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  • Wednesday, December 29, 2010

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    The latest corruption in New York:

    Every street plowed?...Bloomberg's neglect had some serious consequences: The aftermath... death by neglect...funny how THIS worked (blatant corruption?): Bloomberg's block one of first to be plowed

    State GOP Vice Chair Charged with Shoplifting...yep, the Greedy Oil Party isn't satisfied with looting the American economy on a large scale...they have to stoop to petty theft as well.

    Top Dems collude to line Parkside's pockets...further evidence this state needs to be seriously cleaned up. Republicans, Working Families Party, Democrats, Conervative Party, Independence Party...all are far too tolerant of corruption. And voters are too tolerant of the fact their political parties are corrupt. See below for ideas on cleaning up the state.

    And speaking of corruption: CityTime consultants busted

    And of course, Pedro Espada, Jr. & Son Indicted On Federal Embezzlement, Theft Charges...Something else that needs to be investigated, and as far as I know I am the only one who reported on it, is the fact that Espada himself and some of his thugs may well have broken the law on election day, with voter intimidation and voter tampering. Of course the sleaze lost anyway!

    What can we do against this widespread corruption? Well I highlight something below, but here are a couple of other suggestions:

    Hell yeah: Corrupt pols should lose pensions...hit the corrupt bastards where it hurts!

    Want to change Albany? Start with the way we finance elections.

    Wake up folks. This city and state are becoming infamous for corruption. From mayor Mike Bloomberg to so-called Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to Party Boss Vito Lopez to the State Senate Leaders John Sampson and Pedro Espada, the levels of corruption is disgusting. It is time to clean up New York...


    CLEAN UP NEW YORK POLITICS:
    GRASSROOTS NYC: This is an organization founded by fellow Daily Gotham blogger and DFNYC activist Dan Jacoby.

    GrassrootsNYC was created to provide a new method for generating real government reform in New York City. Instead of the old-fashioned method of fighting for reform (and usually not getting much done), GrassrootsNYC aims to leverage the power of tens of thousands of reform-minded New Yorkers to force our government to work for us - the way our Founding Fathers intended government to work.


    This is a real chance for you to get involved in reforming our political system from the bottom up. To find out more, visit GrassrootsNYC's website and sign up for updates. This could be one of the most important groups you can get involved with if you want to see NYC politics cleaned up.


    And let's not forget Bloomberg's corrupt bargain with WalMart, sacrificing women's rights and small businesses for WalMart. And we need to stop him.

    KEEP WAL-MART OUT OF NYC:

    Bloomerg and the right wing New York Post want to help Wal-Mart open up in NYC even though Wal-Mart has been shown to deliberately destroy small businesses, use illegal immigrant labor paying them slave wages, and treating their workers badly.

    I don't mind big chain stores. I like IKEA and CostCo and Trader Joe's in particular. But Wal-Mart has been shown to be bad for communities they open up in.

    Wal-Mart has a gender discrimination suit against them still active: Meet the Woman Behind the Walmart Gender Discrimination Suit

    Click here for National Organization of Women's Statement on WalMart's Gender Discrimination.

    Learn about Wal-Mart’s Dismal Record on Worker and Customer Safety (PDF)

    Wal-Mart's Wage and Hour Violations (PDF)

    HELP STOP WAL-MART AND BLOOMBERG FROM RUINING NYC
    Check out these websites to find out how you can fight back.

    Wal-Mart Free NYC
    Neighborhood Retail Alliance


    CURRENT TV NYC:

    Current TV, founded by Al Gore, includes some of the best journalism in America today. In particular their Vanguard series is amazing and should not be missed by ANYONE who wants to know in depth coverage of some of the major stories in the world.

    In NYC Current TV is available on:
    Time Warner Digital: Channel 103
    DIRECTV: Channel 358
    DISH Network: Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 107
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.


    PROGRESSIVE TALK RADIO:
    WWRL AM 1060
    http://wwrl1600.com/default.asp

    Check out the daily programming schedule here.

    click here for their schedule of local events

    WWRL Book Club
    Become a member of the WWRL Morning Show, become a Morning Maniac.
    Here’s your chance to be the recipient of a morning show “MUST READ” book.
    Every Friday Mark Riley randomly selects a registrant, one per hour (6-9 am) and awards a “Must Read” that keeps up with world events

    Click Here to Join!


    NYC Blogs:

    Save St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan: Our beloved 160-year old hospital that has served New York City's Lower West Side as well as both World Trade Center bombings. But Bloomberg shut it down, depriving the Lower West Side of a hospital and condemning New Yorkers to die from lack of medical care. See what you can do to save medical care in Lower Manhattan.

    SoHo Politics: A resident's perspective on local politics in downtown Manhattan.

    City Hall News provides the substantive analysis of policy and politics often missing in other coverage.

    Second Ave. Sagas is the home for all news MTA on the Internet.

    Washington Square Park Blog updates on Washington Sq Pk and other NYC issues while advocating for reclaiming our city and our public spaces.


    Some Living Liberally groups in Manhattan: Progressive Action Through Social Interaction

    Reading Liberally NYC Classics
    "Saving Democracy One Book at a Time"
    A Liberal Book Club at a cool bar
    Third Monday of each month, 6:30 pm
    Location:
    Stone Creek
    140 east 27th st in the backroom
    New York, NY, 10016

    Eating Liberally Manhattan
    Food and Good Politics Mix
    Eating Liberally meets every month -- with food, guest speakers, films, discussions -- though not on a consistent night
    Location: The Tank, 354 W. 45th Street (between 8th and 9th.)
    For more info: Contact the chapter leaders

    The Original Drinking Liberally
    "Promoting Democracy on Pint at a Time"
    * When? Every Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * Where? Rudy's Bar & Grill, 627 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th)

    Drinking Liberally Steps Out
    * When? Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    * Where? XES Lounge, 157 West 24th St (Between 6th and 7th Avenue)

    Greenwich Village Drinking Liberally
    * When? First Tuesday of each month, 6:00 pm
    * Where? Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)

    Washington Heights Drinking Liberally
    * When? Last Sunday of each month, 6:30 pm
    * Where? Coogan's, 4015 Broadway (at 168th Street)


    Democracy for America Groups in Manhattan: Organizing the Left one Neighborhood at a Time.

    These Meet the First Wednesday of every month.

    Upper West Side - 7:00 pm, The Parlour (back room) - 250 West 86th Street (btwn B'way and West End Ave.), with hosts Bernadette Evangelist and Sally Swisher.

    West Village - 7:00pm, Kettle of Fish, 59 Christopher St. (near 7th Ave.) with host Tracey Keij-Denton.


    MANHATTAN NAACP:
    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

    Here are some local Manhattan branches:

    Ossining NAACP
    39 BROADWAY 22ND FL
    New York, NY 10006

    Mid Manhattan NAACP
    270 W 96TH ST
    New York, NY 10025
    212-749-2323

    New York NAACP
    144 WEST 125TH STREET
    New York, NY 10027
    212-666-9740


    National Jewish Democratic Council:

    The National Jewish Democratic Council is the trusted voice and resource for Democratic office holders, candidates and party organizations to better understand and engage with the Jewish community. NJDC mobilizes the Jewish community and convenes opinion leadership to support the Democratic promise for all Americans. We look to our Jewish tradition to guide us on the issues of social and economic justice, religious pluralism and the peace and security of the State of Israel that will be the hallmark of our work.

    NJDC believes that through our work in Democratic Party politics, we can ensure a better world for our children and grandchildren.

    For more information, or to become a member of the New York chapter, contact msudco2@aol.com.


    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    NYC Chapter

    We come from all 50 states and a wide variety of religious, political and philosophical backgrounds. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

    P.O. Box 1660
    New York, NY 10163
    (646) 961-3792
    info@au-nyc.org
    http://www.au-nyc.org


    MANHATTAN YOUNG DEMOCRATS:

    We’re here to welcome you to the New York City political scene. Whether you were a first-time voter in the last presidential election or you consider yourself a political guru, MYD’s purpose is to welcome, inspire, educate, and activate the youth of New York City.

    Meet MYD: Manhattan Young Democrats from Shannon Manning on Vimeo.



    Join the Manhattan Young Democrats and get involved–it’s the next step.


    Downtown Independent Democrats
    http://didnyc.org/

    Since the 1970s, the Downtown Independent Democrats has been the voice for residents of lower Manhattan in the politics of the Democratic Party. Born from the reform movement that overturned many decades of party-boss rule in lower Manhattan, D.I.D. continues to support progressive government and issues, helps elect honest and intelligent public officials, and supports deserving and qualified judicial candidates. We serve as a direct conduit to local elected officials, organize forums to introduce prospective candidates to the voters, and then organize support behind our endorsed candidates.

    Our endorsements of candidates are always made at open public meetings, often after lively debate and discussion of the issues with the candidates themselves. We also provide printed and online voter information, sponsor get-out-the-vote drives and register new voters.

    D.I.D. fought for (and won) loft legislation, moderate-income housing, small business protection, better schools, better parks, and neighborhoods made safer with a better quality of life for our families.

    Our members actively serve on PTAs, the community boards, Community Emergency Response Teams, advocacy groups, as well as civic and neighborhood associations.

    The club's district covers one of the largest land areas of any club in Manhattan. Neighborhoods represented by the club include Battery Park City, the Financial District, TriBeCa, Hudson Square, SoHo, NoHo, the South Village, the Washington Square area, Washington Square Village, Silver Towers, Village View, and parts of the Lower East Side and the East Village, as well as Governors Island.

    For more info, contact:
    Jeanne Wilcke, President, tel: (917) 948-4859, email: info@didnyc.org
    Sean Sweeney, Treasurer, tel: (212) 460-9896, email: treasurer@didnyc.org
    Andy Neale, Webmaster, tel: (917) 517-2068, email: webmaster@didnyc.org


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