Durand-Eastman Park. So peaceful and picturesque. This time of year the autumn colors are brilliant. And the water is so calm and reflective; the landscape seems to gently float up into the sky. This could be heaven.
On the edge of one great Lake Ontario, two much smaller lakes, Durand and Eastman are named for the two men who donated the land for this beautiful park. In the early 1900′s Dr. Henry S. Durand owned a summer camp here. He and his friend George Eastman saw a need for a public park with access to the beach. So they bought a number of farms around the Durand property, and in 1907 they offered the land to the City of Rochester.
On September 29th, Rochester Red & Black hosted a discussion about the influences that Anarchist ideals had on the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The talk was led by two authors that have recently written on the subject, Mark Bray and Nathan Schneider.
In the current government shutdown and bond default crisis, the extreme left-wing position, the one that House Speaker John Boehner says would amount to “unconditional surrender,” would be to allow the government to function normally and pay its bills under the “sequester” budget. This is the austerity budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, which at the time a surrender to the priorities of the Republican right wing.
On October 24, 2013, members of Enough is Enough, along with others in the community gave testimony of Rochester Police Officers behaving aggressively and with brutality at a forum organized by The United Christian Leadership Ministry of WNY, The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the NAACP, Spiritus Christi Anti-Racism Coalition.
About 25 veterans and supporters gathered and rang bells outside the Rochester Armed Forces Recruiting Center at 11:11 AM this Veterans Day. Despite it being a national holiday the recruiting center was open. The rally was organized by Veterans for Peace and Band of Rebels, a local activist group comprised mainly of retirees.
Blog #22: The 13th Amendment—Prison Slavery and Mass Incarceration
The Thirteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows:
Section 1. Slavery prohibited. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
NYS SUPREME COURT Rules Rochester Red Light Camera Law Is Constitutional
In a decision released late Friday, November 1, Supreme Court Justice Scott Odorisi ruled against plaintiff Lawrence Krieger in his lawsuit against Rochester's red-light camera scheme.
In a twenty-seven page opinion Justice Odorisi ruled that the scheme did not create quasi-criminal liability and that the due process rights in the U.S. Constitution are not violated by the City's enforcement procedures.
Submitted by T. Forsyth / photos: Michele Cunningham on Tue, 2013-10-29 14:57
On July 28, 2013, Michele Cunningham (formerly Fineout) walked into the Public Safety Building's main lobby at 185 Exchange Boulevard around 5:30PM. She was upset that police had racially targeted, harassed and then arrested her friend Juan, while they were walking down East Main Street earlier in the day. Because of the unjust behavior of the police, she found herself at the Public Safety Building that evening attempting to bail him out.