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September 24th Edition of Vantage Point Radio

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

TOPICS: Connecting the African Diaspora to the Motherland • The Future of Labor in the Era of Trump • The Iron Coffin Lady: A Window into Early Black Communities in New York • The Fate of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. GUESTS: H.E. Arikana Chihombori-Quao (African Union Ambassador to the U.S., Washington, D.C.), Barbara Madeloni (Education Coordinator, Labor Notes, Boston, MA) and Rev. Kimberly L. Detherage, Esq. (Pastor, St. Mark AME Church, Queens, NY).

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African Union Ambassador Calls for closer ties with the African Diaspora in the Americas

By PAUD News, Video/Audio

In a recent address to the Pan-African Unity Dialogue in New York, the African Union’s Ambassador to the USA, H.E. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, called for closer collaboration between the countries on the African continent and the growing African Diaspora communities in the Americas. She argued that a fully engaged diaspora holds the key to the future development and empowerment of Africa which, in turn, will result…

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Haitian-Americans and local residents gathered for the celebration that unveiled Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Street Is Renamed in Flatbush, to Joy and Controversy

By News & Current Affairs

By Jeffery C. Mays, The New York Times — Stephania Casimir, a first-generation Haitian-American, remembers her parents talking about Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a former slave who became one of Haiti’s founding fathers, but not all of the details. They came flooding back on Saturday on a street corner in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn as speakers explained why a stretch of Rogers Avenue was being co-named in honor of Dessalines, who declared…

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Victory in Ferguson, The Green Party Candidate for Governor of NY, Garvey’s Economic Vision

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Topics: Garvey’s Vision of Economic Development • The Green Party’s Candidate for Governor of NY • Victory in Ferguson. Guests: Rev. Dennis Dillon (Senior Pastor, the Rise Church, Brooklyn, NY), Howie Hawkins (Green Party Candidate for Governor, Syracuse, NY) and Melanie Randels (Community Organizer, Ferguson, MO (Invited))

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Cori Bush is running for Congress in Missouri, aiming to defeat a lawmaker who has served in the House for 17 years.

The next Ocasio-Cortez: will these candidates pull Democrats to the left?

By News & Current Affairs

The New York activist’s upset primary victory has fueled hopes – and boosted funding – for progressives in Democratic races across the US By Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian — One day in mid-June, Cori Bush, a nurse and activist mounting a progressive primary challenge against a well-established Democratic congressman in Missouri, took a look at her fundraising totals. She had raised $9 during the previous 24 hours. On the evening of…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York. ‘Everyone I spoke to remarked on her grace and stability, and how she calmly absorbed the dramas that surrounded her bid.’ Photograph: AP

America’s new revolutionaries show how the left can win

By Commentaries/Opinions

The little-known history of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York primary hints at the coming transformation By George Monbiot, The Guardian — Even at first sight it is exhilarating. The overthrow of one of the most mainstream and senior Democrats in Congress by a 28-year-old Democratic socialist with a radical programme and one tenth of his funding is, you might think, interesting enough. The moment 28-year-old socialist beats top-ranking Democrat in…

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“Elections Matter” Part 2, Political Empowerment in Ferguson , Gun Violence in New York – Vantage Point

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Focus: “Elections Matter” Revisited, Part 2. • Update on Political Empowerment in Ferguson. • Addressing Gun Violence in New York. Guests: Mark Thompson (Host, Make It Plain, SIRIUSXM Progress 127, New York, NY), Melanie Randels (Political Activist, Ferguson, MO), Pastor Gil Monrose (67th Clergy Council, “The GOD SQUAD,” Flatbush, NY)

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Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte announces Little Haiti designation with Council Member Jumaane Williams, Ron Daniels, Farah Louis, Jensen Derosiers of Tonel Restaurant and Community Leaders

Little Haiti BK Press Conference Brings Out Huge Crowd Celebrating Haitian Culture and Leaders

By News & Current Affairs

(Brooklyn, NY) Friday, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, Assemblymember Nick Perry, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Council Member Mark Treyger, Borough President Eric L. Adams, and community leaders kicked off Haitian Flag Day with the announcement of the establishment of a Little Haiti cultural and business district in Brooklyn and the unveiling of the Nostrand Ave co-name to Toussaint L’Ouverture Boulevard. The Brooklyn lawmakers made their announcement at a Press Conference on…

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ew York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon speaks at the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally on May 5, 2018. Nixon has been criticized by black leaders for saying that marijuana licenses could be a “form of reparations.”

Cynthia Nixon called marijuana licenses a “form of reparations” for black people. Not exactly.

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Marijuana reform can help black communities. That doesn’t make it “reparations.” By P.R. Lockhart — New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is facing criticism after suggesting that giving black people access to marijuana licenses could serve as a “form of reparations” for black communities. The controversy started after Nixon, who is challenging current Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state’s upcoming Democratic primary, appeared at the NYC Cannabis Parade on May…

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New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon speaks at the NYC Cannabis Parade at Union Square Park on May 5, 2018.

Cannabis Industry Could Be ‘A Form of Reparations’ Says Cynthia Nixon

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Mona Zhang — “I don’t know whether you heard this or not, but I want to legalize cannabis in New York state,” said Cynthia Nixon on Saturday at the NYC Cannabis Parade. The crowd cheered for the candidate who is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo. Nixon made marijuana a central part of her campaign when she announced adult-use legalization as her first policy plank in early April. On Saturday, she was one of…

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