Protests, bigotry, fear, hate fuel post-election acts

Dismayed protesters make their voices heard at Trump Tower in New York.

Dismayed protesters make their voices heard at Trump Tower, as they march, scream, cry and remain dazed at the shocking election results.

By Carmen and Charles Glover

As the streets of America continue to roil with protesters marching to voice their sense of disgust with the election results of Nov 8,, which saw a split outcome–former secretary of state Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote, meaning she had more votes cast for her–and President-elect Donald Trump winning the electoral college that ultimately determines the president, the psyche of the American populace continues to be exceedingly unsettled,

Protesters are consistent with their message.

Protesters are consistent with their message of concern for a broad swath of residents who were targeted by President-elect Donald Trump at various points during the election cycle.

The results of the election were shocking to many people in and out of the United States with millions of millennials who were angry that Senator Bernie Sanders lost to Clinton deciding to vote for Trump or to abstain from voting, only to have a change of heart the morning after, just like the British reaction after their Brexit vote. Regardless of your opinion of Donald Trump, he will be the 45th President of the United States. Reactions around the country to the election results are varied but passionate. The question many are asking is: What’s next?

Anti-Trump Protests have sprung up across the country with no signs of abating.

Anti-Trump Protests have sprung up across the country with no signs of abating as Americans give voice to their feelings of anger, despair, fear, hopelessness and disappointment.

In 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was brutally frank as his summed up his plan for Republicans should they assume control of the Senate.

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” he declared, staring intently into the television cameras as the media snapped away.

Clearly that was not a message calling for cooperation or understanding. In 2012 after President Obama was re-elected, current President-elect Donald Trump stated that President Obama’s re-election was a “total sham and a travesty…. We are not a democracy!”

Protester is not shy to express her feelings.

Protester is not shy to express her feelings, while others march, shout and take selfies.

The consistent tendency of Republicans when they do not get their way is to complain about the legitimacy of the results, threaten anarchy and collaborate among themselves to put the country on a path to peril, ruin, racism and volatility. Their approach is:The Republican way or vengeance, spite, suffering, racism, insults and pain.

However, now that a Republican candidate has won the election, the same hypocritical and two-faced Republicans are demanding that the rest of the electorate show understanding and accept the results, without giving voice to the collective trauma, shock and despair that the mere thought of a President Donald Trump holds for so many people.

Protesters give voice to their anguish.

Protesters give voice to their anguish, some waving their gay pride flags as they walk somberly.

Trump becoming President will not address the many ills that plague our society: Issues such as economic, healthcare, housing and educational disparity, systemic racism, judicial prejudice and the expanding school-to-prison pipeline that puts young black children on a path to prison through excessive and prejudicial suspensions that ultimately result in them dropping out of school and taking to lives in the streets.

Trump’s disdain for the poor and disenfranchised is legendary and was on full display throughout the election cycle. Nevertheless, both white men and women as well as a large Latino segment, voted overwhelmingly for the real estate businessman, reality star and serial insult generator.

Protesters at Trump Tower.

Protesters at Trump Tower, express their feelings of hurt, disappoint and fear due to the election results.

But while his supporters are quick to suggest that everyone else accept Trump, the protesters are very united in chanting “Not my president” and “We reject the president-elect,” as tears stream down their faces and the heartbreak they feel renders them hopeless, scared and inconsolable.

In dismissing Trump, retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Trump “fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate,” and described him as a “sexual predator who lost the popular vote.”

Anger, Anguish and Despair are etched across the faces of protesters as they voice their displeasure with the election results.

Anger, anguish and despair are etched across the faces of protesters as they voice their displeasure with the election results.

Not to be outdone, the usually reticent San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich did not mince words, and said the following:

“We live in a country that ignored all those values that we would hold our kids accountable for. I’m a rich white guy, and I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it. I can’t imagine being a Muslim right now, a woman, or an African-American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person. How disenfranchised they might feel. And for anyone in those groups that voted for him, it’s just beyond my comprehension how they ignore all that. My big fear is that we are Rome.”

Protesters show no signs of slowing down as they try to come to terms with the election results.

Protesters show no signs of slowing down as they try to come to terms with the election results.

While Clinton licks her wounds and examines the entire scope of why she lost the electoral college and presidency–her deep-seated arrogance, her inability to appeal to the masses despite Herculean campaign efforts by an impressive cadre of supporters including President and First Lady Obama, her primary opponent Senator Bernie Sanders, VP Joe Biden and a host of celebrities, her lack of trustworthiness and most significantly, issues outside of her control such as the campaign waged by legislative Republicans with assistance from FBI Director James Comey, white women refusing to support her despite African-American women and African-American men enveloping her in love and support—Trump has been busy meeting with President Obama and the Republican leaders.

Now that all branches of the government–executive, legislative and judiciary—are in Republican hands, let us sit back and watch where they take the country that President Obama brought back from recession, the country that President Obama’s efforts resulted in universal healthcare, a country that is caught up in a cycle of racism and hatred, a country where intolerance and bigotry have been unleashed with abandon because the chief proponent of those divisive and ugly sentiments will now hold the top title in the land.

Yes, let us watch, let us support those who protest, let us have dialogue, let us learn to advocate for our issues, our agendas and our communities–OnPointPress-net– 

 

Jamaica highlights sustainable development at model UN Assembly

 

The Hon. Arnaldo Brown, Jamaica's State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

The Hon. Arnaldo Brown, Jamaica’s State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Kingston, Jamaica, March 19, 2015: On Thursday, March 19, Jamaica’s United Nations Association of Jamaica (UNAJ) held its 39th Model Assembly of the United Nations. The event was attended by members of staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, students and Dr. Lucille Buchanan, UNAJ’s national president.

Hon. Arnaldo Brown, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, outlined the topic for debate as “The Role of Governments of Small Island Developing States is to Protect the Rights of its People,” which he said  “will certainly lead to some interesting and passionate exchanges among you as you represent Member States.” Minister Brown provided background information on “the issues affecting countries like Jamaica which are Small Island Developing Countries (SIDS), and our aspirations for contributing to the well-being of our people through engagement at the international level.”

Hon. Arnaldo Brown

Hon. Arnaldo Brown

He spoke about sustainable development and the importance of each country making diligent efforts to ensure economic growth for its citizens. Addressing the importance of collaboration he said:

“I am happy to note that there is global recognition of the need for enhanced coordination, cooperation, coherence and effective policymaking across the entire United Nations system to meet the development needs of its Member States. Jamaica, therefore, supports the processes currently underway within the UN to ensure greater scope for the participation and engagement of all actors within the development process.

YS Falls, Jamaica, West Indies.

YS Falls, Jamaica, West Indies.

“We view sustainable development and human rights as inextricably linked, and that sustainable development is best undertaken in an environment of peace and justice for all. It is in this connection that we have undertaken substantive work to ensure that the freedom and rights of our citizens are protected under the UN Charter, the Jamaican Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedom. Jamaica is also party to seven (7) of the nine (9) core international human rights conventions including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

“In acknowledging our vulnerability to environmental hazards, we recognise that the intensity and complexity of the challenges faced by SIDS are likely to grow exponentially in coming years. We remain committed to the principles enshrined in the Rio Declaration, the Barbados Plan of Action and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation of the Barbados Plan of Action. These set the framework for international action in relation to the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States, such as Jamaica.

“As a small island developing state with unique characteristics and vulnerabilities, the Government of Jamaica will continue to build national and international partnerships to protect human rights, promote economic development and ensure environmental sustainability for this and future generations.”–OnPointPress.net.

 

 

US Ambassador to Jamaica meets with minister of foreign affairs, presents credentials

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Mr. Luis Moreno, US Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, presented his diplomatic credentials to Jamaica’s Minister o Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Arnold J, Nicholson.

January, 17, 2015, Kingston, Jamaica:The United States Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, Mr. Luis Moreno, presented his credential letters on Tuesday, January 13, to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade.

In addition to the presentation, there were initial discussions on Jamaica and US relations, the recent shift in US policy concerning Cuba, and Jamaica’s fiscal tightening efforts in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

After adding his support to the US policy shift toward Cuba, Minister Nicholson expressed appreciation for the opportunities and assistance the US had through the years provided Jamaica and the Caribbean. For his part, Mr. Moreno congratulated Jamaica on its progress with the fiscal programme and IMF collaboration. He also noted that he intended to promote an increase in US investments in the country and assistance in the area of security.

Both gentlemen also discussed the upcoming January 26 high level visit by Jamaica’s Prime Minister the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller to Washington. Prime Minister Simpson-Miller will participate in the Energy and Security Summit between the United States and the Caribbean. The summit will be hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden.–OnPointPress.net.

Loretta Lynch is President Obama’s pick to succeed Eric Holder as AG

Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York's Eastern District is President Barack Obama's pick to succeed US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York’s Eastern District, is President Barack Obama’s pick to succeed US Attorney General Eric Holder. President Obama made the announcement at the White House on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

By Carmen Glover

BREAKING:  President Barack Obama announced on Saturday, November 8, from the White House that Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York’s Eastern District, is his nominee to succeed outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. The President was flanked by both Holder and Lynch as he made the announcement. If she is confirmed, Lynch will make history as the first African-American female to hold the position. Janet Reno was the only female to have held the position in the past.

“In a country that is built on the rule of honor, there’s no office more important than the Attorney General. The Attorney General is the chief legal officer,” President Obama said, in making the announcement. “I’m enormously grateful to Eric Holder for his service. Thanks to Eric our nation is safer and freer. I couldn’t be prouder today to nominate someone who shares those principles, U.S Attorney Loretta Lynch.” President Obama described lynch as a “charming people person,” who is “not about flash, she’s about substance.”  Thanking Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judicial Committee, for being present at the nomination on a Saturday morning, President Obama said “It is my hope that the Senate will confirm her without delay.”

“Thank you for your faith in me for asking me to succeed an Attorney General that I admire and serving an office that I love,” said Lynch as she addressed the gathering, amid a phalanx of cameras going off in quick succession. If confirmed, she vowed to wake up each day with “nothing but the protection of the people,” as her main priority. “The Department of Justice is the only Cabinet named for an ideal,” she said, describing herself as “thrilled and humbled,” for the nomination.

Lynch, 55, was appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York by President Obama in May 2010. She was previously appointed to the office in June 1999 by former President Bill Clinton and held the office until May 2001. She was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. She’s a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. In her role, Lynch overseas federal prosecutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. While earning a reputation as being low-key, she has prosecuted some very high-profile cases, including the civil rights case against police officers who assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.  Most recently, she met with the family of Eric Garner, who was killed when police officers placed him in an illegal chokehold as he struggled to breathe.–OnPointPress.net.

 

Fickle Democrats shun President Obama, expect defeat in Senate, key races

President Barack Obama has campaigned with candidates who valued and respected the impact he brings to their race.

President Barack Obama has campaigned with candidates who valued and respected the impact he brings to their race, such as Senator Cory Booker in New Jersey.

By Carmen Glover

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., American citizens go to the polls to determine the balance of power in the midterm elections. At stake is the makeup of the US Senate, where the Democrats have a tenuous lead, entering the election, with six seats up for grabs. If political pundits and polls are to be believed, the Democrats are in for a bloodbath of loses in the Senate, House of Representatives and in local races across the land. This is expected generate more gridlock in Congress as the Republicans continue to stymie the President’s efforts to continue steering the country on the path of economic recovery.

President Obama has released campaign videos supporting Senator Cory Booker's re-election bid. Booker holds a commanding lead against his opponent entering the midterm elections .

President Obama has released campaign videos supporting Senator Cory Booker’s re-election bid. Booker holds a commanding lead against his opponent entering the midterm elections .

In the months leading up to Election Day there has been a very curious phenomenon: With very few exceptions, Democrats have shunned President Barack Obama, refusing to be seen with him as they run briskly from him, his record and his oft-described “low approval rating.'” In fact, Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes took almost two minutes to deliver a convoluted non-answer in a recent debate, when she was asked by the moderator if she had voted for President Obama. Citing her role as the Secretary of State, she described her job to ‘protect privacy’ at the ballot.

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic canidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes addresses the Kentucky County Judge Executive Association and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes snubbed President Barack Obama repeatedly, refusing to utter his name, and going through verbal contortions when asked by a moderator if she had voted for the President. She is expected to be trounced decisively by Senator Mitch McConnell, who said his “number one priority is to make Barack Obama an one-term president.”

She then spoke about her right to privacy before providing more details in her painful, meandering response.  At no point did it appear to occur to her to keep it simple with a firm: “Yes, no, no comment, or I choose not to disclose.” For her efforts, rightly or wrongly, she is trailing Mitch McConnell, who famously announced in 2008 that his number one priority in the Senate is to “make Barack Obama a one-term president,” a goal that he failed to achieve. In her advertisement she fires a shotgun then faces the screen and declares dramatically: “I am not Barack Obama.”

Emboldened by Lundergan Grimes’ abysmal performances and rigid determination to run from President Obama and his record of achievements, McConnell is expected to win his seat handily, with numbers-crunching guru Nate Silver predicting on November 2, that McConnell’s path to victory is 97 percent assured.

President Obama campaigns with Governor Dan Malloy in Connecticut on Sunday, November 2, in an effort to ensure that Malloy keeps his gubernatorial seat.

President Obama campaigns with Governor Dan Malloy in Connecticut on Sunday, November 2, in an effort to ensure that Malloy keeps his gubernatorial seat.

Lundergan Grimes’ antics makes it necessary to illustrate exactly which record she and other Democrats are trying hard to ignore. Among the incredibly successful record that President Obama has racked up in the face of Republican obstructionism and downright hatred due to his ethnicity are the following: Taking the country from recession and alarmingly high unemployment rates to presiding over continuous job growth and an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent versus the 7.3 percent rate he inherited from George W. Bush; passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called ‘Obamacare’ which ensures medical coverage at affordable rates to citizens, signing an executive order in the early days of his presidency championing equal pay for women and rescuing the automobile industry in Detroit, Michigan, when pundits urged him to walk away.

President Obama campaigns in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, Nov 1 with, from right , Senate Candidate Gary Peters and Gubernatorial candidate

President Obama campaigns in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, Nov 1 with, from right , Senate candidate Gary Peters and Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.

Other victories achieved by the President include improving the Gross Domestic Product (GDP); presiding over declining gasoline prices which are now below $3 nationally; boldly speaking up in support of gun control in the midst of weekly murders of innocent children across the country; ridding the world of master terrorist Osama Bin Laden; fighting back against ISIS with airstrikes while holding firm in refusing to commit boots on the ground; keeping his word by pulling troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisiana) appearing with President Obama.

Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisiana) appearing with President Obama, while cautioning that because of his ethnicity, he might not be warmly welcomed in the south.

Also, President Obama has been specific in addressing the plight of Black and Latino males with his ‘My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative; restoring global respect for the country by embracing cooperation with foreign policy leaders and last but not least, conducting himself like a respectful, cooperative leader who tried more often than he should to reach across the aisle and foster cooperation with the Republicans who have been blinded by their racism and hatred to the point that they shut down the government a year ago rather than do their jobs because they feared handing the President a victory.

At least Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), has been honest in stating what many of her peers are thinking: because of his ethnicity, the President might not be treated as warmly in southern states such as her home state. Ironically, as the Democrats flee the President and his record of achievements, they are desperately trying to woo Black and Latino voters, who support the President in large numbers. If the Democrats lose as colossally as predicted, do they have anyone to blame but themselves for running from a record and a President that common sense indicates they should be proud to embrace?-OnPointPress.net.

NJ Governor Christie’s hypocrisy revealed, his staff endanger lives

New Jersey Governor Republican Chris Christie.

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie seems pensive as his governorship is engulfed in controversy regarding chaos caused by deliberate lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

By Carmen Glover

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has basked in media coverage with an air of acceptance born out of his desire to be noticed constantly and praised repeatedly for the job he is doing for his constituents. But when emailed documentation were exposed yesterday by the Bergen Record and other media outlets, revealing the manner in which aides in his office intentionally put the public at risk, Christie was nowhere to be found until the end of the day.

The emailed documentation showed that two of his aides deliberately caused chaos and extreme gridlock on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee this past summer as retribution to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who refused to endorse Christie’s candidacy. Christie took an entire day before releasing a statement condemning the actions of his aides. Claiming that he did not endorse their conduct, Christie, who has held himself up as a paragon of virtue, sought to distance himself from their unsavory actions. Calling their behavior “unacceptable,” Christie said “I will not tolerate it.” But he did not indicate if people would be fired and if the town of Fort Lee would be reimbursed for the cost incurred by the extensive gridlock.

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” read one email to David Wildstein, Christie’s then-appointee to the Port Authority. Wildstein, who has since resigned, then responded in the affirmative, “Got it.” Two lanes of traffic were subsequently closed on the bridge for days, resulting in delayed response times, traffic congestion and general inconvenience to the public.

David Wildstein, former NJ appointee to the Port Authority.

David Wildstein, former NJ Governor Chris Christie appointee to the Port Authority.

Speaking on MSNBC’s “All in With Chris Hayes” last night, Sokolich did not disguise his fury at the reckless conduct exhibited by Christie’s aides. The aides blocked lanes of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, delayed response times to 911 while inconveniencing residents and creating a travel nightmare on the highway. To make matters worse, they celebrated, rather than helped, when Sokolich asked for their assistance to ease the traffic congestion. “Is it wrong that I’m smiling?” one aide emailed to Wildstein, who replied ‘No.” They were generally dismissive of Sikolich’s pleas for intervention on behalf of his constituents, especially his appeals to ease the traffic delays that inconvenienced school children and those facing health emergencies.

“David Wildstein deserves an ass kicking. There I said it,” Sokolich said when asked what he would say to the aide who endorsed the punitive action. When asked why he did not endorse Christie, Sokolich said: “Because I believe in the Democratic principles.”

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Solochich was punished with traffic congestion on the GWB because he refused to endorse NJ Governor Chris Christie.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich was punished with traffic congestion on the GWB because he refused to endorse NJ Governor Chris Christie.

If it is proven that Christie’s political appointees have the freedom to make decisions that endanger others’ lives it is important that they are held responsible for any fall out their actions caused. It remains to be seen what steps Governor Christie will take, other than issuing the inadequate press release that he did last night, in holding his aides and appointees accountable for their reckless actions. There is also the question of Christie’s honesty when he denies prior knowledge of his aides’ actions. Did they really act without his approval, tacit or otherwise?

The public requires answers and swift, decisive action. Christie also needs to apologize to the people of Fort Lee and travelers who use the bridge, one of the nation’s busiest. Christie and his staff all contributed to this debacle and decisive action would be the best remedy. “This behavior is not representative of me,” Christie finally said in a statement at the end of the day, as a media firestorm swirled. But the statement appears to be too little, too late, for a man who desires to be president of the country, and who has not been shy to jockey for that office, while giving every indication that he is using his governorship as a stepping stone to get to what he views as his destiny: Becoming president of the United States. —OnPointPress.net

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NYC’s mayoral picks reflect diversity in top posts

Former U.S. Attorney Zachary Carter on Sunday when he was named as the city's new corporation counsel.

Former U.S. Attorney Zachary Carter on Sunday when he was named as the City’s new Corporation Counsel.

By Carmen Glover

When Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is sworn in officially as New York City’s mayor tonight at midnight and again at noon on New Year’s Day, he will do so while having some semblance of a diverse team in place, based on his most recent appointments. African-American former U.S. Attorney for Brooklyn Zachary Carter, 63, has been named as the latest corporation counsel and Latina Carmen Farina has left retirement at age 70 to serve as the schools chancellor, joining another Latina, Gladys Carrion, 62, the new ACS commissioner.  Bill Bratton, 66, has returned for a second go-around as police commissioner and joins first deputy mayor Anthony Shorris, 56, whose appointment was announced by de Blasio a few weeks ago.

Former educator Carmen Farina left retirement to accept the post of Schools Chancellor.

Former educator Carmen Farina, shown flanked by students, left retirement to accept the post of Schools Chancellor.

Although far more posts remain unfilled than filled, the inclusion of individuals from different ethnic groups, who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields, is a positive first step to the new mayoral administration. So far, de Blasio seems to be making cautious but sure steps to ensure that his appointments reflect the diversity of the city’s residents. Also, de Blasio’s statements in announcing the appointments have been encouraging.

Anthony Shorris was named the new first deputy mayor a few weeks ago.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio greets Anthony Shorris, who was named the new first deputy mayor a few weeks ago.

While announcing that Carter will be the new corporation counsel de Blasio expressed his commitment to closing an open wound in the city’s psyche by resolving the Central Park Jogger suit. Acknowledging that an “injustice” occurred, causing five innocent African-American and Latino boys to serve long prison sentences for raping a white jogger before DNA evidence cleared them, de Blasio said he would “settle the Central Park case.” For his part, Carter vowed to use the law “to level the playing field” for all groups.

Gladys Carrion, former chief of the State's Office of Children and Families (OCSF) is now the City's new ACS Commissioner.

New York city’s Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio shares a light moment with, Gladys Carrion, former chief of the State’s Office of Children and Families (OCSF), after announcing that she is  the City’s new ACS Commissioner.

Farina, whose appointment was made yesterday, had a lot to say. She spoke firmly about embracing a “progressive” agenda focused on “teaching not testing.” Farina, who has 40 years of experience in the city school system spanning every level from elementary school teacher to deputy commissioner in the Bloomberg administration, spoke about the need to do things differently.

“We are going to communicate often,” she said, while explaining that her philosophy on teaching versus testing is rooted in the belief that “If we do good teaching that’s the best test prep.” It appeared as if Farina, an immigrant from Spain, was not particularly interested in data-driven results, which could be problematic since data is critical to assessing the performance of students and educators alike. But her passion for education was undeniable, as was Carter’s quiet confidence, born from being a seasoned legal eagle. It remains to be seen if the full menu of de Blasio’s appointments will elicit praise or cause concern but the list so far makes the process seem promising. -OnPointPress.net

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NY Congresswoman Yvette Clarke hosts Tessanne voting party, re-election event

 

New York Congresswoman Yvette Clarke poses with her mother, indomitable politician Dr. Una Clarke.

New York Congresswoman Yvette Clarke poses with her mother, indomitable politician Dr. Una Clarke.

(Brooklyn, New York, 12/16/2013): Tonight, Monday, December 16, 2013, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., friends, supporters and well-wishers of Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, from New York’s 9th Congressional District, will join her for a post-holiday soiree, cocktails and a voting party for Jamaica-born Tessanne Chin, who has made it to NBC’s “The Voice” Finals. The event will be held at the Windland Restaurant, located at 242 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

“For weeks we have watched our darling Tessanne deliver one flawless performance after another on The Voice,” Clarke said. “On Monday night, she will deliver her final ‘winning’ performance and we will be right there, all Jamaicans, wherever we are across the Diaspora, to support her with our votes.” The congresswoman noted that regional support for Chin has reached fever-pitch proportions, especially in her Brooklyn congressional district.  “I encourage everyone to get on every device available and vote  to ensure victory for Tessanne,” she said. Part one of the two-part “The Voice” Finale airs on NBC tonight at 8:00 p.m. and the winner will be announced on Tuesday night.

Guests at the Tessanne voting/re-election event will mix and mingle with the political elite, business leaders and young professionals of New York City, while raising well-needed funds for the congresswoman’s 2014 re-election bid.The primaries will be held in June 2014 instead of September, the usual month. Distinguished guests are expected to include: NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries; NYC Public Advocate-elect Letitia James; Assemblyman Karim Camara; Council Member-elect Laurie Combo, as well as other political, business and community leaders.

Congresswoman Clarke was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 from New York’s 11th congressional district. She was re-elected to represent New York’s new 9th congressional district in November 2012. Her steady rise in the 113th Congress has seen her serving on three House Committees including the Homeland Security, Small Business and Ethics Committees. Her 7-year tenure has been one of leadership on key issues, a path that she hopes to continue on behalf of her constituents. She recently called on President Obama to halt the deportation of immigrants to the Caribbean and other countries to protect families and ease the sense of fear under which these families exist.

General admission tickets for the event are $100.00 with other support levels ranging from $500-$2,600.00. For information on tickets and contributions please call: (718)-940-2480, or (718)-940-2008. Funds raised from the event will support “Clarke for Congress.”  –OnPointPress.net.

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Political contingent celebrates distinguished politician Dr. Una Clarke

 

NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio pays tribute to Dr. Una Clarke while his wife Chirlane McCray and Public Advocate Letitia James look on. _Roland Hyde Photo.

NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio pays tribute to Dr. Una Clarke while his wife Chirlane McCray and Public Advocate Letitia James look on.

By Andrea Daley

It was an evening to remember a Jazz Meets Fashion birthday celebration for Dr. Una S. T. Clarke, CD, which took place at Galapagos Art Space New York, Sunday December 1, 2013. The massive turnout was not a surprise, nor was the outpouring of love for an indomitable personality of the Caribbean-American community, a trailblazer on the New York political scene.

Clarke spent a decade in the New York City Council, delivering substantive bills and spearheading numerous measures to benefit the minority communities she represented. Also, she guided many political aspirants to successful careers. Her groundbreaking achievement as the first Caribbean-born woman to enter the New York City legislature has proven to be timeless and rewarding as so many have followed in her footsteps.

With her husband of close to 54 years, Leslie, at her side, her two adult children: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and Leslie, Jr., and her three grand -children, Dr. Clarke basked in the glow of all the positive energy in the room. It was a feast of embrace, hugs and pure joy. In a show of support, the New City political elite was out in full force, led by New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray. De Blasio’s  tribute to Dr. Clarke was the highlight of the evening. He spoke of their bond and her steadfast support in his recent election bid, helping him to get over the 40% of votes needed to avoid a run-off.

Also in attendance were Controller-elect Scott Stringer, out-going Controller John Liu, Brooklyn Borough President-elect Eric Adams, NYC Public Advocate-elect, Letitia James; Congressman Hakeem Jeffries; Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson, City Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, New York State Assemblyman N. Nick Perry, Council Member-elect Robert Carnegie, Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Rose Pierre Hyacinth Lewis and Brooklyn District Leader Rodneyse Bichot.

Chirlane McCray, wife of NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio embraces Dr Una Clarke, looking on L-R are: Brooklyn Borough President-elect Eric Adams, NYC Public Advocate-elect Letitia James, Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson and NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.-Roland Hyde Photo
Chirlane McCray, wife of NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio embraces Dr Una Clarke, looking on L-R are: Brooklyn Borough President-elect Eric Adams, NYC Public Advocate-elect Letitia James, Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson and NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Among the other distinguished guests in the room were Michael Gaskard, vice president of the Advanced Group; Tom Montvel Cohen, president of Dumbo BID; Morshed Alam, of the South Asian and Bangladeshi Business Community with a six-member delegation; Chanina Sperlin, rabbi and chair of the Political Action Committee, Crown Heights; Dr. Roy Hastick, president of the West Indian-American Chamber of Commerce and his wife, Edith; Monica Foster, F&R Installations; and Veronica Airey-Wilson, former deputy Mayor of the City of Hartford.  The clergy was represented by the Reverend Bishop Eric Barnes, Bishop Orlando Findlayter,  Bishop Sylveta Hamilton-Gonzales and Pastor Samuel Nicolas, who delivered the Invocation.

Elda Pinchinate City Councilmember from Jersey Cityl presented a special award to both Dr. Clarke and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. Bondongani Sadika, of South Africa, presented Dr. Clarke with an award for her efforts in the movement to free former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Entertainment included a beautiful fashion show by couture designer Trinidad’s own Francis Hendy. 9-year-old dancer Little Douglas, from the Tony Award-winning Broadway production Kinky Boots, wowed the audience with two dance numbers.

Musical entertainment kicked off by The Jeff King Band with a 30- minute set. Next up was Jazz Songbird Felina Backer who delivered a stellar performance. It was pure magic when she serenaded Dr. Clarke and her husband as they waltzed to the Etta James number, “At Last.”  Master of Ceremonies, (former  Director of  the Jamaica Tourist Board), Noel Mignott, kept the proceedings flowing nicely throughout the evening. Fashion expert Walter Greene narrated the fashion show which featured thirty male and female models on the runway. Hendy, who also does New York Fashion Week, showed why he is highly regarded.  He presented a  professional and dazzling show. The event was also a fundraiser for Clarke for Congress, a fact reinforced throughout the evening with the reminder that unlike previous years, in 2014 primaries will be held in June as instead of the usual September.

 

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US Attorney General Eric Holder takes on North Carolina’s discriminatory voting rights law

Attorney General Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder

By Carmen Glover

When the Supreme Court struck down the anti-discrimination portion of the Voting Rights Act this past August, it emboldened many states in the south. African- Americans, other minorities and the poor suffered. Before the ink was completely dry on the Supreme Court’s ruling, southern states implemented restrictive voting laws that were designed to disenfranchise African- Americans and the poor. The very groups that endured injustice, beatings, racism, imprisonment and indignities in the long quest to have their rights to vote respected were again disenfranchised. But on Monday, September 30, while all eyes were fixed on Capitol Hill, waiting for renegade Republicans to put the American people first and avoid shutting down the government, another official was working very hard to restore the voting rights of African- Americans, minorities and the poor.

In a purposeful press conference, devoid of theatrics but steeped in the law and justice, Attorney General Eric Holder made it clear that he will not stand by idly while African-Americans, minorities and the poor who reside in North Carolina are deprived of their God-given rights to vote. “The state legislature took extremely aggressive steps to curtail the rights of African-Americans,” Holder said. “This is an intentional step to break a system that was working. It defies common sense. Every level of the Justice Department will never hesitate to do all that we must do to protect the constitutionally guaranteed civil rights of all Americans.”

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Fifty years ago, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. led a march on Washington for “Jobs and Freedom.” Then, like now, the poor and African-Americans felt disenfranchised. Then, like now, they yearned to be respected; they wanted to benefit from the promises inherent in America’s Declaration of Independence. Utilizing flowery oratory, King spoke eloquently about having a dream, rousing the masses who gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to plead their case for equal rights. As attorney Drew Hansen meticulously details in his powerful book, “The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., And The Speech That Inspired A Nation,” King was murdered while he was still working diligently to ensure that African-Americans were given their civil rights, including the right to vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law after King’s death.

It is ironic that as a result of King’s advocacy all those years ago, some changes have occurred to the extent that this county has its first African-American US Attorney General. And in the spirit of Dr King, who once said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and “We must use time creatively in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do what is right,” Holder did not mince his words when he announced his plans to take the fight directly to North Carolina by challenging an unjust law that unfairly targets African-Americans and the poor. “The Justice Department intends to show that the clear and intended effects of these changes would contract the electorate and result in unequal access to the participation in the political process on account of race,” he said of the discriminatory North Carolina voting law.

Holder outlined his plan to challenge four components of the questionable law: the state’s decision to reduce early voting opportunities, eliminate same day registration during early voting, restrict access to provisional ballots and ensure strict reliance on Government issued identifications while ignoring other valid forms of identification.

North Carolina’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory, who signed the state’s restrictive voting rights law in August, was swift in denouncing Holder’s announcement to protect the voting rights of African-Americans and the poor in that state. “I believe the Federal government action is an overreach and without merit,” he said, barely containing his anger. “I believe that North Carolina is in the mainstream of this issue and it’s the Justice Department that’s working within the fringes.”

For so long, some people have argued that America is now “post racial.” They have postulated that equal rights abound and that Dr King’s dream has been realized. While it is clear that significant progress has been made with some issues, North Carolina’s current restrictive voting rights law is indicative of fact that as far as the right to vote is concerned, things have not changed much and vigilance is needed to ensure continued oversight. With Holder on the case, meaningful results can be expected. -OnPointPress.net