Candidates will have to run twice this year, once on May 14th, as the Mayor has recently announced, and again sometime in November, in a special election to retain their seat in the Council.
Last week’s special election was a seminal moment for Brooklyn City Councilmember Jumaane Williams. Previously elected District 45’s representative three times in a row, Williams will now assume the role of Public Advocate, which is the second highest ranking elected office in the city. Williams had run against 16 other candidates and won with a […]
Rwanda's president said the country had become "a family once again", while marking the 25th anniversary of the genocide that killed 800,000 people.
By BBC Paul Kagame, who led a rebel force that ended the slaughter, lit a remembrance flame in the capital Kigali. Rwandans will mourn for 100 days, the time it took in 1994 for about a tenth of the country to be massacred. Most of those who died were minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus, killed […]
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has apologised for the kidnapping of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during colonial rule in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda.
By BBC Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has apologized for the kidnapping of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during colonial rule in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda. The “métis” children born to Belgian settlers and local women were forcibly taken to Belgium and fostered by Catholic orders and other institutions. About 20,000 children […]
In the United States, women won the liberty to exercise their vote in 1920.
BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) — If you are lucky, you have grown up in an era where you or your daughters have seen women like Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton run for vice presidential candidacy and presidential candidacy, respectively. Times, though, was not always so welcoming to women running for political office. America has an […]
Mansa Musa travelled to Mecca with a caravan of 60,000 men and 12,000 slaves. The trip to Mecca helped put Mali and Mansa Musa on the map. In a Catalan Atlas map from 1375, a drawing of an African king sits on a golden throne atop Timbuktu, holding a piece of gold in his hand.
By Naima Mohamud (BBC Africa) The richest man of all time. That title belongs to Mansa Musa, the 14th Century West African ruler who was so rich his generous handouts wrecked an entire country’s economy. “Contemporary accounts of Musa’s wealth are so breathless that it’s almost impossible to get a sense of just how wealthy […]
Reports of attacks and gunfire in some areas as voters go to polls to elect president
By The Guardian Nigeria’s long-awaited presidential election went ahead on Saturday, marred by heavy gunfire in the north-east, killings in the south and reports of technology failures and vote buying across the country. Some voters arrived at polling stations at 3am to ensure their ballot was counted in an election dominated by the current president, […]
With a conservative future of the Court secure, why wouldn’t he call it a day after twenty-eight years?
By Jeffrey Toobin (The New Yorker) …Clarence Thomas [is] seventy years old and the longest-tenured Associate Justice on the Court. With fifty-three Republicans now in the Senate (and no filibusters allowed on Supreme Court nominations), President Trump would have a free hand in choosing a dream candidate for his conservative base if Thomas were to retire this year. […]
Opposing Israel Is NOT Anti-Jewish
By Revcom.us The “Combatting BDS Act” is part of the very first bill moving through the United States Senate in 2019. It should be called the “Targeting Exposure of and Enabling Genocidal Crimes by Israel Act.” It aims to silence and criminalize—in the form of official blacklists—exposure of and opposition to genocidal crimes being committed right […]
About 19% of New York City residents, or 1.7 million people, lives in poverty
By Jim Brennan (Gotham Gazette) Right now, New York City’s government should be taking advantage of the Democratic majority in both houses of the New York State Legislature to make progress addressing the affordable housing and homelessness crisis affecting city residents. But success requires a skillful effort since the political challenge is daunting, despite overwhelming […]
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16 represents 120,000 workers and 27 local unions in and around New York City.
By Teamsters (Press Release) Rafael Espinal, candidate for NYC Public Advocate, is honored to accept the endorsement of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16, which represents 120,000 workers and 27 local unions in and around New York City. George Miranda, President of Joint Council 16, said: “Rafael Espinal has stood up for working people […]