Brooklyn College Controversial Speaker Angers School’s Dems
A scheduled Brooklyn College speech by controversial Islamphobic blogger/activist Pamela Geller has the school’s progressive Democratic club up in arms.
According to an early morning Brooklyn College Democrats press release, Geller is scheduled to speak tomorrow at the Brooklyn College Student Union Building (SUBO) on the Penthouse Floor. The organization does not believe that the Brooklyn College Administration should openly allow her hateful rhetoric on its grounds.
Geller is notably one of the U.S staunchest opponents of Islam and was responsible for transportation ads in San Francisco and New York City, which pulled quotes from oppressive radical Muslims in order to promote Israeli support.
Geller is also the co-founder of Stop the Islamization of America. The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Alabama, identified Geller’s organization as an active anti-Muslim hate group, according to the release.
“The Brooklyn College Democrats oppose the viewpoints of Pamela Geller whose actions have been heavily criticized by Jewish and Muslim organizations. The Brooklyn College Democrats collectively support the protection of freedom of speech, but condemn hate rhetoric that further endangers the livelihood of our diverse student body,” wrote Brooklyn College Democrats President John Wasserman.
Brooklyn college has both a large Jewish and Muslim student body, and controversial speeches and sanctioned school activities centered around Israeli, Middle Eastern policies, Jews, Muslims and Palestinians has drawn the ire of several Brooklyn elected officials in the past few years.
Expect a further KCP updates to this story later in the day.
Williams, Cornegy, Treyger Joint Statement Following Violent Weekend
Brooklyn City Council members Jumaane Williams, Robert Cornegy and Mark Treyger released the following statement after at least 20 people were shot, one fatally, in 15 separate incidents last weekend throughout the five boroughs.
“The tragic shootings this weekend reminds us that when temperatures rise too often gun violence follows, but this year that does not have to be the case. Our prayers for peace, comfort and healing are with each of the gun violence victims and their families as they deal with this horrific loss. Our hearts go out to them.
“To properly combat gun violence, we must deal with the supply and demand of guns. We must also treat gun violence as the public health crisis it truly is by providing resources these communities desperately need, including jobs and mental and social/health programs.
Bichotte Stock Rises in the Assembly
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie appointed Flatbush Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte as Chair of the Oversight of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Subcommittee.
The appointment comes as Heastie and Assemblymember Crystal People-Stokes, Chair of Government Operations, worked together to provide additional funding for MWBE initiatives in the enacted 2015-2016 state budget.
“I am ready and eager to work with my colleagues in the state legislature to make significant progress, especially in our cities, in promoting MWBEs and ushering in a new generation of minority and women entrepreneurs across the state. Promoting economic diversity only serves to strengthen our state’s economy and our competitiveness regionally and nationally. I know I can bring to bear my knowledge and skills to push us forward toward that goal,” said Bichotte.
The MWBE government contracting industry has gained much attention given the billions of procurement opportunities across the state of New York, allowing MWBE firms to conduct business with New York State’s and the city’s local government agencies.
“Although the promise and the intent to increase participation has been instituted in various state and local laws, there still exists constraints in meeting aspirational goals for the historically underrepresented groups; ultimately preventing the needed quantum leap to happen in the MWBE sector. The way we change this is to implement and enforce the law,” said Bichotte.