* Gov. Andrew Cuomo is vowing to pass the stricter laws proposed by Senate Democrats to crack down on illegal gun use in the wake of shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, the New York Post reports:

* Labor leaders are courting gay rights activists to pressure Council Speaker Christine Quinn over paid sick leave legislation by threatening not to support her mayoral bid, the Post writes:

* State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos wants the Assembly to take up a bill making the sale and possession of designer drugs, including bath salts and synthetic pot, a felony, the Daily News reports:

* Dozens of executives at companies that do business with the city have bundled nearly $1 million for prospective 2013 mayoral candidates, skirting campaign finance restrictions, the New York World reports:

* State Sen. David Storobin disputed charges from political rival Simcha Felder about petition signatures collected to stay on the ballot in November, the News writes:

* Five companies reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up mercury contamination at an Albany-area site, the Associated Press writes:

* Retiring assemblyman Bob Reilly has hired as his new district office manager a former Teamsters leader expelled from the union this spring, the Times Union reports:




Mark the Date! Thursday, September 13th


To those who are tired of seeing police step to our youth with harassment, brutality and even worse; to those outraged because the NYPD stopped and frisked 684,000 people last year alone; to Black and Latino youth tired of knowing that every time you leave your house you might be descended on by cops; to parents who fear that no matter what you tell your kids about surviving an encounter with cops it wont be enough to keep them safe; to people who know this will never happen to them but also know its wrong join us on September 13th to Blow the Whistle on Stop & Frisk!

Stop & Frisk is racist, and its no damned good. People have begun to stand up and fight it. In the face of the massive public outcry, the NYPD is doubling down. They are on pace to stop and frisk even more people this year. Now is the time to unleash resistance that can sweep Stop & Frisk away. The racial profiling Stop & Frisk concentrates is a pipeline to mass incarceration and the warehousing of our youth in prison. We dont have to suffer all this anymore, and we wont. There is no good reason for Stop & Frisk to remain in effect. Its illegal and illegitimate. It must be stopped! We are going to stop it, and you must join us in doing that!

Join us in Blowing the Whistle on Stop and Frisk! On September 13th, thousands of people all across NYC will politically confront the cops who are violating peoples rights. We will be blowing whistles to call out these injustices and using cameras to document the criminal actions of the cops. At 6 PM, we will all blow our whistles at once to signal to all those who have been targeted by Stop & Frisk, to all those who have stood up against it and to the cops and officials who enforce it that there are people all over who will no longer be silent. And in cities across the country, people have to act in solidarity: Blowing the Whistle on the way cops target Black and Latino youth, whether they call it Stop & Frisk or not.

On September 13th we will say in a strong, united voice: WE WILL NO LONGER STAND BY SILENTLY WHILE PEOPLE ARE DENIED THEIR RIGHTS. Our actions on that day will drive a nail into the coffin of Stop & Frisk.

Be a part of making this day happen. Get your whistles and get them out to others in your neighborhood, at your school, in your workplace or in your place of worship. Spread the word and organize people you know to be a part of this day. Take to the streets on September 13th and with us declare that the days when the cops can violate peoples rights however they want, when people arent inspired and organized to politically resist this kind of injustice are no more.

This Call Is Issued By:

  • Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
  • Cornel West, professor, author and public intellectual
  • Debra Sweet, World Cant Wait
  • Efia Nwangaza, Malcolm X Center, Greenville, SC
  • Gbenga Akinnagbe, actor
  • Herb Boyd, author, activist; Harlem, NY
  • James Vrettos, professor, John Jay College, City University of New York
  • Luke Aidge Patterson, artist and activist
  • Randy Credico, political satirist-activist

What You Can Do

  • Get whistles and flyers and organize people in your neighborhood, your work place or your place of worship for Thursday, September 13th;
  • Organize crews to go into your school, and other schools, in September and take united actionBlow the Whistle on Stop & Frisk;
  • Contact the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and get an organizing kit;
  • Contribute money to help make all this happen as powerfully as possible.

Stop Mass Incarceration Network * 866-841-9139 x2670 *

stopmassincarceration * P.O. Box 941 Knickerbocker Station NYC NY 10002




* Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver backs Gov. Andrew Cuomos preference of keeping online communication between him and his aides confidential by relying on text messages, the Posts Fred Dicker writes:

* Democratic operatives say Cuomos secretive streak is unlikely to hurt his national standing as he contemplates a run for the presidency in 2016, as long as his state approval rating remains high, the Daily Newss Ken Lovett writes:

* New York and other states are moving toward changing the way they grant licenses to teachers, deemphasizing tests and essays in favor of prepared lesson plans and taped presentations, the New York Times reports:

* The Metropolitan Transit Authority gave Apple an unfair advantage to secure its lease for a retail store in Grand Central Terminal, according to a state comptroller audit, the Post learns:

* A rash of fatal injuries to racehorses at the Aqueduct Race Track vexed government officials earlier this year according to documents obtained by the Albany Times Union:

* The MTA will turn over the responsibility of managing Fulton Center, a $1.4 billion project with 70,000 square feet of retail space due to be finished in 2014, to a private operator, the Journal reports:

* Half of Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffriess congressional campaign contributions a month before the primary came from out of state donors, the News leans:

* The states health care system is paying $24 billion a year to help cover hospital and emergency costs for preventable illnesses in communities of color, the Post learns:

* Mayor Michael Bloombergs longtime press secretary, Stu Loeser, is leaving his job next month after more than six years in City Hall to start his own corporate communications firm, the Times writes:




* Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended the removal of documents from State Archives, saying they should have been private, but former Gov. Eliot Spitzer slammed the conduct, the New York Times writes:

* Union workers increased campaign contributions to mayoral candidates compared with four years ago, a sign organized labor will exert more influence in the 2013 race to City Hall, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* A prosecutor asked a jury to convict Councilman Larry Seabrook in closing arguments of a corruption retrial, saying he collected gasoline sales receipts to help launder $50,000 in illegal payoffs, the Post says:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested on CNNs Pierce Morgan Tonight that the citys cops should go on strike to spur the nations leaders to advocate for gun control, the Daily News writes:

* The Metropolitan Transit Authority is doubling its security team on city buses to catch fare cheaters who the authority says is cheating the system out of $50 to $100 million per year, the Journal notes:

* Parents of people with disabilities charged that staff at two state treatment centers in Brooklyn and Albany abused and neglected those in their care, according to two lawsuits filed this month, the Times reports:

* An administrator with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct will recommend Bronx Judge Lee Holzmans removal from the bench as a result of hearings into charges of misconduct, the Times writes:

* The states 68 percent tax rate on casinos has hauled in $620 million in gambling revenues over the first half of the year, nearly double what Las Vegas and Atlantic City contributed to their home states, the Post reports:

* A Rensselaer County couple engaged to be married are running against each other for the Assembly on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, the Albany Times Union reports:



Rev. Al Sharpton To Deliver Sylvia Woods Eulogy

Rev. Al Sharpton To Deliver Sylvia Woods Eulogy

The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver a eulogy for late “Queen Of Soul Food” Sylvia Woods at her funeral Wednesday in Westchester. “Other places served soul food, but it was the sweet matron persona of Sylvia Woods that made us all feel like we were home with mama — that kind of sweet …

Rev. Al Sharpton To Deliver Sylvia Woods Eulogy
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:02:54 GMT

Fundraising marathon








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Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for joining us on Saturday, July 21st (this Saturday) as we celebrate the great programming of the Gardens of Tranquility and Contemplation (the Gardens) and First Light at WHCR 90.3FM. Our 14 hr. Fundraising marathon will begin at 6AM and continue until 8PM. Well see you at 3PM.

On any given Saturday morning starting around 6AM, you can tune in to WHCR 90.3FM or on the Internet at and lose yourself in a jazz and meditation universe of music and 23 years of serving the community great jazz and talk, founded by Masud Tariq Towe.

We are located in the NAC Bldg. (North Academic Center) at 137th Street and Convent Ave. Just one block east of Amsterdam Avenue. You may enter at 135th St. Or 140th St. Come to Rm. 1-513 on the first floor. If you need to call the telephone in the studio is 212.491.4685 or call me at 347.237.2823.

Consider making a tax-deductible donation to support this fundraiser and become a valued member of WHCR. All donations over $250 will be viewed as sponsorship for the event and a special announcement will be made to acknowledge your generosity.

Support jazz and intelligent talk. Well have celebrated guest hosts from the jazz world, authors, celebrity radio and recording personalities and a special tribute to Mandrill and the Lowrider Band, the group formerly known as War. Onaje Allan Gumbs and other renowned artists will be video streamed from our live performance studio via and well raise money and have a great time.







Dear ProLibertad Supporter,

New ProLibertad t-shirts…new protest banners…new campaign posters…as we begin this holiday season, we are thinking about how we can broaden the movement to free our Puerto Rican Political Prisoners in the new year!

With every new year comes a sense of much possibility. We are sure this coming year will be a powerful and decisive time for our work to free Oscar Lopez Rivera, Avelino Gonzalez Claudio and Norberto Gonzalez Claudio; we are beginning to do all of the necessary planning to make this happen.

With that in mind, we are launching the Friends of ProLibertad initiative. The Friends of ProLibertad is a network of supporters that will help us reach our goal of $5000 for 2012. A minimum donation of $25 from our supporters will help us purchase a new campaign banner for protests and activities; print new high gloss brochures for distribution; re-launch a professional website; make an updated campaign t-shirt; and cover the costs of the venues we use for public activities.

For 17 years, ProLibertad has worked diligently to build the movement to free the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners with the support of our contributors. As we enter this holiday season and new year, we have high hopes of modernizing our outreach tools, creating new fund-raising opportunities and creating a network of support that will help us reach that inevitable day when Oscar, Avelino and Norberto walk free in their homeland, Puerto Rico.

Your support means so much; it helps us make freedom happen. Your support will reunite Oscar, Avelino and Norberto with their families and friends. These Prisoners of Colonialism have suffered enough and it is time for them to come home!. They should not have to spend any more holidays and New Years Days behind the prison walls of this empire.

Thank you in advance for your donation. We look forward to sending you regular updates on our work and seeing you at our activities in 2012.

Sincerely Yours,
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign

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