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President Obama Recognizes Hip-Hop Against Gun And Gang Violence Week With An Inspirational Message As We Also Celebrate Gun Violence Awareness Month

The Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project And The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council Will Be Working With The White House, The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Power 105.1, the Source Magazine, metroPCS, “The Shark” Daymond John, The NY Code + Design Academy, NYS Governor Cuomo, NYC Mayor de Blasio, the NYS Senate and Assembly, the NYC Council, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Students, Business And Community Leaders To Address Gun/Gang Violence, End Black on Black Crime and Improve Police/Community Relations

 

Through the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour We Will Also Address Academic Failure, The Digital Divide, Unemployment, Entrepreneurship, Cultural & Spiritual Empowerment To Help End The Violence

CHECK OUT THE LINK TO THE OBAMA MESSAGE EVENT AT: http://youtu.be/5pLS9NYqKck

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Monday June 8, 2015—-In recognition of the 4th annual Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week (May 15-21, 2015) and to further support Gun Violence Awareness Month (June) we kicked off a 105-day Campaign to produce 105 events over 105 days with Power 105.1, the Source Magazine, metroPCS, “The Shark” Daymond John” and the NY Code + Design Academy to end Gun & Gang Violence with a focus on the hot summer months when gun violence spikes.  This is a very special year because in addition to the Proclamations/Resolutions from NYS Governor Cuomo, the NYS Senate and Assembly; NYC Mayor de Blasio; the NYC Council, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, we were blessed with a Powerful and “Inspirational Message from President Barack Obama”, who recognized our outstanding work to end gun and gang violence.  The President recently launched the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and we have partnered with the organization to address issues around education, employment, entrepreneurship, the digital divide, crime and youth empowerment for young Black & Latino males.

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The week started with a pre-event on the 14th at the headquarters of South by Southwest News where we attended an event with Ambassador Carlos Garcia to discuss global gang issues.  We signed an MOU with the Solutions Group from El Salvador to help address a growing gang problem in America and El Salvador caused by the violent MS 13, one of the most violent gangs in the world.   On the 16th we coordinated the Young Men’s Hip-Hop Empowerment Summit with the New York City Mission Society at the Minisnk Townhouse in Harlem where we were joined by Councilmember Inez Dickens who applauded the campaign for its continued commitment to end gun and gang violence, while providing the necessary resources for those looking for a better life.  The event was a success as members from the audience came forward to offer their solutions to end gun and gang violence, which will be presented to Celebrities, Power 105.1, Political, Business and Community leaders for possible implementation.

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HSYC with Council Member Inez Dickens and Troy Outlaw from her office.

Participants also learned about the history of Hip-Hop and how to use the Cultural and Spiritual element that created the “Raptivism Movement” to end gun and gang violence.  “In God We Trust” is the slogan on all US Currency and if people really want to get “Paid in Full” all they have to do is learn how to “Trust In God.”  We will show young citizens how to get rich and “Not Die Trying” through spiritual enlightenment.

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Malcolm X’s daughters Ilyasah and Gamilah Shabazz at Malcolm’s 90th Birthday celebration in Harlem.

To address Black on Black Crime on May 19th, we read the President’s Message during the 90th year birthday celebration of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem where he was killed.   Speakers paid respect to Malcolm and offered solutions to end the Black on Black Crime in memory of a man who fought to improve the life of poor citizens.  In NYC Black & Latino’s make up 97% of gun shooters and 96% of those murdered by a gun.

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To closeout Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week we kicked off the “Rap 2 Bridge the Gap” initiative at MS 42 with Principle Finn to improve relations between the Police and the Community.  Lt. Saleba spoke to students about the job of a Police officer and the dangerous they face daily on the mean streets.  Students asked questions about getting arrested, gang life, drugs, bullying and how the Police and Community need to work closer to keep our schools and communities safe.  Police solve most crimes with public support so it behooves both parties to work as a team to improve public safety because that is why Rap 2 Bridge The Gap was created.  The event closed with the reading of the President’s Message and the creation of a committee who will draft a letter thanking the President for his kind words and request that he visit the school before the end of his term.

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Lt. Celiba, Randy Fisher, MS42 Principal Finn (Far Rockaway), Charles Fisher

Why must we End Gun & Gang Violence, address Black on Black Crime and Bridge the Communication Gap between the community and law enforcement agencies?  The Wall Street Journal reported a new crime wave after two-decades of decline.  Some say the uptick in shootings is due to the “Ferguson Effect” a term coined by St Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, whose officers drew back from daily enforcement due to fears of being charged. Also the former Attorney General’s Report on Ferguson put the actions of Police Departments nationwide on notice.

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The following 9 cities are feeling the pain and we will be working with them using some innovative solutions:  Shootings in New York, the “Safest Big City” in the country has been rising for two straight years for the first time in two decades with a 20% increase this year compared to the same period in 2013.  In Baltimore gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, with 32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend.  May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years.  In Milwaukee, homicides were up 180% by May 17 over the same period the previous year.  Through April, shootings in St. Louis were up 39%, and homicides 25%.   Murders in Atlanta were up 32% as of mid-May.  Shootings in Chicago had increased 24% and homicides 17%.  Shootings and other violent crimes in LA spiked by 25%.  In San Francisco and Houston murders are up more than 50%

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Poverty and illiteracy continue to be the “Root Causes” behind gun and gang violence and until we can solve those issues there will never be peace in our communities.  Young people today are fearless, with no morals or values and like the Palestinian Bomber many believe they have nothing to loose.  This is the “Frankstein” we created and we only have ourselves to blame.  Arresting gang and street crew leaders is a temporary fix because there are many poor and at-risk youth in line ready to take their place.    As we countdown our 105 day campaign which ends 9/7/15, we have a lot of work to do and with an “Inspirational Message” from President Obama, as well as support from the “My Brothers Keep Alliance”, our sponsors and elected officials, we can reach out to young citizens urging them to support our “Call To Action” and join the “Raptivism Movement” so we can make this a safer and better world.

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HHSYC and Ambassador Garcia at the signing of the historic MOU with FEPADE of El Salvador.

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CHECK OUT THE LINK TO THE OBAMA MESSAGE EVENT AT: http://youtu.be/5pLS9NYqKck

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For more information on the Message from President Obama and Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

Written by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram @HHSYC).

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Dismissed From Federal Prison For Halfway Home

Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from the Alabama minimum security facility he is currently serving time in for a halfway home in Washington D.C.

After being convicted of illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds and serving a year and a half in prison, former U.S Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is being released to a halfway home in Washington D.C. Jackson Jr. is son of prominent reverend Jesse Jackson, and former Illinois Congressman. His father announced the news on his son’s behalf Thursday, calling it a “joyous occasion”.

Jesse Jr. served time in the Federal Prison Camp at Montgomery, Alabama starting November 1, 2013. At his trial court documents showed he and his wife spent campaign money on dinners, electronics, and other costly personal items, including $43,350 on a gold-plated men’s Rolex watch and $9,587.64 on furniture for children. His wife, a Chicago alderman, was also sentenced to a year in federal prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns that knowingly understated the income that the couple received.

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Jackson would serve out the remainder of his 2 1/2-year term in a Washington, D.C. halfway house, after visiting him on Monday. Jackson will also serve three years on supervised release and complete 500 hours of community service. The U.S Bureau of Prisons has penned his official release date as September 20, 2015.

-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)

Alleged Gang Member Tries To Prevent Classmate From Using Blue Ink

Gang protocol takes precedent over an otherwise simple classroom interaction.

While in class, an alleged gang member can be seen addressing another student writing on the board. In the video clip, which you can see above, he approaches the classmate and asks, “What is  that?” Another student can be heard in the background saying “Why is it in blue? He tells his classmate, “Erase all of that,” and begins to erase the blue markings on the board. The alleged gang member walks away and tells him to  “Do it correctly.”

The student writing on the board puts down the blue marker down and writes in black instead. The alleged gang member responds by throwing up a sign and says, “Su-Wu,” a reference commonly used by the Bloods.

The video is disturbing, and the alleged member of the Bloods gang interferes with another student’s learning before simmering down. The classmate in question was clearly fearful for his life, and school is suppose to be a safe haven, not a place to be fearful or intimidated.

-Victoria B. (@unabashedlytori)

 

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Rising Political Star NYS Senator James Sanders, Jr. Celebrates Women’s History Month

In Support of Women’s History Month Senator Sanders Continues His Quest to Protect and Empower Women By Fighting For Equal Pay, Better Healthcare, and Domestic Violence Prevention

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Inspiring Women to Run for Office Senator Sanders hosts successful “Women in Power” workshop

 

A great group of women at our "Women in Power" workshop. From left: Erin Vilardi of Vote Run Lead, panelists - Britney Whaley, Michelle Gilliam, Selvena Brooks, Sen. Sanders, panelists - Meredith O'Connor, Jenifer Rajkumar, Kaylea Moss - and Junanita Lewis of Vote Run Lead.
A great group of women at our “Women in Power” workshop. From left: Erin Vilardi of Vote Run Lead, panelists – Britney Whaley, Michelle Gilliam, Selvena Brooks, Sen. Sanders, panelists – Meredith O’Connor, Jenifer Rajkumar, Kaylea Moss – and Junanita Lewis of Vote Run Lead.

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) hosted a successful “Women in Power” workshop on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica. The event, which was held in honor of Women’s History Month, was attended by about 100 women who were eager to explore the forum’s topic – “How to Run for Office.”

Guest speakers included Congresswoman Grace Meng of Queens, Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte of Brooklyn and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages of Nassau County. They discussed the unspoken side of public life, what it feels like to win (and lose) an election, and tips for managing work and family.

There were also six panelists who shared their thoughts on government and female empowerment. They were Britney Whaley,  Selvena Brooks and Michelle Gilliam, co-founders of the newly established Shirley Chisholm Foundation,  civil rights lawyer Jenifer Rajkumar, singer and anti-bullying advocate Meredith O’Connor, and healthy lifestyle coach and plus-sized model Kaylea Moss.

The event was co-sponsored by Vote Run Lead, a national non-partisan organization that supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their leadership. VRL staffers Erin Vilardi and Juanita Lewis spoke about campaign planning and organizing as well as the importance of social media and how it can be used to expand one’s visibility.

State Senator James Sanders Jr. said: “I want to involve you in my conspiracy – a conspiracy of hope. We are going to gather together with some of the best people that money can’t buy – folk who are not just interested in this community, but all communities – a new America, a place where it’s not all against all, a place where we look out for each other. Imagine that – what we could be if we were just bold enough, if you would just take it, if you would have faith in yourself. If you are not going to run then you should support somebody in this room who does plan to run.”

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Congresswoman Grace Meng said: “Balancing work and family is incredibly difficult. Every week when I make that trek to Washington, I have to remind myself that this is a worthy investment. When my five-year-old tells me that President Obama does not need me in Washington, because my son wants me to stay home in Queens, I have to remind myself that this is a worthy investment that I am making. If you and I don’t step up, someone else may not. So I just want to encourage you and let you know that whether you are in government, politics or some other field, there is no easy solution, but you do the best you can, and people can be inspired by your actions.”

Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte said: “We don’t want women to be apprehensive when it comes to being at the forefront and getting their voices heard. When I decided to run, trust me, people asked, ‘Why is this woman getting involved in the political sphere? This is not a place for her.’  Even in my culture, being Haitian-American, you don’t find many women taking political positions. It’s very difficult.  In 2012, I ran against an incumbent and I lost. That did not stop me. I continued and continued, and in 2014, I found victory, and amazing things are happening.”

Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages said: “Women are a solid foundation in our country and it is so important that we empower women. I can tell you that across this country only 23 percent of women are involved in state legislatures – that’s very low. They are not well represented in congress and they are not well-represented in staff positions behind those legislators, especially minority women. … We are not getting our fair share, but can we sit here and complain, no. Instead, we have to get involved. We have to run.”

Erin Vilardi of Vote Run Lead said: “Social media is the new tool in the tool box, but it doesn’t replace any of the old tools. It doesn’t not replace door knocking. It doesn’t replace community organizing. It doesn’t replace good, old-fashioned talking to people and making those personal connections.”

Juanita Lewis of Vote Run Lead said: “The art of having a one-on-one conversation has disappeared. In order to build more warriors to change the status quo, we need to go back to that art of having conversations along with using social media. We can’t swap one for the other. The two should be integrated. … If you are running for office, you need to have relationships with other people because they are your voters, they are people you want to have volunteer for you, they are also individuals who will give you money. You have to be able to have those relationships and those conversations to know what moves people to act. Power is organized people and organized money.”

Assemblywoman Rodneyese Bichotte of Brooklyn left, with Senator James Sanders Jr. and Congresswoman Grace Meng of Queens.
Assemblywoman Rodneyese Bichotte of Brooklyn left, with Senator James Sanders Jr. and Congresswoman Grace Meng of Queens.
Some 100 women attended the event at New Jerusalem Baptist Church.
Some 100 women attended the event at New Jerusalem Baptist Church.

For more information on Senator James Sanders, Jr. or other politicians please hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram @HHSYC).