April 23, 2014 - 8:21am
Governor Patrick criticizes radio station shutdown
Governor Patrick said he tried to dissuade federal agents raiding the radio station in Grove Hall.
Governor Deval Patrick sharply criticized federal agents for shutting down an unlicensed radio station in Grove Hall and said he tried to dissuade them from raiding the station that bills itself as the fabric of the black community.
Patrick, the state’s first African-American governor, said he had received advanced warning from the US attorney’s office that TOUCH 106.1 FM was going to be raided and urged the office not to proceed.
SOURCE: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/04/18/governor-patrick-criticizes-... http://blackstonian.com/info/2014/04/governor-patrick-criticizes-radio-s...
Governor Patrick said he tried to dissuade federal agents raiding the radio station in Grove Hall.
Governor Deval Patrick and several other politicians of color reacted swiftly Friday to the closing of Touch 106.1 FM, a popular unlicensed radio station that bills itself as the fabric of the black community.
Patrick said he had received advance warning from the US attorney’s office about the federal raid on the station and had urged the office not to...
April 22, 2014 - 12:22am
States Select Agencies to Administer the National Housing Trust Fund
State officials across the country are taking proactive steps to prepare for implementation of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have designated an agency to receive their NHTF grant and administer the state program. Advocates in the remaining states have identified their preferred agencies, those that work best for extremely low income renters.
The NHTF is a block grant to states, administered by HUD. Under the NHTF statute, a state is to designate a state agency, for instance, a housing finance agency, housing and community development entity, tribally designated housing entity or other qualified entity of the state to administer the funds. In most cases, the governor has the authority to make the selection, but other states require the designation be made through the state legislature. Utah and Maine are two examples where state legislatures recently made their designations.
The Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) recommended the Maine State Housing Authority (Maine Housing) as the agency to administer NHTF dollars. On March 5, MAHC testified in...
April 21, 2014 - 2:13pm
The Czar of Black Hollywood
Announcing: The Premiere Of The Czar of Black Hollywood documentary begins April 19th, watch it live at:http://www.cctvcambridge.org/channel08
Please "Like" The Czar of Black Hollywood Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/oscarmicheauxdocumentary.
The premiere of the Oscar Micheaux - The Czar of Black Hollywood documentary is scheduled for cablecast on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 6 PM on Comcast Channel 8 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The documentary will stream live at the same time at the following link: http://www.cctvcambridge.org/channel08
It will also air subsequently the following weeks at various times, and you can use the interactive schedule at: http://www.cctvcambridge.org/
Below is the schedule for the Week of April 19 – 25, 2014:
Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 6 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10 PM
Oscar Micheaux - The Czar of Black Hollywood is a production of Block Starz Music Television LLC. It was conceived and written by Producer Bayer L. Mack, using Library of Congress archived footage, photos, illustrations and vintage music...
April 19, 2014 - 12:05pm
Bro. Charles Statement on TOUCH FM raid
Posted On 18 Apr, 2014 - By TOUCHFM - With 3 Comments
The FCC raided the office of Dorchester-based company TOUCH 106.1 FM on April 17th, 2014
TOUCH 106.1 FM would like to say THANK YOU Boston for the wonderful 8 yrs we had together.
The staff, volunteers, radio personalities, and management which makes up TOUCHFM will continue to be the voice of the people of Boston.
Visit us at www.touchfm.org for up to date information.
LIKE US on Facebookwww.facebook.com/officialTOUCHFM
JOIN our Facebook Group Pagewww.facebook.com/groups/TOUCHFM
Follow us on Twitterwww.twitter.com/touchfm
SOURCE:Bro. Charles, TOUCH 106.1 FM THE FABRIC OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY, http://touchfm.org/?p=13930#comments
April 18, 2014 - 10:52pm
ATTENTION ALL PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS AND SECTION 8 VOUCHER TENANTS! VOTE: In the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants Board of Directors Election At the Manning Apartments, 237 Franklin Street Terrace Room, Cambridge, MA
ACT BOARD ELECTION APRIL 21,2014 MANNING 2 TO 5PM
ACT BOARD ELECTION DEADLINE FOR BALLOTS IS APRIL 21,2014.
To all CHA public housing tenants and CHA voucher holders, The last day to vote for the board of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants is Monday April 21,2014. If you have not recieved a ballot please come to the Manning Apartments between 2pm and 5 pm on
Monday April 21,2014.At that time you may cast your vote. Please email me with any questions or concers. Fred Lewis Office Manager; Alliance of Cambridge Tenants; firstname.lastname@example.org Phone Number: 617-499-7031.
Good morning! This is a notice (to some) and reminder (to others) that—
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO MAIL IN ACT ELECTION BALLOTS. LATE BALLOTS may also be brought to the BALLOT BOX AT MANNING APARTMENTS on MONDAY April 21st.
Because of the poor mail service we have experienced this year, the votes will not actually be counted on April 21 (as originally planned). To give time for the mail...
April 18, 2014 - 4:28pm
April 15, 2014 - 10:19pm
I have some exciting news to share. Today, we learned that the New York Police Department has dismantled the unit dedicated to spying on Muslims in New York, New Jersey, and throughout the northeast. This is a great step forward – one that we hope will eventually lead to the full and complete end to the NYPD's Muslim spying program.This development comes after almost three years of litigation and advocacy work by Muslim Advocates and our allies:
Muslim Advocates organized complaint letters to three State Attorneys General and the U.S. Attorney General supported by 100+ community, faith, civic, and civil rights organizations.Muslim Advocates filed three lawsuits – including the first legal challenge to the program in federal court (Hassan, et al. v. City of New York) and two public records requests (one each in New York and New Jersey).The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund partnered with Muslim Advocates on the New York public records request, and
The Center for Constitutional Rights joined us on the legal challenge in federal court in New Jersey. A number of Members of Congress and civic, community, faith, and civil rights leaders and organizations...
April 14, 2014 - 4:52pm
Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Critic of Islam
Ayaan Hirsi Ali has called Islam “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.”
Facing growing criticism, Brandeis University said Tuesday that it had reversed course and would not award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a campaigner for women’s rights and a fierce critic of Islam, who has called the religion “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.”
“We cannot overlook that certain of her past statements are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values,” the university said in a statement released eight days after it had announced that Ms. Hirsi Ali and four other people would be honored at its commencement on May 18.
The university said that the president of Brandeis, Frederick M. Lawrence, discussed the matter with Ms. Hirsi Ali on Tuesday, and that she “is welcome to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue.” Universities consider it important to make a distinction between inviting a speaker who may air unpopular or provocative views that the institution does not endorse, and awarding an honorary degree, which is more akin to affirming the body of a recipient’s...
April 14, 2014 - 12:16pm
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New Film on Muslim Women’s Rights Stir Backlash and Controversy
The award-winning film HONOR DIARIES featuring nine brave women fighting for Muslim women's rights has caused a stir. The film sheds light on harsh abuses including child marriages, honor killings, and FGM.
After over 100 screenings, Muslim advocacy groups are silencing the film. Screenings at three universities have been cancelled recently due to intimidation, and Muslim women in the film are now being harassed on social media-despite Council on American-Islamic Relations' acknowledgement that, "we don't have a problem with the content of the film."
Efforts to silence HONOR DIARIES are silencing these brave women, and downplaying a massive human rights concern. Around the world, women at risk of abuse are silenced daily.
The film is currently on DIRECTV and iTunes, and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, TheHill.com, National Post, The Washington Examiner and Huffington Post.
Here are some of the women featured in HONOR DIARIES:
Zainab is a licensed clinical therapist, and an activist for global women's rights, and an artist. Zainab has worked extensively with...
April 14, 2014 - 11:54am
‘Jinn’ Based on Islamic Folklore: Indian American Director
Indian American writer-director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad’s supernatural thriller “Jinn” opens in theaters Apr. 4.
SAN LEANDRO, Calif., United States
Indian American filmmaker Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad is gearing up to take movie fans on a journey into a whole new realm of cinema with the release of his supernatural thriller “Jinn.”
Written and directed by Ahmad, the film is set to release across the United States Apr. 4 and is based on supernatural creatures in Islamic and Arabic folklore.
When asked how he came up with the concept for “Jinn,” the Michigan-born filmmaker told India-West, “I’ve known about jinn all my life. The concept was always very scary, but cool at the same time, and I used to wonder why some of my friends knew about the jinn and others didn’t.”
Wikipedia describes jinn as intelligent spirits of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and animal forms and to possess humans.
“We’d never seen a movie, comic book, television show or video game about them,” said Ahmad. “Imagine growing up on ghost stories but having no cinematic portrayal of ghosts. Jinn are part of a mythology...