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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...
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 ...
Election Update: Preparing for Primary

Election Update: Preparing for Primary

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, Opinions, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
It is said that it is difficult to unseat an incumbent in an election.  It Is also said that in communities of color, the primary election is ‘The Election’.  Both statements have merit. The primary election is ‘The Election’ because, most communities of color are Democratic party strongholds.  As such, whomever the voters elect in the Primary Election, typically sails to victory in the general election. Incumbents have been known to hold tight to their seats despite poor job performance, corruption allegations and legal troubles.  It is a long running joke that in Southeast Queens the only way to remove an incumbent is through death or by handcuffs. One rationale behind these individuals having such a tight hold is name recognition.  Voters tend to elect those they are familiar w
In Praise of Motherhood

In Praise of Motherhood

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How does she do it?  Raised in a household in which my mother was a ‘domestic engineer’, she scrubbed floors for a living and still managed to keep our home clean after a long days work.  It is my experience that mothers, whether domestic engineers or chief operating officers, sacrifice everything, and more, for their families.  You deserve our praise. Mothers awake in the predawn hours to prepare the family for its day; kids for school, dads for work, house for living, then tackle their day.  Mothers return home just in time to prepare a meal and settle the family down for the evening. ‘How was your day?’  ‘Did you finish your homework?’  Mothers ask us about our lives, make sure we are doing our work, encourage us when things don’t proceed as planned and foster a spirit of pers
Cutting the cost of citizenship in the immigration capital of the world

Cutting the cost of citizenship in the immigration capital of the world

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By New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer For centuries, countless immigrants, including the 3.5 million that today call New York City home, have brought culture, ideas, innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit to neighborhoods across the five boroughs, building communities and embedding themselves in the social fabric of the City. For every immigrant, becoming a citizen in the country where you live and contribute is a great and proud accomplishment. However, as a new report from my office finds, the costs of achieving citizenship have soared in recent years, creating significant barriers for many of the City’s 670,000 legal permanent residents eligible for naturalization throughout the five boroughs: 217,000 in Queens, 208,000 in Brooklyn, 117,000 in The Bronx, 106,000 in Man

Letters in response to “GMO OMG”

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To the Editor, Re: "GMO OMG" (pg. 9, February 2016, Volume 5, Issue 4.)     I am a New Yorker who is concerned about the food that we eat everyday. When I shop in the grocery store, I have no way of knowing if the products that I purchase contain GMO’s. GMO food is genetically modified and requires large doses of toxic pesticides. This unnatural method of food production can lead to issues for our environment and health. And New Yorkers have no way of knowing if they are eating GMO food.     I read labels at the grocery store. But no food company is obligated to identify that its product is genetically modified, even though 80% of the food on grocery store shelves contains GMO’s. As a citizen who is concerned about the environment, it troubles me that 99% of genetically engineered crops
GMO OMG

GMO OMG

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NY State Assembly bill A.617 would make it possible for mandatory labeling of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) in NY State.  Angel Ye, Food & Water Watch, along with community activists Tanya Collier and Myrtle Williams are focused on educating the Far Rockaway community about healthy eating, what is in the foods we are eating and getting local politicians involved in the issues of GMO'S in our food. Genetically engineered crops are created by transferring genetic material from one organism into another to create speci?c traits, such as resistance to herbicides or to make a plant produce its own pesticide to repel insects. Unlike traditional plant and animal breeding, which tries to develop better varieties by selecting traits from the same species, genetic engineering technique
Give Up the White Stuff

Give Up the White Stuff

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In honor of Black History Month, can you ‘give up the white stuff ‘? I thought I was being original until Google told me that there is a ‘No White Foods Diet’ eating plan. It is a low glycemic diet removing sugars and re?ned ingredients that doctors recommend to patients who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  It is a natural way for them to lower their a1C numbers (test which measures average blood glucose) without the use of medication. The majority of white foods contain a high concentration of simple carbohydrates that cause your blood sugar to rise, spike and then drop.  This causes you to overeat and gain weight. An added benefit of this ‘diet’ is weight loss. So what is to be eliminated? White foods that have been processed and or refined like flour, rice, pasta, bre