The Attorney General is returning $400,000 to 14 Long Island homeowners who were victims of a mortgage rescue scam. Empire Property Solutions posted ads in local papers offering services to help families refinance their mortgages by turning over the titles to their homes through a “sale-leaseback” agreement, but failed to make good on their promises to use the payments to pay down their mortgages. In the end, the homeowners faced foreclosure and eviction. In response to an uptick in reported mortgage rescue scams, the Attorney General launched AGScamHelp.com, a web-based app that helps families report scams and connect with qualified housing counseling and legal services across the state. In less than a year, more than 26,000 New Yorkers have visited the website.
Attorney General Schneiderman joined U.S. Northern District Attorney Richard Hartunian and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in announcing the conviction of former Assemblyman William Scarborough on fraud and theft convictions. Scarborough was sentenced to 13 months in prison on charges he submitted more than $54,000 in fraudulent travel vouchers during his time as a member of the New York State Assembly. Scarborough falsely claimed he had been at the state capitol for legislative business when, in fact, he was not in Albany, and he inflated the amount of time he reported he spent in Albany in order to receive a larger per diem. Scarborough’s sentence crystallizes the need for comprehensive reform to clean up corruption in our state, an effort that the Attorney General has been leading.
Attorney General Schneiderman joined Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Jerry Boone in announcing the guilty plea of an Ithaca businessman for failing to pay sales and personal income tax to the state. Between 2005 and 2012, Jonathan Pargh underreported the taxable sales for his two companies and his business income by more than $1.6 million, defrauding the state of more than $280,000. This conviction makes it clear that when unscrupulous business owners break the law, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
The Attorney General announced an agreement with Bath & Body works to end on-call scheduling in all U.S. stores. On-call scheduling can cause serious disruptions for workers by disrupting their plan for childcare, transportation, and other basic needs. Bath & Body Works joins Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, and Victoria’s Secret in ending this troubling employment practice in response to the Attorney General’s inquiry, which has yielded more stable, reliable work schedules for tens of thousands of employees.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reached a joint settlement with Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) to resolve allegations of ongoing sexual harassment and discrimination against women in field positions. These women, who work alongside men in power stations, manholes, and other physically strenuous field positions, alleged they were given sub-par training, assigned menial tasks and denied adequate restrooms, showers and changing facilities. As part of the agreement, Con Edison will reserve up to $3.8 million to compensate as many as 300 women who worked in the field from 2006 to 2014 and suffered sexual harassment and discrimination. This case should send a clear message to employers across New York: All women, especially those working in male-dominated workplaces, deserve respect and equal treatment.
As part of his continued efforts to reform the herbal supplements industry, the Attorney General announced that his office sent 13 cease-and-desist letters to the manufacturers of the herbal supplement devil’s claw, which is marketed as a treatment for arthritis and other forms of joint pain. The letters were sent after the New York Botanical Garden tested more than a dozen devil’s claw supplements labeled for U.S. sale and found that all supplements identified via advanced DNA barcode testing contained a different plant than advertised. The study’s results raise more troubling questions about the manufacturing and marketing of supplements. A 14th manufacturer, Nature’s Way, has agreed to reform the manufacturing and marketing of its supplements, in addition to refunding New York consumers who have purchased its devil’s claw products since January 1, 2012.
A former Hudson nursing home employee has been arrested on charges she stole more than $6,000 for a resident trust account at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Columbia County. Claire Wieland, who was the responsible for submitting request to have checks drawn for residents who requested funds, allegedly possessed 24 fraudulent checks. Wieland allegedly then cashed the checks and kept the money for herself. The Attorney General will not tolerate those who seek to exploit nursing home residents for personal financial gain.
A Yonkers man has been sentenced for stealing more than $200,000 dollars from Medicaid. Kurien Palliankal, owner of Carewell Ambullete, billed Medicaid for more expensive transportation than was medically necessary over a period of four years. As a result of his actions, he was sentenced to six months in prison and five years of probation. Carewell Ambulette, formerly based in New Rochelle, was also sentenced to pay a fine of $10,000. The Attorney General will continue to protect New Yorkers’ access to honest and reliable medical services by rooting out Medicaid fraud.
A Schenectady-area nurse has pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining more than 2,000 narcotics using forged prescriptions. For approximately one year, Linda Masse used 18 forged prescriptions at Walmart and CVS from her employer’s practice, causing Medicaid to foot the bill. The Attorney General will continue to hold medical professionals accountable for crimes committed by the abuse of their privilege.
The second annual Source 360 weekend festival is in full swing with amazing seminars, unforgettable performances, and memorable appearances. Join us tonight at the Mark Morris Dance Center with acclaimed choreographer Tim Edwards for a high energy hip hop dance class. Learn the elements of breakdancing, body movements, and much more. After class, you will have the opportunity to show off your dance moves during our freestyle dance cypher!
COME OUT AND WIN NIKE SNEAKERS AND TICKETS TO POWER 105.1’s POWERHO– USE CONCERT
For more information on Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff”, the Hip-Hop 4 Better Health program and Senator Leroy Comrie’s Walk For Wellness program and his upcoming events hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
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Family Day Was A Huge Success At Seth Low Houses As They Prepare To Address The Dropout Crisis, Unemployment, Healthcare, Drugs, Crime, Gun And Gang Violence By Working With The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council And Their 7 E’s 4 Power Tour, Power 105.1, vitaminwater, Council Member Mealy, The AIDS HealthCare Foundation And Many Others
“Vote 4 New Hope With The Power In Public Housing”
At the 2015 Seth Low Family Day Event, we caught up with Reginald Bowman, President of the NYCHA City-Wide Council of President and one of the most credible people we have known that is actually on the ground, in the developments using his contacts and skills to make life better for NYCHA residents. We meet a lot of people in NYCHA, but for over 7 years now, this man has made many sacrifices for his NYCHA Family and their ongoing struggle to obtain the support, services, security and economic opportunities needed for residents to live a productive life.
Things are slowly improving in Public Housing thanks to committed leaders like Mr. Bowman, his team, and a host of elected officials who have been leading the charge for decades. We are looking forward to working with Reggie and bringing him the resources to make NYCHA a better place to live for all residents. Yes there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, but things are finally moving in the right direction and as a team we will get the job done. We have several new initiatives with Power 105.1, “The Shark” Daymond John, vitaminwater, RavePCS, Hip-Hop Wireless, Microsoft, the Source Magazine and celebrities from the entertainment industry that we are about to introduce to NYCHA through Mr. Bowman that will provide more opportunities for the residents, with a focus on the safety and economic empowerment of the youth and young adults in NYCHA. Let’s get into the interview.
How many years has Seth Low been doing Family Days?
Seth Low houses has been doing Family Days since the 1960’s.
What does Family Day mean to you and the community?
Family day is both a celebration and a reunion. We celebrate the meaning of Family and its bonds that go beyond just blood ties, and a reunion of the people who have lived in the Seth Low Public Housing Community and the Public Housing Community of Brownsville for decades.
What are you doing as President of the NYCHA Council of Presidents to address Crime, Poverty, Unemployment, and Gun & Gang Violence?
It is my belief that the problems of Crime, Gun and Gang Violence, are a direct result of Poverty and Unemployment. We have made efforts to launch projects such as the Brooklyn East Anti-Violence Initiative and create partnerships with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to provide Training and Employment programs, which provide real job opportunities for residents. These initiatives work hand in hand with all stakeholders to promote resident owned business development, and concrete opportunities for alternatives to criminal activities, that are a direct result of unemployment.
How are relations with NYPD and what can be done to improve them?
As the co-creator of the Safety and Security Task force, a partnership with the NYCHA residents, NYPD and City Agencies, we proactively have worked to address and improve the relationships between Law enforcement and Public Housing residents. The efforts resulted in the changing of the NYPD Housing Patrol Guide, and established an ongoing effort to meet regularly to improve communications and active initiatives between the police and the community. The efforts have a long way to go.
Let’s talk about the Political Power in NYCHA and the role residents can play in the upcoming Presidential Elections?
I launched the “Vote 4 New Hope” and “Power in Public Housing” initiatives with The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council in 2008, to organize the more than 200,000 registered voters in Public Housing in NYC to be the deciding vote in Local, State and Federal Elections. According to a Daily News article the Public Housing vote had a very high turn out in New York and did play a role in electing President Obama to the White House. We have proven to be an effective voice as we quietly elected key politicians to office, which is evidenced by the recent investments of millions of dollars in Public Housing by State and City Governments. I hope that we can again use the “VOTE FOR NEW HOPE” power and influence as a strategy in the 2016 Presidential elections and organize with the Music Industry to be the deciding vote in the 2016 elections. We have the votes to do it. We just need to get mobilized and take over the political arena as the youth and entertainment industry has done in the past.
Why are there so many youth and young adults killing each other in Brooklyn and throughout the city? What can we do about it?
I have no real answer to this. It is my belief that this country’s culture of violence, war and conflict can be researched and blamed for some of this, and the continued mass killings and police killings, everywhere, are all related. I believe that until we realize this is a national problem, with a need for real comprehensive solutions, the violence will continue to destroy our youth and communities.
Give me your thoughts about today’s event?
This event was a total success and achieved the objective of bringing people together to celebrate and honor life and be “Reunited With Family and Friends.”
Any special shout outs for your Family Day supporters?
Special Shout Out to Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, The Seth Low Houses Board Members, the NYCHA Staff, Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the Source Magazine, and the Seth Low Houses Family.
As you well know we are pushing to get more sponsors involved with NYCHA, this year we have Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, give me your thoughts?
The NYCHA communities generate and spend millions in purchases and it is about time that those corporations give something back to the community and we would like to thank Power 105.1 for being in the forefront of these activities and we look forward to working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the station, and their sponsors in the future.
Give me your thoughts about your ongoing plan to make NYCHA a better place for all residents citywide?
I believe and vision using the economic and political power of NYCHA Communities residents to restore the infrastructure of the facilities and be a force for restoring the ladder of economic and social opportunities that NYCHA is intended to be for years to come.
The Negro Family: The Case For National Action(the 1965 Moynihan Report) was written by Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later U.S. Senator. It focused on the deep roots of black poverty in America and concluded controversially that the relative absence of nuclear families (those having both a father and mother present) would greatly hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.
103PCT. COMMUNITY COUNCIL, THE HIP-HOP SUMMIT YOUTH COUNCIL, POWER 105.1 RADIO, THE SOURCE MAGAZINE, METROPCS, RAVEPCS, vitaminwater, AND 50 CENT JOIN FORCES TO STOP THE VIOLENCE
Shootings and murders have now become a common occurrence in America as most of us have become desensitized to violence. After years of a decline in violent crimes in several major U.S. cities has spiked during the first half of this year. The number of murders in 2015 jumped by 33% or more in Baltimore, New Orleans and St. Louis. Meanwhile in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, the homicide toll climbed 19% and the number of shooting incidents increased by 21% during the first half of the year. The increased violence is disproportionately impacting poor Black and Latino neighborhoods. Criminologists note that the surge in murders in many big American cities came after 20 years of decline. Homicide rates peaked in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as crack-cocaine wreaked havoc on many urban areas. In NYC more than 2,200 murders were counted in 1993.
To address the increase in crime, 2015 marks the 32nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime initiative (NNO). In 2014, 38.1 million people participated in a host of events which included citizens, law enforcement agencies, community groups, businesses, youth organizations and local, state, and federal officials from 16,540 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases.
As the work continues to improve public safety the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) with their Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence project partnered with the NYPD to promote the National Night Out Against Crime initiative to: help improve relations between the Community and Police; get more young people involved with the 32 year old Crime Prevention Project; create new ideas to reduce gun and gang violence while empowering local communities. This year the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Campaign received an Inspirational Message from President Obama, along with Proclamations and Resolutions from a host of elected officials including: NYS Governor Cuomo, NYS Senate & Assembly, NYC Mayor de Blasio, NYC Council, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who all recognized the outstanding work of the initiative. This kicked off 105 events over 105 days with Power 105.1 radio, 50 Cent, the Source Magazine, “The Shark” Daymond John, metroPCS, ravePCS, vitaminwater and a host of other sponsors who are all committed to improve public safety.
To achieve their goals the HHSYC created the Night Out Against Crime Talent Search, which offered young participants many ways to win prizes using their talent, skills and/or just attending a National Night Out event in their community in support of their local precinct. The Kings Park event with the 103rd Pct. Community Council in Jamaica, Queens was a major success as many young people for the first time saw police officers as regular citizens going the extra mile to promote a day of fun, food, music, a Karate Demonstration, Bouncers, Face Painting, Award Presentations and Health Vendors. There were greetings, Award Presentations and announcements from a host of elected officials including: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Council Members Ruben Wills; Daneek Miller and Saul Weprin .
We want to give a big shout out to vitaminwater for supporting this anti-crime event, as well as their gracious contribution of mouth-watering juices and thirst quenching water. It is important for corporations to get involved with events that can help stop the violence and improve relations between the community and law enforcement agencies and we applaud vitaminwater for taking the lead and being socially responsible in this area. One thing that can be said about vitaminwater and 50 cent is that they are always in the ‘hood supporting local events that have an impact on the quality of life in the community. There is a real need for more artist and companies that are committed to public safety and empowering local communities because the government can not do it alone, as you can see by the rise in crime and violence.
Said Detective Ricky Lowe, Community Affairs of the 103rd Pct. “I want to thank the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, Power 105.1 and vitaminwater for the juices and the water which really helped make our event a success.”
Said 50 Cent “Queens is where I was raised so you know I’m gonna go all out to do anything to stop the violence and encourage young people to step up their game to keep the peace and protect their ‘hood.”
We really appreciate the support we received from vitaminwater and all the other vendors and supporters. I’m looking forward to working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, Power 105.1 and vitaminwater on other projects that address public safety, police/community relations and youth empowerment,” ended Deputy Inspector John G. Cappelmann.
Said Donna Clopton, former President of the 103rd Pct. Community Council, “Yes this is my last year, I’m moving on. But I do want to thank Charles and Randy Fisher for all their support with vitaminwater and Power 105.1. Their efforts to engage the young citizens and increase our youth attendance was definitely a success and we look forward to helping them expand on their Night Out Against Crime Talent Search Initiative next year.”
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TOWN WATCH
National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is the nation’s premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation. The agency is a network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens. Through that network, NATW was able to launch the annual National Night Out campaign. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits. Together, we are making that happen.
For more information on the NYPD or National Night Out hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
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Brenda Beltram, American Dairy Association: (office) 973/857-1049 or 315/491-3318 (mobile)
***PHOTO OPPORTUNITY***NEW YORK YANKEES MANAGER JOE GIRARDI
& CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS HELEN ROSENTHAL & MARK LEVINE
TEAM UP TO END HUNGER IN NYC
New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi
City Council Members Helen Rosenthal & Mark Levine
NYC Parks Department First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kanvanagh
New York Coalition Against Hunger Director Joel Berg
NYC Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose
Share Our Strength, Megan Cryan
The American Dairy Association & Dairy Council
Joe Girardi, Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine will join local advocates to promote the City’s FREE Summer Meals Program. Although school is out, FREE meals are available all summer long at hundreds of sites all over NYC including schools, parks, pools and libraries. To reward kids for participating in Summer Meals and eating healthy, a drawing will be held for Yankees game tickets and merchandise.
The City’s Free Summer Meals Program is available to all children and teens ages 18 and under, no registration or ID is required. Kids simply show up and receive a free, healthy meal. The program offers breakfast and lunch from June 27 through September 4, 2015, every week day, though some locations also offer meals on Saturdays and Sundays. Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM, and lunch is served from 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Noon – 1 pm
110 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026
Summer should be a carefree time for kids, but for thousands of NYC children the summer months are a time of stress and anxiety. As schools let out for summer vacation, the school meals many children rely on also come to an end. As a result, thousands of NYC children will be at risk of hunger and many families will struggle to keep enough food on the table.
Meals are provided by the Department of Education and made available at sites like schools, pools, parks, libraries and even mobile trucks ensuring kids have access to the nutrition they need to grow and thrive while school is out.
To find summer meal sites, residents can:
Dial the City’s information line at 311
Text: NYCMEALS to 877-877
For more info on Council Member Rosenthal or other Politicians hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
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On Monday the M86 crosstown bus got an upgrade; it now has Select Bus Service and will be up to 20% faster! The bus still costs the same and has all of the same stops, but now you pay while you wait for the bus to arrive using the machines on the sidewalk (as you can see me doing here). Passengers will load the bus using every door, and buses will be able to move from stop to stop much faster. For the next two weeks, there will be people in orange vests stationed at every stop to explain the new system.
Recently rent-regulated tenants had a huge victory: the Rent Guidelines Board made history by freezing rents for rent-regulated tenants with one-year leases, and voting for a 2% increase on two-year leases. I am very grateful to tenant advocates for the leadership in calling for a rent freeze, and to the Rent Guidelines Board for their vote. (Rent-controlled tenants, on the other hand, continue to have a 7.5% rent increase each year. You can learn more about it from this piece in DNA Info, which features some Upper West Siders.)
Monday, June 29th marked the first day of a car-free Central Park north of 72nd street! I am proud to have been a part of this long effort that makes bicyclists and pedestrians safer, and I will continue to work towards a fully car-free Central Park. Learn more fromCBS 2 News and Streetfilms.
This Sunday, July 19 is NYC Triathlon in the Hudson River and along the West Side Highway. Between 5am-2pm on Sunday, the DOT will close the following roads: Manhattan
Henry Hudson Parkway (Northbound) between West 57th Street and the Henry Hudson Bridge
West 72nd Street between Riverside Drive and Central Park West
West 79st Street between Riverside Drive and Traffic Circle (Near West Side Highway)
Henry Hudson Parkway (Northbound) between the Henry Hudson Bridge and the Mosholu Parkway
Mosholu Parkway (Eastbound) between Henry Hudson Parkway and West Gun Hill Road
The MTA does not expect the event to detour the M7, M11 or M104. FREE summer meals are available for anyone under 18 years old at participating community schools, pools, parks, libraries and NYCHA locations. You do not need an ID, registration, or documentation to eat your free meal. View the flyer or visit the website to find locations near you.
Funding for the Upper West Side I am happy to designate both capital and expense funding to our local public schools, parks, public housing, and social programs. Summaries are below, but you can see an itemized list of all my allocations on my website. (The capital funding list is posted, and the expense funding list is coming soon).
CAPITAL FUNDING (bricks and mortar)
$2.45M for schools, including playground renovations for P.S. 75, a science center for P.S. 199, gym and library upgrades at John Jay College, and computer lab and technology upgrades for several schools.
$1.05M for NYCHA, including a senior center renovation at Harborview Terrace, security cameras at Wise Rehab, and an age-friendly lobby at Amsterdam Houses.
$900K for parks and transit, including repairs to the path around the Crab Apple Grove in Riverside Park, safety measures for pedestrians and bicyclists along the Hudson River Greenway, and crosstown bus countdown clocks.
I also allocated money to support Symphony Space, the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and the City Parks Foundation to refurbish SummerStage. EXPENSE FUNDING (people and projects)
$300K for youth arts, education, and afterschool programs, including digital literacy programming, guidance for applying to college, tutoring, tennis, and basketball.
$150K for senior programs, including physical fitness classes, free concerts, and social workers.
$75K for anti-poverty programs, including food pantries, legal services, tenant support, and my office’s monthly housing clinics. This year the Council’s Clean Streets Initiative received additional funding, so the DOE fund can serve more routes in the neighborhood. If you have ideas for streets that need cleaning, let me know atHelen@HelenRosenthal.com.
The Council funded my Student Voter Registration Day initiative, which will bring a day of civic education and voter registration to high schools in every Council district. Our City and State have some of the lowest voter turnout rates nationwide, and this initiative gives students the opportunity to understand the impact they can make through civic participation — both in and out of the voting booth. I’m delighted to report that my strong support for the American Museum of Natural History’s new science education center resulted in substantial funding for construction: $16M from the City Council. As design and construction progresses, I expect the Museum to have an open dialogue with the community.
I am a member of the City Council’s small Budget Negotiating Team (BNT) responsible for identifying funding priorities for the Council. We learn about funding shortfalls and the need for additional city services during three months of intense budget hearings. The BNT depends on our strong Council financial staff and input from our colleagues to shape and advocate for our priorities. This year our focus was on libraries, senior services, public schools, legal services for tenants, and additional police. We were successful in all of these areas. One of our goals was to advocate for an equal amount of funding for youth year-round and summer job programs as there would be for additional police officers. Ultimately we achieved an increase of nearly $40 million for youth jobs, and we will continue to advocate for increased job opportunities for young people.
Council Member Helen Rosenthal, 6th District
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Acting DA Madeline Singas And The Heroin Prevention Task Force, Chaired By ADA Feichter, Continue To Fight The War On Substance Abuse With Great Results
A New Youth Committee Has Been Created To Improve Communications Between The Youth And Young Adult Population In An Effort To Reduce Drug Abuse And Save Young Lives
In an effort to address Substance Abuse in Nassau County the Nassau County Heroin Task Force has created a “Youth Committee” to be Chaired by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC.org). The purpose of the committee is to get more young people involved with the Task Force so we can work as a team to better address the War on Drugs. To Win the War we must make every effort to bridge the communication and information gap between our youth and adult population so we can put an end to a problem that has devastated communities throughout the country. By working with the youth we can get a better handle on what is “Hot on the Block” and what resources they need to stay focused on their goals and out of the criminal justice system.
Our youth need to know that if they or a Friend/Relative have a Drug Problem, there is a lot of trustworthy help available to help them get through a very difficult period in their life. This committee will create and represent an entity of trust with a mission to bond and earn the trust of the young residents of Nassau County because we all care about their safety, growth and development.
Below is information on the Task Force for anyone looking for help, services and/or treatment.
If you are 21 and under and want to join us in the Fight and be a part of a new movement to Save careers and lives hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
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As NYCHA Celebrates “Family Day” Let’s Look At The 50 Year Anniversary of the Historic Moynihan Report On Black and Poor Families
Through the Support of the 7 E’S 4 Power Tour and Family Day Events in NYCHA Developments We Can Start The Process of Strengthening The Family Structure in Black, Latino and Poor Communities So We Can Better Educate Our Children And Put An End To Poverty, Drugs, Unemployment, HIV and Gun & Gang Violence
THE MEANING AND MISSION OF “FAMILY DAY” AT NYCHA
The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) continues their work to end Gun & Gang Violence, address Black on Black Crime and improve relations between the Police and the Community by partnering with NYPD’s Housing Division and NYCHA residents to support “Family Day” events throughout NYCHA developments this summer. They will also be supported by their Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project and the 7 E’S 4 Power Tour in addition to Power 105.1 the Source Magazine, “The Shark” Daymond John, Hip-Hop Wireless, elected officials and a host of others. To further accomplish this monumental task additional support will come from the newly created My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative created by President Obama to save young Black and Latino males. During this year’s 4th annual Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week celebration (May 15-21, 2015) the agency received a powerful and “Inspirational Message from the President” in recognition of their outstanding work to improve public safety and the quality of life in poor and disadvantaged communities with a focus on NYCHA Developments.
Family Day is important because in order to empower our youth and save the next generation it all starts with Family Values, Love, Unity and Respect. Due to “Slavery & Racism” the “Black Family Structure” has been compromised and those that have survived the assault must step up to the plate and save the less fortunate. This will not be an easy task, but Blacks must take the lead when it comes to saving their own. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ending of Slavery; the 50th anniversary of the March of Selma; the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln and now the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Moynihan Report, it is up to the students, parents, community, business, clergy, and political leaders of this generation to study the report and assess how it can be used to improve the “Family Structure” today in Black, Latino and Poor communities.
When it comes to crime in NYCHA and the rest of the city, Blacks & Latinos make up 96% of all homicide victims and are responsible for 97% of all shootings. NYCHA is affected by these numbers and we must work as a team to reduce the violence, but it starts with improving the Family Structure. This year we intend to use Family Day and Hip-Hop as a platform to start a new innovative movement within NYCHA developments working with our partner Reginald Bowman, President of the NYCHA Council of Presidents, to save our youth and young adults while also protecting seniors and children from Gun & Gang Violence.
12 DOORS OF LIFE & DEATH
Poverty and Illiteracy are the root causes of Gun & Gang Violence, as well as a host of other social issues the HHSYC has associated with their “12 Doors of Life & Death.” Let’s take a look at the issues behind each door: Gun & Gang Violence; Black on Black Crime; Police/Community Relations; Employment; the Drop-Out Crisis; Substance Abuse; HIV/AIDS; Healthcare; Affordable Housing; Voter Registration; Cultural & Spiritual Empowerment; and Criminal Justice Reform. To address these issues the agency will use the 7 E’S 4 Power, which include: Education; Employment; Entrepreneurship; Economic Development; Entertainment; Equality and Empowerment. Now, it is the hope of the HHSYC that through the use of the 7 E’S 4 Power they will be able to provide youth, young adults and families living in poor communities with the wisdom and resources to create a safer and better community.
THE MOYNIHAN REPORT ON FAMILY STRUCTURE
As we celebrate Family Day throughout NYCHA Developments this year is going to be very special as we recognize the 50thanniversary of the groundbreaking 1965 release of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report“The Negro Family: The Case for National Action” (often referred to as the Moynihan Report). As a general rule, assistant secretaries in the Labor Department do not publish such historical documents, but no one told that to Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later U.S. Senator. It focused on the deep roots of black poverty in America and concluded controversially that the relative absence of nuclear families (those having both a father and mother present) would greatly hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.
Stated Moynihan “The fundamental problem is that of family structure. The evidence—not final, but powerfully persuasive—is that the Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling.” Communities affected faced “massive deterioration of the fabric of society and its institutions.” Such deterioration, should it prove in fact to be occurring, would constitute “the single most important social fact of the U.S. today” ended Moynihan.
Immediately after its release, The Moynihan Report created a lot of excitement and its “Call to Action” was repeated by President Lyndon Johnson within a few months of its publication—again, an uncommon fate for a Labor Department report. At the same time a lot others disputed his findings challenging every word. Moynihan was accused of arguing that low-income Black Families were simply causing their own problems and of trying to undermine the civil rights movement. As outlined in the report, Moynihan pointed the finger to the long and ugly legacy of “Slavery & Racism.” Both undermined the leadership role of Black men in their families and community. The point of the report was not to assign blame but to focus on the problems within the Black and Poor Family Structure where Moynihan described how the unemployment rates, welfare application rates and the number of unmarried mothers appeared to contribute to the Black Family problem.
RACISM, POVERTY AND DR. KING
The facts about the collapse of the American Family amongst those living in poor and disadvantaged communities was the focus of the Moynihan Report. He saw the danger a half a century ago and warned America of the detrimental affects their policies would have if the problem was not addressed. He felt that race was at the core of the problem and that without a strong and stable family the American Dream would never become a reality for most poor citizens. President Obama has asked this country to have a conversation on race, but our political and community leaders have yet to recognize the “Call to Action.” Maybe the killing of 9 people in a church in South Carolina by a supporter of the racist policies associated with slavery and the Confederate Flag, along with a rash of killings of Blacks by law enforcement agencies, could be enough to finally start a long overdue conversation on race that could help heal this nation.
As elected officials debate the issue we can never overlook the heroic efforts of many single mothers going the extra mile to help their children avert the dangers of dropping out of school, crime, violence and gang recruitment. The family is the foundation within every cultural society and is essential for proper social human development. It is hard to imagine how much is being done by our politicians to address centuries of social and economic inequality. But the first step toward seriously taking them on must be a strong commitment to rebuild the family structure in Black, Latino and poor communities. To achieve this task poverty and academic failure have to be on top of the list.
In his speech on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City, Dr. King connected the war in Vietnam with the “war on poverty” when he said “and you may not know it, my friends, but it is estimated that we spend $500,000 to kill each enemy soldier, while we spend only $53 for each person classified as poor, and much of that $53 goes for salaries to people that are not poor. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor, and attack it as such.” The next year, King started the Poor People’s Campaignto address the lack of support for the “war on poverty” and to “demand a check” for suffering African-Americans, which was carried on briefly after his death with the construction and maintenance of an encampment, Resurrection City, for over six weeks. It appears that we need to revisit Dr. King’s mission and use Family Day in NYCHA Developments, along with the findings outlined in the Moynihan Report, as a platform to finally address the hardcore issues that have devastated the “Family Structure” in Black, Latino and Poor communities so the next generation will have a much better chance of achieving the American Dream.
FINAL WORD FROM MOYNIHAN
In 2002, a year before Moynihan died, he was a keynote speaker at a conference of experts concerning international trends affecting family life. His message was pessimistic. Cohabitation, he pointed out, was “neither stable nor long-term.” The rise in fatherless families deeply disadvantaged children. It still remained risky for white writers to highlight black family problems. And social science seemed unable to develop a national family policy. “We are nowhere near a general theory of family change,” he asserted. “And there we shall leave it, the question still standing: who indeed can tell us what happened to the American family?”
SPECIAL SHOT OUTS TO THOSE ON THE FRONT LINE GETTING THE JOB DONE FOR NYCHA RESIDENTS AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES: Reginald Bowman, President, NYCHA Resident President: Deidra Gilliard, Vice-President of Programs, NYCHA; Housing Cheif James A. Secreto, Lieutenant Cleare and Det. Redric, all who are doing an outstanding job to protect, serve and empower NYCHA residents.
We also want to thank all NYCHA Presidents supporting the Family Day Agenda, as we role up our sleeves to improve the quality of life in NYCHA, as well as the National Night Out Against Crime on August 4, 2015, where we will be hosting the Night Out Against Crime Talent Search (NO-ACTS) throughout NYC and the Tri-State area. So if you have some talent it’s your Time 2 Shine. So to get info on the initiative or register hit us up at: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.hhsyc.org and click on the banner on the front page.
For further info on FAMILY DAY EVENTS, as well as how you can join the “Raptivism Team” to address a host of needs to improve the quality of life in NYCHA DEVELOPMENTS, hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
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