Day: June 1, 2006

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Education… Just one of the Issues

I have spent a large part of this past year trying to figure out how to improve the New York City Public School System from the outside. I have come to the following conclusion: The New York City School System is not broken. It is doing what it was designed to do. People often query, […]readmore

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Barbers on Wheels Has Parked Its Business in Bed-Stuy

Normally, Moody – a barber at Barbers, Inc. in Brownsville – would endure a lengthy bus ride to a Long Island cuttery just to buy his supplies. Now that Barbers-on-Wheels has opened its doors in Bedford-Stuyvesant, this barber’s commute has been cut down tremendously. In fact, Moody can walk from his Gates Avenue apartment to […]readmore

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Education and the Front Lines of Community Activism

End-of-event “goody bags” are usually filled with items reflecting the nature of the hosting organization and those given out by the 36th Council District Education Task Force were no exception.  The prize was a loose-leaf notebook developed by the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights School Teams and area community- based organizations.  It was a demonstration of […]readmore

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Miami Seven: a Classic COINTELPRO Operation

There are many incongruities surrounding the arrest of seven men from the impoverished Liberty City neighborhood of Miami on charges of conspiracy to “wage war on the United States” that suggests it, like so many previous “terrorist plots” announced by the Bush administration, is a government-inspired provocation mounted for reactionary political ends. None of the […]readmore

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David Yassky

Since declaring his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District last year, David Yassky has been called an opportunistic, racial carpetbagger by the Black political establishment. His critics have accused Yassky of trying to benefit from Machiavellian politics: if his three Black opponents split the Black vote, the white candidate can conquer with the support of  […]readmore