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  • Sunday, April 03, 2011

    Queens, NY Focus

    SOLIDARITY EVENTS AROUND QUEENS:

    April 4th Events:

    CUNY Law Union Teach-In
    April 4, 2011 01:00PM to 02:00PM

    A union lawyer and law students interested in workers' rights will join together, get educated, and discuss in solidarity with all workers, and the workers of Wisconsin!

    Location:
    65-21 Main St
    Flushing, NY
    11355

    Directions:
    Room 340

    "We Are One" - Queens Solidarity Rally and March
    April 4, 2011 04:00PM to 08:00PM

    Dr. King died in Memphis in April 1968. He was killed standing with sanitation workers who were fighting to form a union to bargain for a better life. They were demanding their dream of dignity, respect, and a pathway to the middle class.

    In April 2011, that same dream--and those same rights and freedoms--are under attack in Madison and other state capitols. The American middle class is in danger, threatened by a corporate and political assault on the fundamental belief that if you work hard in this country, you deserve a good job with a decent wage, affordable health care and dignity in retirement.

    That's why on April 4th in New York, we will rally to show that WE ARE ONE, from Memphis to Madison and beyond. We will remember Dr. King, rally for the rights of all workers, and march for the middle class.

    Join Amalgamated Transit Union 1056, SEIU 32BJ, and South East Queens County Young Democrats, and The Jamaica Branch NAACP as we will meet at the Rallying point at 4:30 pm at the bus depot on Merrick Blvd. across from the Queens Public Library;

    We will then March To 89th Ave; Go up 89th Ave; To Parsons Blvd.; To Jamaica Ave. to Grace Episcopal Church.

    We will enter the church at approximately 6:00 pm.

    Grace Episcopal Church, 155-15 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432 Rev Darryl F. James

    Rev. Darryl F. James and Min. Corey Terry will both preach a word, there will be music as well. This will begin at 6:30 - 8:00/8:30.

    Sponsored by: City Councilman Leroy Comrie and a host of South East Queens elected officials.

    Sponsored by:
    Amalgamated Transit Union
    Local 1056

    Location:
    Jamaica Bus Terminal
    Queens, NY
    11432

    Directions:
    89-11 Merrick Blvd btwn 89th and 90th Aves


    April 5th Events:

    Teach-In: York College CUNY
    April 5, 2011 01:45AM to 05:45AM

    York College CUNY
    3D-01 AC Building

    Sponsored by:
    Fight Back USA

    Location:
    94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd.
    Jamaica, NY
    11451

    Teach-In: CUNY-Queens
    April 5, 2011 01:40PM to 05:00PM

    CUNY-Queens
    RA 112

    Location:
    65-30 Kissena Blvd
    Flushing, NY
    11367


    April 14th Event:

    PROTECT OUR CHILDREN SAVE OUR TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS
    April 14, 2011 04:30PM to 06:00PM

    Mayor Bloomberg wants to layoff over 4600 teachers because he refuses to negotiate LIFO and other issues at the table. He refuses to use collective bargaining and Gov. Cuomo refused his request to get rid of Last In First Out. So as punishment he is threatening the teachers with layoffs, over crowded classrooms, and the educational and environmental safety of staff and students.

    Location:
    QUEENS BOROUGH HALL-120-55 QUEENS BLVD.
    KEW GARDENS,, NY
    11424


    News from Queens:

    Ah, NYC Corruption: Candidates spent matching funds on trips and parties

    New York Redistricting Census Data Now Available

    More Bloomberg Failure: Schools still bursting at the seams

    COMPTROLLER JOHN LIU TO PROVIDE UNPRECEDENTED PUBLIC VIEW OF NYC PENSION INVESTMENTS

    Judge questions Willets Point eminent domain

    Confirmed: City doesn't want Koch Bridge!

    Wal-mart’s History of Hypocrisy...

    Fighting Bed Bugs

    NY Senate "Gang of Eight (Hate)" DINOs down to 2

    Oh Great...Indian Point is the nuclear plant in the US MOST at risk of core damage from an earthquake

    NYC Comptroller John Liu Statement on Dept of Education Contract Rejection


    Majora Carter's "The Promised Land"
    WNYC-AM820

    Saturdays at 2PM. Sundays at 8PM. Listen to the new radio documentary show hosted by Bronx Science Alumna & Local Environmentalist, Majora Carter.


    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!


    Queens Blogs:

    Queen's Crap: Shining a spotlight on overdevelopment and corruption in Queens and beyond

    LIQCity: Long Island City Neighborhood blog

    href="http://davidmquintana.blogspot.com/">Lost in the
    Ozone: local Politics, Education, Community Affairs,
    Environment, History, Birding,Jamaica Bay,Ridgewood Reservoir, Forest Park, and other assorted items of interest... Concentrating on the Borough of Queens

    Willets Point United: Business and land owners dedicated to fighting eminent domain abuse at Willets Point in Queens, NY.


    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.


    QUEENS 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.

    Astoria (Long Island City) NAACP
    P.O. BOX 6234
    Long Island City, NY 11106
    718-392-3058

    Corona-East Elmhurst NAACP Youth Council
    111-12 NORTHERN BLVD
    Corona, NY 11368

    Northeast Queens NAACP
    37-22 UNION STREET
    Flushing, NY 11354

    Dept Of Social Services NAACP Youth Council
    96-10 57TH AVE #12-D
    New York, NY 11368

    Flushing NAACP Youth Council
    158-46 75TH AVENUAE
    Flushing, NY 11366

    St. John'S University NAACP
    8000 UTOPIA PARKWAY UNIVERSITY CENTER
    Jamaica, NY 11439

    Far Rockaway NAACP
    Far Rockaway, NY 11690
    718-327-9791


    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.


    Democracy for NYC in Queens:

    Democracy for New York City (DFNYC)
    is a volunteer-driven non-profit political action committee. We are
    part of a national coalition of local groups committed to the ideals
    espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard
    Dean.

    We work both locally and nationally to ensure that
    fiscally-responsible and socially-progressive candidates win elections
    at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for
    the issues that matter to our members and promote legislation which has
    a positive effect in our communities. We engage people in the political
    process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and
    enact change on the local, state, and national level.

    Currently there are three Queens chapters: Each meets the First Wednesday of every month.

    Astoria, Queens - 7:30pm, - Ommonia Cafe 32-20 Broadway, with host Jeremiah Frei-Pearson and Costa Constantinides.

    Sunnyside, Queens - 7:30pm, Bliss Street Station restaurant, 47-02 Greenpoint Ave., with host Dan Jacoby.

    Bayside, Queens - 7:00pm, The First Edition, 41-08 Bell Blvd, right near the LIRR stop, with host Steve Behar of Democrats for New Politics.


    DRINKING LIBERALLY IN QUEENS:

    An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits
    while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher.
    Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place
    to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a
    book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent
    frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk
    politics.

    Queens
    * Second and Fourth Friday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * Studio Square Beer Garden, 35-33 36th Street, Long Island City, NY ((Look for our signs or ask the helpful staff))
    * Hosted by Donald Graff, queens (at) drinkingliberally.org


    Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens

    The Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens (LGDCQ) is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender independent Democratic club in the Borough of Queens.

    The LGDCQ
    was founded eleven years ago to increase the visibility of the lesbian,
    gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the political arena of
    Queens, New York City, New York State and the nation.

    To receive the monthly newsletter or to be put on the Club's mailing list contact;
    Democratic District Leader Daniel Dromm at
    Write "LGDCQ Newsletter" in subject title.


    GREEN BUSINESSES IN THE QUEENS COUNTY AREA: These are some of the best local businesses around. Taken from the Green America Green Pages

    Fair Trade Uniforms
    www.fairtradeuniforms.org
    Fair Trade vendor of school uniforms, gym clothes, and T-shirts produced in Thailand and Mexico. Visit our Web site or call to place an order.
    Phone: (718)204-0909 x 14
    Fax: (718)777-1928
    25-30 21 Ave.
    Astoria, NY 11105

    Green Pea Pillow
    www.greenpeapillow.com
    Enhances sleep and is good for the environment! The organic peas will mold to head and neck so you sleep soundly.
    Phone: (888)587-9409
    Fax: (718)819-0390
    50-45 245th
    Douglaston, NY 11362

    VerTerra Ltd
    www.verterra.com
    Impressively versatile, stylishly sustainable, VerTerra is the chic all-natural choice for party-ready dinnerware. Made only of fallen leaves, steam, heat, and pressure, this durable single-use line offers compostable convenience for every occasion.
    Phone: (718)383-3333
    Fax: (718)937-4617
    47-00 33rd St.
    2nd Floor
    Long Island City, NY 11101

    HandCrafting Justice, Inc.
    handcraftingjustice.org
    Fair Trade marketer of handcrafts from 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Shop online for bags, toys, indigenous art, and more. Donate, volunteer, host a sale.
    Phone: (718)204-0909 x 14
    Fax: (718)777-1928
    25-30 21 Ave.
    Astoria, NY 11105


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