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Gov. Cuomo wants to expand full-time pre-K education, and President Obama put support for early learning in his State of the Union address. They should both go to the library, according to advocates for using the public library as a key part of the learning process for toddlers to 4-year-olds. 


This is a great job for someone who has been an organizer before. I know the ED and am a big fan of this organization. If you decide to apply, please let John know I sent you. 


The Riders Alliance is a membership organization of subway and bus riders dedicated to winning better transit in New York.  We organize our fellow passengers to win improvements in transit service and to advocate with our elected officials for affordable fares, better service and stronger public investment in mass transit.

The Senior Organizer will be in charge of creating, developing and managing community organizing campaigns for better transit service.  The Senior Organizer reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for:

·         identifying promising transit campaigns in targeted communities,

·         working with community members and leaders to determine goals and strategy,

·         directing the growth of membership and grass-roots community leadership for the organization, and

·         working with elected officials, media and other constituencies to win improvements in service. 

 The Senior Organizer will be responsible for supervising interns and volunteers.

 Required Qualifications:

·         Strong understanding of community organizing, including managing campaigns, developing leadership and recruiting members.

·         Ability to lead locally-relevant issue-based campaigns in low-income communities, communities of color, immigrant communities and middle-class communities.

·         Excellent people skills: ability to quickly build relationships, to listen to and persuade people, and to engage people effectively around a common goal.

·         Strong communication skills: public speaking and writing.

·         Minimum two years of experience in New York City or State public affairs in a community organizing or a political/governmental role.

·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

·         Self-motivated individual able to work independently under strategic supervision from the Executive Director.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Ability to fluently speak language(s) other than English.

·         Familiarity with communities throughout New York City.

·         Supervisory experience.

Job features:

·         Full-time position.  Hours are flexible, but the position will require frequent evening meetings.

·         Salary $40,000 annually.

·         Full benefits: excellent health, dental, 401(k) match, paid time off.

How to apply:

·         Send resume and cover letter detailing your experience in local politics and community campaigns. to Riders Alliance Executive Director John Raskin at

·         Applications are considered on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged.

The Riders Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for the position.


“Pop-culture has a lot of influence on my work. I like to re-contextualize art historical pieces with a twist of pop.” Awol Erizku 

The young, Bronx-raised photographer Awol Erizku’s work is gaining considerable attention.  A 2010 graduate of Cooper Union, he has managed, early in his career, the elusive feat of a solo show that opens tomorrow night at Hasted Kraeutler here in New York. 

At a time when I see many young artists struggling to keep it going, someone like Awol Erizku demonstrates what is still possible.  Of course, going to a prestigious school and having a mentor like David LaChapelle wouldn’t hurt anyone’s career, but Awol Erizku didn’t grow up advantaged. His portrait work reflects his community while inserting this community—through photography—into a greater art historic context, one where African American (and other people of color) are never well represented.

These photographs merit attention.  They are beautiful and they captivate. In this short video Erizku’s passion and commitment to producing great work (and paying respect to his roots) look to be the real deal.  I look forward to seeing the portraits first-hand and to pondering what’s next for this young artist. —Lane Nevares

(via elloellenoh)


New York Street to Be Named In Honor of Korean ‘Comfort Women’

A street in Queens, N.Y., is set to be named in honor of the Korean women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops in World War II, the Chosun Ilbo reports.

With studies suggesting that long lines at the polls cost Democrats hundreds of thousands of votes in November, party leaders are beginning a push to make voting and voter registration easier, setting up a likely new conflict with Republicans over a deeply polarizing issue.

White House officials have told Congressional leaders that the president plans to press for action on Capitol Hill, and Democrats say they expect him to highlight the issue in his State of the Union address next week. Democrats in the House and Senate have already introduced bills that would require states to provide online voter registration and allow at least 15 days of early voting, among other things.

Fourteen states are also considering whether to expand early voting, including the battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Virginia, according to FairVote, a nonprofit group that advocates electoral change. Florida, New York, Texas and Washington are looking at whether to ease registration and establish preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds.

Several recent polls and studies suggest that long waiting times in some places depressed turnout in 2012 and that lines were longest in cities, where Democrats outnumber Republicans. In a New York Times/CBS News poll taken shortly after Election Day, 18 percent of Democrats said they waited at least a half-hour to vote, compared with 11 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis determined that blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites. Florida had the nation’s longest lines, at 45 minutes, followed by the District of Columbia, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia, according to Charles Stewart III, the political science professor who conducted the analysis.

A separate analysis, by an Ohio State University professor and The Orlando Sentinel, concluded that more than 200,000 voters in Florida “gave up in frustration” without voting.

The New York Times, “Waiting Times at Ballot Boxes Draw Scrutiny.”

Conservatives want you to wait to vote but don’t you dare make them wait to buy a gun.

Conservatives are afraid of tyranny and despots but fuck democracy.

Conservatives lose elections and so, daggummit, will you.

(via inothernews)


Korean American Lawyer Named Chief Counsel At U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York

Joon Kim, a partner at a New York law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, is leaving his position to become chief counsel of the United States Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

Last night, the House of Representatives failed that most basic test of public service, and they did so with callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state. If you want an example of how non-partisan this issue should have been, I offer this for your consideration: near midnight last night, conservative Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California both spoke on the floor in concert with each other in support of (the Hurricane Sandy) aid package. It’s one for the record books, I suspect.

On the equities, this one should be a no-brainer for the House Republicans, as well. Both New York and New Jersey used the international firm of McKinsey & Co. to assess and quantify the damage to our states. Our professional staffs have spent countless hours with Congressional staff providing leadership and backup documentation for ALL of the damage claims. Governor Cuomo and I have spent hours and hours speaking to individual members of the House and Senate to answer their questions. We worked with President Obama and his administration to satisfy them of the urgent need of this $60 billion aid package.

This was good enough for 62 United States Senators — of both parties — to vote for this package. This was good enough for a majority of the House of Representatives. It overcame all the factual challenges. It just could not overcome the toxic, internal politics of the House majority.

Finally, New Jersey and New York are perenially among the most generous states in the nation to our fellow states. We vote for disaster relief for other states in need; we are donor states sending much more to Washington D.C. than we ever get back in federal spending. Despite this history of unbridled generosity, in our hour of desperate need, we’ve been left waiting for help six times longer than the victims of Katrina with no end in sight.

Americans are tired of the palace intrigue and political partisanship of this Congress which places one-upsmanship ahead of the lives of the citizens who sent these people to Washington D.C. in the first place.

New Jerseyans and New Yorkers are tired of being treated like second-class citizens. New York deserves better than the selfishness that we saw displayed last night; New Jersey deserves better than the duplicity we saw on display last night. America deserves better than just another example of the government that has forgotten who they’re there to serve, and why.

66 days and counting. Shame on you; shame on Congress.

New Jersey governor CHRIS CHRISTIE, blasting House Speaker and fellow Republican John Boehner over the latter’s refusal to vote for Sandy aid.

Christie would later make his anger crystal clear: “All I can tell you is this was the Speaker’s decision.  His alone.”

(via Mediaite)

House Speaker John Boehner yanked the bill to provide $60 billion in emergency aid to states ravaged by Hurricane Sandy to get back at a top lieutenant who defied him over the Fiscal Cliff fix, Congressional sources said Wednesday.

Boehner was angry, the sources said, when Majority Leader Eric Cantor led the revolt Tuesday by conservative House Republicans against the Fiscal Cliff compromise that wound up being passed later in the day, the sources said.

So rather than let Cantor bring the Sandy aid bill he had hammered out with New York and New Jersey lawmakers to the floor for a vote, Boehner (R-Ohio) pulled rank and tabled it - likely killing the aid package for the current session of Congress, which ends Thursday.

Boehner’s decision to pull the bill triggered outrage Wednesday from both Republicans and Democrats in New York and other states devastated by Sandy. They said his decision forces tens of thousands of storm victims to wait even longer for help.

His voice shaking, Rep. Pete King, a Long Island Republican, took to the floor of the House Wednesday morning to launch an extrordinary attack against Boehner, his own political leader.

King called it a “cruel knife in the back” to New York and New Jersey.

Gov. Cuomo, a Democrat, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, issued a joint statement calling the House’s inaction a “dereliction of duty.”

And at a Manhattan press conference, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, “Speaker Boehner pulled out the rug from us at the last minute.” He added, “This failure to get relief now could be called the Boehner betrayal.”


“We cannot leave here doing nothing. That would be a disgrace. #Sandy”
House Republican leaders scrap vote on disaster aid bill for states hit by Hurricane Sandy

It’s a disgrace. Happy fucking New Year from the House Republicans.


“We cannot leave here doing nothing. That would be a disgrace. #Sandy”

House Republican leaders scrap vote on disaster aid bill for states hit by Hurricane Sandy


It’s a disgrace. Happy fucking New Year from the House Republicans.


“Let’s remember our social compact that government will be there when people are in need. House GOP leaders should allow #Sandy relief vote.”


“Let’s remember our social compact that government will be there when people are in need. House GOP leaders should allow #Sandy relief vote.”


New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler called for a “war” on the National Rifle Association in light of the mass shooting in Connecticut today in an interview with Salon, saying the gun lobby group is the “enabler of mass murderers.”

“Al-Qaida killed 3,000 people in the World Trade Center in 2001. The United States went to war because of that. Because of the NRA, we’ve lost 10,000 people last year unnecessarily. It’s time we went to war,” he said. “And you have to say the National Rifle Association is the enabler of mass murderers. And we’ve got to stomp on them instead of kowtowing to them.”

DONATIONS for the Han family can be sent to: Korean Community Services (KCS), 35-56 159th St., Flushing, N.Y. 11358. Checks should be made payable to “Korean Community Services” with the memo: “Community Fund for Mr. Han.”



Just 51 percent of all New Yorkers speak English at home. What about the rest?

Check out how Tagalog (50,707 speakers), Hindi (31,867 speakers), Yiddish (85,373 speakers), Arabic (52,845 speakers), Armenian (3,231 speakers) and other languages placed in our interactive map.



The incredible, sad story behind this tragic photo of a man about to die on New York City subway tracks, from today’s New York Post:

A Queens dad trying to protect fellow straphangers from a deranged man on a Times Square subway platform was hurled onto the tracks by the lunatic and fatally crushed by a train yesterday, cops and witnesses said.

Ki Suk Han, 58, desperately tried to scramble back to the platform as onlookers screamed, shouted and frantically waved their hands and bags in a bid to get the downtown Q train to stop at around 12:30 p.m.

Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi — who had been waiting on the platform of the 49th Street station — ran toward the train, repeatedly firing off his flash to warn the operator.

“I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash,” said Abbasi, whose camera captured chilling shots of Suk’s tragic fight for his life. The train slowed, but a dazed and bruised Han still wound up hopelessly caught between it and the platform as it came to a halt. A shaken Abbasi said the train “crushed him like a rag doll.”

…Abbasi recalled, “Out of the periphery of my eye, I just saw a body flying, flying through the air. “People started waving their hands, anything they could find. They were shouting to the man in the tracks, “Get out! Get out of there!’”

Han barely missed the third rail, cops said, and looked stunned as he sat up in the track bed as the train approached before scrambling to his feet. At one point, Han stood in the tracks and looked directly at the oncoming train lights.

“The most painful part was I could see him getting closer to the edge. He was getting so close,” Abbasi said. “And people were running toward him and the train.

“As I was running toward the train, the man I believe pushed him ran the other way, and I heard him say, ‘Goddamn motherf—ker.’ “I didn’t think about [the perp] until after. In that moment, I just wanted to warn the train — to try and save a life.”