Monday, August 21, 2017

James Stachowiak: Why Hasn't the 'Patriot' Been Arrested for Threatening National Security?

Harlem, NY - On August 20, 2017, From The G-Man posted an extremely controversial 2016 video entitled "Patriot Asks Everyone to Shoot Black Women, Children and Black Lives Matter Members in the Back". The video was submitted by a retired New York City police officer. 

In the video, James Stachowiak, whom published reports described as a rabid Trump supporter and "patriot", called for all of the aforementioned to be shot on sight if they engage in looting. Stachowiak also held a high-caliber bullet up to the camera, which had "BLM" inscribed on it, and said, "This is the solution to BLM." 

The Raw Story reported that Stachowiak once worked as police officer. 

From The G-Man posted the video in order to warn members of the Black community, Black Lives Matter and concerned citizens who are unaware of the threats.  

Even though the video was created a year ago, From The G-Man urged the Department of Justice and Milwaukee law enforcement to launch an official investigation or provide an update on this matter as soon as possible. 

On August 21, 2017, From The G-Man submitted the following questions to the Milwaukee Police Department in order to try and obtain detailed information on Stachowiak and confirm his background in law enforcement.  

Did the Milwaukee Police Department ever confront Stachowiak and issue a warning about his request for members of the public to shoot Black women, children and members of Black Lives Matter in the back if they looted? 

If the Milwaukee Police Department failed to approach or question Stachowiak, can you explain why? Many from the Black community, nationwide, continue to contact the From The G-Man office seeking information.

Can the Milwaukee Police Department confirm that Stachowiak was a police officer in Milwaukee or another area of the state? 

Approximately two hours from the time the request for information was submitted, Timothy Gauerke, Sergeant/Public Information Officer with the Milwaukee Police Department, submitted the following statement: 


"This video was first reported to Milwaukee Police on Thursday, August 17th, 2017. There is no indication that this person lives in or around the Milwaukee area to enable police to contact him. Information obtained by investigators have led them to believe that Stachowiak lives in the Georgia area. The video was originally posted over one year ago. The Milwaukee Police Department has received no calls or information from anyone in Milwaukee who desired to be a complainant. Stachowiak has never been a Milwaukee police officer."

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice will be contacted this week to ask why Stachowiak's call-to-action has never been investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism. 

Given the current racial climate in the country, From The G-Man urges members of the Black community, as well as concerned citizens, to remain vigilant. 

White House Statement on the Anniversary of the 2013 Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Syrian regime’s deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.  This tragic event precipitated an international effort that led to the destruction of more than 1,000 metric tons of Syrian chemical weapons.  Still, on April 4th of this year, Assad proved beyond a doubt that he still possesses these heinous weapons and is willing to use them against innocent civilians.

It is critical that the international community not forget these tragic events.  We must speak with one voice and act with one purpose to ensure that the Syrian regime, and any other actor contemplating the use of chemical weapons, understands that doing so will result in serious consequences.  As the President has made clear, the United States will do its part to prevent the use or spread of these weapons.  Along with the many other nations that have signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, we commit to work together to create a world without chemical weapons.

Today is an appropriate reminder of the importance of that commitment.  We reiterate our call for all countries to stand together and leave no doubt that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. 

Sources: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
Video source: HumanRightsWatch

New York Police Department Video: 'Blue Racism'

This video was published on YouTube on August 20, 2017. 

The following statement was issued by Ed Mullins, President, NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association.

Dear Fellow NYPD Sergeant,

As you know, our city, state and nation are under severe breaking points. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such division of all people and, yes, this division is now impacting even the members of law enforcement. I find great difficulty in believing we have lost our way.

I have had the benefit of speaking with many members of law enforcement across the nation and I can assure you the honest and well-intended members of our profession want to serve all our citizens to the best of our abilities. However, we too have become the targets of racism: Blue Racism. All racism simply has to stop!

Believe it or not, the overall silent majority of the American public does support the members of law enforcement. I believe in the absence of leadership, it is us... law enforcement who can hopefully help heal the divide that we are all facing in our nation.

Please review and share this video with everyone you know.  

Defense Secretary Mattis Statement on USS McCain Collision

Secretary Mattis comments on the collision of the Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain and a tanker near Singapore.

Source: C-SPAN 

Hollywood & Race: 'Race' (The Jesse Owens Story)

Source: Avid Entertainment Channel

Trailblazers in Black History: Robert Smalls

This video was published on YouTube on February 15, 2017. 

Slave. Soldier. Hero. Politician. Robert Smalls' extraordinary life seems ripe for the silver screen. Learn about his incredible journey. How he stole a Confederate ship and sailed into Union waters.

Egmont Overture by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. 

Source:  Robert Butler

Dr. John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk

This video was published on YouTube on November 11, 2016. 

Alice Walker Talks About Self-Perception and Love in Zora Neale Hurston's Work

This video was published on YouTube on May 30, 2012. 

After 75 years, Zora Neale Hurston's novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God," still resonates in the hearts and minds of contemporary audiences, but it had particular significance for black women writers and artists who were working at the time of its rediscovery. The Greene Space convened three luminaries who are all intimately connected to the novel -- Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez and Ruby Dee -- to share their stories and describe how they saw Janie and Zora's horizons on their own journeys. Zora Neale Hurston's niece Lucy Anne Hurston, author of Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, served as the evening's moderator.

Here, Alice Walker discusses self perception and self love among writers and people of color.

Muhammad Ali's Appearance on Face The Nation

Source: TheCoEvi

Jerry Lewis Remembered By Younger Fans for Muscular Dystrophy Telethons

LOS ANGELES — Jerry Lewis, whose career as producer-director-writer and movie star peaked in the 1960s, may be best remembered by younger generations for the muscular dystrophy telethons he conducted every Labor Day weekend.

While he had done earlier fundraising specials, Lewis appeared in his first Labor Day telethon, broadcast on a single New York station, in 1966. Donations totaled $1,002,114.

He continued each year as the telethon grew into a huge event, seen on more than 200 stations.

By 2007, the yearly take was nearly $64 million, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association said the telecast had raised $1.46 billion to fight the disease since it began. 

Click here for the full article. 

Source: NBC News

Thank you for your compassion and contribution to America, Mr. Lewis. May you forever rest in peace. "G-Man"

Trump to Address Nation on ‘Path Forward’ in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump will discuss the "path forward" in Afghanistan in a speech on Monday night, the White House said in a statement Sunday.

The speech, to be delivered at the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia, at 9 p.m. ET, will "provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia," the statement said.

The address comes after a lengthy strategy review in which White House and Pentagon officials mulled a more aggressive role for the American military in Afghanistan. 

Click here for the full article.

10 Missing After US Navy Destroyer Collides with Merchant Ship Off Singapore

Record Low Approval Rating for Trump in Key States

This video was published on YouTube on August 20.

How Will Bannon's Ouster Affect the White House?

This video was published on YouTube on August 19. 

Source: CBS News

Mayor de Blasio Holds Media Availability Regarding Security for J'Ouvert

Source: NYC Mayor's Office

New Law for New Yorkers Facing Eviction, Rezone Greater East Midtown, NYC School Survey

This video was published on YouTube on August 18, 2017. 

Source: NYC Mayor's Office

Woman's 7-Year Quest For 'Peggy's Law' On Elder Abuse Comes To Fruition

Peggy Marzolla

TRENTON, NJ — Seven years after a 93-year-old Brick Township woman died after what her family was told was the result of slipping on powder in her room at an assisted care living facility, the elder abuse regulations her daughter has campaigned for are finally law.

Peggy's Law (S-1219), named for Peggy Marzolla, who died in 2010, was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie on Monday. It aims to protect senior citizens in assisted living facilities from abuse by requiring suspected abuse be reported to law enforcement.

"I started to cry I was so happy," said her daughter, Maureen Marzolla-Persi, who has been fighting for passage of Peggy's Law since her mother's death in April 2010. It's taken Hundreds of phone calls and emails pushing, prodding, nagging legislators. She's spent hours spent talking to others whose family members were abused, and testifying before the Legislature. And more calls nagging the governor's office about signing the bill since it was passed by both houses at last on June 29.

It's bittersweet, she admits.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: Brick Patch 

Note: From The G-Man and The G-Man Interviews have done special investigative reports on elder abuse in New York State for nearly two years. The reports were submitted to the offices of the U.S. Attorney General, Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and a multitude of elected officials at the state and local level. 

To date, none of the offices or elected officials, with the exception of New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., have responded to the investigations. 

The state of New Jersey has made it abundantly clear that elder abuse is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. From The G-Man urges Governor Cuomo and state and local politicians to take the same position and enforce or introduce new legislation to protect seniors from home health aide and nursing home abuse.   

Cuomo, Clergy and Faith-Based Leaders Sign Letter Condemning Hate

On August 20, Governor Andrew Cuomo and over 125 faith-based leaders across New York issued an open letter condemning white supremacy and hatred in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville last weekend and the continued protests.
The full text of the letter is below:
"In the wake of the unspeakable violence in Charlottesville this past weekend, perpetrated by white supremacists espousing hate, we come together not in fear but in hope and in faith - stronger and more united than ever before in the face of bigotry and violence.
This week, from this White House, we have heard the racist dog-whistles of campaign rhetoric morph into the clear and undeniable language of racism.
In New York, we stand with those who stand against hate.  We, as leaders in this great State, unequivocally condemn the language and violence of white supremacy.  We stand together to say that there are not many sides to hatred and bigotry; they have no place in our communities and must be denounced for what they are.  Such hateful and painful rhetoric is a poison to the values of tolerance, inclusion and love that underscore our collective humanity.
This week and every week, we stand united in love, mutual understanding, and respect.  We are here to tell our communities that we stand with them against intolerance, bigotry and racism.  Whether it is the insidious hidden call or the outright slur - racism must be condemned.
While Washington wavers, New York stands strong. In the face of hate, we will not stand idly by. This weekend, and every weekend, we will preach and celebrate the beauty of diversity and respect for all. It is our hope that those in Washington will listen and join us."
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Cheikh Ahmed, Islamic Leadership Council of Metro New York
Rabbi Rachel Ain, Sutton Place Synagogue
Imam Shamsi Ali, Jamaica Muslim Center
Dr. Debbie Almontaser, President, Muslim Community Network
Rabbi Marc D. Angel, Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals
Jessica Anschutz, NYAC-UMC
Pastor MaryLou Baumgart, King of Kings Lutheran Church
Reverend A.R. Bernard Christian Cultural Center
Rabbi Jonathan Blake, Westchester Reform Temple
Neal Borovitz, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Avodat Shalom
Michael S. Bos, West End Collegiate Church
Dr. John H. Boyd II, New Greater Bethel Min.
Rabbi Lester Bronstein, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue
Bishop Victor Brown, Mt. Sinai United Christian Church
Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue
Kathleen Buckley, UCC Minister and University Chaplain at St. Lawrence University
Rabbi Howard Buechler, Dix Hills Jewish Center
Reverend A. Alfred Carson, Presiding Elder New York City District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Dr. Isma H. Chaudhry, President, Islamic Center of Long Island
Reverend Peggy Clarke, First Unitarian Society
Rabbi Fredda Cohen, White Plains Hospital Chaplain
Reverend Marvell Coker, Mt. Vernon Heights Congregational Church
Reverend Peter Cook, New York State Council of Churches
Reverend Frederick D. Daley, All Saints Parish
Reverend Doris Dalton, Westchester Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence
Reverend Noelle Damico, United Church of Christ
Reverend Troy DeCohen, United Black Clergy of Westchester and the Interfaith Clergy for Social Action
Rabbi Paul Drazen, Temple Adath Yesgurun
Reverend Lynn Dunn, White Plains Presbyterian Church
Rabbi Moshe Edelman, Scholar in Residence, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Rabbi Judith B. Edelstein, West End Synagogue
Rabbi Steven Exler, The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
Bishop Orlando Findlayter, New Hope Christian Fellowship
The Honorable Reverend Dr. Floyd H.  Flake, Allen AME Cathedral
Reverend Chuck Forbes Minetto, United Methodist Church
Rabbi Sharon G. Forman, Westchester Reform Temple
Reverend James Galasinski, UU Church of Canton
Reverend Jeffrey Geary, White Plains Presbyterian Church
Rabbi David Gelfand, Temple Israel of the City of New York
Reverend Dr. Michael B. Gerald, Shiloh Baptist Church
Reverend Richard S. Gilbert, President of Interfaith Impact of New York State
Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan, Oceanside Jewish Center
Reverend Phillip N. Grigsby, Schenectady Inner City Ministry
Reverend Dr. Charles Grimm, Rush United Methodist Church
Rabbi Jon Haddon, Temple Shir Shalom of Ridgefield and Westchester
Ainul Haque, Muslim Foundation of America
Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, Temple Chaverim
Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz, Temple Beth Torah
Rabbi Ben Herman, Jericho Jewish Center
Rabbi Lev Herrnson, The Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre, Board of Directors
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
Reverend Stephen C. Holten, St. James Episcopal Church
Rabbi David Holtz, Temple Beth Abraham
Reverend Dr. Vernon House, New Life Missionary Baptist Church
Reverend Dr. Timothy Hoyer, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Reverend Dr. Dale T. Irvin, New York Theological Seminary
Rabbi Robert Jacobs, Member of New York Board of Rabbis        
Imam Abu Jafar Beg, Masjid Al-Mamuur, Jamaica-Queens
Rabbi Daniel A. Jezer, Congregation Beth Sholom
Pastor Al Johnson, Pine Grove United Methodist Church
Reverend Janet Jones, Rossville AME Zion Church
Reverend Shaun Ellison Jones, Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church
Rabbi Mark Kaiserman, Reform Temple of Forest Hills
Reverend Ann Kansfield, Greenpoint Reformed Church
Brother Frank Kelly, Marist College Campus Ministry
Dr. James Kelsey, American Baptist Churches of New York State
Nelson Kent, Albany KTC (Karma Thegsum Choling)
Reverend Jim Ketcham, FOCUS Churches of Albany
Syed Khalid Khan, Muslim Association of Ulster County
Rabbi Dr. Beth H. Klafter, Temple Beth David
Gene Knoth, New York Annual Conference, United Methodist Church
Reverend Richard Kunz, Grace Episcopal Church, White Plains
Rabbi Eliezer Langer, Congregation Schomre Israel
Reverend Kirk Laubenstein, Coalition for Economic Justice
Imam Khalid Latif, The Islamic Center at NYU
Rabbi Alan Lavin, Congregation Beth Tikvah
Rabbi Serge Lippe Brooklyn Heights Synagogue
Congregants of Masjid Manhattan Mosque
Reverend Dave Mason, Union Presbyterian Church
Gabriel Maza, Rabbi Emeritus Suffolk Jewish Center of Deer Park
Cheikh Ahmed Mbareck, Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of New York
Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Martha McQueen Clark, Ogdensburg First Presbyterian Church
John Medwid, First Lutheran Church, Albany
Rabbi Michael Miller, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York
Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, President, Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island
Imam Rafeek Mohammed, Masjid Al-Ikhlas, Astoria-Queens
Reverend Darren M. Morton, Macedonia Babtist Church
Rabbi Steven Moss, B'nai Israel Reform Temple
Imam Bayram Mulich, Bosnian Muslim Community, NY
Abdus Salaam Musa, Southeast Queens Muslim Collective
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison , NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care
Rabbi Sam Pollak, The Community Synagogue in Port Washington
Reverend James Pollard, Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, New York Board of Rabbis
Rabbi Janise Poticha, Temple Sinai of Massapequa
Reverend David W. Preisinger, The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit
Pastor Craig D. Pridgen, True Bethel Baptist Church, Niagara Falls
Pastor Darius Pridgen, True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo and President of the Buffalo Common Council
Reverend Dan Ranney, Protestant Chaplain, Great Meadow Correctional Facility
Pr. Paul Rees-Rohrbacher, St. John's Lutheran Church, Albany
The Rev. Canon W. Blake Rider,Canon to the Ordinary, Episcopal Diocese of New York
Reverend Amy Rohler, Community Helping Hands
Reverend Margaret Rose, The Episcopal Church
Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, Temple Israel of Lawrence 
Rabbi Jeremy Ruberg, New City Jewish Center
Reverend Horace Sanders, Jr., Mt. Olbiet Missionary Baptist
Rabbi Craig Scheff, Orangetown Jewish Center
Rabbi Elliot Schier, The Albert Einstein Synagogue
Reverend Seth Zuiho Segall, White Plains Zen
Susan Semegram, Lake Placid Synagogue
Reverend Dr. William S. Shillady, Executive Director of the United Methodist City Society.
The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin, Bishop Suffragan, The Episcopal Diocese of New York
Teressa M. Sivers, First United Methodist Church of Oneonta
Aaron Spoonhour, First Baptist Church of Warrensburg
Rabbi Michael Stanger, Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation
Rabbi Joshua Strom, Congregation B'nai Yisrael
Reverend Dr. Betty J. Tom, Pastor/Servant Leader of First Presbyterian Church
Rabbi Joseph Topek, Hillel Foundation at Stony Brook University
Imam Faiq Uddin, Masjid Abu Hurairah, Astoria-Queens
Reverend Noel Vanek, Community Church of the Pelhams, United Church of Christ
Jodi and Frank Vernol, First Baptist Church of Kingston
Rabbi Pamela Wax, Westchester Jewish Community Services
Reverend Jeff Wells, The Church of the Village
Reverend Mary Robinson White, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Reverend Dr. Robert A. White, First Reformed Church
Rabbi Shohama Wiener, Temple Beth-El of City Island
Rev. Dr. William Huston Wilkinson, Institute of the Welcoming Way, Rochester
Rabbi David Wise, Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center
Reverend Dustin G. Wright, Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church, Rotterdam and President, New York State Council of Churches
Maulana Mohammed Yamin, Darul-Uloom New York
Rabbi Irwin A. Zeplowitz, The Community Synagogue

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

AG Schneiderman: Student Loan Companies Should Be Held Accountable

The following statement was submitted by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. 
When students go to college, it's because they want a better life. Most New Yorkers can only afford it by taking on loans. For decades, that bargain paid off, with graduates paying off modest debt to make their aspirations a reality.
But today, the average student debt for New York borrowers is over $30,000. Out of school, they're putting their paychecks toward paying off interest rather than starting families, buying homes, and starting businesses. And some of the nation's largest student loan companies are worsening the crisis by abusing the system to force borrowers to pay more than they have to, driving the most vulnerable into default.
I won’t allow a generation of New Yorkers to get victimized by the very system that was created to help them get ahead. I've directed my office to aggressively pursue fraud and abuse in the student loan industry, and we are pressing ahead at full speed.
First, we're cracking down on predatory for-profit colleges and the loan servicers who enable them. Last week, I announced a settlement with Aequitas Capital Management, a student loan company that schemed with the now-bankrupt Corinthian Colleges chain to saddle New Yorkers, mostly in Rochester, with loans they could never afford. Hundreds of borrowers will receive full discharges of their debt, with an average of $6000 to $7000 in relief. And later this month, after a major investigation of misleading claims made by DeVry University, hundreds more students across New York State will get an average of $2800 in restitution.
Second, we're examining potential abuses in student debt collection. Last month, my office opened an inquiry into the collection practices of the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, which hold over 800,000 private student loans. As the New York Times recently reported, the company is under scrutiny for allegedly pursuing cases against students it says have fallen behind on their student loans--and then failing to produce paperwork proving that they have the right to collect. We're going to find out whether New York students have been targeted and defrauded.
Third, we're holding the federal government to its legal duty to protect students. This past June, just before a federal rule was set to go into effect that would protect students from abuse and make it easier for defrauded borrowers to pursue debt forgiveness, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos decided it was more important to protect predatory colleges from lawsuits. Secretary DeVos put a hold on the rule and called it a "regulatory reset." Weeks later, I joined with 18 fellow Attorneys General to sue Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education to get them to end their illegal delay.
It's important for New York to step up. When a student loan company breaks the law and misleads thousands of students into taking on loans they can't afford, that company should be held accountable. 
In the months ahead, I will continue doing exactly that.