Category Archives: Government

“You look at me, Mr. Governor, but you don’t see me. You see my black skin and a woman, but you don’t realize I am a suburban legislator,” Ms. Stewart-Cousins said, according to the accounts of five people who were in the room. “Jeff Klein doesn’t represent the suburbs,” she said. “I do.”

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Joe Arpaio found guilty

I remember marching against him back at Netroots Nation ’15 in Phoenix, AZ.

From the Washington Post:

Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff whose extreme stance on illegal immigration made him a household name, was convicted Monday of criminal contempt of court for ignoring a judge’s order to stop detaining people because he merely suspected them of being undocumented immigrants.

There’s nothing wrong with Seattle

When a television host on the Fox Business Network calls your city a “socialist hellhole” then you know you’re doing something right.

How “right” Seattle is exactly wasn’t realized by me until I read a list of their accomplishments in an article on CounterPunch.

From an excerpt:

This model of staking out a bold demand, building a movement independent of the city establishment, and relying on our own strength to win came pretty naturally this time around. That’s not surprising. It’s the same model our movement in Seattle has used to win the Fight for 15, defeat 400% increases on low-income tenants, replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day, defeat a $160 million police precinct proposal, win $29 million of public money for affordable housing, and divest $3 billion dollars from Wells Fargo in solidarity with no NoDAPL, all in just the last few years.

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Sy Hersh says Assad didn’t use sarin gas?

Apparently, no one in the mainstream press is picking up Seymour Hersh’s latest story.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, the journalist who exposed the My Lai massacre of Vietnamese women, children and old people by US troops, the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal in Iraq, and many other critically important stories, has now obliterated the US government’s (and the US media’s) claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military killed nearly 100 people with a Sarin nerve gas bombing in April, an incident which prompted President Trump to order a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base.

I’ve read articles by Sy Hersh before and even read one of his books which came out after the Abu Gharib scandal. I’ve always found him to be highly credible as do hundreds if not thousands of other people. Maybe a buzz on social media can get this article out there?

My hometown Westchester County, NY is getting Uber and Lyft

For years now, I’ve been wondering when Westchester County would jump on the ride sharing bandwagon. Living here in the DC Metro area we’ve had Uber and Lyft for years now. I suppose the taxi drivers of Westchester County (and the rest of the New York metro area) had a strong organization and were able to keep Uber and Lyft out but that now appears to be changing.

There’s a new program the county is implementing that will fingerprint drivers-

According to Astorino, new state regulations, which go into effect on Thursday, “contain a major flaw that put the safety of Westchester residents at risk, because they do not require ride-sharing drivers outside of New York City to be fingerprinted.” In Westchester, a plan has been established that will enable users to know whether their driver’s background screening included a fingerprint check.

Now, I wonder if there will be any efforts to organize these drivers as has been attempted in other states.

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Chuck Schumer wants to shut out refugees?

I wasn’t expecting this from the Senior Senator from New York.

From Citizen Action NY:

Senator Schumer said that he thinks it “may be necessary” to shut out 10,000 Syrian refugees from the U.S.

While millions of Syrians are facing unthinkable violence, we need our leaders to speak with sanity and compassion. Senator Schumer’s remarks go against the essence of what New York is and what we represent as a state. We can’t let his words go unchallenged.

There’s an action the group wants you to take here.

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Bill de Blasio does right thing on Syrian Refugees

Congratultions to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on publicly saying that he’ll take in more Syrian refugees. We must stop the hate coming from people across the river in New Jersey like Governor Chris Christie saying he wouldn’t even take in a five-year old.

From the Huffington Post:

“We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities,” wrote the mayors, all of whom are part of the Cities United for Immigration Action coalition. “Indeed, we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your Administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement.”

“This is a challenge we can meet, and the undersigned mayors stand ready to help you meet it,” they wrote.

Not all Syrians are terrorists. When 9/11 happened did we deport every Saudi Arabian person? No.