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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Safer Sex Practices and Criminal Behavior

Here's an interesting article from Ms Magazine:

In the article, the investigator suggests that women stopped on the streets with an 'excess amount' of condoms on their person, are more likely to be be harrassed and/or arrested for the crime of prostitution.

According to the article, "Almost everyone interviewed for a recent Sex Workers Project survey mentioned a certain number of condoms over which they felt more concerned about increased harassment.” Cyndee Clay, the executive director of the Washington D.C.-based initiative Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive, said the issue is a "common enough practice that everyone knows about it.”

Click here to read the full article at Ms. Magazine...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Passage of Health Care Reform: A Bronx Congressman's Reaction

Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, who represents the Bronx as well as Rockland and Westchester, had a key role in ensuring this weeks historic passage of Comprehensive Health Care Reform.

After casting his YES vote, Mr. Engel stated that “Despite months of rhetoric and mistruths uttered by the opposition, and the fear and uncertainty that those words caused, the American people will receive reform which will improve lives, and more importantly, save lives. For the vast majority of Americans, no changes to their health care coverage will occur at all. Meanwhile, millions of more Americans will be able to receive basic care."

Mr. Engel, who was invited to the White House for yesterday's official signing of the bill, concluded by stating that he has "always been proud to serve as a Member of Congress...tonight, as I cast the 216th and deciding vote on the reconciliation package, is the proudest I have ever been over that span of time.”

To read Mr. Engel's full statement on the passage of Comprehensive Health Care Reform, click here...
To watch a video of Mr. Engel's floor speech, click here...

Monday, March 15, 2010

March Madness at Bronx Community Solutions

From Case Manager Daren Mills...

Once again, March Madness is upon us. This is the time of the year when people go crazy for basketball. The basketball madness kicked off here in the Bronx with Round 1 of the Bronx Community Solutions Basketball League Playoffs.
In the first game, the BCS Bombers, ranked 3rd this season, took on the police officers from Patrol Borough Bronx - in what was their first meeting of the year. The officers of Patrol Borough Bronx are no strangers to the playoffs, having eliminated the Bombers in previous years. Coach Willie Bernardez, a Resource Coordinator at Bronx Community Solutions, made sure that was not the case this year.
With the adrenaline pumping and excitement in the air, the Bombers jumped out to an early lead with excellent ball movement and stellar shooting. After an early time out, Patrol Borough Bronx stopped the momentum and used their experience and size to rally back and tie the game. At the end of the first half, the Bombers were clinging to a 26-25 lead.
The second half saw a change in strategy as the Bombers made use of their youthful energy and began utilizing a full court press. The Bombers continuously drove to the basket despite the distinct height advantage of Patrol Borough Bronx. The game continued to be a back and forth battle, and Patrol Borough Bronx took a 6 point lead with 3 minutes left in the game. Given the circumstances, most teams would've started to panic, but the Bombers' experience kept them in the game. Free throws brought the Bombers to within 3-points, and a buzzer beating 3-pointer by Bomber Bobby Harris sent the game into overtime.
In overtime, tough defense took over and the game was ultimately decided at the free throw line. Led by Community Affairs Officer Eliu Feliciano, Patrol Borough Bronx took an early lead after getting to the free throw line on three straight possessions. The Bombers did not surrender, and were kept in the game with a combination of assists and free throws by Ed Johnson. Johnson's clutch free throws with seconds remaining in the game put the Bombers up for good, as Patrol Borough Bronx missed what would've been a game tying three pointer as the buzzer sounded.
The game was truly a great start to what promises to be a month of great basketball, as the Bombers continue their run for the Championship.

Monday, March 08, 2010

The State Of The Borough Address

This past Friday at Evander Childs High School, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. delivered his first State of the Borough Address. As he stood before a throng of Bronx residents and those who are fighting on behalf of the borough (including Bronx Community Solutions' Project Director Maria Almonte and Community Initiatives Coordinator TK Singleton), Mr. Diaz outlined his plan for the coming year.

Mr. Diaz discussed his idea to develop a "green economy" in the Bronx - linked to the announcement of a Federal grant from the Consortium of Worker's Education that will fund the training of more than 400 Bronx residents in the field of energy efficiency. Mr. Diaz also stressed that he would work with developers to bring a real hotel to the Bronx, and spoke of the continued war on illegal handguns, while citing the recent buybacks that took place in the churches of the borough and pledging to rid the Bronx of 1,500 more guns over the next year.

At the conclusion of his speech, Mr. Diaz made a call for the residents of the borough to work together as "One Bronx." As "One Bronx," Diaz explained, the residents of the borough "have the will to stand up and fight for our neighborhoods, to ensure that we no longer receive the short end of the stick when it comes to economic development, education, and the critical funding our communities need to thrive.”

To read the Borough President's speech in full, click here...