blinkernyc:

NYC Can’t Keep Robbing You To Support Unsustainable Rent Prices

We can’t fall back on spending our way out of this problem with public money. It alone isn’t reliable in the long-run, and leaves low income residents in fiscal purgatory.
While NYC’s rental assistance program recognized the problem – high rents putting enormous burdens on low-income budgets – it didn’t address the root of the problem: the high rents themselves. Now that the assistance is gone, the original problem is back with vengeance. Homeless shelter costs, according to the NYC Independent Budget Office, are expected to surpass the Mayor’s estimates by $13 million.
Every time we accept NYCHA’s long wait list and ask for more public housing, or see unbelievably high rent and demand rental assistance, we’re condoning the ridiculous practices occurring in the private market. Worse, we’re condoning our elected officials’ spineless refusal to take private developers to the table and work out a serious road to truly affordable rent.
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blinkernyc:

NYC Can’t Keep Robbing You To Support Unsustainable Rent Prices

We can’t fall back on spending our way out of this problem with public money. It alone isn’t reliable in the long-run, and leaves low income residents in fiscal purgatory.

While NYC’s rental assistance program recognized the problem – high rents putting enormous burdens on low-income budgets – it didn’t address the root of the problem: the high rents themselves. Now that the assistance is gone, the original problem is back with vengeance. Homeless shelter costs, according to the NYC Independent Budget Office, are expected to surpass the Mayor’s estimates by $13 million.

Every time we accept NYCHA’s long wait list and ask for more public housing, or see unbelievably high rent and demand rental assistance, we’re condoning the ridiculous practices occurring in the private market. Worse, we’re condoning our elected officials’ spineless refusal to take private developers to the table and work out a serious road to truly affordable rent.

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sleepingsociety:

Beware Of Your Local Gang Members

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trashxkeith:

sleepingsociety:

Beware Of Your Local Gang Members

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geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

Making NYC Waterways More Than Barely Swimmable

Reminding us of residents’ careful interaction with their polluted waterways, the UN recognized World Water Day this Saturday, raising awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy. For New York, the threats to our waterways from these inter-linkages often come in the form of industrial pollution and wastewater.

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#WorldWaterDay Bring #NYC’s rivers and waterways back to life!

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

How I Realized Black & Latino Men Can Make Guns With Their Minds

The use of young teens by enterprise gangs of the 80′s and 90′s prepared today’s relatively young block gang leaders to have no qualms with arming their slightly younger peers in some twisted version of a sibling society, the NYT would have to explain. The Gothamist would need a hilarious spin to keep their gentrification-era readers comfortable while explaining that social phenomenons that allowed them to move closer to lower Manhattan also concentrated poverty into neighborhood pockets and helped maintain low-employment rates in these denser ghettos among 16 to 24 year olds. And that would be a curious, highly causal link to the continued violence we’re observing in some neighborhoods even as NYC’s overall crime rate declines… if young men of color didn’t actually materialize guns with only their minds.
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Careless journalism + careless politicians = perpetuating myths of Black on Black violence as operating in a vacuum unrelated to racism and prejudicial social policy priorities.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

How I Realized Black & Latino Men Can Make Guns With Their Minds

The use of young teens by enterprise gangs of the 80′s and 90′s prepared today’s relatively young block gang leaders to have no qualms with arming their slightly younger peers in some twisted version of a sibling society, the NYT would have to explain. The Gothamist would need a hilarious spin to keep their gentrification-era readers comfortable while explaining that social phenomenons that allowed them to move closer to lower Manhattan also concentrated poverty into neighborhood pockets and helped maintain low-employment rates in these denser ghettos among 16 to 24 year olds. And that would be a curious, highly causal link to the continued violence we’re observing in some neighborhoods even as NYC’s overall crime rate declines… if young men of color didn’t actually materialize guns with only their minds.

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Careless journalism + careless politicians = perpetuating myths of Black on Black violence as operating in a vacuum unrelated to racism and prejudicial social policy priorities.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

NYC’s Women of Color Disproportionately Affected By HIV/AIDS

More than 40k women in New York are living with HIV/AIDS, the most of any State. Across the City HIV cases have declined 25% since 2008 according to a recent study by the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Centers for Disease Control and cited by the NY Post, a remarkable reduction thanks to public relations efforts that have been mostly successful. Amid these large declines, Black and Latino women remain 90% of the females diagnosed with HIV.
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Helping women defend against this HIV epidemic goes hand-in-hand with helping them overcome violence, intimidation, and discrimination.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

NYC’s Women of Color Disproportionately Affected By HIV/AIDS

More than 40k women in New York are living with HIV/AIDS, the most of any State. Across the City HIV cases have declined 25% since 2008 according to a recent study by the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Centers for Disease Control and cited by the NY Post, a remarkable reduction thanks to public relations efforts that have been mostly successful. Amid these large declines, Black and Latino women remain 90% of the females diagnosed with HIV.

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Helping women defend against this HIV epidemic goes hand-in-hand with helping them overcome violence, intimidation, and discrimination.

blinkernyc:

America’s Top 4% Earns As Much As The Bottom Half

In the US & Canada, the bottom 20% of income is earned by 54% of the population, meanwhile the top 20% of income is earned by only four percent of residents. The statistics are similar to the rest of the world, where on average the richest 3% of people earn 20% of the global income.
Economists fear that income inequality can contribute to factors limiting sustainable growth for a nation, including social & quality of life stagnation, even as GDP rises.
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blinkernyc:

America’s Top 4% Earns As Much As The Bottom Half

In the US & Canada, the bottom 20% of income is earned by 54% of the population, meanwhile the top 20% of income is earned by only four percent of residents. The statistics are similar to the rest of the world, where on average the richest 3% of people earn 20% of the global income.

Economists fear that income inequality can contribute to factors limiting sustainable growth for a nation, including social & quality of life stagnation, even as GDP rises.

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blinkernyc:

NYCHA Failing Domestic Violence Victims Is Intolerable

NYCHA cannot continue to be operated in this manner. Beyond concentrating poverty in convenient pockets and serving as a justification for private sector employers to underpay workers and for landlords to neglect to include affordable rentals in the City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Authority is indirectly contributing to evil. Leaving at-risk abused women on waiting lists for years is lazy and does a disservice to our society.
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blinkernyc:

NYCHA Failing Domestic Violence Victims Is Intolerable

NYCHA cannot continue to be operated in this manner. Beyond concentrating poverty in convenient pockets and serving as a justification for private sector employers to underpay workers and for landlords to neglect to include affordable rentals in the City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Authority is indirectly contributing to evil. Leaving at-risk abused women on waiting lists for years is lazy and does a disservice to our society.

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geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

5 Things Worse Than The Use Of The N-Word

The meaningless fight with the n-word has been around for a while, but it was recently resurrected when NFL stakeholders thought Black History Month would be an excellent time to announce considerations for a 15 yard penalty against players caught using the term. The NFL has a good cover: with 66% of its players being Black, this could be seen as a progressive move to protect them from on and off the field racism.
The above would be true only if policing the use of the n-word actually had any relevant impact on racism.
This won’t even begin to attack racism. What it will do is add another layer of policing in a Black dominated arena, ironically fitting the normalized belief that Black people need to be policed in everything from their consumption patterns to their reproductive patterns, and now including their speech patterns. It’s a racist policy, disguised as alleviation of racism.
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Fighting “nigga” like it’s at all relevant to current Black struggles prejudicially suggests that the Black community is self-destructive, and does a disservice to people suffering under racist systems completely unrelated to how often someone uses an appropriated racial slur.
In other words, “nigga” doesn’t matter when the NYPD is willing to kick in your door without a warrant, and shoot your teenage son to death because he bought a bag of weed.
"Nigga" doesn’t matter when there’s an obesity epidemic killing Black women.
"Nigga" doesn’t matter when George Zimmerman can raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend himself against prejudicially shooting an unarmed Black teen to death while the nation chants him on.
"Nigga" doesn’t matter when economically, Harlem residents have to choose between having an apartment to live in next month or eating processed garbage.
I wrote this piece so people can get past this bullshit and begin to fight real racism, please. Not just convenient straw men.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

5 Things Worse Than The Use Of The N-Word

The meaningless fight with the n-word has been around for a while, but it was recently resurrected when NFL stakeholders thought Black History Month would be an excellent time to announce considerations for a 15 yard penalty against players caught using the term. The NFL has a good cover: with 66% of its players being Black, this could be seen as a progressive move to protect them from on and off the field racism.

The above would be true only if policing the use of the n-word actually had any relevant impact on racism.

This won’t even begin to attack racism. What it will do is add another layer of policing in a Black dominated arena, ironically fitting the normalized belief that Black people need to be policed in everything from their consumption patterns to their reproductive patterns, and now including their speech patterns. It’s a racist policy, disguised as alleviation of racism.

Read More

Fighting “nigga” like it’s at all relevant to current Black struggles prejudicially suggests that the Black community is self-destructive, and does a disservice to people suffering under racist systems completely unrelated to how often someone uses an appropriated racial slur.

In other words, “nigga” doesn’t matter when the NYPD is willing to kick in your door without a warrant, and shoot your teenage son to death because he bought a bag of weed.

"Nigga" doesn’t matter when there’s an obesity epidemic killing Black women.

"Nigga" doesn’t matter when George Zimmerman can raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend himself against prejudicially shooting an unarmed Black teen to death while the nation chants him on.

"Nigga" doesn’t matter when economically, Harlem residents have to choose between having an apartment to live in next month or eating processed garbage.

I wrote this piece so people can get past this bullshit and begin to fight real racism, please. Not just convenient straw men.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

Seven Years Later, NYers Still Don’t Wear Condoms

Valentine’s Day, marks the seven year anniversary of the launch of “NYC Condom,” a first-of-its-kind Dept. of Health program to distribute free condoms across the City.
Seven years later, only one in three of NYC’s 4 million sexually active residents use condoms, according to the latest data available from the Dept. of Health. The findings are made more disturbing by a 2012 study commissioned by Trojan that found NYC residents engage in sexual intercourse an average of 3 times a week.
All of that unprotected activity comes at a cost.
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Condoms folks, let’s use them…
Few of us want babies or itchy passengers 9 months from now.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

Seven Years Later, NYers Still Don’t Wear Condoms

Valentine’s Day, marks the seven year anniversary of the launch of “NYC Condom,” a first-of-its-kind Dept. of Health program to distribute free condoms across the City.

Seven years later, only one in three of NYC’s 4 million sexually active residents use condoms, according to the latest data available from the Dept. of Health. The findings are made more disturbing by a 2012 study commissioned by Trojan that found NYC residents engage in sexual intercourse an average of 3 times a week.

All of that unprotected activity comes at a cost.

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Condoms folks, let’s use them…

Few of us want babies or itchy passengers 9 months from now.