It’s been another busy week. Last Saturday a friend and I went to Essex Market at 88 Essex Street. I hadn’t been in that area of the Lower East Side in years. The new (to me) Essex House is warehouse enormous. We cruised around the main floor which is like an indoor carnival. What’s your flavor? Japonese? Brooklyn? Mexican? Sicilian? In addition to food vendors, you can grab thrift shop clothes or go to the barber. We went downstairs for lunch. The menu featured dishes from upstairs and a neat beer arrangement. For $4 dollars a glass you receive three glasses of any of the millions of beer they have on offer. Nicely tanked, you’re ready to explore the Market again.
Roadmap to Apartheid was sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church. It was shown in the annex at 12 West 11 Street. First Tuesdays of every month the Church is brewing up controversial issues shown in screenings. Roadmap to Apartheid showed the influence Israel had in the South African apartheid movement. It also showed in harrowing detail the brutal similarites in the treatment of South African Blacks and Israeli Palestinians. It was an eye opener for some and for others a reminder of what we Americans support in the Middle East.
Michelle Y. Thompson, the Director of Arts and Community Engagement at Judson Memorial Church added a new video. It centers on Michelle’s son and his pride in being black. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Governor Cuomo wants third parties to increase their number of votes if they’re to remain on the ballot. I belong to the Green Party and received this disturbing letter from the Green Party. Howie Hawkins, our presidential nominee, is quoted.
In an open letter, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and other progressive luminaries insisted that Howie Hawkins and the Green Party vote Democrat for president in battleground states.
They condescendingly describe Green votes as a self-indulgent “feel-good activity” as if Green votes are not votes for urgent climate action, real social and economic justice policies, and peace policies.
Don’t they see that the Democrats have joined the Republicans in supporting pro-corporate economic policies and pro-war foreign policies that have generated growing inequality at home and endless wars abroad?
As Howie said, “The left cannot outsource fighting the right to the Democrats.”
Howie points out that the Democrats have helped to normalize Trump by joining with him to overwhelmingly support military budget increases, the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0), and the prosecution of Julian Assange and persecution of Chelsea Manning.
Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder.
Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.
Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie.
Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college.