Bill de Blasio’s New Agenda
New York City's First Family
Excerpted from Bill de Blasio’s inauguration speech as the 109th Mayor of New York City:
We will ask the very wealthy to pay a little more in taxes so that we can offer full-day universal pre-K and after-school programs for every middle school student. And when we say “a little more,” we can rightly emphasize the “little.”
Those earning between $500,000 and one million dollars a year, for instance, would see their taxes increase by an average of $973 a year. That’s less than three bucks a day – about the cost of a small soy latte at your local Starbucks.
Think about it. A five-year tax on the wealthiest among us – with every dollar dedicated to pre-K and after-school. Asking those at the top to help our kids get on the right path and stay there. That’s our mission. And on that, we will not wait. We will do it now.
Of course, I know that our progressive vision isn’t universally shared. Some on the far right continue to preach the virtue of trickle-down economics. They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their way down to everyone else. They sell their approach as the path of ‘rugged individualism.’
But Fiorello La Guardia — the man I consider to be the greatest Mayor this city has ever known — put it best. He said: “I, too, admire the ‘rugged individual,’ but no ‘rugged individual’ can survive in the midst of collective starvation.”
So please remember: we do not ask more of the wealthy to punish success. We do it to create more success stories.
Review: Long Walk Humanises Mandela
By Robtel Neajai Pailey
The timing could not have been more poignant: as South African president Jacob Zuma announced to the world that Nelson Mandela, the father of his nation, had breathed his last, Mandela’s daughters, Zenani and Zindzi, were sitting alongside British royalty and the film’s stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, in the Odeon Cinema Leicester Square at the UK premier of his biopic, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," named after the former South African president’s 1995 memoir, serves up a series of perfectly punctuated snapshots of the late statesman’s life. But the film lacks the kind of psychological depth befitting a man who was larger than life. Swinging between the political and the personal, the film tries to cover too much ground in less than three hours. As a result, it titillates without fully satisfying and leaves the viewer wondering who the real Mandela was – and if a “real” Mandela only exists in the popular imagination.
But, despite its fault-lines, the film humanises Mandela – gently prying him from the pedestal that we all placed him on. It illustrates the complex, binary faces of the man, without fully reconciling any of them. We are reminded that Mandela was both husband and philanderer; terrorist and freedom fighter; deeply devoted father and absent parent; ANC loyalist and traitor; lawyer and defendant, prisoner and liberator of a nation (interestingly, Mandela was also both health nut and smoker). Despite looking nothing like Mandela, Elba mimics his gait and voice so hauntingly he almost rivals Denzel Washington’s portrayal of slain Nation of Islam leader, Malcolm X.
Read the full article at The Conversation
Note: Pailey is a frequent contributor to POH Snippets and is currently working on her PhD in Development Studies in the United Kingdom.
A young Martin Luther King, Jr.
1501 14th Street, NW
Wed, Jan 8 – Sun, Feb 23, $
The Powerful Strokes Of Robert Freeman
Zenith Gallery Presents
1429 Iris Street, NW
Artist Reception: Sat, Jan 11, 3p-7p, free
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE and Milwaukee Pl, SE
Mon, Jan 20, 11a, free
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner
La Fountaine Bleue
7514 Richie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD
Fri, Jan 17, 6p,$60
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History
Activities include a book discussion with Rev. Dr. Frank M. Reid, III,
musical entertainment, crafts for children and films
Sat, Jan. 18, 10a-5p, free with museum admission
Fifty Years Forward: Birmingham to Atlanta to Selma
740 East 56th Place
Fri, Jan 10,
Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah
Honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
50 East Congress Parkway,
Sun, Jan 19, 7:30p–9:30p, $30-$74
Happy 50th Birthday Mrs. Obama Jan 17
Born - January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois
Parents - Fraser Robinson III and Marian
Occupation – Attorney, Executive for city of Chicago, Hospital administrator
In Gallup Poll, US is the Biggest Threat to World Peace
In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24 percent of all respondents answered that the United States “is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.” Pakistan and China fell significantly behind the United States on the poll, with 8 and 6 percent, respectively. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, and North Korea all tied for fourth place with 4 percent.
While poll respondents seem anxious about the United States’ role in world affairs, many of them would have no problems moving to America if they could. The United States topped WIN/Gallup’s list of top countries people would move to with 9 percent of the vote. Canada and Australia came in second with 7 percent apiece, while 38 percent said they were happy exactly where they are.
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