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Policing Stop and Frisk–Thank You Jumaane Williams

June 28, 2013 Leave a comment
Williams, left, at protest

Williams, left, at protest

Stop and frisk hasn’t been stopped, but at least slowed, thanks to two bills passed by the City Council yesterday.

One, would create an inspector general to oversee the NYPD, and the other would allow people to file claims of racial profiling against the police in state court. Both measures curb the NYPD’s use of the insulting, racist stop-and-frisk and Muslim surveillance tactics. Though Mayor Bloomberg is already busy scheming to un-do the measures–and a hysterical Ray Kelly insists that the legislation will increase terrorism–both bills passed by wide enough margins to skirt Bloomberg tampering.

Yesterday’s vote marked a big win for Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams, a vocal and consistent critic of stop and frisk. The 37-year-old politician was famously arrested in 2011 at the West Indian Day parade after a disagreement police.  Williams, along with a member of mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s staff (also black), was detained and handcuffed for walking…while black.

In a speech, Williams urged lawmakers who have never experienced being black, Latino, gay, Muslim or in another profiled group to “please listen to us.”

On passage of the legislation, Williams explained that legitimate police stops wouldn’t be curtailed, “it just stops profiling.”

Read more about Williams in this New York Magazine profile.

What’s Going On? Wednesday 6-19-2013

June 19, 2013 Leave a comment

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It’s a beautiful day–sunny, high of 75 and no more #@!$% rain. So be sure to take a moment to spend some time outside!

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H IS FOR HARLEM

Hollywood has its own iconic sign–does Harlem need one? Apparently so…but just the H.

The Daily News reports that beginning next month, a giant, illuminated “H” will hang from the viaduct at 12th Ave. at 125th St. Bentley Meeker, a lighting designer working with the West Harlem Art Fund, says he hopes “The ‘H’ in Harlem” project will become an entry point to the so-called Main Street of Black America.

The project has the backing of the Department of Transportation, which collaborates with cultural organizations to put art in public spaces.

 

BK_carouselHARLEM SHAKE…SHACK?

No, it’s won’t be a Shake Shack, but restauranteur Danny Meyer is in talks to lease space for a bistro at West 135th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd., according to the blog Commercial Observer. Meyer, who has brought his high-end, golden touch to Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and The Modern in Manhattan, also owns the wildly successful Shake Shack chain.

And Gorgui N’doye, owner of Patisserie des Ambassades announced today that he’s expanding his bakery, also on Frederick Douglass Blvd., as a full bistro. For the new menus, click here.

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MAYOR CANDIDATES DISCUSS LATINO ISSUES

Yes, the mayoral candidates have participated in what feels like a million forums. But tonight, Latino issues will take center stage as all of the Democratic hopefuls meet at Hunter College.

Hosted by NY1, NY1 Noticias and the Latino Leadership Institute, the lively event begins at 7 PM. It’s only the second televised debate and first one including the infamous Anthony Weiner. Expect lots of talk about crime, the economy and immigration. Stream it on NY1.com or NY1 Noticias.com or watch it live to see which of the group will speak Spanish, Bloombito style.