Melissa Mark-Viverito (born April 1, 1969) is the Speaker of the New York City Council. She is the member from the Council’s 8th District, which currently includes East Harlem, Randalls and Wards Islands, as well as Port Morris and part of Mott Haven in the Bronx. Described by The New York Times as “fiercely liberal”, she was elected Speaker on January 8, 2014, succeeding Christine Quinn.

Mark-Viverito was born in the San Juan suburb of Bayamón, Puerto Rico. She came to New York at age 18 to attend college, earning a BA degree from Columbia University in 1991 and then a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College in 1995. Her hyphenated last name comes from her late father, Anthony Mark, and the maiden name of her mother, Elizabeth Viverito. Her father was a doctor and a founder of San Pablo Hospital in Bayamón, where her mother still lives.

After running unsuccessfully against Phil Reed for City Council in District 8 in 2003, Mark-Viverito was elected to the position when Reed reached his term limit in 2005. During her first four years in office, Mark-Viverito sponsored and passed several pieces of legislation regarding tenant harassment, building safety, greening buildings, and park conservancies.[6] In January 2009, she criticized the voting record of newly appointed New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on immigration.[7]

During Mark-Viverito’s second term in the Council, she served as chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee[8] and as founding co-chair of the Progressive Caucus.[9]

In November 2013, she won re-election to her third term in the Council, and her close ally Bill de Blasio was elected mayor. Soon the New York Daily News cited Mark-Viverito as “the front-runner” for “New York City’s second-most powerful political post — Speaker of the City Council.”[10] A grassroots effort to boost her Speaker candidacy included social media, fliers, phone banking, and volunteer recruitment.[11] Mark-Viverito was elected City Council Speaker on January 8, 2014, at age 44, becoming the first member of the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus to hold this position.[12] Her first “State of the City” speech emphasized reform of the criminal justice system.[13]

In August 2014, Mark-Viverito publicly disclosed that she is infected with the most common STD, the human papillomavirus.[14]

She is not married.


Get to know me: I’m Arien Reign ( known as dersekingdom to many people) I am a 23 year old puerto rican living in western mass. Almost all my life I believed to be genderfluid (before the term existed) as of 2014 I came out as Trans. I always knew I felt more comfortable as a male. Even though at times I enjoy having femme looks, I always knew I was a boy. I guess I never fully experimented until I hit over eighteen, after I realized that pretending to be cis gendered fucked me up — and I knew high schoolers wouldnt bully me for it. Yeah i was kinda popular in school, but if I came out to them as anything but a girl, I knew I would be fucked. I witnessed it many times with others. I used to argue with those people, and even fought once. I live in a hispanic household, where Catholic Religion is law. If Im anything but straight and cis i must be going to hell. But luckily, My mother has always been the one who supported me, she sneakly bought me male clothing, allowed me to bind, and even experiment with names. I guess its because of her support that I was able to come out as trans because at the time i felt safer as genderfluid because that is what everyone already knew me as. And I was scared to come out all over again. My father still does not know I’ll be transitioning, and Im scared because he is transphobic, homophobic, etc. But I’m glad to say that I’m trans and that if anyone ever needs someone to talk to, I am here. I share similar fears, i’m still scared of starting hormones, of the surgery, etc. I’m scared of a lot of things but I know this is right. I always felt sick to my stomach when i was called a she, treated like a she, and was called my legal name. And so forth. So to those who still can not be visible, your day will come and I hope it’s soon, and you are safe and happy <3 


“Emergency On Planet Earth” by Jamiroquai | Planetary Club Mix (1993)

Loved this track since first hearing it in ‘93.

I’ve always been partial to this Danny Tenaglia version but my girlfriend swears by the London Rican Mix by MAW. We actually love both tracks and are big fans of the artist so it’s a win-win.

deep-sighing 質問:

I like how you show photos from every side of Chicago not just the traditional downtown, Chinatown, humboldt park ect. I moved from the north side to the surrounding suburbs, but I like scrolling down your blog whenever I miss it. It's cool seeing the places where I used to pass by daily.

Thank you! While I appreciate this message. I do believe downtown, chinatown, and Humboldt park aren’t given proper representation neither. Often times it is catered for the white gaze. I mean how many images of downtown showcase the working class of color hustling and bustling in every inch of that section of the city? How many images of Chinatown showcase actual Chinese community instead of its architecture? And Humboldt Park needs more representation of what the ongoing process of gentrification is affecting working class Puerto-rican residents. I try as much as I can and I hope followers can too by submitting their images of what the city looks like to them.


İ cried when they shot Medgar Evers
Tears ran down my spine
I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy
As though I’d lost a father of mine
But Malcolm X got what was coming
He got what he asked for this time
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I go to civil rights rallies
And I put down the old D.A.R.
I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy
I hope every colored boy becomes a star
But don’t talk about revolution
That’s going a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I cheered when Humphrey was chosen
My faith in the system restored
I’m glad the commies were thrown out
of the A.F.L. C.I.O. board
I love Puerto Ricans and Negros
as long as they don’t move next door
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

The people of old Mississippi
Should all hang their heads in shame
I can’t understand how their minds work
What’s the matter don’t they watch Les Crain?
But if you ask me to bus my children
I hope the cops take down your name
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I read New republic and Nation
I’ve learned to take every view
You know, I’ve memorized Lerner and Golden
I feel like I’m almost a Jew
But when it comes to times like Korea
There’s no one more red, white and blue
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I vote for the democratic party
They want the U.N. to be strong
I go to all the Pete Seeger concerts
He sure gets me singing those songs
I’ll send all the money you ask for
But don’t ask me to come on along
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to the socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
But I’ve grown older and wiser
And that’s why I’m turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Ok fuck u fuck u

How are you, going to be upset, that three people go offended when you said something culturally offensive

How are you, in front of three germans, say how excited you are to write a hetalia fic about “the ussr crushing the germans!!!” 

 How the fuck are you going to be mad that they got offended and said how they don’t like it when people write those fics?? That’s their country. Their culture. Their history. This goes for any country. So yeah, some people might get offended if you talk so lightly about a very tragic and dark time for their country. That’s like going to a Jewish person and talking about how excited you are “to write about hilter killing the jews!”

It’s like you going up to me, a Puerto Rican, and saying how excited you are to write a fix about “The spanish raping and enslaving of the tainos!!” 

If someone says its offensive dont do it. And if you do something offensive, say sorry. Don’t make a tumblr post saying “im sorry your offended, but fuck off.” Thats rude, you are culturally insensitive, and you are a fucking asshole to get mad at people who get upset about you writing shippy fanfics of a really fucked up time in their country

fuck you.