Closer than We Think’ (BigGovernment)
In a Christmas break message to his party , Communist Party USA vice chair Jarvis Tyner has confirmed the vital importance of the build up to the 2012 elections to “set the stage for a new progressive era and for a socialist transformation.” Tyner draws clear right/left battle lines and the communist’s commitment to Party ‘friend’ President Barack … (more)

Top 10 Inventions by African-Americans
Top 10 Inventions by African-Americans (How Stuff Works)
Edmonds, Molly. “Top 10 Inventions by African-Americans” 12 January 2011. 28 December 2011.
Voter ID amendment faces federal scrutiny (Newms360)
Mississippi officials are confident the state’s new voter ID constitutional amendment will pass muster despite the Justice Department’s rejection of a similar South Carolina law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.




* Fourteen Muslim leaders are planning to boycott an interfaith breakfast with Mayor Michael Bloomberg over concerns about police surveillance of Muslims by the NYPD, according to the New York Times:

* The citys Department of Education has failed to collect tens of millions of dollars in Medicaid reimbursements for services provided to special needs students in recent years, the Times reports:

* The pro-Cuomo Committee to Save New York is pushing the legalization of casino gambling in a recent ad blitz, but not everyone involved with the group considers it a top priority, the Wall Street Journal writes:

* Following its eviction from Academy Park, Occupy Albany is now taking its efforts to resume the protests to federal court, the Times Union reports:

* Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy, the former mayor of Rochester, is steering clear of a heated debate there over the future of mayoral control of schools, the Democrat and Chronicle writes:

* The Cuomo administration is considering eliminating $10 million in Medicaid funding for a hormone growth treatment sometimes taken by kids who are trying to get taller, but have no medical reason to get the treatment, the Post says:


See you on Thursday!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kwanzaa Celebration

1-3 PM | Kuumba (Creativity) Workshops

Join us to celebrate Kwanzaa and participate in a series of fun and creative activities including scavenger hunts in the Museum galleries, button making, collage workshops and tons of giveaways.

4-6 PM | Ife Felix in conversation with Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold, Bearden We Love You, 2011. Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York

As we kick-off a series of community quilting workshops during Target Free Sundays, join quilt and fiber artist Ife Felix in conversation with Faith Ringgold as they explore the history and significance of quilting as a collaborative activity. In celebration of the Kwanzaa principal Kuumba, which means creativity, we invite you to participate in the creation of a community quilt.