Today, Sunday June 14…the National Puerto Rican Day Parade is alive and well…on WABC TV!

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Fifty years ago, Muhammad Ali was pummeled by George Foreman and Joe Frazier: but he still beat them. He adjusted to every dynamic – the temper of his opponents, the limits of his aging body, the politics of his career – and the wisdom and quality of those adjustments marked an astounding human evolution. They made him a worldwide legend. Someone that we all admire and respect.

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is showing those same qualities.

Their board of directors is maturing and developing new layers of integrity. A case in point is Neysa Alsina, a brilliant attorney who helped steer the Municipal Credit Union through three years of record-breaking prosperity, and was the Senior Policy Advisor to Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-7).

I personally witnessed her subtle yet firm navigation of a complex Jones Act exemption for Puerto Rico. While serving as counsel for the New York City Bar, Alsina quietly steered this reform measure: with such calm dexterity, and such compelling logic, that the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association (ABA) all announced a collective demand for Jones Act relief in Puerto Rico.

Alsina is now a board member of the New York Puerto Rican Day Parade, and she is managing their scholarship program as well: which extends $200,000 annually, in aid to exceptional Puerto Rican students.

Through her intellect and character, Attorney Neysa Alsina will accelerate the evolution of the board, and the historic footprint of our parade.

Another sign of the NPRDP’s resilience and capacity for adjustment, is what is happening TODAY…

Sunday, June 14.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NPRDP The cannot march up Fifth Avenue this year…but they still managed to keep the parade alive!

An exciting 90-minute community celebration will take place on today. June 14, at noon.

The official parade program will be hosted by WABC-TV anchors Joe Torres and David Novarro, along with “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin.

Confirmed artists include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rosie Pérez, Esai Morales, Gilberto Santa Rosa, La India, Victor Manuelle, Ivonne Coll, Pedro Capo, Anthony Ramos, Ariana DeBose, Kany García, and many others.

The celebration will also showcase winners of the NPRDP Scholarship program and serve as a fundraiser for the scholarship fund: the program that is now managed by Neysa Alsino.

For four consecutive years, the NPRDP has awarded $200,000 to 100 exceptional high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors of Puerto Rican descent.

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade Celebration will broadcast on WABC-TV, Channel 7 from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 14. It will also be streamed on the station’s website abc7ny.com as well as on the station’s free news and connected TV apps on Amazon FireTV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.

THAT is a parade that refuses to quit. THAT is a board that is energized and focused. Congratulations to the leadership of the NPRDP. During these tragic times they are adjusting…evolving…and bringing some our finest leaders on board.

Tomorrow, Saturday June 13…the Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade!

The New York Puerto Rican Day Parade is still alive!

A group of young and passionate Boricuas, who know the sanctity of tradition,  refused to forget our parade. Not for a year, not for a minute. They donated their talent and labor for months…to create a new, virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

In fact, that ‘s the name of it:

THE VIRTUAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE…

On Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is not affiliated with the traditional Fifth Avenue parade…but it is keeping the tradition alive for all of us.

Over the past few months, the virtual parade just kept growing…and growing…

And growing.

And tomorrow (June 13) we can see Tito Rojas, Frankie Negron, Tito Puente Jr, IVY Queen, Luis Guzman, and countless others…all of whom will be part of the Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade! 

To  view the virtual parade on June 13, simply visit their website:  https://paradavirtualpr.com/

You will see easy and complete instructions, to view the entire parade.

You are one click away from a fabulous, fierce and free afternoon of Puerto Rican culture! 

A special thanks goes out to Bella Angelysse Matias, Sonia Velasquez, Gualterio Alomar, and the other tireless volunteers at Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

It is inspiring to see young people who know the value of old traditions.

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The Bravest Federal Judge in New York: Analisa Torres

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“We are reviewing it,” said the Chairman of the Democratic Party of New York State. And with those four words…the chairman of nothing…showed why no one wants to vote at all.

On May 5, 2020, U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres ruled that the June 23 Democratic presidential primary will not be cancelled…because depriving withdrawn candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang of proper representation at the Democratic convention, would violate the First Amendment.

Judge Torres is on solid constitutional footing since the First Amendment applies not only to candidates – but also to the delegates who agreed with their views and are now constitutionally entitled to express those views at the convention. Anything less would be arbitrary, overbroad, and a direct abrogation of their right to free speech.

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Federal District Judge Analisa Torres

Despite this clear right, the Democratic members of the New York State Board of Elections voted last week to cancel the presidential primary of June 23 – even though New York still intends to hold its congressional and state-level primaries on that exact same day.

The Board cited fears that “coronavirus could spread” among the additional voters who would show up. However, the fact that the primary was going to occur on June 23 anyway because of other contested races, including a number of congressional primaries, led Torres to question why – if safety was such a concern – the primary wasn’t canceled entirely.

When asked for reaction, New York State Democratic party chair Jay Jacobs said: “We are reviewing it.”

This was a simple question and the answer needed no “review,” because no US citizen’s health is more valuable than another’s. At least that’s what we’re told. But the Board knew exactly what it was doing. With Sanders and Yang on the ballot, some additional 1,500,000 voters could turn out: in a year when 21 Democratic congress members and 40 Democratic state senators are up for re-election, all of whom could receive primary challenges.

WE ARE REVIEWING NOTHING

Every one of these politicians remembers how, just two years ago, voters from the Bernie Sanders camp provided important fuel to candidates like Alejandra Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) , who defeated longtime incumbent and Queens County Leader Joseph Crowley.

And that is why their cronies and hired hands on the Board of Elections, voted to cancel the Presidential primary. It had nothing to do with public safety or concerns about coronavirus.

They did it to protect the seats of 61 Democratic politicians.

In standing up to these party hacks, Judge Torres not only valued the First Amendment over incumbent protection. She also took a preemptive stand against cynical and calculated government deception: especially in such an intimate area as COVID-19.

The word “intimate” is significant.

Our nation is festooned with buffoons, vapid minds and tragic decisions. It is choking with Faustian bargains, empty suits and sociopaths who somehow found a niche, play hide and seek with our money, and delight in killing souls to satiate their own.

They call this government.

And over the past few months, the effect of this government has been very intimate.

We walk alone through empty rooms, talk to our mirrors, argue with the echoes of our mistakes, long deeply for touch or twinkling eye or silly smile or love as breathless and boundless as a dream…

Then we wake up again, alone, and listen to a fool with a radioactive squirrel on his head announcing that maybe we should drink Lysol.

Our president.

And now this emptiness, this looming death and narrow life, is not only a federal alibi. Our local leaders, the ones we might supposedly see and touch, are lying to us, too…and amplify the tragedy by using COVID-19, and all the souls it’s claimed, as a cover for government fraud and corruption.

This deception is especially galling from a Democratic Party which constantly assails Pres. Donald Trump for his “alternative facts,” constant embellishment and outright lies. It appears that on this issue, that of shameless lying, the entire Democratic Party of the State of New York is keeping company with Donald Trump.

Our recognition and thanks go out to Judge Analisa Torres. She is a profile in courage, and still sees truth somewhere in a high tower.

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Tomorrow, Saturday June 13…the Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade!

The New York Puerto Rican Day Parade is still alive!

A group of young and passionate Boricuas, who know the sanctity of tradition,  refused to forget our parade. Not for a year, not for a minute. They donated their talent and labor for months…to create a new, virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

In fact, that ‘s the name of it:

THE VIRTUAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE…on Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is not affiliated with the traditional Fifth Avenue parade…but it is keeping the tradition alive for all of us.

Over the past few months, the virtual parade just kept growing…and growing…

And growing.

And tomorrow (June 13) we can see Tito Rojas, Frankie Negron, Tito Puente Jr, IVY Queen, Luis Guzman, and countless others…all of whom will be part of the Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade! 

A special thanks goes out to Bella Angelysse Matias, Sonia Velasquez, Gualterio Alomar, and the other tireless volunteers at Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade. It is inspiring to see young people who know the value of old traditions.

To  view the virtual parade on June 13, simply visit their website:  https://paradavirtualpr.com/

You will see easy and complete instructions, to view the entire parade.

You are one click away from a fabulous, fierce and free afternoon of Puerto Rican culture! 

A special thanks goes out to Bella Angelysse Matias, Sonia Velasquez, Gualterio Alomar, and the other tireless volunteers at Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

It is inspiring to see young people who know the value of old traditions.

 

To honor the legacy of Angelo Falcón: fight for a fair US Census

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For nearly half a century, Angelo Falcón fought nobly and tirelessly for the Puerto Rican and Latino community.  One of his main battlefields was the US Census.

Here is why:

Last year (2018) the US federal government spent $4.11 trillion. A large amount of this spending, nearly $1 trillion, is determined and directed by the US Census.

Next year (2020) the US Census will be conducted online…for the first time ever, in US history. While this offers a potential for better enumeration of Latinos and minority populations, it also creates a tremendous risk…

Of well-funded, highly organized, targeted hacking of US Census digital operations, which could deeply undercount millions of Latinos throughout the country. This would systematically deprive Latinos of trillions…of TRILLIONS of dollars over the next ten years.

If you think that TRILLIONS of dollars is not enough to motivate a widespread fraud against Latinos – a fraud that can emanate from the highest levels of US government – then let’s review the history of “statistical sampling.”

STATISTICAL SAMPLING: A QUICK HISTORY

Do you know the merits of “statistical sampling,” versus “straight headcount” by the US Census? The difference is this: in rural, suburban and low-density areas, a straight headcount is feasible. A census enumerator can go door-to-door — “count” every head — and report a reasonably accurate number for the people who live there.

But how can the US Census “count every head” in an environment like this one:

The answer is, they can’t. Not even close. The only way the US Census can reasonably estimate the population of East L.A or Calle Ocho or Washington Heights, is to isolate a few key census tracts…send hundreds of enumerators into those census tracts…and extrapolate their findings onto the surrounding census tracts.

This is called “statistical sampling.

Especially for crowded Latino neighborhoods, this sampling methodology is the only way to generate a reasonably accurate population report.

THE TRUTH ABOUT SAMPLING

In Washington, D.C. policy circles, it is commonly known that sampling is favored by Democrats and opposed by Republicans – because it increases the number of minority residents that are reported in large, inner-city areas.

The US Census numbers are vital…because they determine the amount of federal monies apportioned to school districts, SNAP and pre-K programs; hospital systems, nursing homes and VA health care; Medicare Plan B subsidies and rate reductions; Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement programs; home health aides, meals, and direct assistance for senior citizens; highways, roads, and mass transit systems; public housing projects and affordable housing developments; revenue-sharing block grants; EB-5 investment projects; federal contributions to unemployment insurance payments; and thousands of other health, education and welfare programs.

Nearly a trillion dollars per year are at stake…and the US Census determines who receives it.

To understand the local impact of this, consider the following…Medicaid spending is 40% of the budget of New York State. The 2019 NY state budget was $175 billion, and the state Medicaid expenses were $70 billion. The US Census figures were critical for apportioning this $70 billion Medicaid obligation – particularly in low-income areas such as Washington Heights, East Harlem and the South Bronx.

For this reason, when the federal government refused to employ statistical sampling in the 1990 US Census, Mayor David Dinkins and New York City sued the US federal government, to compel the use of sampling. In that lawsuit, Dinkins argued that as many as 450,000 New York City residents would not be counted, without statistical sampling by the US Census.

New York City (and several other cities that joined in as plaintiffs) won this lawsuit against the federal government…and statistical sampling was used in the 2000 US Census.

This brought tens of billions of federal dollars to New York City.

In addition, a 1998 US Supreme Court case prohibited the use of sampling in the re-drawing of congressional seats, but specifically stated that sampling could be used — and in many cases was required — for the distribution of federal funds, grants and resources.

OBAMA PULLS A FAST ONE…ON NEW YORK CITY AND LATINOS NATIONWIDE

A few years later, in 2008, Barack Obama inherited the sub-prime financial disaster. While Obama did not create the problem, his solution was cynical and abhorrent.

He handed a trillion-dollar, taxpayer-funded bailout to the same Wall Street operators who created the sub-prime mortgage crisis…then these operators turned around, and kept the bailout money for themselves! It was Christmas on Wall Street, courtesy of Barack Obama.

Then to pay for his Wall Street giveaway, Obama snuck the “straight headcount” methodology back into the US Census.

He did this even though New York City and its black mayor had sued the federal government to prevent this “straight headcount” from being used…ever again!

OBAMA USES SONIA SOTOMAYOR…TO COVER HIS TRACKS

From a Machiavellian standpoint…the manner in which Obama snuck the “straight headcount” back into the US Census, was sheer genius. But from a human standpoint, it was a deception and betrayal of nearly the entire American people . . . particularly US Latinos.

Obama nominated Robert Groves to direct the US Census. Groves sailed through his US Senate confirmation hearing – virtually undetected – and then immediately abandoned statistical sampling as the US Census methodology.

Here is the transcript of Groves’ confirmation hearing before the US Senate:

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/about/about-the-bureau/confirmation_transcript.pdf

Note the following events in this transcript:

The Chairman of the hearing announces that it will be a quick hearing: “in and out within an hour and a half.” (page 2)

Another Senator jokes about “statistical sampling” (page 3)

Robert Groves states – clearly and emphatically – that he will NOT use statistical sampling as director of the US Census. (page 15)

The Chairman announces his intention “to move this nomination through committee next week…it’s critical that you get confirmed and get started.” (page 26)

HOW DID SONIA SOTOMAYOR FIT INTO THIS?

Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court, in the same week that he nominated Robert Groves to direct the US Census.

The hoopla surrounding Sonia’s nomination enabled the Senate to quietly fast-track the Groves nomination: with a one and one-half hour “hearing” for something…that was already a done deal.

In other words, the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor – and the media circus that accompanied it, and spread all the way to Europe – was planned and timed to serve as a cover for the real money appointment.

Robert Groves was the main event…not Sonia. But nobody realized it.

THE ROTHSCHILD FORMULA

Through this clever system of appointments, Obama was able to have his cake and eat it, too. He appeared heroic for appointing a Puerto Rican to the Supreme Court…at the same time that he silently engineered the denial of trillions of federal dollars from Latino neighborhoods, and Latino school districts, all over the US.

More than 200 years ago, banker Mayer Amschel Rothschild – the founder of the House of Rothschild – announced “Give me control over a nation’s money, and I care not who writes its laws.” Obama followed this formula to a “T.”

And if a charismatic black president — the first black president in the history of the US — could do this to the Latino community…if a supposedly “liberal” Democrat contrived and executed this slick plan in the White House, to deprive Latinos of TRILLIONS of dollars…do you really think that in the era of President Trump, Ann Coulter and white Nationalists, there will NOT be any clandestine “tinkering” and “tweaking” of the first online Census?

In honor of Angelo Falcón and everything he stood for, Latinos nationwide need to pay attention and take firm action, to protect the integrity of the 2020 US Census.

For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s ColonyBuy it Now

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