Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the Mentors Matter Initiative to provide mentoring, tutoring and social-emotional support to thousands of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mentors Matter Initiative is a partnership between the Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) within the Office of the Mayor, One Hundred Black Men and CUNY’s Tutoring Corps.
“One of the things we can do for our young people during this pandemic is provide support and guidance to give them a sense of all of their greatness and their possibilities,” said Mayor de Blasio. “The Mentors Matter Initiative is going to be a difference maker in the lives of a lot of New York City youth by elevating them and giving them hope.”
“The Mentors Matter Initiative will activate our leaders, college students and community-based organizations to support DOE students — particularly black and brown boys — during this time of crisis,” said Jordan Stockdale, Executive Director of the Young Men’s Initiative. “That’s exactly what the Young Men’s Initiative is about — helping our young people reach their potential through funding evidence-based mentoring and leveraging our existing community assets to build a better future.”
Today’s announcement has three different components:
- One Hundred Black Men and…
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Now, he is making waves as the music director of a team of songwriters, singers, and video producers for a non-profit, all-volunteer project called VOICE YOUR VOTE 2020 in his second home down in Tampa, in the pivotal state of Florida. He is doing it all to help get out the vote in November and people are listening — after four weeks on YouTube the video is hovering just past 90,000 views.
When the pandemic hit and St. Petersburg, Florida resident Michelle Passoff found herself talking back to the television, she decided it was time to take action or go crazy. So she started googling and then calling songwriters, singers, music and video producers and got the strangers in her area…
Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director for the Bronx Book Fair and Poets Network & Exchange is the State of New York Bronx Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2022. The award was bestowed by the National Beat Poetry Foundation.
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You should know that the Honorable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a jurist in the highest court of the United States passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020, after 07:00 p.m., at the age of 87. Justice Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton 27 years ago. Her death comes at a politically difficult time in our country, especially during a presidential election year.
It is important that you know that according to the United States Constitution, it is the sole responsibility of the President of the United States to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. This my dear readers, is the Constitution!
- Under Article II of the Constitution, the president “shall appoint … judges to the Supreme Court,” and the Senate’s role is to provide “advice and consent” Known as the “appointments clause” of the Constitution, it lays out three sequential acts in order to fill a vacancy.First, the nomination by the president; second, the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate; and third, the appointment by the president. There is no exception for the president to refuse to nominate a successor nor is there an exception for senators to refuse to provide advice and consent.
- Only the president has the constitutional authority to nominate a justice and the Senate does not have any authority until after the president makes a nomination. Although it may be good practice, the president is under no obligation to obtain advice from the Senate before a nomination since the Senate’s duty to provide advice and consent begins only afterthe nomination.
It is also important for you to know that the Constitution also stipulates that the Supreme Court must be composed of 9 (nine) judges. When they are confirmed their appointments are for life. They cannot be easily removed from their appointments. A Supreme Court vacancy becomes available only as a result of death, resignation, retirement, or impeachment. However, impeachment is rare, and difficult to obtain.
The death of…
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A group of art teachers from NYC public schools, in collaboration with the artist collective The Illuminator, will project a visual protest against unsafe reopening of our school buildings.
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Standing alongside fellow Brooklynite Jerry Seinfeld, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer pushed a plan, today, to save the many stages of New York. Schumer explained how the stages of New York—from comedy, to music & more—are in real peril amid COVID-19.
These stages have no revenue right now and their live venues are in trouble. Schumer said New York City CANNOT lose live venues, because that is what makes New York “New York”. Schumer pushed to provide federal relief for New York’s live events via the Save Our Stages Act. Schumer explained that the legislation would create a $10 billion Small Business Administration program (SBA) to provide grants of up to $12 million to eligible live venue operators, producers, promoters, or talent representatives to help cover six months of operating expenses and offset the economic impact of COVID-19. Schumer also said New York would see the lion’s share of this federal pot of funds given it is such a central part of the economy, and so he will fight to get it done.
“They say “All the world’s a stage,” but New York City’s are the spotlight, and we have to save them,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “Independent venues, like Gotham Comedy Club, performance pubs, concert halls and more are the beating heart of New York City’s cultural life and a driving force of the larger New York economy. These local businesses were among the first to shut down at the start of the pandemic, are struggling to stay afloat, and will be among the last to reopen.”
Schumer explained, 90% of independent venues report that they will have to close permanently without federal funding, according to a survey of National Independent Venue Association members. Schumer said that the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act is crucial to saving independent venues, like concert halls, theaters, and other places of entertainment, including Gotham Comedy Club and other clubs across the city—from jazz, to performance pubs and more.
“That’s why it’s so important to provide dedicated…
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