Just as I condemn the killing of innocent civilians in France by alleged “radical Islamists,” I too condemn those Christians who support the drone attacks that have killed so many innocent civilians. These drone attacks that result in a painful death with your flesh burning off your bones are just as horrible as beheading . We should be consistent in our definition of terrorism which involves the taking of innocent lives. The “collateral damage” caused by our drones is seen as terrorism by many around the world . You cannot lecture the world about terrorism while you drone people around the world.
The script is old, having been used over and over again. You paint a picture of an “Unamerican,” heartless, violent prone, radical movement. You paint a picture of an NYPD full of heroes and people you call when you are in danger. The media ignores twelve years of hundreds of thousands of stop and frisks, police brutality and killings of innocent victims, and a broken windows policing that targets, harasses and humiliates Blacks and Latinos. This time the protesters are not following the script, refusing to follow the orders of the buffers like Sharpton and Viverito . Until the lives of innocent Black and Latinos mean as much as these equally innocent police officers the protests have no plans of following the script…..
Those who believe that the Feds will prosecute the officer in the murder of Mike Brown are being bamboozled. Time after time in similar cases we have been promised federal action against the culprit , time after time there have been no civil rights charges. It’s almost like they use the possible federal indictments as a way to pacify the protests. Don’t be fooled ,…………… Speaking about grand juries how many of you think that the grand jury in Eric Garner will indict? That grand jury in Staten Island is no different than the one in Ferguson. The District Attorney in Staten Island is no different than the one in Ferguson . Wonder how the police and Bratton are going to prepare for that verdict ?
So the right Reverend Ruben Diaz and his preachers are holding a press conference at 10:30 am tomorrow to support the relocation of Fresh Direct to the South Bronx. Guess he stopped supporting Alex Rodriguez after the money dried up so now he is being “paid” by Fresh Direct. The company is expected to receive a package of 132 million dollars in corporate welfare while the South Bronx gets more low paying jobs and higher asthma rates. Diaz who just convinced his flock, which consists of many Latino immigrants, to support a Republican even though the republicans want most of them deported, has a new cause: Fresh Direct. Those of us who oppose this corporate welfare and this environmental disaster (one thousands trucks in an area with the highest asthma rates) will be at Hostos Community College at 5:00 pm ready to testify and protest against Fresh Direst. Join South Bronx Unite and many others tomorrow at 5 at Hostos Community College. Say PRESENTE
This is a very critical period for the Green Party. It is critical to open up discussions with Black / Latino organizations who want a seat at the table and strong support for community issues. It is time to open up a conversation with groups like Picture the Homeless, South Bronx Unite and other grassroots movements. We can really build an electoral party with a progressive agenda that brings all progressive folks together. Yes, we must have our own organizations but electorally we must be together. The discussion must begin….. THE MOMENT IS NOW…..
Just spoke to former City Council member and future Assemblyman Charles Barron who informed me that he is telling all his supporters to vote for Howie, Ramon Jimenez and the Greens. This is one of our most treasured endorsements because it comes from a man who has been speaking truth to power all his life. Thank you my brother Charles. Join Charles Barron in voting for the candidates of the Green Party. Palante.
All hands on board for tomorrow is Election Day . The major media continues to try to keep us in the closet but the polls show otherwise. The word is spreading: vote Green not the shameless, corrupt, racist machine. I am tired, my voice has almost left me and having a hard time dealing with cold but today we do sixteen hours of campaigning. Anyway you can help us will be greatly appreciated. If you live outside the state please contact your New York friends and family . If you cannot leave your house, spread the word on Facebook. If you can help us give out literature today come to my office at 145 East 149th Street Bronx . If you can volunteer for the polls tomorrow let us know. If you can’t do any of the above please tell everyone you see today to Vote GREEN not the machine. Remember to watch Bronx Talk tonight at nine.
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
If you read today’s daily news you would think there were only two parties on the ballot . Today they endorse Prince Andrew while doing everything not to mention the Greens. Their previous endorsements of Romney for president and Quinn for mayor have been major flops. They want to make any party that represents the 99 per cent invisible. Only you can make us visible. We are polling at historical levels but we need you to make us VISIBLE. Today all I ask is that you call ten friends or family members reminding them to vote GREEN on Tuesday. Don’t let the daily news tell you who your options are. NOW IS THE MOMENT. Yes THERE is an OPTION. Vote GREEN not the machine….
Sometimes I think that Reverend Diaz and his son Ruben , Borough President of the Bronx, play a game old time Boricuas used to call “pitcher and catcher.” The father endorses the Republican candidate Astorino, although he belongs to a party who would love to deport many of the same immigrants that go the State Senator’s church . The son supports Cuomo, even after learning that Latinos are vastly unrepresented in state government jobs . “Pitcher / catcher. “…… All sides are covered and who cares about issues and policy? When will the Bronx get tired of this act. Send them a message this Tuesday. Vote GREEN not the machine.