From the Farmingville filmaker: A Class Apart 2/23/09

A CLASS APART A Mexican American Civil Rights Story will broadcast on PBS American Experience Monday, February 23 @ 9:00 (check local listings) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H4qhahKFKU] www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/class <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/class> www.caminobluff.com <http://www.caminobluff.com> www.facebook.com/pages/A-Class-Apart/38365902140 <http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Class-Apart/38365902140> “A powerful reminder of the civil rights movement. One to watch.” – Austin American-Statesman “Necessary viewing.” – San Antonio Express-News Produced and Directed by Carlos […]

Lesson in issue work: Hate Crime Circus

KW: With the murder of Marcelo Lucero, a man from Ecuador, in Patchogue, there are many activists and groups– including non-profits, religious groups and elected officials on every side of the political spectrum–who want to use this tragedy as a teachable moment. It is very difficult sometimes to sort out people’s intent. And, we must […]

Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and families at Carnegie Hall

Video from 10/21/2011: Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and more sang at Columbus Circle for Occupy Wall Street. Video of “We Shall Overcome” is  here. Video of Pete Seeger marching is: here. _______________________________ KW: Last night [November 30, 2011], my husband and I went with a group of poets and musicians on an […]

2007 hate crime in Patchogue, that police failed to report

(excerpt from) Long Island WINS: 2007 victim of anti-Latino attack sheds light on Levy hate crime stats By Patrick Young CARECEN November 27, 2008 9:53 AM Last year there was one anti-Latino bias crime in Suffolk County, according to Steve Levy, and it wasn’t the attack on Luis Pina Tigre. [Yet…] In September 2007 Tigre […]

Newsday story: background incident to Lucero killing, etc.

Please read the Newsday story linked below, which has a lot of important information and background of the day of Marcelo Lucero’s killing; the actions of the police department in promoting a Hispanic police officer to lead in the 5th precinct which covers Patchogue; and the reactions – mixed – of the community to that […]

The truth about Patchogue schools and Hispanic students

KW: I had the article below saved in my papers about school districts who do not do right by students. I found it incredibly interesting based on the recent hate crime in Patchogue, and my perception about the attitudes of Superintendent Michael Mostow as expressed at the Division of Human Rights/Mayor’s community meeting last Thursday.

Suffolk County: Under-reporting hate crimes?

(excerpt from) Newsday.com Defining a hate crime by REID J. EPSTEIN 10:45 PM EST, November 16, 2008 When vandals sprayed a block of cars in Mastic with racist graffiti last week, Suffolk County police didn’t consider it a hate crime. But when anti-Semitic symbols were painted onto cars in Jericho in late October, Nassau County […]

NYC: Home to the Most Marijuana Arrests in the World (but don’t worry, white people, it won’t be you)

by Ezekiel Edwards DMIBlog With the NYPD facing difficult challenges such as combating terrorism and stopping the flow of illegal handguns into the city, what are the police arresting people for at a rate ten times greater than before 1997? Marijuana. But they aren’t arresting everyone who possesses marijuana; only poor people of color. When […]