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To Hell With Ed Koch

For the Record all who sign the pledge of NY Uprising are fools.

Where has Ed Koch been, where has he been on the fights that have faced communities in this city for the last 20 years since he left City Hall.  Yes he shows up to endorse candidates, and he has made a good living at his law firm.  But where has he been on the issues and causes that affect all of us everyday in this City.  The answer is no where.

Those who live in Ivory Towers, who get angry about the way the game is being played when they stopped playing it themselves years ago, should not be listened to now.  

Remember Terence Tolbert

Today you may have many things on your mind, the Election, Barack Obama your own family and issues.All of which are important but today take a moment and remember my friend and a son of Harlem Terence Tolbert.

Born May 13, 1964 and horribly taken from us all last night November 2, 2008 due to a heart attack.He was a true Harlemite, a loyal brother, a brilliant political strategist and a friend to us all.May the Creator protect his soul, his family and all who loved him as I did.

More to come on my friend and brother.


There are three basic reasons that people of good conscience and of color should be opposed to this extension of term limits:


If term limits are to be extended it should be done so by referendum (as it was so affirmed by the voters twice).  If this Council and Mayor change the charter to alter term limits, it must not benefit the current office holders but be done ONLY for those who come after them. Then it can truly be viewed as what is good for the people and not what’s good for a handful of elected officials who don’t want to run for or look for new jobs. As Bloomberg used to say, these efforts to change the term limits law are “disgusting.”

What Happened Yesterday on Primary Day 2008

 1. Manhattan Surrogate’s Court Race 

Nora Anderson’s win is a sign that one female candidate against men is always a challenge—especially in Manhattan --and shows what the New York Times endorsement and an illegal contribution of over $250,000 can deliver. Congrats to Mike Oliva – but damn man can any of you clients not be investigated for receiving illegal contributions?  

Inez Dickens Strikes Back

In a strong display of leadership and concern, Council Member Inez Dickens today raised the issue of affordable housing in the Stated Council meeting in the land use vote on rezoning of College Point pointing out that there were no provisions for affordable housing.


The Council Member declared that the City Council must serve in the interests of all of the people of this city, many who are in need of affordable housing. Many of her colleagues joined her and changed their initial votes and the College Point rezoning sponsored by Council Member Avella was soundly defeated.

A Message To My Obama Supporting Friends

It has been no secret on this blog that I am a supporter of Hillary Clinton’s for that I do not apologize. I believe she is the best candidate and I believe she would make the best Presdend. Again no apologies on any of that. But I can count and understand that this is a real uphill fight but let me just say one thing about and to Obama supporters.

Look, I really don't mind at all if Obama wins the nomination, and if he does I would hope he wins big too the general election and all. What's tiring is the talk that he's different, especially the hyperbolic messianic crap that his supporters shamelessly use to hype Obama. The pretending that he's light and Clinton is dark while his votes are not any different than Clinton's; the pretending that he is a progressive leader in the Senate when he is not; the pretending that he's the oracle of change when he's merely mouthing words that David Axelrod recycled from Deval Patrick's winning MA gubernatorial campaign in 2006; and the pretending that he's some sort of vessel that shares your personal values which if its true means your soul succumbs to good marketing.

Barack Obama is Not the Choice of Democrats

Many of my friends who are supporting Barack Obama constantly talk about the “will of the people” and they say that’s where the super / unpledged delegates should vote, that they should follow the popular vote and give their votes to Obama. To that I say absolutely not.

First of all almost 28 million people have voted in one of the 41 primaries or caucuses held thus far and the difference in the popular vote between Obama and Clinton is less than one tenth of one percent (less than 35,000 out of 28,000,000 cast). So the people are clearly split between the two.

Don’t Believe The Hope (Hype)

I am borrowing this phrase and ideology from one of my favorite groups from the 80’s and 90’s - Public Enemy because I believe it fits so perfectly. We as a people have to be careful of those that come bearing gifts that we all may want.

There are two real reasons why I will not be voting for Barack Obama.

1. Let’s be clear experience and a solid record matter.

His lack of experience is transparent and troubling. I rarely agree with the New York Times but on this point they are correct. Most Americans just met him in 2004 at the DNC national convention, he does not have a deep enough record and it is not a coincidence that Republicans from Tucker Carlson to Joe Scarborough think “he is the best candidate the Democrats have had in 30 years.” We as Democrats should all be careful when we take advice from wolves.

Anyone Else Tired of Elizabeth Edwards

In the New York Times today there is a headline, “Edwards' Wife Bashes Clinton Health Plan,” and it is just the latest attack on Senator Clinton from John Edwards’ wife. To be honest I am sick of them, as a former strong supporter of John Edwards (I ran as a delegate for him in 2004) I think America has had enough of his wife’s attacks on Senator Clinton.

If Elizabeth Edwards wants to run for President (since she seems the tougher of the two) then she should. It seems more folks are listening to her and have more empathy for her, due to her health condition. America seems to like her better and listen to more of her views than her husbands.

What The Press World Missed on Primary Day Sept. 18th

The biggest thing that happened yesterday on Primary Day in the Black political world was not the victory of a judge in Brooklyn, in fact it was the dethroning of a Mayor. Yesterday in a shock to all who pay attention to Black politics in this state, Mayor Ernie Davis the Mayor of Mt. Vernon (one of the largest cities in New York State) was defeated in a surprise to all but the very few by County Legislator Clinton Young.

It was a symbol of the changing politics in the Black political world in New York State. Along with Mayor Davis down went the Chair of the Mt. Vernon Democratic Party Serapher Conn-Halevi who was running for a County Legislator seat and was painted as too close to Davis and thus untrustworthy to hold that office. Mayor Davis has been the chief executive in Mt. Vernon since 1995 and is a symbol of the Civil Rights establishment of politicians of old. This is a real blow to Rev. Franklin Richardson, Rev. Al Sharpton, County Chair Reggie Lafayette and others who have been supporters of Davis for many years.

Simply Put The Speaker is Wrong

Simply Put The Speaker is Wrong

And so is any member of the Council of color that did not speak up against this new revision to the city’s campaign finance law in the democratic caucus meetings (you know who you are).

This law is wrong for the very basic fact that it is local government trying to determine which political speech ought to be heard the loudest and that is emphatically wrong.

But there are other reasons:

1. Limiting contributions for some while doing nothing the decrease the very clear advantage of wealthy candidates like Mayor Bloomberg is unconscionable;

Thoughts Upon Watching Obama Announce For President

The Saturday morning that Barack Obama announced his intentions to run for President of the United States I sat down to watch the speech in my living room and forced my teenage daughter to watch it with me. I forced her because as a teenager a political speech was probably the last thing she would have wanted to do except perhaps wash the dishes. But I made her watch not because I was committed to Obama’s candidacy and wanted her to be as well, because I am not – but because I felt there was going to be history made that day in Illinois. That this was going to be one of those moments in life when people in my peer group and younger than me would say, “where were you when he announced, did you see it, and what did you think?” And I did not want her to miss one of those moments, so I forced her to watch and listen.

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