Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Looking for Clergy to Participate

The budget could be voted on by April 1st. The time to Act is Now!

The $4.6 billion transfer from the poorest to the wealthiest is the largest transfer of wealth in the history of our state; meanwhile the poorest are struggling in our city and our nation.

  • Schools will lose after school and enrichment programs, art, music and teachers.
  • Elimination of lifesaving services for poor children, including programs that prevent child abuse and reduce foster care placements.
  • Wholesale elimination of jobs programs to support our communities, including summer youth employment, job training and job creation initiatives as an alternative to welfare.

New tax breaks for the wealthy will only deepen the inequality, worsen the job crisis and create harsher times for regular New Yorkers living on Main Streets all over our state.

Clergy around the city have responded to the call to participate in this weekends prayer in. However, clergy is still needed to participate. At least another 12 more are neede. There's only about 9 nine days left to push the Governor and Senate Republicans to extend the millionaires tax. 

If you, or know someone, who would like to participate, please let Zakaria Nasari (information below) so they can organize press around this event. Imagine if the article read over "100 places of worship across the state Pray for Governor Cuomo to do the right thing and protect our communities not millionaires."

Clergy that has agreed to participate so far:

Bishop Findlayter- has agreed to let press in

Reverend Osbourne- will speak to press

Imam Konate-Will speak to press

Imam Bajaha

Reverend Walston- will speak to press

Imam Abdullah

Imam Saif

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann

Please contact:
Zakiyah Ansari

233 Broadway
New York, NY 10279
212 328 9266
917 309 5742

You're Invited...

3rd Annual
Global Sikh Civil and Human Rights Report

This is an annual publication that highlights the civil and human rights abuses perpetrated against Sikhs and other minority communities worldwide.

The event will take place on Monday March 28, 2011 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in
the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd
Floor Conference Room, New York, NY 10017.

The UNITED SIKHS legal team will present the findings from the report at the
press conference. This will be followed by brief comments by advocates from
human and civil rights organization. The press conference will conclude with
a Q&A session.

The Report combines data from primary and secondary sources from 29
countries around the world, and is a unique publication, being primarily
focused on human rights abuses affecting the global Sikh community. The
Report demonstrates how minority communities are increasingly facing the
brunt of evolving governmental and international policies that threaten
their identity. Over the years, it has informed the work of Sikh and
non-Sikh civil and human rights advocates, litigators, and non-profit

Panel Speakers:

· Dan Mach, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)/ Freedom of
Religion and Belief, [DC]

· Pabitra Benjamin, Field Director, Rights Working Group (RWG), [DC]

· Dr. Bobbi Nassar, Vice Chair for the NGO Committee on Human
Rights, [NY]

· Thane Rosenbaum, Fordham Law Professor/ John Whelan Distinguished
Lecturer in Law and Director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, [NY]

· Department of Justice (DOJ)/ Community Relations Services, [DC]
(invitation extended)

· Hansdeep Singh (Senior Staff Attorney)/ Ilana Ofgang (Legal

***For questions or to RSVP to the event please contact Rucha Kavathe
by calling 1-646-688-3525 or by email at


UNITED SIKHS is a UN-affiliated, international non-profit, humanitarian
relief, human development and advocacy organization. The Global Sikh Civil &
Human Rights Report is an annual publication highlighting the civil and
human rights abuses faced by Sikhs and other communities worldwide

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Your invited...

Join NY Faith & Justice, Metro Hope Church, and NY Theological Seminary as we take part in:
Join us this Friday as we stand in solidarity with the Haitian people as they continue to recover from the devastating earthquake just over a year ago. What has worked in the recovery, what hasn't, and what is the role of the American faith community as the road to recovery continues.

A night of discussion, music, and readings will feature:

Kent Annan of Haiti Partners & Author of "After Shock"

Panel Discussion Including:

MIDWIN CHARLES Esq. Founder, Midwin Charles & Associates LLC
VLADIMIR DUTHIERS, Journalist, CNN/ Anderson Cooper 360
FERENTZ LAFARGUE, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Literary Studies, Eugene Lang College, The New School
Rev. Chloe Breyer, Exec. Dir, The Interfaith Center of NY


Friday, MARCH 25TH 2011
125th Street & 5th Avenue