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Male artist makes statement by installing sculpture in public w/out permission. Outraged that artist installs sculpture in public w/out permission.

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‘Charging Bull’ creator says NYC, 'Fearless Girl’ statue violated his rights

“Speaking at a Manhattan news conference, Arturo Di Modica said he placed the “Charging Bull” statue in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1987 as a symbol of America’s resilience following the stock market crash that year. The city later relocated the sculpture to a small public park area nearby.

“The bull represents strength,” said Di Modica. “The strength of America, the strength of the market.”

The iconic statue over the years has become one of the city’s most popular tourist attraction. But on the eve of International Women’s Day, State Street Global Advisors placed the new a statue of a little girl, hands defiantly on hips, in front of the bull.

The new sculpture virtually overnight became a representation of a lack of gender diversity and equality on Wall Street and in other  U.S. workplaces. The investment firm said it commissioned the artwork as a part of its call on behalf of the more than 3,500 companies that benefit from its clients’ investments to make sure their governing boards are diverse.

Created by artist Kristen Visbal, “Fearless Girl” gained widespread attention as tourists flocked to the site to take pictures with the statue. 

By March 27, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed that the “fearless girl” statue would remain on Department of Transportation property as a part of a municipal art program through February 2018.

Many hailed the announcement. But Di Modica was far from pleased. He said “Fearless Girl” was part of an advertising campaign that altered the artistic message behind “Charging Bull” without his permission.  

“What they did, it’s a negative,” Di Modica said of the new message conveyed by “Fearless Girl.” Now, the message is “I’m here, what are you going to do,” he said.

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The mayor of New York City is standing up for the planet, and has signed an executive order committing the city to honour the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

It seems that Trump’s actions to remove the U.S. from the climate accord has had the opposite effect. Now governments across the U.S. are redoubling their efforts to combat Climate Change.

She can stay! (At least until February 2018.)

A statue of a young girl that has been staring down New York City’s iconic Wall Street bull sculpture since the eve of International Women’s Day is not going anywhere — at least for another year.

The four-foot “Fearless Girl” statue was installed in front of the bronze “Charging Bull” in time for International Women’s Day earlier this month as a way of calling attention to the gender pay gap and lack of gender diversity on corporate boards in the financial sector, the Wall-Street firm that installed the popular statue has said.

Now the statue, which depicts a pony-tailed girl in a dress defiantly looking up at the bull, will remain at her post until February 2018, New York politicians announced at a press conference on Monday. It was set to be removed on April 2.

Above: Mayor De Blasio, who is 6′ 5″, poses with the statue as the announcement is made Monday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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‘Sanctuary City’ Mayors Vow to Defy Trump’s Immigration Order
City officials, from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Haven, Syracuse and Austin, Tex., said they were prepared for a protracted fight.
By Liz Robbins

Martin J. Walsh, Boston: “To anyone who feels threatened today, or vulnerable, you are safe in Boston. We will do everything lawful in our powerful to protect you. If necessary, we will use City Hall itself to shelter and protect anyone who’s targeted unjustly. They can use my office, they can use any office in this building. They’ll be able to use this building as a safe space.”

Bill de Blasio, New York: “We’re going to defend all of our people regardless of where they come from, regardless of their immigration status.”

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago: “I want to be clear: We’re going to stay a sanctuary city. There is no stranger among us. Whether you’re from Poland or Pakistan, whether you’re from Ireland or India or Israel and whether you’re from Mexico or Moldova, where my grandfather came from, you are welcome in Chicago as you pursue the American dream.”

Ed Lee, San Francisco, with Sam Liccardo (San Jose) and Libby Schaaf (Oakland): “We will not give in to threats, or political grandstanding. Together, the Bay Area will stay true to our values of inclusiveness, compassion and equality, and united against any and all efforts to divide our residents, our cities, and our country.”

de Blasio Perfect Picture of What’s Wrong With Liberalism

Miosotis Familia, a 12 year veteran of the NYPD, was shot and killed in an unprovoked attack the other day. She was a mother of three children, working hard to support her family and keep New Yorkers safe. And what does the pure definition of liberalism, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, do? He rushes off to Germany so he can be a keynote speaker at a protest of capitalism, a protest of police, and a protest for socialism.

524 new recruits for the New York Police Department were to be sworn in as official police officers, an event that is usually…and universally…attended by the New York mayor to personally congratulate them and assure them that he has their back. And what does the pure definition of liberalism, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, do? He rushes off to Germany so he can be a keynote speaker at a protest of capitalism, a protest of police, and a protest for socialism.

If New Yorkers re-elect this person, what a stain they will put on that once, great city. Yes, ‘once’. New York has been the capitol of capitalism for well over a hundred years, if not longer. It is the hub of all things financial in this country. It displays the Statue of Liberty, heralds Ellis Island as the landing point of those huddled masses yearning to be free, and is such an iconic symbol of American power, prestige and prosperity, it is the main target of terrorists. New York is the apple of America’s eye, and is held up as the shining star of our independence and strong, national heritage.

Yet, New Yorkers continue to elect cretins like de Blasio, who would rather see their police department reduced to disrespect….at the very least…and outright targets of scum criminal elements…at the very worst. He even tells his own son to be wary of police, and this goes out to the public, which in turn harms their ability to be an effective deterrent to crime. de Blasio is the poster boy for liberals, who are fighting tooth and nail to see our country ripped to shreds, our Constitution obliterated, and a multiculturalism so vile to the original conception of America by the founding fathers that they aren’t just turning in their graves, they are spinning like a class 5 tornado.

The ‘America First’ slogan of Trump is a poison worse than hemlock to liberals, for they want borderless countries…entitlements for everyone to everything from permanent high paying jobs to free toilet paper (of the softest and most luxurious kind)…free college tuition…fifteen to twenty dollars an hour for burger flippers…and acceptance as normal of every kind of mental disorder that exists. They want to teach Islam in schools, and denounce Christianity as a hate cult. They want to be tolerant of everything they believe in, but violently intolerant of everything they don’t believe in. The liberal elites talk about equality for all, while spanning the globe in their private jets and living in multi-million dollar mansions with walls and armed guards, that none of the lower lemmings will ever see. No, the Obama types and O’Donnell types, and Clinton types don’t want to fall into your equality. They have a different idea of equality for the rest of us. Yet, the average liberal doesn’t get it. They don’t see it. What’s worse, they can’t see it.

And neither does de Blasio, one of the elite leaders of all that is wrong with this country. And if you don’t like what I have written, I could not care less.

I’d call him human garbage, but why insult garbage? He’s skipping a police ceremony to egg on people who attack the police. He may not throw a brick, but he’s legitimizing the mayhem. No wonder people in New York City hate him. Homelessness is up 40%, they’re finding corpses in the ponds at Central Park, a police officer is getting executed and his priority is a global idea, not about New York City. This is the world’s greatest city and we have the world’s worst mayor who skipped town. If he was so proud of this, why didn’t he tell anybody? Why did he leave without telling anybody? He’s an embarrassment.

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#HandsOffTheHomeless: Faith leaders, politicians, community organizers, and civil rights advocates gathered in front of City Hall to demand an end to the NYPD’s “sweeps” of homeless people from public space and other instances of inhumane treatment of the homeless by police.

New York City to provide free tampons and pads in public schools, jails, and shelters

After a unanimous vote by the city council (49-0) Tuesday, the city will soon provide free tampons and pads in all public schools, jails, and homeless shelters, making it the first in the United States to do so.

Though it will not become law until enacted by Mayor Bill de Blasio, he has voiced his support, saying “tampons and pads aren’t luxuries — they’re necessities.”

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De Blasio: Sanders' message 'would have won the election'
If Hillary Clinton had focused on Bernie Sanders’ message of income inequality, she maybe would have won last month's presidential election, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in an interview on ABC.

If Hillary Clinton had focused on Bernie Sanders’ message of income inequality, she maybe would have won last month’s presidential election, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in an interview on ABC.

“I think Bernie would have had some real strengths but also some real weaknesses,” if he’d been the Democratic presidential nominee, de Blasio told ABC’s Bill Ritter when asked Sunday if Sanders could have won against President-elect Donald Trump by running on a message of addressing income inequality.

“I think the message would have won the election. The message would have won the election,” de Blasio said.

Addressing income inequality was “a message that Hillary Clinton had in her platform and I honestly believe downplayed in the last few months of the election, including the debates when she should have been pumping it up,” de Blasio said.

“And I say it with tremendous respect for her — I believe if she had had a message of economic change, it would have overwhelmed a lot of what Trump was putting forward and I think it would have helped her to keep some of those states,” he said, referring to the crucial rust-belt states Clinton lost, like Wisconsin and Michigan, where voters appeared to embrace Trump’s version of economic populism.

Friends - please join me, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rev. Al Sharpton, Michael Moore, Rosie Perez, Shailene Woodley, Alec Baldwin and advocates from community organizations and thousands of New Yorkers for an important event in New York City the night before Trump’s Inauguration! We will stand united in resistance to his hateful agenda. It’s time for all of us to make our voices heard and fight for what we believe in. Join us! facebook.com/events/1233997690003099

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New York’s buildings emit most of its greenhouse gases. The mayor has a plan to change that.
New York is pressing ahead with goals set out in the Paris climate agreement, despite President Trump's intention to withdraw the United States from the pact.

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will announce plans Thursday to force thousands of aging buildings there to become more energy efficient, a first-of-its-kind initiative intended to make the Big Apple a national leader in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.”

Shooting in Quebec City Mosque Left 6 Dead, 8 Injured

A terrorist attack left six dead and eight injured Sunday night, after three gunmen swarmed the Quebec City mosque during prayer, targeting worshippers. Gunmen opened fire upon 40 to 100 worshippers at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center in Canada. Police have arrested two gunmen in the vicinity of the mosque, although eye-witnesses say there was a third.

At the moment of the attack, men were praying on the ground floor of the mosque, while women and children were upstairs. An eye-witness spoke to CBC’s French-language service Radio-Canada, explaining that there was a 3-year-old child downstairs praying with his father.

“They started to fire, and as they shot, they yelled, ‘Allahu akbar!’ The bullets hit people that were praying. People who were praying lost their lives. A bullet passed right over my head,” the eyewitness said.

The congregation consists heavily of students, as the mosque is near a university. Many of the worshippers are of North African descent.

The shooting came after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that Canada would welcome refugees, in direct response to Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength,” Trudeau wrote on Twitter.

In a statement issued by Trudeau in immediate response to the mass shooting at the mosque, the attack was branded a “terrorist attack.”

“While authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, it is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear,” Trudeau said.

“THEY STARTED TO FIRE, AND AS THEY SHOT THEY YELLED, ‘ALLAHU AKBAR!’ THE BULLETS HIT PEOPLE THAT WERE PRAYING. PEOPLE WHO WERE PRAYING LOST THEIR LIVES. A BULLET PASSED RIGHT OVER MY HEAD,” THE EYEWITNESS SAID.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard stated, “Quebec categorically rejects this barbaric violence,” while offering solidarity and condolences to the families affected by the shooting. Premier Couillard stated that flags at the National Assembly, Quebec’s provincial legislature, would be lowered to half-mast.

This is not the first time that the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center was targeted with Islamophobic sentiment. In June 2016, during the holy-month of Ramadan, a severed pig’s head was left at the entrance of the mosque, along with a note that read: “Bonne appétit.” This form of expressing hatred toward Muslims has increased in popularity, with a similar incident occurring at the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society in Philadelphia in December 2015.

Samer Majzoub, the president of the Canadian Muslim Forum, a Muslim advocacy group in Quebec, explained that anti-Muslim sentiment has been increasing in Canada, although it pales in comparison to anti-Muslim experiences in the United States or Europe. According to Majzoub, “This masjid has witnessed a lot of issues before — threats and vandalism, and some Islamophobic graffiti…it’s not the first time.”

IN JUNE 2016, DURING THE HOLY-MONTH OF RAMADAN, A SEVERED PIG’S HEAD WAS LEFT AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE MOSQUE, ALONG WITH A NOTE THAT READ: ‘BONNE APPÉTIT.’

Mass shootings are very rare in Canada, due in part to stricter gun laws than the United States. Quebec City is a particularly safe metropolitan city, with only two reported murders in a city, with 800,000 residents in 2015. Nearly 7,000 residents of Quebec identify as Muslims according to the last census. The shooting comes amid widespread protest in the United States against Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban, which bars entry into the United States for refugees and immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, among other Executive Orders that are not going over well with the American people.

Following the Quebec City shooting, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, “All New Yorkers should be vigilant. If you see something, say something.” He added, “The awful attack in Quebec is not an outlier. Today, a mosque in Texas was burned to the ground. We must stop those who seek to divide us.”

The Many Mysteries of Al Sharpton

It’s Wednesday morning, the first day of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention, and D’Juan Collins is telling me how the state took his son and won’t give him back. A slight man in a linen button-down and a Bluetooth earpiece, Collins is passing out flyers with a baby photo of his son Isaiah and a plug for his site, www.SaveIsaiah.com. Isaiah, now seven, was put into foster care in 2007, when Collins was sent to prison. When I ask what he was sent in for, he demurs. The conviction was overturned last year, he says, but Brooklyn Family Court and the foster care agency have declined to return custody of his son.

He has come here, to Sharpton’s annual civil rights confab, to get help. “I’m all about networking,” Collins explains, “because I can’t do this alone.”

If the Reverend Al Sharpton has a nexus of power, it is here, in the sweaty third-floor ballroom of the Sheraton Times Square, where more than 6,000 activists have assembled to talk shop at panels with titles like “American Holsters: How the Gun Won,” “The Role of Media in Crafting the Social Narrative,” and “Truth to Power Revival.” Outwardly, the annual civil rights hoedown is an essentially political event, a display of the influence Sharpton has aggressively cultivated over three decades in the national spotlight. But the convention is also a yearly pilgrimage for people, like Collins, who have been beaten by the system, screwed by insidious and structural racism that has stacked the deck against them. Because Al Sharpton, in addition to being a syndicated radio host, prime-time MSNBC talking head, and personal friend of the president, is still the guy you call when your kid gets shot.

Everyone I meet on Wednesday has a story. One woman at the conference tells me she’s here for the first time this year because her nephew was killed in Harlem last week, and she wants to “talk to the reverend about gun control.” Another spends the morning passing out yard signs that read: “My Civil Rights Were Violated.”

In some circles, Sharpton is considered ridiculous—a 90s race-riot relic turned smug cable-news hack. It’s easy to forget that he is probably the most powerful civil rights leader in the country, and a political kingmaker whose influence is evidenced by the parade of liberal pols who drop by his conference every year to pay their respects. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was on hand Wednesday, as was Attorney General Eric Holder and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. President Obama is headlining Friday.

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