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04/19/2007


LGBT Activists Target NYSE's 'Russia Day'

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Advocates for LGBT rights don't seem to be showing any signs of of slowing down in their efforts to highlight Russia's disturbing recent turn towards homophobia.  In fact, if anything, they're getting more creative.  RIA Novosti reports on the latest:

An already besieged set of events intended to promote investment in the Russian economy has come under further pressure, as a US gay rights activist has launched a petition asking the New York Stock Exchange to cancel its upcoming Russia Day.

The NYSE describes Russia Day, due to take place Monday, as an opportunity for “executives to engage in strategic discussions with business peers, asset allocators and investors, and Russian government officials about the opportunities in doing business and investing in Russia today.”

But the petition posted to Change.org describes investment opportunities as less important than human rights and accuses the Russian government of “banning any gay-positive speech and tacitly encouraging violence against LGBT Russians.”

“American money should not be supporting a country that is terrorizing its gay community,” the petition states.

As The New Civil Rights Movement pointed out, activists have already scored three big wins around the NYSE's Russia Day.  First, James Silkenat, President of the American Bar Association, cancelled a keynote he had planned to give at the Russia Forum NY investors' conference.  In addition, Goodwin Procter LLC, a major law firm which had planned to host Russian officials at its New York City office, pulled out of the conference.  Finally, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office explicitly disavowed any connection to the event after a claim that Bloomberg had sponsored it.

On Monday, Sergey Belyakov, Russia's deputy minister of economic development, is scheduled to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.  We'll have to wait and see if the NYSE pulls out of Russia Day, although it seems unlikely it will do so at this late hour.


The Daily Show's John Oliver Gets Frisky With The City Of New York- VIDEO

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 may still be missing its traditional host, but it certainly hasn't lost a step with regard to its mission to hilariously and aptly comment on the current state of American politics. The show's interim host, John Oliver, has already taken on the likes of Florida, France, and the Supreme Court with relative ease. In this most recent clip, his attention returns to New York City, where he takes on a series of different targets in one fell swoop. 

The segment itself centers around NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" policy, which allows police officers to temporarily detain and search anyone in the city with or without cause. In Oliver's own words:

"For years, opinion has been divided on Stop and Frisk with black and Latino residents of this city saying it's an invasion of their liberty and with white residents saying 'oh, I think I heard a thing about that on NPR'...It's basically like catch and release fishing, except you get to feel the fish up and shout at it a bit before throwing it back. Also, almost all the fish are brown."

Now, an NYC judge is declaring the policy unconstitutional, calling it "indirect racial profiling". She did not, however, mandate that the program be abandoned completely. Rather, she calls for increased oversight of the program by the federal government, and suggested the possible use of "body cameras" to assist with that task. This new combination of New York City and body cameras caused Oliver to temporarily direct his attention towards another target: Anthony "Carlos Danger" Weiner. Apparently, Weiner advocated use of said cameras even before this most recent judicial opinion.

"You heard right," said Oliver, "Weiner is suggesting body cameras facing out."

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LGBT Orgs to NYC: Override Bloomberg's Veto to Ban NYPD Profiling

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In a joint press release issued today, more then 30 national and New York-area LGBT organizations issued a call to the New York City Council urging a vote to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the Community Safety Act.  

The proposed act, approved by the council less than a day after the Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, is composed of two bills, one of which would prohibit police from any profilng based on a host of possible criteria, including sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV status.  The other bill would create an independent inspector's office that would monitor police policy, conduct investigations and suggest changes that could be made to the department.

Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the act last week, releasing two three-page letter explaining his opposition to both bills, which he called "dangerous and irresponsible," according to the New York Times. 

The council has 30 days during which to hold a veto override.  In the first votes on the Community Safety Act, the independent inspector bill comfortably cleared a veto-proof two-thirds threshold; the profiling bill received exactly the number of council members required.  As Gothamist mused, Bloomberg's veto is seen by some as a delaying tactic to pick off council members and push the bills below the veto-proof margin.

In their statement, which focused specifically on the profiling bill, the organizations today specifically noted the long history of profiling against the LGBT community:

"From Stonewall to stop and frisk, LGBTQ people - and particularly LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ youth, and transgender and gender nonconforming people - have long been targets of profiling and other forms of discriminatory policing."

Joining the national organizations who signed the statement--among them the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAAD--were a significant number of New York-specific groups, such as the Ali Forney Center, Gay Mens' Health Crisis, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York and the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

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Gay Gun Control Advocate Mark Glaze, NYC Mayor Bloomberg Targeted with Ricin Letters: VIDEO

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Mark Glaze, the gay director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention group in the country, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the co-chair of the group, were sent letters containing the deadly poison Ricin.

Bloomberg's letter was opened at a NYC mail center and police officers who came into contact with the letter were sent to the hospital as a precaution. Glaze opened his letter, but was not injured by its contents, the NYT reports:

Both letters were identical in content, bore references to the debate over gun regulation and contained written threats to Mayor Bloomberg, Mr. Browne said. “It’s threatening, and it’s very clearly about one issue,” one official said of the letters.

Both letters had a Louisiana postmark, said one official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing. Earlier, Mr. Browne said that “something about the way it was addressed” raised suspicion about the letter sent to New York.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Peter Donald, confirmed that the bureau was investigating the letters, but declined to comment further.

The letters contained a “pink, orange oily substance,” Mr. Browne said, which tested positive for ricin on Wednesday at the National Bioforensic Analysis Center in Maryland. Earlier tests, performed locally, also indicated ricin, Mr. Browne said.

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Alex Jones Follows Up Insane Piers Morgan Attack Interview with Paranoid YouTube Clip: VIDEO

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Alex Jones, the 9/11 Truther and gun advocate who attacked Piers Morgan on CNN last night believes he's being stalked by armed mafia put on to him by Mayor Bloomberg.

Says Jones in a video posted to YouTube after the interview: "If you don’t know that Bloomberg is total mafia, you’re on another planet....They’re thugs. I know what they are....If something happens to us, or we’re killed by crackheads, it was the NYPD or mafia they hired."

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Michael Bloomberg Called Hillary Clinton, Encouraged Her to Run for NYC Mayor in 2013

Probably not the 3 am phone call Hillary was expecting.

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In a telephone call confirmed by three people, Mr. Bloomberg encouraged Mrs. Clinton to consider entering the 2013 mayor’s race, trading international diplomacy for municipal management on the grandest scale.

She would, the mayor suggested, be a perfect fit.

Much about the call, which occurred some months ago, remains shrouded in mystery. But Mr. Bloomberg’s overture to the former first lady highlights the level of his anxiety about the current crop of candidates, his eagerness to recruit a replacement who can rival his stature and his determination to become a kingmaker in the political arena he will soon exit.

And what of NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, thought assured of Bloomberg's endorsement?

In many corners of the city’s political world, Mr. Bloomberg’s eventual endorsement of Ms. Quinn has been considered a foregone conclusion, barring the entry of a big-name candidate into the field.

But the mayor’s conversation with Mrs. Clinton, even after he had begun to telegraph his allegiance to Ms. Quinn, suggests that, to a degree previously unknown, his thinking has been unsettled.

“He is looking for somebody he can feel comfortable handing the reins over to,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a longtime New York City political operative who worked on Mr. Bloomberg’s last campaign.

Previously...
NYT: Mayor Bloomberg to Endorse Christine Quinn as Successor [tlrd]


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