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Political notes 1 & 2 ….April 2, 2015

So let’s see if I understand this: we in the Bronx are supposed to be so proud of our recently opened golf course given to Donald Trump as a gift by Mike Bloomberg and Borough President Ruben Diaz. The news reports glorifying this corporate welfare gift to Trump show only one brown face – ┬áthat of Ruben Diaz – playing a better role being “subservient” to his master than Samuel Jackson in Django unchained. Diaz has no time to be critical of issues like broken windows as he is too busy giving out corporate welfare. The golf course will have fees unaffordable to most Bronxites, but why care when the priority is serving the rich And powerful? What better formula to advance a political career? Shame… Shame… Shame

Those who condemned stop and frisk but stay quiet about broken windows are complicit in their silence. You cannot condemn the racist criminal justice system in Ferguson while staying quiet about broken windows policing in New York City. As Dr. King often reminded us “silence is betrayal” and the “hottest places in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.” The assembly line of mass incarceration begins with broken windows. Which side are you on?


Political notes 2 …. 11/2/14

So what do you say when an 1199 member knocks on your door trying to convince you to vote for Cuomo on the Working Families line? This union, a once mighty progressive force, has lost its way endorsing terrible candidates as long as they get their contract. Remember the Pataki endorsement? There leaders don’t care about reflecting one of the most anti labor democrats in the history of New York politics. They don’t care about the legalization of fracking. They don’t care that Cuomo remains silent while the rights of hundreds of thousands of Young Blacks and Latinos are violated. They don’t care about Cuomo’s corporate welfare policies which rob the state of money needed for education. They don’t care about Cuomo’s attack on teachers. The leadership has long ago lost its militancy unconcerned about any issue but their contract. How times have changed! What used to be my favorite union. Best not to answer the door when they knock but if you do let them know……Shame …. Shame …. Shame