May 2010

President Obama, asserting, "we are a nation of law and immigrants," insists we will get a "comprehensive” immigration reform bill passed this year. It is a wish fair-minded people can support but his optimism about such passage in the near term, to coin a phrase, is like whistling in Dixie.


"By repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the House of Representatives voted to end discrimination in our military. This is an historic victory for equal justice and for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. This is what progress looks like."


Thierry Goldberg Projects is pleased to present Waiting Room, the first New York solo exhibition of Maya Bloch. The exhibition will include seven new paintings that examine themes of estrangement and memory through abstracted figuration.  Opening Friday June 4th.


 

Citing his record as a lifelong progressive Democrat who has fought for LGBT equality for decades, the Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats (GLID) overwhelmingly voted to endorse Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General.

 


The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, a long sought after bill that would provide over four and half billion dollars in health coverage for those who worked at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. 


Those of you who are buying into the recovery underway may want to re-think your plans. As has been mentioned here numerous times, there will be no recovery. We have been heading into a prolonged period of hyperdeflation, deflation or depression, depending upon whether it is you or your neighbor who is suffering the most.


 

The Citizens Crime Commission, the leading organization to reduce crime and improve criminal justice system in New York, has released the 100-plus page Guide to Juvenile Justice in New York City. The guide provides an overview of New York's juvenile justice system with historical context and highlights recent efforts to expand alternative programs.

 


Our good friends at Solid PR were deeply moved by the devastation brought on by the recent oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and have decided to do something spectacular. The Company has dedicated their time and recourses to organize a concert of New York bands to raise money for the efforts and those affected by imminent destruction to Louisiana’s precious wetlands. On Wednesday, June 2nd at 8pm come down to Shea Stadium to check out performances by Zs, Child Abuse, Controlled Bleeding and Cellular Chaos (feat Weasel Walter) and special guest DJ 1000TimesYes.  All proceeds go to the  www.gnof.org


Born in Italy in 1938, GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI has been a master photographer for half a century. His spectacular editorials have been published in Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and GQ, among others, and his images of Audrey Hepburn, Angelica Huston, and Iman are among the most famous fashion photographs of all time. EXOTICA is a selection of his sumptuous, dreamy photographs of the people and wildlife of Madagascar, Tahiti, and the Seychelles.


Downtown Independent Democrats (DID), the oldest and largest progressive Democratic organization in lower Manhattan, held its most successful fundraiser to date this past Sunday. DID has thrown annual events since its founding almost 40 years ago in 1971.


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment against JOHN D. MAZZUTO, a corporate executive, and JAMES W. MARGULIES, an attorney, for illegally issuing shares of stock to enrich themselves and others, and for engaging in fraudulent activity to inflate the stock’s value and deceive investors.