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Sabini: Party Man or Maverick?
August 31st, 2006

In the 13th State Senate district, challenger Hiram Monserrate lobbed a series of attacks on incumbent John Sabini’s insider status in Queens politics during a debate earlier this month.

But Sabini’s relationship with the county organization over the years has been idiosyncratic.

The Times lauded him for his short lived tenure as Queens boss in 1986 – which he achieved after a scandal forced out his predecessor – as a “welcome loose cannon.” Among the actions they applauded was his move to set up a screening panel for selecting judges to protect the system from cronyism. (Manton, his succesor, later reversed the reform.) He also backed a candidate for borough president against a party insider.

In 2001, he unsuccessfully challenged incumbent State Senator George Onorato – who was nominated by the Queens Democratic Party in a special election in 1983. The Queens Tribune dubbed Sabin’s bid part of a party “insurgency”. That year, he also suppported a challenger to Congressman Joe Crowley, who was handpicked by late party boss Thomas Manton after his resignation from the seat, which was timed to avoid a primary. Crowley is now considered likely to succeed Manton as boss.

But Sabini currently has the support of the party, and he isn’t afraid to use it.

According to documents from the NYC Board of Elections, he has received the free assistance of the party’s lawyer in an attempt to knock Monserrate off the ballot for State Senate. And the party is backing a challenger to Monserrate’s position as district leader in what party insiders are calling retribution for Monserrate’s opposition to the party’s choice, the Daily News reports.

Sabini has also enlisted the consulting services of the Parkside Group, a lobbying/political consulting firm born of Queen politics (one of its partners is Manton’s former chief of staff in congress). All eight campaigns citywide the group works on this year are for party-backed candidates.

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Become an Insider!
August 31st, 2006

The “party machine” is often portrayed as a force in competition with the people’s will. But, when functioning properly, political parties can allow widespread participation on a grassroots level. Members of the county committees are elected directly by their neighbors and usually represent just a few blocks.

The trouble is, nobody has been running for these seats. As Grassroots Initiative pointed out in their report(pdf format) last year, 50 percent of the 15,000 county committee seats in the two major parties in New York are vacant.

Furthermore, 98 percent of those occupied seats are filled by candidates who ran unopposed – they needed merely to fill out the paperwork to be elected.

To reinforce the importance of party committees, Grassroots notes the political prominence of the religious right, whom a Congressional Quarterly report found to control a vast number of Republican committee seats nationwide.

This year, Grassroots attempted to help any willing candidate in the city run for seats in the two major parties. Their Web site acts as a campaign clearing house, and they trained candidates in the elections process.

And now, with petitioning season officially over, they are assisting candidates with write-in campaigns.

For more info on committee seats, try contacting Grassroots Initiative or your party:

Parties With Secured Ballot Status:

Bronx Independence
Brooklyn GOP

Brooklyn Independence
Manhattan GOP

Manhattan Indepedence
NYS Conservatives
NYS Democrats
NYS GOP

NYS Independence

NYS Working Families Party
Staten Island GOP
Staten Island Independenc

Other Parties:

Bronx Greens
Brooklyn Greens
Manhattan Libertarians

NYS Greens
NYS Liberal Party
NYS Libertarians
Socialist Workers Party
Queens Libertarians
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The Poor: Still With Us
August 31st, 2006

The Census released its poverty data earlier this week, showing no real change in the level of poverty in the country or New York City. Yesterday the Daily News wrote that the numbers “show what a disaster the economic policies of the Bush administration have been for middle-class, working-class and poor Americans.”

DMI Blog argued that the
official poverty line means little
. Besides being too low, using a simple income level as the sole indicator of poverty misses the complexity of being poor, the blog argues.

“The criteria should be unabashedly popular and not mathematical. It should be determined by what most people think are the necessary things to have a minimally decent standard of living: food, clothes, housing, healthcare, and education – to name more than a few. That would be the “new” poverty level in public and political discourse.”

In an editorial it runs this morning, the New York Post sees things … differently.

“Let’s clear things up right now: There is no widespread, worsening poverty crisis in New York City,” the Post writes. “None.”

The editorial claims that New Yorkers living below the poverty line are mostly immigrants or young people who have moved to the city from elsewhere. Individuals from both groups, it argues, will soon move out of poverty. But because more people move in, the absolute poverty rate doesn’t change.

Arguments claiming otherwise are just “distortions proliferated by folks intent on promoting class warfare or otherwise haranguing the Bush administration.”

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The War in Brooklyn
August 30th, 2006

For months race seemed to be the key issue in Brooklyn’s 11th congressional district, where four candidates are seeking to succeed retiring Representative Major Owens. But now the war in Iraq has taken center stage. All the candidates agree that the United States military involvement in Iraq is a bad thing and that the troops should be pulled out as soon as possible, the Times writes today. And so, the papers Jonathan Hicks continues, the candidates find themselves trying to outdo each other in fashioning themselves as the antiwar candidate.

This came to the fore yesterday when Representative John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a decorated veteran and outspoken opponent of the war, visited the district. Murtha has endorsed City Councilmember Yvette Clarke for Congress. As reported in the Daily Politics, this angered supporters of Major Owens son, Chris, who hopes to follow in his fathers footsteps. Chris Owens’s backers came out in force to the Murtha town hall meeting in the slope last night…. Owens and his father were gracious and non-confrontational all evening, the blog says, but continues, supporters did try to let attendees know that Owens is the peace candidate, both officially and in a freelance, anonymous, and harshly negative way.

According to the Politicker, Murtha said little about Clarke, commenting “I appreciate the opportunity to be here with Yvette. When I talked to her, she was one of the first people to talk to me about this war and a number of other things she’s been involved with me. And he praised Major Owens for being in the forefront and getting things done in Congress.

Earlier in the day, Power Plays recounts, the senior Owens called Murtha during the Pennsylvanians appearance on WNYCs Brian Lehrer Show, to complain that he had not been consulted about the event a violation of congressional protocol, Owens said, since it was taking place in his district and chastised Murtha for not endorsing his son who has been a staunch foe of the war. Murtha answered that Clarke has reached him first.

To spread the antiwar message, Owens has recorded a song (click to download) — actually an updating of a piece he wrote in the 1980s. Yassky, who is flooding district mailboxes with flyers, has at least two focusing on the war. And State Senator Carl Andrews, who seems to have less of an anti-war profile than his opponents, told the Times, Its in my campaign literature and I talk about it wherever I go.

By on August 30, 2006, 1:34 pm
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Unequal Opportunity in the Courts
August 30th, 2006

Apparently, the backing of the Queens Democratic Organization can offer valuable advantages in court.

Meet Frank Bolz III, Law Chair for the county party, and partner at Manton Sweeney Gallo Reich & Bolz LLP, (the Manton in the firm’s namesake is that of the late Thomas Manton, boss of the Queens Democratic Party).

Bolz has represented candidates trying to knock their opponents off the ballot in 24 races throughout Queens – 7 of which were legislative races – according to the Court Challenges Ledger from the NYC Board of Elections.

And he does it for free.

He hasn’t taken any money for his campaign activities since 2004. In 2005, City Councilman Tony Avella’s campaign was even fined by the Campaign Finance Board because of Bolz’s volunteer work.

But the courtroom perks of a party backing don’t stop there, according to the Daily News, which says of Bolz’s law firm that, “collectively they have the last word on who becomes a judge in Queens.” And its 2003 “Judging the Judges” editorial series argues that party control over judges in Queens and Brooklyn is so strong that the Chief Justice should appoint judges from other counties to hear ballot challenges.

The Fund for Modern Courts concurs: “Imagine appearing in court to seek justice when your adversary or his or her lawyer has contributed heavily to the judge’s campaign.”

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Never Too Early
August 30th, 2006

Power Plays, the Village Voice blog, is watching who is raising money for the 2009 elections. Thats more than three years from now, when George W. Bush presumably will be ensconced full-time at his Texas ranch, the new governor of New York will be gearing up for a re-election campaign — and well know whether Michael Bloomberg really plans to devote the rest of his life to philanthropy. So. far the blog says contributions total $3,676,215.

A look at the Campaign Finance Board site provides some details. A few candidates have indicated they are seeking specific offices, i.e. Tony Avella for mayor, James Brennan and David Weprin for comptroller and a few City Council candidates. But most have not specified, letting you, the reader, try to match the candidate with the office. Most expect Comptroller William Thompson to use his $519,000 for a mayoral run. But why has term limited Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum raised $148,325? Several Queens councilmembers, other than Avella, have raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars. What will they do with it? How will Dominic Recchia of Brooklyn spend his more than $84,000? And so on.

By on August 30, 2006, 9:48 am
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Times for Yassky
August 30th, 2006

Weighing in on what may be the hottest race in the city – the contest to replace reting Representative Major Owens in Congress — the Times endorses City Councilmember David Yassky. While saying it understands why black leaders might be concerned at a white person representing the predominantly black Brooklyn district, the Times says that Yassky — the one white candidate in a field of four — may be an opportunitist but also has a stellar record on the council.

By on August 30, 2006, 9:29 am
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Paint The Brooklyn Bridge Already!
August 29th, 2006

An editorial in The New York Sun charges City Hall with neglecting another bridge. (See history of Williamsburg Bridge, which had to be shut down it was in such bad disrepair.) The Brooklyn Bridge has not been painted since 1991 and, according to a new report, is rusting to the point of serious deterioration. Destruction can come to a bridge by slow rust, flaking paint, and the vandalism of graffiti as well as from a more dramatic attack by a foreign enemy,” the Sun writes. “Mayor Bloomberg has set some ambitious and lofty goals for his second term, but we’d settle for a Brooklyn Bridge of which the city doesn’t have to be embarrassed.

By on August 29, 2006, 7:20 am
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Indicted — And Re-elected
August 28th, 2006

Two things state legislators representing New York City seem to have a knack for — getting indicted, and getting re-elected. The recent rash of indictments is unlikely to result in much change in the delegation.

The latest in a procession ofindictments and convictions is Efrain Gonzalez, a Bronx State Senator. On Friday, he was charged with mail fraud. Meanwhile, his election seems reassured.
Ada Smith, a Queens State Senator freshly convicted of throwing coffee in the face of a staffer and also facing new investigations, was competing against a former City Councilmember charged this year with sexual harassment, until he was knocked off the ballot.
But Brooklyn tops the list of problems.
Assemblywoman Diane Gordon was recently caught on tape extorting a bribe from a developer, but has no serious competition in her election, leaving the Democratic Party basically to appoint her successor if convicted.
State Senator Kevin Parker was convicted of misdemeanor for assaulting a traffic cop, yet faces another uneventful election.
Found guilty of illegal campaign finance activities, Assemblymember Roger Green was forced to resign in 2004. But he won re-election later that year, and competition for his seat only exists because he chose not to run for re-election, instead seeking a seat in Congress.
And then there’s former Brooklyn boss, Clarence Norman. Norman, convicted this year in two felony cases, faces two to six years in prison. A politician even associated with him can face repeated attacks from opponents for the connection, although it doesn’t act as a disqualification.
But his choice for judge in the Surrogate’s Court, Frank Seddio, still resides on the bench in a newly – and many would say deceitfuly – created seat. And Norman’s position as a district leader was handed over to a paid consultant who received hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees from judicial candidates backed by the boss. (There is widespread speculation of judges paying to get on the bench, and the method of party leaders nominating judicial candidates has since been declared unconstitutional.)

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Buzzing Over the Times' Endorsement of Green
August 28th, 2006

The New York Times issued its endorsements for Albany’s primaries over the weekend.

It has officially joined the chorus of Spitzer supporters. The paper’s strongly worded endorsement of Mark Green for Attorney General has generated much more interest among the political bloggers, however.

The Times writes that Green is “prickly”, but that he has an “impressive record of protecting consumers.” Cuomo, in the Times’ view, has a mixed record that leaves some concern that he could turn the attorney general’s office back into “a nesting place for political hacks” if elected.

The Politicker tried to get Cuomo’s perspective, and seemed amused when Cuomo first told Azi Paybarah that he hadn’t read the endorsement, and was unavailable when Paybarah called back.

The Daily Politics points out that the Westchester and Long Island versions of the editorial were even harsher, and reports that “Green headquarters are abuzz with a first round of Times mailings to 4,500 donors, supplementing a blast email to 60,000 people.”

The Daily Gotham sums up its reason for agreeing with the Times:

In short, [Green] may be an S.O.B., but he’s damn good at what he does. [The Times is] right; you only have to compare Green’s tenure to that of Betsy Gotbaum – yes, I know, Betsy who? – to get a measure of what he could do as Attorney General. Arguably, Cuomo would do a better job than Gotbaum (faint praise indeed), but Green would keep the office sexy and relevant. So what if he pisses people off? isn’t that what we want from the next AG?

There has been little talk, however, about the various state senate and assembly races going on, probably because there isn’t much happening. But Gotham Gazette has been summing up what few open seats and competitive races exist — check our home page for a list of articles.

By on August 28, 2006, 12:16 pm
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Kicked out of the Campaign Solar System
August 27th, 2006

On the same day that Pluto was dropped from the planet roster, Assembly District 58 candidate Wellington Sharpe was ejected from his race against incumbent Nick Perry. Sharpe is just one of several state legislature hopefuls who had their status challenged this summer. Like so many Plutos, many of these candidates have been bumped off the ballot, emptying the solar system of primary elections and excluding the public from the decision of who their next representative will be.

To be considered a planet, an object must be massive enough to stay in a round shape and be in a steady orbit of a star. Candidates running for the New York state legislature have similar requirements. Instead of planetary mass, an individual must demonstrate the weight of his or her candidacy through petition signatures. Instead of following a specific orbit, an aspiring candidate must reside within the district of the office sought. While an international conference of astronomers did Pluto in, candidate claims have been made by individuals filing challenges with the board of elections, sometime escalating to the courts.

Candidates must collect 1,000 signatures to run for state senate and 500 to run for state assembly. To ensure enough valid signatures, candidates typically submit twice the required amount. Challenges are frequent, and can be lobbied by any individual. Two of the candidates running in open seats who were recently challenged on their petitions, Juan Pagan (Assembly District 74) and Terrence Park (Assembly District 22), took the battles to court. In Pagans case, the court called the petition forms and rules inherently oblique and confusing. Unlike Pluto, both candidates have since been reinstated on the ballot, but only after burning up time and money to defend their candidacies.

A candidate for state legislature must also reside in the state for five years and in the district he or she is running in for at least one year prior to the election, with some flexibility in a redistricting year. Just as astronomers questioned Plutos orbit ducking into Neptunes path, some candidates have had their residencies questioned. Grace Meng (Assembly District 22) had to withdraw from the election because of this requirement, and Ken Diamondstone (Senate District 25) successfully defended his residency claim against election lawyer and incumbent senator Martin Connor. Diamondstone fought through the challenge, as well as the subsequent court case and appeal, to stay on the ballot.

In 2004, this residency requirement prevented popular insurgent candidate Hakeem Jeffries from challenging incumbent Roger Green after Greens resignation because Jeffriess home had been cut out of the district. This districting maneuver could be the equivalent of Neptune shifting its own path to sabotage Plutos trajectory, though Neptune was never forced to resign from the solar system because of misdemeanor charges.

Though demoted, Pluto remains in the solar system with popular support, but Sharpe, Meng, and other bumped candidates may as well be in another galaxy. In the end, New Yorkers have one less planet and many fewer primary elections to watch.

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Giuliani: Hero or Knave (Part 1,385)
August 25th, 2006

Everyone loves to argue about Rudy Giuliani’s legacy, and Wayne Barrett and Dan Collins have likely set off the latest round with their new book, Grand Illusion.

Azi Paybarah of the Politicker interviewed Barrett about the book, where he and Collins examine Giuliani’s reputation as a 9/11 hero — which they say is undeserved. The Politicker has excerpts of the interview; we excerpt the excerpts:

“He said all the rights things but I think we prove in the book he did all the wrong things. That’s before 9/11, after 9/11 and even on that day.”

“[Terrorism] was never an issue [Giuliani] discussed with his police commissioners. The overall terrorist threat was something that basically receded into the background for years.”

“The cases about the toxins in lower Manhattan are going to haunt him. Those cases will proceed when he hits the campaign trail…Some of the families are outraged at the notion that he can run for president of the United States on the strength of what he did on 9/11. I think many families are outraged by that notion. And I expect some of them to be on the campaign trail with him.”

Errol Louis of the Daily News and Kit Roane of the LA Times have given Grand Illusion positive reviews.

Roane writes that “[t]he tone of ‘Grand Illusion’ is often prosecutorial. But the writers’ extensive research results in a convincing indictment of Giuliani’s priorities as mayor and his later self-promotion as a terrorism expert.”

Louis writes that it is “time to downsize [the] Rudy 9/11 myth.”

By on August 25, 2006, 12:26 pm
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"Dwarf Planets" and Con Ed's "Customers"
August 25th, 2006

At first, one might think that Pluto being stripped of its planetary status has little to do with New York City. (Okay, he or she would probably be right). But Clyde Haberman uses the shift in the semantics of the cosmos to remind us that changing how something is classified doesn’t really mean changing anything.

We are no strangers to the meaningless reclassification, Haberman writes today in his column in the TImes. Fire response times have been tinkered with to make the fire department seem quicker; Con Edison classifies the word “customer” in a radically different way than most New Yorkers would, making the Queens blackout seem insignificant; the New York Knicks long used an optimistic definition of “sold out”, that includes half-full arenas. And so on.

“But as with Plutos journey through the cosmos, we slog on, knowing that the revisions rarely change a thing,” writes Haberman. The now-dwarf planet will continue its “odd, oblong orbits” — and we should continue to take those stats about the speed of our elevators, the amount of housing being produced, and the health of the city’s pensions with a grain of salt.

By on August 25, 2006, 9:42 am
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NY Post: Name Mets Stadium After Jackie Robinson
August 24th, 2006

An editorial in the New York Post entitled A Park For Champions calls it a pity that the Mets are looking to name their new stadium after a “‘corporate partner’ willing to pony up for naming rights.” Instead, the News says, “the team’s new ballpark should be named for the man who transformed the game – right here in New York. That man was Jackie Robinson. No, he never played for the team, but the Mets are New York’s National League successors to Jackie’s Dodgers.”

By on August 24, 2006, 6:31 am
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Questioning the Welfare Success Story
August 23rd, 2006

With this week marking the 10th anniversary of national welfare reform, the Drum Major Institute blog is questioning the assertion that the policy has been an overwhelming success. On Monday the blog ran a letter to the editor of the New York Times by Maureen Lane of the Welfare Rights Initiative. Lane argued that tighter work requirements make it too hard for people to access education, the most successful way to permanently get out of poverty.

DMI follows up today with links to more of Maureen Lane, plus several other letters on where welfare reform has failed

By on August 23, 2006, 4:48 pm
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Public Pensions, Financial Time Bomb
August 22nd, 2006

An editorial in the New York Times entitled Public Pensions In Trouble says there is a dispute over whether there will be enough money to cover the pensions for 180,000 public employee retirees in New York City in the near future. But one thing the editorial says is clear: The governor and the State Legislature have been utterly irresponsible in expanding the citys obligations without providing any money to pay the additional cost. This wasnt as a result of collective bargaining. It was much easier for the unions to do an end run around the system and simply buy the benefits with campaign contributions and political support.

The editorial accompanies a series on the pension troubles entitled Costly Promises. The third installment today is State Upgrades Pensions and City Gets the Bill

In the New York Post, columnist Charles Millard cites the pensions as an example of the hands-in-the-cookie-jar culture that Albany has inflicted on the city.

Another example: Last week, Gov. Pataki signed legislation that increases the city’s liability for deaths that may have been related to the cleanup of the World Trade Center. The measure, however well-intentioned, will cost the city millions of dollars – but the lawmakers who so generously enacted it offered no funding to go with it.

Millards solution: It’s time to put a lid on that jar – or make Albany put in as many cookies as it takes out. At the very least, it should acknowledge its largesse publicly – by putting a price tag on every piece of legislation that will impose a new cost. And admitting who – Albany or local governments – will have to pay that cost.

By on August 22, 2006, 10:18 am
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City Council Pay Raises
August 22nd, 2006

The Daily News opposes Council Speaker Christine Quinns request for a 25 percent pay raise, or $22,500. This would be added to their current salary of $90,000 (plus lulus/bonuses that range from an additional $4,000 to an additional $28,500 a year.) A raise should be kept in line with the rate of inflation since the majority of the members were elected. It should be tied to eliminating bonuses. And sitting Council members should be barred from voting themselves pay hikes, just as happens in Congress and the state Legislature, where legislators can hike the pay only of people elected to a future term. That means delaying Council raises until the start of the next term, following the next election, in 2010.

By on August 22, 2006, 10:04 am
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A Sign of Things to Come?
August 21st, 2006

Al Gore warns in his movie An Inconvenient Truth that global warming threatens to leave much of Manhattan underwater. Now bird watcher Ken Emerson is saying that global warming is already causing strange things to happen — like that manatee that people have been seeing around town lately.

One manatee has evidently given up on Florida — where manatees generally summer — to hang out around the yacht clubs in Westchester. Manatees are not native to the area, but scientists have said that it is within the realm of possibility that this one decided to swim here from the south.

The warmer weather in New York probably played into this decision, writes Emerson, and “in this the manatee is not alone. A quarter of a century ago, brown pelicans were as rare in this neck of the woods as, well, wolverines. Now the state bird of Louisiana cruises the coasts of New Jersey and Long Island every summer, skimming over the water in single-file troupes.”

So Manhattan may be underwater eventually, but we may be overrun with strange, tropical animals first.

By on August 21, 2006, 4:26 pm
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Bloomberg and 9/11 Benefits: Heartless?
August 21st, 2006

It’s easy to paint Mayor Bloomberg as an “ogre” for opposing the law signed by Governor Pataki last week enhancing benefits for sick 9/11 first responders, writes Sheryl McCarthy in Newsday, but he has a point when he argues that the state has dumped the responsibility on the city.

It is hard to argue that those who worked at Ground Zero deserve more generous benefits but it is very easy for Governor Pataki to spread money around when it is the city’s money, and not the state’s. This law, argues McCarthy, could end up costing the city far more than its share.

“New Yorkers get misty-eyed when we talk about the sacrifices of the Ground Zero workers. But we could get really annoyed when we have to deal with the reality of the costs,” she writes. ” … [I]f we’re going to engage in this kind of generosity, the state and the feds need to share the cost.”

By on August 21, 2006, 7:14 am
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No Child...The Play
August 19th, 2006

In this excerpt from the play “No Child…”, a one-woman show written and performed by Nilaja Sun, and currently showing at the Barrow Street Theater, the main character — an actress invited into a high school in the Bronx to put on a play with the students — has told the principal of the school that she is quitting:

“I came to teaching to touch lives and educate and be this enchanting artist in the classroom and make a difference and I have done nothing but lose 10 pounds in a month and develop a disgusting smoking habit. These kids need something much greater than anything I can give them — they need a miracle…

“Sometimes I dream of going to Connecticut and teaching the rich white kids there. All I’d have to battle against is soccer moms, bulimia, and everyone asking me how I wash my hair. But I chose to teach in my city, this city that raised me…and I’m tired, and I’m not even considered a ‘real’ teacher. I can’t even imagine how I would survive as a real teacher.But they do survive…on what God knows.

“The worst thing, the worst thing is that all the kids in there are me. Brown eyes, brown skin, stuck. I can’t even help my own people. Revolutionary, huh?

“Mrs. Kennedy, it seems to me that this whole school system, not just here but the whole system is falling apart under us and there are these accountability laaws that have nothing to do with solutions and if we expect to stay some sort of grand nation fo rthe next 50 years well we got another thing coming. We’re not teaching these kids how to be leaders. We’re just getting them ready for jail: Take off your belt, take off your shoes, go back, go back, go back. We’re totally abandoning these kids and we have been for 30 years and then we get annoyed when they’re running around in the subway calling eadch other bitches and niggas, we get annoyed when their math scores don’t pari up to a five-year-olds in China, we get annoyed when they don’t graduate on time. It’s because we’ve abandoned them….”

In the next scene, her students convince her to stay.

By on August 19, 2006, 1:11 pm
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