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Women Wage War

Editorials, Opinions
By: Scherie Murray Almost one century ago, when the 19th Amendment was certified, it granted women the right to vote. Today, women are librarians, NFL coaches, Army Rangers, and in Congress, 104 women hold seats. Women are even running for President. Those are visible milestones, and it's worth celebrating. However, the fight has just begun for women. As many begin to reflect on women's history, women of the future are already making their next move. On the heels of a historic and powerful march on Washington, it is clear that women have something to say to President Trump. Over the last month women have proven that they are ready for action. They are stepping up in their local communities, even showing up at town hall meetings to make sure that their voices are heard. Notwithstanding, t...

Richard David Announces City Council Bid

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Richard David announced his candidacy for NYC Council District 28 on Valentine’s Day. The seat is currently held by Council Member Ruben Wills. David is the former Vice President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. He also was the Executive Director at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and a member of Community Board 9. Davis is a resident of Richmond Hills and deeply rooted in that area of the District. Richmond Hills is the area of the District where Sikh temples exists alongside Mosques. The stretch of Liberty Avenue in the district is known to many as “Little Guyana” due to its large population of Indo-Caribbean residents. David is the co-founder of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance which does outreach and community events in South Queens. Despite his deep roots in Rich

Peninsula Residents Share Concerns At Town Hall

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by Todd Muller   “Devastated” was the most used word at the Town Hall meeting held by United States Representative Gregory Meeks at the Rockaway Peninsula YMCA on Monday night, March 13. In reaction to the actions of the Trump Administration, folks from Rockaway Park, Broad Channel, Far Rockaway, South Ozone Park, and Jamaica shared their fears that “devastated” would soon describe their whole lives: their health, their wealth, their shelter, their loved ones, the very ground on which they stand. While this kind of dire language can be typical at Town Halls, some of which have been pandemonium lately, even Representative Meeks, who did what he could to allay his constituents’ fear and anxiety, seemed daunted. “It’s rough,” he testified in his opening remarks. The me

Open House for Minority Businesses

Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Tuesday, September 20, Minority and Women Owned Businesses (M/WBE) were invited to an open house to learn how the City will issue its over $16 billion in contracts.  The event was held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.  It was an opportunity to network with city agencies and to speak directly with representatives from City Hall and Small Business Services about doing business with the City.  The forum was a scaled down version of the open houses the City typically hosts in lower Manhattan.  The Queens location was a benefit for those business owners whose schedule and transit concerns do not allow them to attend the larger forums in Manhattan.  The location was also key because revitalization is coming to Downtown Jamaica via the Jamaica Now initiati...

Congressman Updates Community Leaders on Trumps First Months Actions

Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Within the first month of his Presidency, Donald Trump’s executive orders have halted the travel of immigrants, prompted angry protests and stirred fears and concerns about health care across America.  Republican congressional leaders have been facing outrage and anger from their constituents in contentious town halls on their return home.  Congressman Gregory Meeks (Democrat), in his return from DC, held a series of immigration and health care town halls during the first week of March.  In addition, he held an update meeting for community leaders and clergy.  “There are so many things going on, I don’t know where to start,” said the Congressman.  “Every day I wake up, seems to be something else.”  The Congressman had a robust list of update items
Immigration and Health Care Town Halls

Immigration and Health Care Town Halls

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Why should Republican Representatives take all the heat?  In recent weeks, Republican Congressional Representatives have been hosting town halls that have become heated.  Voters who put President Trump in office are now concerned about the changes he has been making and how it will affect their lives.  There is particular concern surrounding immigrants, travel bans and the affordable health care act. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-5th District) will be hosting a series of town halls and update meetings throughout his District.  Topics include overall updates from Congress and  immigration.   See below for a listing of the upcoming forums and when Congressman Gregory Meeks. will be stopping by your area.  Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:30PM until ...

Free Black History Month Events to End February 2017

Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
      As the clock runs down on Black History Month 2017, local elected officials and community leaders are presenting their celebratory events.  All the events are free but some required advanced reservation for admittance.    Thursday, February 23 Military Black History Month Celebration  American Legion Post 438, 240-08 135th Avenue, Rosedale, NY 11422. 6-9PM   Black History Month Program Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club 197-01 Linden Blvd 7:30PM   Solutions Lifting Communities First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica 89-60 164th Street 7-8:30PM   Friday, February 24 Annual Salute to Gospel Concert POSTPHONED! Springfield Gardens Educational Campus 143-10 Sprin...
Black History Month Spotlight: Marcus Garvey

Black History Month Spotlight: Marcus Garvey

Spotlight
by JEROME NICHOLAS clementscommunications@gmail.com Marcus Garvey was born in Jamaica on August 17th, 1887. He was an orator, philosopher, entrepreneur, journalist, publisher and political leader. He believed in Pan Africanism and founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities Leagues. Their manifesto was One God, One Aim, One Destiny. He wrote that all those of African descent must hold together. "Our union must know no clime, no boundary or nationality ...to, let us hold together under all climes and in every country.” In the 1902’s Garvey most famously said "Black people will never be successful depending on white people or other races. We must come together and do for self." Garvey built factories which made clothing and Black dolls with wh
Trump & Black America, What the Hell Do You Have to Lose? [Opinion]

Trump & Black America, What the Hell Do You Have to Lose? [Opinion]

Editorials, Opinions
by Scherie Murray ScherieMurray.com President Barack H. Obama is out and President Donald J. Trump is in, just as Black History Month is about to begin. President Trump won in the face of incredible odds and now is the time Black America should brace itself for a victory as well. The question still remains, "What the hell do you have to lose?" I don't have the answer nor am I offended. One thing I know for sure is, I'm pumped! President Trump is establishing himself as a Conservative, pro American, law and order President, and the world is watching to see if the platforms he delivered on the campaign trail will fix America. Some may not agree with his style of politics, however, the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, as the 45th President of the United States should be a wake up call ...

It’s all about the money and our share of it

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
NYC Comptroller Scott String invited Southeast Queens residents to a town hall.  “It is your night to ask questions,” he said to those who were gathered.  It was an evening in which the answers to most questions were “My office will get back to you”.  This was not necessarily because the Comptroller did not have an answer per se, but more so due to the fact that questions were wide ranging and may not have applied directly to the function of the Comptroller’s office. The financial topic the Comptroller was most asked about that evening was Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE) participation.  Glenn Greenidge, Supthin Boulevard Business Improvement District’s Executive Director, proposed support for M/WBE by means of receiving bids for city contracts and as