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Another political episode in my comic strip, Average Man. This strip is based on true stories of campaigning over the years in New York. I won't do a political strip every week, but since this Thursday is Primary Day in New York State, I thought another political strip was appropriate.
Something different for Room 8: A political cartoon from my recently launched comic strip:
ARRRGH!!!! THOSE NEW YORK DRIVERS!
Last weekend while driving around our great city, I couldn't help noticing just how awful some New York drivers are. For some it's poor driving habits, for others outright aggressiveness. Either way, I thought it would make for a good Room 8 post.
Jackie Robinson, first African American to enter Major League Baseball. Arturo Schomburg, collector of African American history and cultural artifacts. Nella Larsen, noted writer from the Harlem Renaissance. Charlotte Ray, first African American woman lawyer. James McCune Smith, first African American to earn a medical degree.
What do they have in common? They're all buried right here, in Brooklyn, New York at the Cypress Hills Cemetery.
Last Year I posted two essays here on Room 8 on the topic of "actual crime" versus "perception of crime" and the media's portrayal of and impact on both. The current indicator of crime by the NYPD is the CompStat report, which tallies seven crimes weekly and does a comparative of these numbers in a variety of ways. These reports are readily available to the public via each police precinct's webpage, found here.
EAST NEW YORK, BROOKLYN—Fifteen years ago today a major press conference was held on Riverdale Avenue in Brooklyn, NY to launch the Community Security Initiative (CSI), a project that sought to test if local police departments and community developers could work together to solve neighborhood problems, reduce crime, and improve overall quality of life.
I stumbled across a very interesting posting on Facebook this evening:
I thought to myself, "is he really that dumb to put something like this out there for the public to read???"
I steadied myself and remembered that this was from Kevin Powell. But there are people that read things online and accept facts and figures verbatim, and worse, four (at last count) Facebook persons that marked the post as "like" and one that left a comment of amazement.
Someone at the FEC needs to pay attention to what's going on in the 10th Congressional District race.
This week, as part of the New York Daily News' standard investigative reporting into all candidates and incumbents for any elected office, it was revealed that candidate Kevin Powell had not done his required financial disclosure reports (click here for the link), and also that his personal finances were in disorder (click here for the link).
Kevin Powell, candidate for New York’s 10th Congressional District, has been of late bombarding readers of the Huffington Post with an angry tirade against the incumbent, Congressman Ed Towns. Through tags this post will appear on the Huffington Post; some readers of Huffington know me from posts here on Room 8, and I’ve been comfortable expressing my opinions and fact finding here. Up to now, I’ve focused my writings solely on issues of policy: proper reporting of crime stats, Hispanic issues of the day, and an essay about being a District Leader that has become (arguably) the de facto job description used by many political clubs around the state when vetting candidates for that job. However, I believe now is the time to break away from the relatively safe position of criticizing policy—not candidates—and that’s because what is potentially at stake: not just losing our local congressman, but also the chair of the powerful government reform and oversight committee, and his seniority that is matched by few in the House of Representatives.
It's that time of the year again: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT! Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Location: EVERYWHERE in the United States.
It's Sunday evening now, and today Puerto Ricans around the city spent the day celebrating their heritage, culture, family, and history. We are New York City's largest parade, attracting over 2 million persons each year, which also makes it one of the country's largest gatherings as well. This year's celebration takes on far greater significance because of the question of status recently reintroduced to Congress and taking center stage today in many circles spanning all levels of education, income, lifestyle, creed, gender, and race. You see, we are a beautiful people, and come in many colors, shapes, sizes, and personalities. In Twilight of the Idols, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."
On Thursday May 27, 2010, the Daily News featured its second article of 2010 about crime in East New York. You can read the 5/27/10 article by clicking here and the 1/12/10 article by clicking here.
The fact that two have appeared in the Daily News in under six months calls for closer scrutiny. Let me start with the crime stats themselves. CompStat reports are available to the public, and they take only a few seconds to download and another few seconds to read.
Much has been written about the status of Puerto Rico by people probably smarter and more articulate than me. Academics have written scholarly essays on the subject. Newspapers have written editorials about it. So have guest writers penning op-eds. More recently, bloggers have written on the subject as well. All of these people have taken up the cause to continue to make sure the issue of status remains in front of Americans at one time or another.
Yet where are we? We've gone from colony to commonwealth (think "Colony 2.0") or as it is referred to in Spanish, Estado Libre Asociado ("Freely Associated State"), with plebescites held every now and then, drawing voter turnout unmatched anywhere in free voting societies in the world, and as of July 25th of this year, 58 years will have passed and the island remains a Commonwealth/Freely Asociated State.
This week I read an article in Tuesday's Daily News titled, "Numbers show Brooklyn is safer than it's been in years, but residents still afraid of crime".
I have to say the article really bothered me a lot because it singles out the 75 Precinct and East New York. I live in the area covered by the 75th Precinct for 40+ years, and I've seen similar articles like this over the years, so while not surprising, it still bothers me all the same.
It's Election Day. Today we as voters have an opportunity to elect a new mayor, but, perhaps more importantly, show why we are a democracy. I can only speak for myself, so here are the many reasons why I am voting for Bill Thompson, and also my reasons why I will not, now or ever again, vote for Mike Bloomberg.