There is a fantastic website that looks like a copy of Bank of America’s website. If you look closer, you realize that something is up. The design elements are the same, but something is not quite right.
It seems that the goal of the parody website, Your Bank of America, is to embarrass the bank while shining a light on the bank’s role in the financial crisis, its harmful consumer practices, its lack of support for small businesses, its investments in dirty energy, and the likelihood that it will need to be bailed out in the future. Read More
Photo credit: The Story of Stuff Project
Last week, I joined residents, activists, and politicians in Brooklyn’s Borough Hall to call for fair elections in New York State. This was one in a series of town halls that happened across the state. Read More
Posted in money in politics
Tagged Albany, Assembly Members, Attorney General, campaign spending, Citizen Action of New York, Common Cause New York, Comptroller, donations, donors, expenditures, fair elections, Governor, New York, New York City, New York State, NY, NYC, public financing, research, State Assembly, state legislators, State Senate, State Senators, Working Families Party
I got the chance to catch a performance by Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. It was absolutely mind-blowing.
Do yourself a favor and watch the video. As the program declared, Zakir is “the preeminent classical tabla virtuoso of our time.” The performance also included delights like the doyra, the ghatama (clay pot), acrobatic dancing, flutes, a sarangi player, and rhythmic singing of syllables that reminded me of jazz scat singing.
Participatory budgeting in Spanish Harlem
This is what I overheard a young man say to his buddy when they were looking over a sample “participatory budgeting” ballot outside the offices of NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. A community organizer sitting at a folding table set up on the sidewalk was encouraging the two passers-by to go inside and vote. The young man’s buddy pointed to the ballot and exclaimed “that playground is right up the street!” They seemed excited at the the chance to vote for specific projects that would happen right there in the neighborhood.
Today I watched a steady stream of East Harlem residents visit the offices of NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. They came to vote on how the council member should spend $1 million from her discretionary funds. Read More
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Tagged budgeting, city council, community, community organizing, Community Voices Heard, CVH, democracy, discretionary funds, East Harlem, El Barrio, government, Melissa Mark-Viverito, NYC, participatory budgeting, Spanish Harlem, volunteering, voting
Yesterday, I participated in a ranger-guided hike in Hunter Island. The hike was organized by a meetup.com group I belong to called “5 Boro Exploration.”
Pelham Bay Park is tucked away in the northwest corner of the Bronx. With an area three times the size of Central Park, it is the largest park in New York City. And inside Pelham Bay Park, near Orchard Beach, is Hunter Island. It is named for the fabulously well-to-do State Senator who had a mansion built here on what was his own private island in the early 1800s. This land was eventually purchased by the city.
Hunter Island is no longer an island because Read More
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Tagged 5 Boro Exploration, birds, Bronx, fishing, hiking, Hunter Island, immigrants, meetup, New York City, NYC, Orchard Beach, owls, Pelham Bay Park, photos, Robert Moses, striped bass, wildlife
I have been listening to this a lot lately. I do not know how to describe it except that it reminds me of drunken fighting.
I think this might be a default look for Tumblr or the template used on the site – I am not sure.
Either way, the archive page shown below is very appealing. It contains member stories. If only the home page looked like this too. (It is a straight-forward blog design). Read More
I sometimes wake up with a song already going in my head. This morning it was this one by D’Angelo.
Posted in music
Tagged D'Angelo, R&B, soul
When I think of Bootsy Collins and his alter-ego-maniacal self, I normally think of songs from the P-Funk canon like “Be My Beach.” Or, maybe how weird it is for me to imagine Bootsy playing for James Brown. Read More