On Tuesday, May 3, Clements Communications Inc., home of Communities of Color News, was recognized by the City of New York as an Honoree and Finalist in the 2015 Best for NYC campaign, specifically in the Community category in Queens. It was a proud moment for owner and founder Karen Clements whose goal has always been for the news organization to be recognized for its work of telling stories of the underserved. “Communities of Color news highlights the often overlooked stories of individuals that contribute to and grow their communities. We bring important issues to light, provide in-depth election coverage insight and have been precedent setting in our work to hold elected officials accountable. I am honored that our work has received this outstanding recognition,” said founding
The New York State legislature approved legislation that would provide paid family leave benefits for New York workers. The bill voted on by the state senate will provide 12 weeks of job protected leave to NY private sector workers. The bill will be phased in over four years: In 2018, workers will be able to receive 50 percent of their wage, and eventually workers will receive up to approximately $850 a week. The bill also includes job protection so that New York workers can be confident they will have a job to return to after taking leave. The bill will cover all workers protected by the Temporary Disability Insurance program, and the benefit will be funded solely by employee payroll contributions, amounting to less than a dollar per week per employee. The new legislature covers
The Chinese community is reportedly up in arms about the conviction of former NYPD rookie officer, Peter Liang, who was found guilty in the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley. On November 20, 2014, Liang was on patrol with his partner in the stairwell of a NYCHA Apartment Building in Brooklyn at the Pink Houses. This type of patrol is referred to as a vertical patrol. Gurley was shot in the chest and court documents confirm that Liang did nothing to help Gurley. The consensus from the Chinese community is that Liang is a scapegoat for the hot-button issue of policing and the public in this country. That assessment is based on other high profile national and local fatal shootings of unarmed African-American men at the hands of police officers (Tamar Rice, Walter Scott, Michael Brown and
The NYC Department of Building has issued a notification to building to secure their properties. Rising temperatures in light of the Blizzard 2016 which left nearly two feet of snow across the area means for a rapid and soggy meltdown. Buildings were cautioned to watch for melting icicles and snow masses which could prove dangerous to pedestrians. Pedestrians have already been challenged with large snow piles and puddles of melting snow and ice as they have begun to commute back to work after the weekend blizzard.
The New Year began with its first suicide attempt. Thankfully, NYPD was able to stop this individual from being successful. On Saturday, January 2, 2016, just a half hour into the day, police officers from Transit District 32 and the 78th Precinct responded to a call of an emotionally disturbed male at the Easter Parkway-Brooklyn Museum 2/3 subway line. The man stated his intention, to lie down on the tracks. Sergeant Bronko and PO McGowan were able to instruct the MTA to shut down power to the tracks. They were then able to enter the track area with backup assistance from Officers Pulzone and Hinson. They safely removed the individual who reported began to cry uncontrollably. The individual was transported to Kings County Hospital in stable condition.
October 10, 2015 is a significant day! It was 20 years on October 16, 1995, that the National of Islam was host to the Million Man March on Washington. African American men from across the nation gathered at the Mall in Washington DC in a show of unity, brotherhood and to place the Black issues on the nation's agenda. Critical issues were unemployment, the effects of negative stereotyping and poverty. There were concerns about gaps in health care, over incarceration rates and aggressive law enforcement practices. Twenty years later, October 10 marks the next generation in this ongoing commitment. In the shadow Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Tamar Rice and many other high profile cases of unarmed African American males dying at the hands of police officer issues of law enforceme
Code Blue: Rescuing the Taboo of Mental Health in the Black Community Raise your hand if you know pain. Every hand went up in response. It was the request made at ‘Code Blue: A Call for Community Healing’, a free program of speakers, panels and intervention for dealing with mental health issues. The forum was held at St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church in East New York Brooklyn. That such a forum was held at a predominately Black church in Brooklyn was significant as the issue of mental health continues to be a taboo subject in the Black community, as well as in their churches. “It is the pink elephant in the room,” said the church’s Senior Pastor Brawley in the opening remarks. “Many come to church and shout, but are crying on the inside,” he went on to say. The church ven