Day: June 18, 2020

News around the Web

What’s Going On

JUNE 2020 Most of the nation is back to work, in some phase of reopening business after the two-month nightmare brought on my COVID-19. Spring 2020 will also be remembered for the police killing of another Black Minneapolis man, George Floyd, which launched a culture of protest throughout the nation. During the nation’s period of […]readmore

At Home

Working with Scooter Joe

A Remembrance In the Spring of 1969, as a rookie police officer not long after graduating from the NYC Police Academy, I was assigned to the 79 Precinct where I came to meet Joe Willins, a tall well-built Black man who carried himself with an element of confidence.  We seemed to be working the same shifts, […]readmore

Thinker's Notebook

So. Who’s doing all of the fireworks?

Fireworks and Agitators So. Who’s doing all of the fireworks?It was in the evening of the first round of protests that I started noticing them. It started at dusk, and continued until well past midnight. Fireworks, seemingly being let off all around me. I’m born and raised right here and I’m of the age where […]readmore

View From Here

Juneteenth Sermon

By David Mark Greaves – First Unitarian ChurchSunday, June 14, 2020 (Virtual) First, I’d like to thank the Weaving Social Justice committee for asking me to speak and be a part of your wonderful program celebrating Juneteenth, when the Africans held as slaves in Galverston, Texas, heard that the Civil War had ended and that […]readmore

National News

Officer Charged with Felony Murder In Rayshard Brooks Case

By Nicole Chavez, Atlanta, CNNMore than two minutes passed before two Atlanta police officers rendered first aid to Rayshard Brooks after he was shot. Now, they are facing more than a dozen charges combined for their actions.Brooks had fallen asleep in his car in a Wendy’s drive-thru lane in Atlanta last week when police were called. After he […]readmore

Community News

Community Activism Endures

We like to say, “Children Are Our Future.”  But are we supplying our children with the tools they need to take care of their world tomorrow?Gabriela (Gabby) Thomas, 11, is determined to make a difference, now and in the future, for her North Bed-Stuy community.  Except for the lessons she learns with respect and patience from […]readmore