Sunday, March 31, 2013


Fw: Tax Refund Thefts On The Rise


You're not the only one waiting for your tax refund. Scammers are looking for it too. In fact, every year there are more and more scams designed to steal tax refunds.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says these kinds of thefts have increased substantially in the last few years. Between 2010 and 2012, the number of investigations opened by the IRS grew from 224 to 898, according to the latest figures.

Find out more about tax refund scams, how to protect yourself from identity theft and what to do if you are a victim.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Envisioning a Rebirth of Jazz in Harlem

Envisioning a Rebirth of Jazz in Harlem

Although the storied Lenox Lounge has closed, three lovers of jazz music see opportunities ripe for reviving the scene that helped put the neighborhood on the map.

Envisioning a Rebirth of Jazz in Harlem
Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:39:15 GMT

Fw: Government Information from Your Phone: Visit Mobile Apps Gallery


Visit our Mobile Apps Gallery to find government apps and mobile websites.

Here are just a few of the many apps you'll find:

  • Tornado - If a tornado warning is issued for your location, an alarm will sound, even when the app is closed. (available for iPhone and Android)
  • CDC Mobile App - Get timely health information. (available for iPad and Android)
  • Smart Traveler - Get official country information, travel alerts, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. (available for iPhone and Android)
  • NCI QuitPal - Use proven strategies to help you stop smoking. (available for iPhone)
  • NPS National Mall - If you're visiting the National Capital, you can use this app to help you explore cultural and historical sites. (available for iPhone)

You can search for apps by category (Education, Health, Business, etc.) or by platform (Android, Apple, Blackberry, etc.).

Currently, all the apps featured in the gallery are free, though charges from your mobile phone carrier may apply.


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Friday, March 29, 2013

Fw: Hatewatch Headlines for March 28, 2013


Hatewatch is a weekly summary of the latest news about hate and extremism compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Week of March 28, 2013

Hatewatch Blog

DOJ Study: More Than 250,000 Hate Crimes a Year, Most Unreported

Racist Maryland Student Leader Vows Patrols Against 'Black Crime'

Slain California Cop-Killer Held 'Sovereign Citizen' Beliefs

National Organization for Marriage Has a Rough Start to 2013

'Conservatives' Who Gathered in Colorado a Different Breed

Hatewatch Headlines

CA Bizarre Details of Alleged Hate Crime Emerge at Preliminary Hearing
Santa Barbara Noozhawk | Mar. 26, 2013

KY Kentucky Gay Rights Activist's Car Vandalized In Possible Hate Crime: Report
Huffington Post | Mar. 26, 2013

NH Concord Man Gets Up to 12 Years for Hate Crime
Concord Monitor | Mar. 25, 2013

CA Bail Raised for Teen Accused of Hate-Crime Attack
SFGate | Mar. 28, 2013

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Friday, March 22, 2013

'Land of the Free.'

I think by now most even
Semi-conscious people know
That private prisons are Big Business
In the 'Land of the Free.'
But do you know what the
Fastest growing segment of
The prison population of
The US is?
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Care about?
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There's a well organized war AGAINST them. We better
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Fw: Hatewatch Headlines for March 21, 2013


Hatewatch is a weekly summary of the latest news about hate and extremism compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Week of March 21, 2013

Hatewatch Blog

'Sovereign Citizen' Leader Goes on Trial for Tax Fraud

Alabama Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Obama on Twitter

White Supremacist Brings Racist Filmmaker to Texas A&M

Hatewatch Headlines

CA Sacramento Man's Beating Investigated as Anti-Gay Hate Crime
Huffington Post | Mar. 19, 2013

TX Seagoville Inmate Gets 6 Years for Hate Crime After Assaulting Gay Inmate
Dallas Voice | Mar. 15, 2013

FL Jurors Convict Hialeah Man in Hate Crime Trial
Miami Herald | Mar. 14, 2013

WI Man Accused of Setting Fire at Sikh-Owned Store | Mar. 14, 2013

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Thursday, March 21, 2013


WE HAVE A BUDGET! Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders finalized a two-year budget agreement that includes tax cuts, a family tax credit, a tax extension on high-income individuals and a minimum wage hike:


* Gov. Cuomo changed his position on the need to ban the sale of larger bullet clips, saying that gun dealers would still be allowed to sell magazines that hold up to 10 bullets, after the new state gun laws would have banned gun clips holding more than 7 bullets, The Buffalo News writes:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's plan to install an Inspector General to have oversight of the NYPD could force a spike in crime to the levels of the 1970s or '80s, The New York Post writes:


A second New York City police officer testified in court that he believed police faced retaliation if they did not meet monthly arrest quotas for arrests, tickets, and stop-and-frisk activity, and claimed that he was made an outcast after complaining to Internal Affairs, the Journal writes:

Authorities say that it is standard procedure for police to let those charged with marijuana possession to drive away if they were found to not be under the influence, as was the case with Assemblyman Steve Katz, The Journal News writes:

The Times-Union urges Assemblyman Steve Katz to reconsider his opposition to a medical marijuana bill in the wake of his arrest for marijuana possession, which showed that he uses the drug for recreational purposes:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fw: See If You Qualify for Free File Tax Software


If your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $57,000 or less, you may qualify to use a brand name tax software to prepare and e-file your taxes for FREE.

Answer a few questions on to help you determine your eligibility to use Free File tax software.

If your AGI is more than $57,000, you can still use Free File fillable forms for your federal tax return. Learn more about Free File for all taxpayers

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fw: [TheBlackList+] Traditional Orisa Songs Workshop: Wed., March 20, 2013-NYC!!!


Orin Orisa:  Traditional Yoruba Orisa Songs Workshop
By Baba Faseye Sangobukunmi

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
7pm -8:30pm
In traditional Yoruba religion, singing is one of the main ways in which the Orisa and other spiritual forces are honored, invoked, and remembered.   Learn some of the traditional Yoruba songs used to worship some of the major Orisa in this lively and engaging workshop.   Learn the meaning and the correct  pronunciation of the songs to effectively worship the Orisa. 

In this workshop you will learn:
  • ·      Traditional Yoruba songs for various orisa.
  • ·      The translation of each song in English.
  • ·      The proper pronunciation of each song.
  • ·      The circumstances in which we sing to Orisa.
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Included in this workshop will be a guide which includes all the songs as well as an audio cd of the songs.

Tuition:  $25 in advanced/ $30 at the door.  To pay advance online visit:

Location:  422 Grand Avenue, Bklyn NY (bet. Gates and Putnam)

Directions:  Take C train to Clinton & Washington train stop.  Walk 3 blocks to Grand Ave.  Make a right and walk down Grand Ave.

To secure your seat please RSVP by emailing us with the  name, contact number and email address for each attendee to or call (917)705-3444.   

Please include the workshop name is the email subject line.



    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    Harlem Catholic Students Have High Hopes For New Papacy

    Harlem Catholic Students Have High Hopes For New Papacy

    The election of a new pope has been a real education for students in the city's Catholic schools, including one in Harlem where the excitement from Wednesday's white smoke moment continues.

    Harlem Catholic Students Have High Hopes For New Papacy
    Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:53:39 GMT

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Uptown Talk: Harlem academy keeps mariachi music tradition alive

    Uptown Talk: Harlem academy keeps mariachi music tradition alive

    Felipe Salinas wanted his American born son, Felipe Jr., to experience the culture and traditions of his father’s native Mexico.

    Uptown Talk: Harlem academy keeps mariachi music tradition alive
    Clem Richardson
    Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:00:29 GMT

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013


    FIVE BOROUGH BALLOT: The latest installment of our 2013 New York City election series finds that the top issues in Brownsville, Brooklyn, are fear of teens – and fear for teens:

    Tens of thousands of New York City residents eligible for a popular condo and co-op tax break got letters from the city Department of Finance erroneously stating that they no longer qualify, Crain's Insider reports:

    New York City's Panel for Educational Policy rejected a proposal to withdraw current plans to close, co-locate or phase out struggling public schools, shifting the job of reversing Bloomberg's education policy to the next mayor, The New York Times reports:

    In the Post, Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, argues that assertive New York Police Department policing lowers the prison population:

    GOP COURTS BLACK VOTERS IN BROOKLYN: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox hosted a handful of African-Americans at a "listening session" aimed at figuring out how the party could attract minority voters:

    Monday, March 11, 2013


    Fw: March Is Women's History Month


    One hundred years ago, suffragists marched on Washington to promote women's rights. In recognition of the anniversary, the National Archives created a Pinterest board where you can view photos, letters, a cartoon, and other documents from that period.

    Visit to learn about generations of women who've contributed to American society.


    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    Fw: Notify NYC - Notification

    Notification issued 3/8/13 at 6:10 PM.  The NYC Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, today announced that Alternate Side Parking regulations are suspended citywide tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th, 2013, to facilitate snow removal.  Meters and all other parking regulations remain in effect.
    The sender provided the following contact information.
       Sender's Name: Notify NYC
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       Sender's Contact Phone: 212-639-9675

    Friday, March 8, 2013


    Assembly Democrats will unveil a plan to create a state DREAM Act to provide college aid for children of illegal immigrants, with assistance available to undocumented students who graduate high school in New York State and go to college, the Daily News reports:
    New York became the first state in the nation to drop its GED test, with Education Department officials offering a contract to McGraw-Hill to develop a new exam that would require approval from the state comptroller and funding in the budget, The Wall Street Journal writes:
    The Bloomberg administration plans to hire 81 new park enforcement patrol officers to bolster safety at New York City parks, part of a plan by the city's Parks & Recreation Department to hire 441 employees to handle a range of tasks, the Journal writes:

    Thursday, March 7, 2013


    The Bloomberg administration secretly funneled more than $9 million in city property taxes to the Hudson Yards project in Manhattan on top of the $234 million the city already gave to the project, without informing the City Council, the New York Daily News' Juan Gonzalez reports:
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would be receiving $193.1 million to cover recovery costs from Hurricane Sandy, with $141.6 million going to New York City Transit, the Daily News reports:
     A spokesman for New York City mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrión's campaign defended Carrión's use of a political action committee saying that the cash disbursements were used for expenditures beneath the threshold of what's required for disclosure, the Journal reports:
    In the Post, New York City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley advocates for the hiring of more police officer to help mitigate the growing divide between black and Latino community members and the NYPD:
    The Times supports New York City schools offering free breakfast in its classrooms as the best way for students to start their day with a nutritious meal:

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Fw: Health Department Kicks Off 8th Nicotine Patch and Gum Program

    The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Health E-News March 6, 2013

    Health Department Kicks Off 8th Nicotine Patch and Gum Program

    More than 350,000 New Yorkers Participated in Program Since 2006

    Oral HealthThe Health Department begins its nicotine patch and gum program to help New Yorkers quit smoking. The program, in partnership with the New York State Smokers' Quitline, will run through Thursday March 21st. Now in its eighth year, the hard-hitting-media-driven nicotine patch and gum program has helped more than 350,000 New Yorkers in their efforts to quit smoking. In conjunction with the launch of the program, two of the most memorable ads will run on air, online, and in print. These ads, entitled "Separation" and "Cigarettes are Eating You Alive," show smoking's devastating health consequences as well as the impact it has on the families who lose smokers to illness.

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