How the poor die in New York

21 April 2020 — Red Flag

Jasmine Duff

Van Dyke I is a series of 22 hulking brick apartment blocks in Brownsville, the poorest part of Brooklyn, New York. At least 10 people have died there from COVID-19, including a mother and son whose bodies were discovered only after neighbours reported the smell to city officials. There are no tributes to them, no obituaries. “So many people have died this week. It’s enough”, Lisa Kenner, president of the Van Dyke I resident association, told Politico.

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Fort Apache Lives: In Memoriam, Jerry González (1949-2018) By Dr. José E. Cruz

27 October 2018 — Centro Voices
[I have to own up to more than a passing connection to Jerry Gonzālez, one because I was designer and constructor of El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem for six years, under the direction of my dear friend and colleague, Jack Aguéros (who is sadly, no longer with us).  And two, because I used be part of the team that produced the Centro Buletin, from which this essay is taken and I knew Jerry, if only in passing but had also worked on another long essay that the Centro Buletin produced in 1989 on Jerry and Andy, his brother and the Fort Apache Band. But above all, Jerry left us his music which will never die. Read on… W.B.]

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Media: To Defeat Transparency, NYPD Turns to Journalist-Turned-Cop-Turned-Journalist-Turned-Cop

21 June 2017 — FAIR

WSJ: A Terrorist's Guide to New York CityConservative media go to bat for secret government surveillance.

The biggest, most resourced police department in the world likes to work in the shadows. You want to question that? You’re probably a terrorist enabler.

Last week, the New York City Council held hearings on proposed legislation calling on the New York Police Department to be more transparent with how they surveil and spy on the public. Police officials, as they often do, proceeded to tell local lawmakers to get lost. Requests for more information and possibly a public comment period on NYPD spying tactics, which have reached sci-fi levels, were called “insane” and met with suggestions that ISIS terrorists would be given a “roadmap” to attacking the city.

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BBC Jazz 625: Thelonious Monk at the Marquee Club

2 November 2013 

Believe it or not, I was actually at this gig at the Marquee Club in March of 1965, I think with my brother, sitting a couple of feet from the master himself. And, I was at his funeral in NYC at the ‘Jazz Church’, St. Peter’s in the Citibank Building at which Charlie Rouse played, along with a host of other jazz greats. In the quartet are Charlie Rouse tenor saxophone, Larry Gales bass and Ben Riley on drums. Unfortunately this not the entire programme but maybe half of it (35 minutes). There’s so little of Monk on record let alone on film, but one, the best movie about jazz that I’ve seen is ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’, directed by Bert Stern. And for an excellent book on Monk see, ‘Thelonious Monk – The Life and Times of an American Original‘ by Robin D.G. Kelley. Free Press 2009. Continue reading

Bait-and-Switch on Stop-and-Frisk By Jim Naureckas

23 August 2013 — FAIR Blog

As Peter Hart has pointed out (FAIR Blog2/25/138/20/13), there’s a lot of misinformation coming from the media on the unconstitutional police strategy known as stop-and-frisk. There’s a powerful urge to believe, it seems, that abusing the Fourth Amendment rights of young men of color somehow makes the rest of us safer.

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Black Agenda Report 25 April 2013: op 10 Things We'll Have After Obama, Everyday Terror

25 April 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

When Barack Obama leaves the White House in January 2017, what will black America, his earliest and most consistent supporters, have to show for making his political career possible. We’ll have the T-shirts and buttons and posters, the souvenirs. That will be the good news. The bad news is what else we’ll have…. and not. Continue reading

Johnny Griffin Live at the Village Vanguard

19 November 2011

Video clip of tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin soloing over an up tempo blues, filmed at the Village Vanguard with Ronnie Matthews piano, Ray Drummond bass, and Kenny Washington drums.

The Village Vanguard was my Monday night hangout for a while when I lived NYC. Monday was Big Band night that included the ever-changing and on the edge Gil Evans Band and Frank Foster’s ‘Loud Minority’. Both had ensembles made up of the best that NYC’s musos could provide. Memorable nights indeed, propped up at the bar, beer in hand listening to the real world music, Jazz.

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A Chill Descends On Occupy Wall Street; "The Leaders of the allegedly Leaderless Movement" By Fritz Tucker

4 November 2011 — Global ResearchFritz Tucker

On Sunday, October 23, a meeting was held at 60 Wall Street. Six leaders discussed what to do with the half-million dollars that had been donated to their organization, since, in their estimation, the organization was incapable of making sound financial decisions. The proposed solution was not to spend the money educating their co-workers or stimulating more active participation by improving the organization’s structures and tactics. Instead, those present discussed how they could commandeer the $500,000 for their new, more exclusive organization. No, this was not the meeting of any traditional influence on Wall Street. These were six of the leaders of Occupy Wall Street (OWS).

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