Live From “Stand Up! Speak Out!”: Part I

I am pleased to announce there was a full house at last night’s forum against anti-GBLTQ violence! Not only were a number of our elected officials and representatives from the Police Department present, but a great many concerned citizens from as far-flung locales as Park Slope! Some of these individuals had very powerful tales to tell, as you will see. In any case 9and without further ado) follows is the footage I shot. NOTE: I will be adding more later today so check back!

INTRODUCTION: Lincoln Restler and Tom Burrows introduce themselves and give a general run-down of the evening’s itinerary

PART II: State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol Speaks

Part III: Pastor Ann Kansfield of the Greenpoint Reformed Church Speaks

  • Lincoln and Mr. Burrows give a nod to the other members of the clergy present
  • Mr. Restler gives a general run-down of anti-GBLTQ incidences in north Brooklyn.

PART IV:  A citizen named Dave gives a personal account of being attacked.

PART V: Chris, a friend of a man recently attacked, speaks.

PART VI: Representatives from the Anti-Violence Project, Safe Horizons and the NYPD Speak

  • LADIES NOTE: Project Envision is working on a project regarding street harassment!

PART VII: A Representative from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Speaks

PART VIII: Rami Metal, Community Liaison from Councilman Steve Levin’s office, speaks

More to come… You can view the rest here!

Miss Heather


5 Comments on Live From “Stand Up! Speak Out!”: Part I

  1. SGI on Tue, 23rd Aug 2011 8:03 pm
  2. What’s Al Franken doing in Greenpoint?

  3. missheather on Tue, 23rd Aug 2011 8:05 pm
  4. Be nice! Yes, Lincoln’s resemblance to Mr. Franken has not gone unnoticed.

  5. SGI on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 10:31 am
  6. I was being nice. I also refrained from mentioning that Brooklyn is becoming more like the defunct USSR with one political party pulling the strings thanks to the sheeple voting lockstep for bums like Levin, Lopez et al. restler might be part of the “opposition”; but, in the end, it’s nothing more than the other side of the same coin.

    I’m still waiting for a death cage match pitting Al….er Lincoln versus Warren “Johnny Eyebrows” Cohn.

  7. missheather on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 10:38 am
  8. I figured you were jesting. No big deal! That said, I do agree with you that the best way to reform Brooklyn politics is to have a functioning multiparty system (so as to serve as a “check and balance”). Sadly, I do not see this happening in the foreseeable future. The previous having been written, I do have to laud Lincoln for all the work he does. Really. He busts his ass.

    If we could get our electeds to set aside their infighting and do what they have been charged to (READ: serve the public) that would be a big step forward.

  9. SGI on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 2:12 pm
  10. Public service, i.e. elected office, isn’t considered an honor and privilege anymore. People who run for office, for the most part, don’t do it because they want to serve the public. Being an elected representative is looked at as a very well paying job requiring absolutely no experience. Once in office, they take on the trappings of an imperial court official, being dismissive, patronizing and condescending in the same breath; yet, only mingling with the lumpen who elected them in the first place when it’s re-election season which, in the case of congressional representatives, starts before their first year is completed. More time is spent amassing campaign contributions than is spent legislating and representing their constituents’ interests.

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