On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months.
Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.
Who is Occupy Wall Street?
Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. read more »
I first became aware of Yetta Kurland when she last ran for City Council because she focused on the closing of St. Vincent's Hospital, a huge mistake that has put New Yorkers' lives in danger because it reduces hospital coverage and it also puts additional financial burden on other hospitals which now have to take up the slack left in the wake of St. Vincent's closing.
Bloomberg doesn't seem to get that closing hospitals is a bad idea for New York. Yetta Kurland DOES get that and that was how I first became aware of her. She gets the complexities of hospital coverage in a city and how closing a hospital negatively impacts all other nearby hospitals.
Now she is running again and I heartily endorse her. Here is her latest campaign video:
Yetta Kurland has been endorsed by District Council 37, TWU Local 100, Amalgamated Transit Union International, CWA Local 1180, Metallic Lathers & Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 46, New York City Board of Education Employees Local 372 (DC37 AFSCME), New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU, AFL-CIO, The Chelsea-Midtown Democratic Club, The Women’s Democratic Club of NYC, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and many others.
An interesting sounding event covering a controversial issue:
A discussion about euthanasia and the value of suffering toward the end of life:
Thursday, June 20, 2013
New York University
Kimmel Center, Room 914
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY
Dr. Margaret SOMERVILLE
Professor at McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law,
Dr. Daniel SULMASY
Professor of Medicine and Ethics, Divinity School
University of Chicago
This conference is open to the public and free of charge.
Find us on FACEBOOK.
An issue I have had to deal with very unwillingly. It is best to be prepared.
My wife trains at and teaches at a Karate and Self-Defense Dojo dedicated to self-defense for women and LGBTQ individuals. Unless my wife is celebrating one of her many kata ceremonies, I am actually not allowed there! It is a protected and protective environment for women and LGBTQ. The Dojo is called the Center for Anti-Violence Education (a great name and great idea)!
The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) develops and implements comprehensive violence prevention programs for individuals and organizations. Through a combination of education, physical empowerment, and leadership development, CAE provides underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area with skills to break cycles of violence.
I should emphasize that when there were a series of sexual assaults in Brooklyn, it was the Center for Anti-Violence Education that responded with free self-defense classes for ANY school or community center that wanted it. They have become the go-to people in NYC when women or LGBTQ are threatened. My wife is one of the self-defense trainers.
They are making new efforts to reach more and more communities, but they need more funds to cover their costs. From their most recent email:
Our series of free LGBTQ self-defense classes made it into the news! Watch this video! and check out all our clips in the CAE press room. Donate to CAE today and your gift will be matched! Every dollar helps us continue to provide free programming around the city.
And please support out work by helping us meet a $10,000 challenge grant. Click here to have your gift matched dollar for dollar. A $25 gift becomes a $50 gift! Donate by June 30 to help us reach this goal.
With your support we will continue our work across the city to end violence and to help keep us all safer, stronger and more resilient!
A video from a past year:
They rely on fundraising to help women and LGBTQ individuals get self-defense training even if they can't afford it. They will help ANY woman or LGBTQ individual regardless of means, which means they need our help to keep going. They just had their big annual fundraiser, their "Punch-a-thon" where they do 1000 punches to raise money. Both Joy and Jacob did all 1000 punches and have a fundraising site to help the Center for Anti-Violence Education.
Please join me in donating to Joy and Jacob's fundraising site to help women and LGBTQ folks fight against violence.
For NYC folks more info below... read more »
This month's meeting of Central Brooklyn Liberal Eating (no longer affiliated with Eating Liberally) will be Tuesday, May 14th at 7:30 PM at Ghenet Ethiopian restaurant on 4th Ave.
348 Douglass Street Brooklyn (corner of 4th Ave)
Great food and lots of juicy Albany scandals to talk about as well as mayor's race.
Hope to see you there!