Hamilton Hosts Second Hate Crime Call To Action
State Sen. Jesse Hamilton, and the Civil Rights Task Force made up of about a dozen Brooklyn lawmakers, tonight will hold his second emergency Hate Crime Call to Action meeting as a response to the large uptick in hate crimes following last month election of Donald Trump as president.
“We must mobilize against acts of hate. Threats and intimidation are cruel, illegal, and unworthy of any member of our society; when directed at people due to their race, religion, sexual orientation, or background, such threats and intimidation strike at the bonds that hold us together. We must join in solidarity against the uptick in these corrosive hate crimes. The recent spike in these crimes deserves the full attention of law enforcement. What’s more, our neighbors who have been targeted by these attacks against their peace of mind deserve our support and our action,” stated Hamilton in his emailed newsletter on the meeting.
Governor Cuomo has also established a hotline to report hate crime incidents and make referrals to local law enforcement for further investigation when appropriate. The number is 1-888-392-3644.
The Hate Crime Call to Action is slated for 6:30 p.m., tonight, Dec. 14 at the St Francis De Sales School for the Deaf, 260 Eastern Parkway (Between Classon Ave & Franklin Ave) in Crown Heights. Please click here to RSVP.
Gillibrand Gets Funding For Brooklyn Marine Corps Reserve Unit Facility
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced yeterday $15.1 million in Military Construction (MILCON) funding for renovations of two NYS Marine Corps Reserve unit facilities in the state including $1.9 million for the 6thCommunications Battalion located out of of Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to undergo electrical service overhauls.
The funding passed the Senate as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and now heads to the President for signature.
“Our servicemembers should have the very best facilities and these federal funds would allow the Marine bases to move forward with much-needed renovations to upgrade the 6th Communications Battalion,” said Gillibrand. “I will continue fighting to ensure all of our installations have the resources they need to remain strong and continue to be critical assets to our national defense.”
The Marine Corps Reserve Center in Brooklyn will use the funding to construct a new electrical duct bank and install cabling and above ground high voltage cable junction boxes to maximize energy efficiency. The old electrical system was built during World War II and over the last few years required multiple repairs to the point where a backup generator was necessary due to several feeder cable failures.
The renovation project at the Marine base will include Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) features and comply with regulations and physical security mitigation in accordance with the Department of Defense (DoD) Minimum Anti-Terrorism Standards for Buildings.
Clarke Calls For Presidential Pardon Of Civil Rights Icon Marcus Garvey
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Midwood, Park Slope, Flatlands, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Sheepshead Bay, and Windsor Terrace) yesterday released the following statement on a letter she and 17 other members of the House of Representatives sent to President Obama calling on him to pardon civil rights leader Marcus Garvey.
“Marcus Garvey, born in Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, has inspired generations of leaders, from the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to President Nelson Mandela. His efforts to organize the African Diaspora across nations in support of freedom and self-determination were critical to the movements for independence in Africa and the Caribbean and to the Civil Rights Movement here in the United States. When Marcus Garvey formed the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, most of the nations of the Caribbean were colonies of the British Empire, and African Americans in the United States – nearly forty years after the end of the Civil War – were effectively denied their human rights. Marcus Garvey offered to his people a different vision for the future and, even as we continue to work toward his dream, he would have been proud to witness our achievements,” said Clarke.
“Despite that legacy, however, Marcus Garvey has never been fully exonerated from racially-motivated charges of mail fraud. Recognizing that prosecutors and the government mishandled the case, President Calvin Coolidge commuted the sentence at the earliest possible opportunity. We believe that Marcus Garvey meets the criteria for a posthumous pardon, based on his efforts to secure the rights of people of African descent and the utter lack of merit to the charges on which he was convicted. We ask therefore that President Obama work with the Department of Justice to secure a pardon for this man of accomplishment and high distinction.”
Schneiderman Announces $20 Million In Funding To Fight Foreclosure Scams
State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today will be in Brooklyn to announce an additional large-scale investment in his Homeowner Protection Program and launch a new grant program to target outreach, education, and referral services to New Yorkers most vulnerable to foreclosure rescue scams such as deed theft.
The announcement will incude an additional $20 million state allocation for programs involving foreclosure scams including deed theft.
Schneiderman will make the announcement at 10:30 a.m., today, Dec. 14, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 289 Lewis Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
VIDA 2016 Holiday Party Tonight
The Vanguard Independent Democratic Association club will hold their annual holiday party tonight.
The festivities are slated for 4-8 p.m., tonight, Dec. 14 at Restoration Plaza in the lower level community room, 1368 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate. For more information, contact VIDA President Henry L. Butler at [email protected].