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Strong Youth Nassau County Link

Dear Friends, Family, & Supporters:

I need your help! STRONG Needs your help! THE COALITION OF NASSAU COUNTY, NEEDS YOUR HELP! As many of you know for the last 12 years we have been working on saving the lives of youth! Changing communities, and helping kids dream where there is little to no hope.  We work with other agency's that provide essential services and do it admirably.  

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has decided that effective July 6, 2012 YOUTH SERVICES IN NASSAU COUNTY ARE NO LONGER NEEDED.  What does this mean?  I'LL tell you.
*STRONG, GONE, DE FUNDED! 12 years of struggle and sacrifice, GONE! 32 funerals that I have personally attended, victims we have assisted, the support of families that have lost loved ones no longer existing!!! AND SO MUCH MORE... GONE!
*Prevention programs (after school programs, homework help, sports programs, etc.) GONE!
*Drug/Alcohol Counseling and Prevention programs GONE! 
*Family & Children counseling services GONE! 

This decision was made in spite of the fact that there was a law that protected youth services.  A LAW THAT THAT ED MANGANO VOTED FOR WHEN HE WAS A LEGISLATOR.  THIS LAW STATED RED LIGHT CAMERA FUNDING WOULD ALL GO TO FUND YOUTH SERVICES.  THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TOLD ME LAST YEAR, HE WOULD SIMPLY RESCIND THE LAW IF HE NEEDED TO, AND THAT HE DID!!!! TRUE TO HIS WORD, HE ASKED THE MAJORITY IN THE LEGISLATURE TO RESCIND THE LAW, THEY DID AND EDWARD MANGANO GOT HIS WISH!  

It is irresponsible for ED MANGANO to shut down programs during times of great need.  This decision must be reversed immediately.  

Please join us in this effort and let ED MANGANO hear loud and clear WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS VIOLENT ACTION.  VIOLENCE? YES! VIOLENT! 

*ED MANGANO LAUNCHED AN ANTI-HEROINE POSTER CAMPAIGN AS A RESULT OF THE DOZENS OF YOUTH THAT HAVE DIED! YET HE CUT THE PROGRAMS AIDING THESE YOUTH IN KICKING THEIR HABIT, OR PREVENTING THEM FROM EVER DONG DRUGS IN THE FIRST PLACE! THIS WILL RESULT IN DEATH, INCARCERATION, AND HOSPITALIZATION=VIOLENCE

*ED MANGANO KNOWS THAT ROOSEVELT, UNIONDALE, HEMPSTEAD, AND FREEPORT MAKE UP "THE CORRIDOR", AN AREA WHERE GUN/GANG VIOLENCE RUNS RAMPANT! YET HE CUT STRONG, THE ONLY COUNTY FUNDED AGENCY THAT IS FOCUSES ON THIS ISSUE AND PROVIDES ALTERNATIVES TO GANG INVOLVED YOUTH, AND FOCUSES ON PREVENTION! WE HAVE OVER 300 YOUTH IN OUR PROGRAMS, IN WHAT IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE NEEDIEST REGION IN OUR COUNTY.  THE RESULT WILL BE MORE DEATH, INCARCERATION, AND HOSPITALIZATION=VIOLENCE

I CAN GO ON, BUT I WILL SAVE YOU THE READING, TRUST THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!  PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! PROMOTE THIS PETITION, FORWARD TO YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR FAMILY! POST IT ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK, EMAIL, ETC! I NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER! STRONG NEEDS YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER! PLEASE SUPPORT.

SIGN THIS PETITION, CLICK HERE:

I thank you for your support! 


-- 
Sergio Argueta, MSW
Board President & Founder
S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc.
800 Jerusalem Avenue,
Uniondale, New York 11553
P-516-483-1350
C-516-532-4380

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 8:38 PM
Subject: FW: Military Testing in NY's high schools

From: Pat Elder [mailto:pelder@studentprivacy.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:55 PM
Subject: Military Testing in NY's high schools
 We're holding a conference call on ASVAB testing in NY's high schools this Monday, June 25th at 7:00 pm. The Dial-in Number is 1-218-936-4700  --  Participant Access Code 868454. 
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when we received an email from Regent Roger Tilles saying he was in complete agreement with our campaign to protect the privacy of students in New York's public schools who take the ASVAB, we knew we'd eventually be successful. It is also encouraging that NY Commissioner of Education John King has also been in touch with us, promising to study the issue to determine where the ASVAB is administered in the state's high schools and the various regulations in operation that govern its administration.  Don't blow it off. This is encouraging stuff.   If they really look at it -- and I believe they will, they'll uncover an outrageous pattern of deception and misinformation promulgated by representatives of the U.S. Military Processing Command in NY.  The whole thing is predicated on fraud.  The DoD publicly markets the ASVAB as a "Career Exploration Program" as a public service to help children, but their recruiting manuals say the primary purpose of the "Student Testing Program" is to provide leads for recruiters.  School administrators, who genuinely have the best interests of students at heart, don't have a clue. King has said he is developing a "guidance memo" for Board of Regents’ consideration to post on the Regents’ web site to assist schools in making informed decisions regarding the selection of ASVAB release options.  We want to help him - and convince him to mandate the selection of ASVAB Release Option 8 - a move that effectively prohibits the release of student information gained through the administration of the test to recruiters. John King seems like a pretty good man, at least compared to many of the state commissioners and superintendents we've been dealing with across the country.   Frequently, we don't get a response, and when we do, the tone is demeaning and our motives are questioned.  We have a good chance in NY. Maybe the country will take notice when we're successful. In New York and across the country there are entire classes of predominately African American and Hispanic youth who are told to sit down, shut up, and take this military test.  The reason, according to one recruiter is so we "don't have to waste tax dollars trying to recruit those who are too stupid to get in."   Testing is typically done without parental knowledge and the results are the ONLY information leaving your schools without parental consent.
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 Here's a NYT piece on King:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/nyregion/new-york-names-new-state-education-commissioner.html We want to bring a lot of folks together on our conference call to examine ways to put pressure on King and the Regents.  Have you got any friends with the NEA, PTA. Or  NAACP?  Have you sent the letter to King on our website?   Please, go here and follow the instructions: http://www.studentprivacy.org/letter.htm  Join us on Monday, June 25th at 7:00 pm. The Dial-in Number is 1-218-936-4700  --  Participant Access Code 868454.  Barbara Harris,NY Coalition to Protect Student Privacy Pat Elder
National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy
 www.studentprivacy.org 301-997-3963 ---------- Prohibiting the automatic release of student
information to military recruiters gained through
the administration of the ASVAB in our high schools.
              Pat Elder
National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy
  

June 8th, 2012

The Role of Religion in Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Peacemaking

Religion and faith have always played an important role in my life, shaping my views of the world and informing my career path in human rights and peacemaking. Attending religious education as a child and young adult exposed me to the views and teachings of the Church. There, I learned the importance of loving your neighbor as yourself and doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. The emphasis on loving all of God’s creatures and respecting humanity significantly shaped my view of the world. Little did I know, the solid foundation of peace and justice in Catholic social teaching would contribute so much to my future career and passion for human rights and peacemaking.

As a child, I wanted to be a writer and was always curious about history, specifically World War II and the Holocaust. How could such atrocities occur? Where was the humanity and respect for human dignity? As a teenager and young adult, I volunteered with various social justice projects in my neighborhood, which stemmed primarily from involvement in my local church. In high school, I joined Amnesty International, a global human rights organization.

In college, I pursued a double major in political science and classics, which allowed me to combine my religious background and knowledge of ancient traditions with my interest in human rights. I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and joined the campus Catholic community where we discussed challenges young adult Catholics face, particularly on campus, and ways we could make a difference in the community.

Based on my interest in social justice, I established a chapter of Pax Christi, a Catholic peace organization, on campus. Through Catholic social teaching, I learned about the dignity of the human person, the emphasis on community participation, and the importance of respect for all God’s creatures, as well as the role of forgiveness and reconciliation. The value placed on the inherent rights and dignity afforded to each of us coincided directly with what I was learning in my human rights classes. I was beginning to understand the link between these two seemingly separate yet inextricably bound parts of my life — my faith and my work.

Making links

Through Catholic social teaching, I learned about the dignity of the human person, the emphasis on community participation, and the importance of respect for all God’s creatures, as well as the role of forgiveness and reconciliation. The value placed on the inherent rights and dignity afforded to each of us coincided directly with what I was learning in my human rights classes.

The connection between religion and peacemaking can be traced to the roots and origins of modern human rights discourse. The idea of human rights being inalienable and universal harkens back to the principle of inherent dignity afforded to all human beings. Much of the modern study of human rights is based upon Judeo-Christian ethical and moral principles, which can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman concepts of justice and natural law found in the texts of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Thomas Aquinas. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of the most central documents to the study of human rights to date, was drafted with significant input from the religious community.

Similarly, Catholicism has drawn from the field of human rights in its modern social teachings. In his seminal work Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition (1983), Harvard legal scholar Harold Berman highlights this link between Christianity and Western legal discourse. He argues that the roots of modern Western legal institutions and concepts, such as human rights, can be traced back to the papal revolution (1075-1122), during which time the Western church established its political and legal unity as independent from emperors, kings, and feudal lords. This apparent influence of religious humanism and ancient traditions over the development and study of modern human rights has directly informed my own work in the field.

Transitional justice — a response to human rights violations

Throughout history, there have been countless examples of injustice and grave violations of human rights that have plagued the consciousness of humanity. The trials at Nuremberg and subsequent formation of the international tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, followed by the creation of the International Criminal Court and emergence of hybrid tribunals, illustrate a push towards accountability and justice for the victims of these crimes.

The emergence of truth commissions in Chile, Argentina, South Africa and around the world emphasizes the need for a holistic approach to justice that includes elements of truth-telling and reconciliation between conflicting parties, a concept central to Christianity as highlighted by scholars and theologians such as Walter Wink, former professor of biblical interpretation and Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. Alex Boraine, former president of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and deputy chair of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), highlights accountability, truth recovery, reconciliation, institutional reform and reparations as the five key pillars of transitional justice.

Transitional justice generally refers to the set of judicial and non-judicial measures that have been implemented in order to redress legacies of massive human rights abuses. The role of non-violent conflict resolution as part of transitional justice efforts to address human rights violations was supported during the South African TRC by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and others, and continues to be a central part of peacemaking today.

It was through my own work with civil society organizations in the Great Lakes region of Africa that I have seen the impact of transitional justice processes in addressing human rights violations and working towards peace and reconciliation. At moments like those, I experience firsthand the way that the Catholic teachings of brotherly love and universal humanity have contributed to my faith and my work in the field of human rights, transitional justice, and peacemaking.

On June 3, 2012, Carla received a Young Adult Peacemaker Award from Pax Christi Metro New York for her work for human rights, transitional justice and nonviolent conflict resolution in Africa.

PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS, YOUTH GROUPS
Christina Harris of the LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, provides a peace education program for schools and youth groups; also workshops and presentations. She has  a Masters degree in Social Justice from Loyola University. Contact her at LIAPA, by phone:  516-741-4360;  or by e-mail:  lialliancepeaceeducation@gmail.com

Correctional Association

Let's keep it going

If you haven't joined on already, take a minute right now to urge state leaders to support ReDirect New York. [Send your message]

His own juvenile justice task force advised him to stop sending low-risk, young offenders to faraway lockups and place more of them in lower-cost community-based programs.

Nonetheless, Governor Paterson has proposed cutting $16 million for juvenile alternatives to detention and alternatives to incarceration.

We have good news.The movement to restore funding for these programs is building, and this morning the New York Times came out in strong support of ReDirect New York -- legislation we helped to draft at the request of key policymakers. ReDirect preserves funding for alternative programs for youth, and creates a fiscal incentive for counties to take advantage of such programs.

Check out the editorial below, and if you haven't already, send your message of support to Albany today.

The New York Times
"A Better Chance"

EDITORIAL April 25, 2010

Gov. David Paterson's juvenile justice task force was on the mark when it advised him to stop sending low-risk young offenders to faraway lockups and place more of them in lower-cost community-based programs.

These programs closely monitor and mentor troubled children with curfew checks, reviews of their school performance, and after-school activities. They have been shown to get low-risk young offenders back on track without institutionalizing them. Instead of taking that advice, the governor's budget virtually guts an already underfinanced effort intended to encourage localities to develop high-quality alternatives to detention programs.

Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Democrat of Brooklyn, is trying to fix that. She has introduced a bill that would require the state to begin reimbursing localities that keep children in effective local programs.

The current system encourages officials to do exactly the wrong thing. For example, the state reimburses localities for about 50 percent of the cost of operating centers for pretrial detention. And it pays 50 percent of the cost (which can go as high as $200,000 per child per year) for incarcerating children sent to far-flung juvenile facilities. The state gives localities nothing when they place children in community-based programs that can cost as little as $5,000 per year.

The Montgomery bill realigns state priorities. In addition to preserving about $12 million to encourage more community-based programs, it would require the state to provide a 65 percent reimbursement for community-based, alternative-to-detention programs. This proposal has already been included in the Senate budget. The Assembly should embrace it and so should Governor Paterson. It makes good sense for the children and for New York's taxpayers.

A version of this article appeared in print on April 26, 2010, on page A22 of the New York edition.

 


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A new action has just been added on NY4CG.
The details are as follows:


ACTION URL: http://ny4cg.org/actions/?id=4001

ACTION NAME: RETIRE G.I. JOE - ALL WAR TOYS MUST GO!

DATES: Feb 13, 2010 through Feb 13, 2010

TIME: 5:15 pm

ORGANIZATION: Granny Peace Brigade

MORE INFO: http://www.grannypeacebrigade.org/toys.html

DESCRIPTION: Our children and grandchildren are special and their playthings should be special too - stuff that helps them blossom into smart, happy, positive kids. That's why we pick out gifts with loving care.

On February 13th the Toy Industry Association will reveal the 2010 toy picks at their 10th annual "Toy of the Year Awards" Ceremony. We're not sure kids will get loving care from these folks.

Hasbro, the maker of the G.I. Joe line of dolls and a multitude of murderous accessories is nominated for awards in two toy categories.

This will all happen at the Chelsea Piers (Pier 60) and we've got to be there as the attendees file into the awards ceremony. We'll tell Hasbro and the rest that it's time to...

RETIRE G.I. JOE - ALL WAR TOYS MUST GO!

Chelsea Pier 60
West side of 11th Avenue at 20th Street

We'll have banners, songs, flyers. Bring your very welcome self and take a stand for "Smart Toys not War Toys."


To vote on the action, Please go to http://ny4cg.org/_admin/vote/, which will require clicking LOGIN.
Be sure to forward word of this action to your members.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

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Sumnmer Camp Project for Peace

SUPPORT THE YOUTH PROMISE ACT

Youth Counter recruitment

CONTACT US FOR HERE FOR ASSISTANCE IN ORGANIZING A YOUTH PAX CHRISTI CHAPTER OR OTHER PEACE & JUSTICE YOUTH PROGRAMS AT YOUR SCHOOL OR CHURCH

Nassau County District Attorney link

PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD: Peacemakers

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is committed to keeping our young people away from the street life of drugs and gangs. With that commitment in mind, her office works with five school districts; Freeport, Hempstead, Roosevelt, Uniondale, and Westbury to develop creative ways to foster safe schools. The team of school officials, business reps and law enforcement planners has found unique and practical ways to make peaceful living and nonviolence a way of life for our youth.  Several participating schools have been working with a nationally acclaimed curriculum called Peacemakers. Peacemakers

The Peacemakers program, developed by Jeremy Shapiro, PhD, teaches upper elementary- and middle school-aged students positive values and attitudes related to violence. Youth are trained in anger management, problem solving, communication, assertiveness and conflict resolution. Instead of being delivered like a lesson, the Peacemakers principles are taught through school activities.

Each of the schools has found a creative way to infuse the powerful lessons on getting along into their school culture. From our violence prevention “incubator” dozens of creative projects have been generated including teen developed TV PSAs; Peacemaker coached sports such as basketball, handball, tennis, and wrestling; art projects; CPR, and even ballroom dancing. If you are interested in being part of our monthly meetings or learning more about the program feel free to email Maria.Ploth@nassauda.org.

WALL OF HOPE: Building hope from a tragedy

In January 2008, young Mikey Alguera was senselessly murdered on Hempstead High School’s abandoned handball court. Determined to restore the courts to our youth, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office is working with community groups to raise funds to build new, safe handball courts at Hempstead High School. In the process, DA Rice's office learned that handball is an immensely popular sport among our youth, especially Latino youth, and yet there is no handball program in our public schools. In Mikey's memory, the office is supporting this positive campaign to build the new courts and create Long Island’s first intramural handball program. All who are interested in helping can contact our office or the Family and Children’s’ Association at (516) 746-0350.

Teaching Responsible Gun Ownership

Communities Addressing Responsible Gun Ownership (CARGO) is an innovative approach to protecting our children from accidental and impulsive gun shot injuries.  It educates adults and youth on the devastating effects of guns as well as the laws surrounding weapons.  It is a collaboration of the Nassau County District Attorney’s office and law enforcement. The CARGO multi-disciplinary team educates participants about firearm safety and responsibility. During the program, a law enforcement officer provides information about safe gun storage, responsible parenting and safe gun handling. A prosecutor highlights specific cases and laws involving firearms.

If you have any questions about any Community Affairs programs, please call (516) 571-1090 or email Rene.Fiechter@nassauda.org.

THOSE WHO WORK WITH YOUTH IN THE DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTER MUST FIRST GO THROUGH THE VIRTUS PROGAM
(click on the line below & then Protecting Children).

Hi Everyone,

                Maximum PC is a popular national magazine for technology enthusiasts.  The August 2009 issue carries a “gaming” column entitled, “Experiencing the Army.”  The column begins, “I’d like to thank my local Army-hating, left-wing peace-creeps.  If it wasn’t for their shrill protest outside the Army Experience Center in Franklin Mills, Pennsylvania, I might never have known that one of the best gaming facilities in the region is only half an hour from my house.  And completely free!”  The columnist, Thomas McDonald, goes on to describe the dozens of high-tech computers and games that the AEC provides.  He tells the reader not to be concerned about the recruitment component of the AEC’s practices.  He says, “There’s no recruitment pitch unless you ask for one.”

                This is obviously outrageous.  I have written a letter to the editor, and I have pasted it in, below.

                Unfortunately, this article is not currently available online for you to read.  The magazine is available at newsstands.  The magazine’s Web site is at www.maximumpc.com, if you want to check for the article at a later date.  It will likely post on August 1.  There has been some discussion on the site’s message board about the article.  This can be found at

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=982464&sid=8bf93b843effb784aa42779fe70fe932

                The magazine does publish a number of letters to the editor each month.  If you would like to write to the editor, Will Smith, you can email him at comments@maximumpc.com

                The magazine requires that you provide your full name, city of residence, and phone number, although they do not seem to print more than your name.

                Below is the letter I emailed to the magazine.

Peace,

Bob

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To The Editor:

                It is fun to play games.  It is great fun to play computer games.  In his recent column, “Experiencing the Army,” Thomas McDonald describes the war simulations that children can play at the Army Experience Center in the Franklin Mills Mall.  He goes on to state, “This is not some kind of high-tech spider web designed to lure the young, dazzle them with World at War, and make them sign up for a tour of duty.”  Sadly, Mr. McDonald is incorrect.  The AEC is a recruitment center.  It is staffed by more than twenty trained Army recruiters.  The Army’s own press release (8-29-2008) refers to the children who visit the AEC as, “potential recruits.”  Army literature (AEC Fact Sheet) boasts, “The AEC leverages the success the Army has had with its interactive and online marketing campaigns and offerings.”  One of the AEC’s recruiters recently described the AEC as, “the future of Army recruiting.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOdgK4t9OaQ

                Children as young as thirteen can play the games at the AEC and can speak with the staff of recruiters.  Children visiting the AEC are required to register and provide contact information.  They swipe their ID cards before playing the various games, so a record is kept of their activities.  The AEC is one of the Army’s most “productive” recruitment centers.  It misrepresents the Army experience.  It trivializes violence.  It glorifies war.  It teaches children that war is fun.  Yes, computer games are great fun.  War is not fun.  The Army should not present it as such.  As the clergy, veterans, and peace activists proclaimed, “War is not a game.  Shut down the AEC.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Utr1QCVVb9E

Bob Marcus

 



VIRTUS PROGRAM LINK

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 "War destroys. And we must cry out for peace.
Peace sometimes gives the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness.
It is always an active peace.
I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace,
to do everything that they can,
what I can do from here.
Peace is the language we must speak."
Pope Francis

 

 

 
                                            ~Pope FRANCIS