Most New Yorkers aren't members of the inside political game, and can't write the big Real Estate checks that open doors to access. That's why we're reaching out directly in this campaign. It's also what I will do as a City Council member.
One idea I had is to require all Citibike riders to punch into the terminal when they pick up their bike that they agree to wear a helmet, that they understand and will obey all traffic rules and then be shown a couple of safety tips.
Our community rightfully prides ourselves on being one of the most tolerant in the world, and these attacks have shaken us. The recent murder of Marc Carson exposes just how vulnerable we remain even in 2013 and even in the West Village in Manhattan.
It is not, of course, only LGBT New Yorkers who must fear hate crimes. Indeed, across the city hate crime has been on the rise. Attacks on Jewish New Yorkers, African-Americans, Latinos, women and more continue to break our bones and harm our souls.
This week I spoke to Linda O'Neil of New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), Brooklyn State Committeewoman Jo Anne Simon and District Leader Paul Newell about how to Save LICH (Long Island College Hospital) in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
This week on Yetta Kurland LIVE! I spoke with David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement about marriage equality in the UK and Illinois, gays in the Boy Scouts, Ed Koch and more. Then we talked to Rachel Eve Stein of Women's Information Network NYC about women's empowerment in New York.
This week I spoke to Sasha Ahuja of Planned Parenthood Action NYC on 40 years of Roe v. Wade and women's rights and health today. Then actress Aedin Moloney of Fallen Angel Theatre Company told us about the fantastic play, Airswimming by Charlotte Jones.
This week, I spoke to Sharon Stapel of the New York City Anti-Violence Project and Susanna Saul and Carmen Del Rey of inMotion, Inc. about the Violence Against Women Act. Then Catherine Abate of Community Healthcare Network spoke to us about on Grindr and public health.
It was upsetting for many of us to read the recent coverage of Chirlane McCray's life and activism before she met her husband of 18 years. To put this into context, imagine if someone had been called out or ridiculed for once identifying as straight and coming out as LGBT later in life.
This week I spoke to Karen Scharff of Citizens Action New York and Mark Hannay of Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign to talk about the so-called "fiscal cliff." Then I spoke to Yates McKee about Occupy Strike Debt and the Rolling Jubilee movement.
This week I spoke about the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act with the bill's prime sponsor, New York state senator Daniel Squadron, and transgender activist Melissa Sklarz. Then I talked with City & State managing editor Jon Lentz about their 2012 Rising Stars: 40 Under 40.
Today's guests include Transit Workers TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, Editor of The New Civil Rights Movement David Badash, Democratic District Leader Paul Newell and filmmaker Antonino D'Ambrosio.