Friday, October 9, 2015

Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell and Pamela Banks: Sleight of Hand in the 37th? | Seattle Education

Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell and Pamela Banks: Sleight of Hand in the 37th? | Seattle Education:

Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell and Pamela Banks: Sleight of Hand in the 37th?



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Bruce Harrell
Bruce Harrell’s campaign may be in some hot water following allegations that they essentially bought the 37th District Dems endorsements for both him and Pamela Banks.
An SEEC complaint alleges that, before the deadline to become a voting member of the organization in time for endorsements, 15 new memberships were paid for in one batch, with sequential money orders purchased at the same location.
It gets sketchier: These new memberships came on the heels of the Harrell campaign calling and asking if it would be OK for them to pay for new memberships (they were told it was not).
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Pamela Banks
After this group of new members showed up and voted, Harrell and Banks — both of whom didn’t get enough votes in the primary endorsements to actually gain the 37th Dems’ endorsement — were both endorsed publicly. But some weren’t convinced they were acting independently.
Just after the vote, it was determined that at least five of the new members shouldn’t have been permitted to vote at all, because, per the 37th Dems themselves, they didn’t even live in the 37th LD. And although there’s no way of knowing exactly who voted for whom, what was clear was that Harrell passed the 60% voting margin required (Morales received 30 votes, Harrell received 72, per the 37th’s Tweeting of the votes), and Banks received the exact number of necessary votes. A motion to recount was filed, but it did not stand.
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Tim Burgess
A few days ago, Erica C. Barnett reported that the endorsement for Banks was possibly being challenged due to the issue of residency by some of the voting members. The basis of the challenge is that, without those votes, Banks may not have received the endorsement; in the past, the 37th haven’t shown a ton of support for status-quo candidates like Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell, or, now, Pamela Banks.
(Banks is the only Democrat in the D3 race, so she’s the only candidate eligible for endorsement; this doesn’t mean they had to endorse Banks. The 43rd chose to vote “no endorsement,” effectively endorsing retaining Sawant. A not-small number of the 37th wanted to vote for a no-endorsement, but were reportedly “shouted down” when given their chance to speak.)
However, in part because of these new members, the 37th did endorse both Banks and Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell and Pamela Banks: Sleight of Hand in the 37th? | Seattle Education:

Take That, Columbus! Celebrate NY Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday and Pow Wow This Weekend - ICTMN.com

Take That, Columbus! Celebrate NY Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday and Pow Wow This Weekend - ICTMN.com:

Take That, Columbus! Celebrate NY Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday and Pow Wow This Weekend






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Featuring over 500 Native American artists, educators, singers, dancers and performing groups from across the Americas, the Redhawk Native American Arts Council is hosting an Indigenous People’s Day on Monday, October 12th and a Native American Festival and Pow wow this weekend at Randall's Island Park in New York City.
While many New York City residents may be attending the Columbus Day parade on that Monday, event organizer Cliff Matias says both the weekend pow wow and the Monday event deserve their rightful Indigenous emphasis.
“The amazing thing about this weekend’s pow wow is that it is the first contest pow wow held on the island of Manhattan ever,” says Matias.
After the weekend events, Matias says a collaboration of nations and peoples will come together in solidarity to commemorate Native cultures.
“On Monday October 12, we celebrate Indigenous People's Day rather than Columbus Day.  We seek to reclaim and redefine this day to celebrate the rich cultures and histories of indigenous people in the Americas, rather than a day dedicated to the forced colonization of native peoples. The day will start with a Sunrise Ceremony followed by performances from Indigenous people around the world. It will be a day of healing, sharing and celebrating indigeneity,” says Matias.
The Indigenous People’s day performers on Monday will include world-renowned flutist Robert Mirabal, ICTMN’s own author (and musician) Gyasi Ross, as well as activists Pua Case and Hawane Rios.
“On both the weekend and on Monday; and in honor of the Indigenous people hailing from outside of the U.S. there will also be a Polynesian dance troupe representing cultures from the islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand, an Aztec group from Mexico City and Inca groups from Peru and Ecuador, and a Taino group celebrating the Native culture of the people from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic,” Matias says.
“These artists share their traditions from North America, South America, the Caribbean and Polynesian Islands,” says Matias. “Our mission is to break the stereotyped images created by the media and sports teams using Native Americans as mascots.”
The three day celebration is a collaboration facilitated by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council. Founded in 1994, it is a non-profit cultural organization and the only Indigenous Arts Council in New York State.  Each year they provide work for over 250 Native American artists, residing in the New York City area.
The organization also hosts a cultural center longhouse and urban garden in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and creates educational programs for students and young urban Native American youth eager to learn about their cultures and traditions.



Monday’s event starts at sunrise and is free.


Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/10/06/take-columbus-celebrate-ny-indigenous-peoples-day-monday-and-pow-wow-weekend-161984

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