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In light of Donald Trump’s Star of David controversy, a number of Jewish social justice and left-leaning organizations issued a joint letter condemning the use of anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic rhetoric in the presidential race and calling on Americans to denounce all forms of extremism and racism.
WASHINGTON — Georgia put itself at the national forefront in 2012 when legislators of every political stripe united to emphatically and enthusiastically pass the first of several bills overhauling the state’s criminal justice system.
About a dozen protesters gathered in the rain at the LIRR’s Garden City station Monday morning, holding signs with messages including “#FightFor15” and “All Workers Deserve a Living Wage.”
They chanted “We believe that we can win!” and “What do we want? Fifteen! When do we want it? Now!”
As the youngest child in my family, I felt like older people weren’t interested in listening to me. When I did speak up, I was often dismissed – what do you know? As a result, I stayed quiet at the dinner table and played games of make-believe by myself. In a way, I embraced my invisibility by seeking out hiding spots to read and play. Perhaps, that’s why I loved the holiday of Purim, which will be celebrated this week. Besides the fact that it involved carnivals and dressing in costume, it was based on a story about concealed identities revealed and people with little power, in particular our Jewish heroine, speaking up.
By the end of March, our elected representatives in Albany will have a chance to tackle income inequality, make New York more economically competitive, help right a racial injustice, and give our young people the financial power to build a life in the communities where they grew up -- all with a single vote.