Thursday, April 20, 2017

UNITY DIVERSITY PASSOVER SEDER 2017


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHZjey7US-w
A number of elected officials and over 200 community residents came to Flatbush yesterday for a visionary peek into the multiculturalism, making the specter of identity politics look like something of a passing political trend.
The event was the The Bridge Multicultural & Advocacy Project’s (MCP)  Interfaith Unity Seder, where Jews, Muslims, Christians, blacks, whites, and Asians gathered to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover, commemorating the Biblical fact that Jews were once slaves until God freed them.
Held at the Bridge’s flagship location, 1894 Flatbush Avenue a block north of Kings Highway, the seder drew a number of elected officials including Public Advocate Letitia James, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Dr. Rudy Crew President of Medgar Evers College.

“The Bridge MCP has done an excellent job of standing by their mission of building bridges across the city rather than walls of divisiveness,” said Clarke in awarding The Bridge founder, Mark Meyer Appel with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his work in bringing all communities together.
Appel founded The Bridge 20 years ago as an avenue for social change within the nation. Its strong advocacy movement has been extremely successful in effecting the local community for change. It has supported more effective laws to protect children from sexual abuse as well as leading an aggressive push for expanding services for children of special needs. Its work in fighting serious health issues including; Diabetes, Asthma, and Obesity has led to changes and the expansion of city-wide programs in addressing these issues.
“We are blessed to live in a nation that not only celebrates, but guarantees us so many liberties,” said Appel. “I cannot think of a better theme [than Passover] for coming together as diverse communities during this moment in our nation’s history.”
Abu Khaliquzzaman, a prominent leader in the Muslim community and the President of The Interfaith Dialogue Project Peaceheals agreed. “We are brothers and sisters, who worship the same God,” he said.








Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JOIN US APRIL 2, 2017 5:PM FOR OUR INTERFAITH UNITY SEDER ,,, UNITY IN ACTION



Brooklyn, NY (March 28, 2017) - New York City's diverse communities will come together at  The Bridge Multicultural & Advocacy Project (MCP) for a mock Interfaith Unity Seder on Sunday April 2, 2017, at its flagship location: 1894 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn (near Kings HWY) from 5PM-9PM. The Seder Program starts promptly at 6PM. Guests will enjoy FREE hot international gourmet foods and live music featured by Zach Fredman and the Epichorus Band. 



"The Interfaith Unity Seder will host diverse religious leaders, dignitaries and representatives of all faiths united at one table. The evening will include official greetings and teachings from the Passover Seder, focusing on the theme of PEACE", said Mark Meyer Appel, founder of The Bridge MCP.  For the past five years, The Bridge MCP has served as the epicenter for various communities of New York City to come together in the pursuit of a common ground and unity.  Honored guest include;  Public Advocate Letitia James, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Council Member Mathieu Eugene, Assemblyman Dov Hikind,  Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, State Senator Jesse Hamilton and State Senator Kevin S. Parker.  The opening Seder will be presented by the Executive Vice President from the New York Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik.  Sharing the Passover tradition is an outstanding way to unify people of all beliefs.  





"It is an honor to be part of this community Interfaith Seder. Our focus and passion is to bring people together, people of different faiths and cultures to share experiences and grow in friendship. We are delighted to partner with The Bridge MCP on this endeavor", states Abu Khaliquzzaman, a prominent leader in the Muslim community and the President of The Interfaith Dialogue Project Peaceheals




"We are excited to united New Yorkers as we celebrate Passover, Easter, Ramadan and all faiths as we unite through hope. The Bridge MCP is founded on unity for all," said the Bridge founder Mark Meyer Appel. "We are blessed to live in a nation that not only celebrates but guarantees us so many liberties. I cannot think of a better theme for coming together as diverse communities during this moment in our nation's history," proclaims Appel. 




ABOUT THE BRIDGE MCP
For the past 20 years, the leadership of The Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project has played a historic role advocating for social change in our nation. That impact has been most evident in its ability to petition and legislate social issues and health initiatives into laws. Its strong advocacy movement has been extremely successful in effecting the local community for change. It has supported more effective laws to protect children from sexual abuse as well as leading an aggressive push for expanding services for children of special needs. Its work in fighting serious health issues including; Diabetes, Asthma, and Obesity has lead to changes and the expansion of city-wide programs in addressing these issues.




Please join us!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A CALL FOR ACTION ... DEMAND MAYOR DE BLASIO HONOR HIS PROMISE TO OUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN PLEASE SIGN PETITON

DEMAND MAYOR de BlASIO

 HONOR HIS PROMISE TO OUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

              







In an emotion-filled 2014 City Hall press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio flanked by ex Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver promised a major overhaul to help the special needs kids of the city. Mayor de Blasio said at the time, “Each and every child in this state is entitled to a sound, basic education. Unfortunately, our public school system is not always able to accommodate children with special education needs, and many parents must turn to non-public schools. Parents have had to sue the city for reimbursement of tuition, placing an undue financial burden on these families. Worse yet, parents have to fight this battle year after year...”

Two years have passed since the mayor ceremoniously made those lofty comments, however, unfortunately it turned out to be all talk- and little to nothing has been done in all this time to remedy any of the problems. In fact, the situation has gotten worse and the Mayor repeatedly ignores the calls and emails from other city politicians such as Senator Simcha Felder, which ask him to respond to this issue.

At a recent hearing in Albany with the mayor in attendance, Senator Felder did not waste any time by opening with a resolute reminder to the mayor of the previous de Blasio commitments that are on the record for two years now. Then he bluntly said to the mayor, “That never occurred.” Senator Felder then went on to scold the mayor by letting him know that, “Children and families are still suffering humiliation, and financial hardship.”

If a child has Autism or Downs Syndrome, “there’s no fix for that” said the Senator, so he asks the mayor why these children have to repeatedly apply for their aid year after year after year, costing their families exorbitant legal fees. Senator Felder also cited as an example at the hearing, how numerous calls and letters from the senator in an attempt to help the children habitually went unanswered by City Hall. Felder said that New Yorkers, and families with special needs children now “demand a response!” In his epic and indomitable speech, Senator Felder then told the mayor, “New Yorkers are tired of being insulted and lied to.”

“Why do New Yorkers have to be over-taxed, over-fined, over-ticketed, and can’t be treated like mature adults.. instead of like children who you decide you can’t discipline any other way- and smack them across the face over and over by charging them?! It doesn’t make sense! It doesn’t make sense!” Felder shouted as a sense of frustration echoed throughout the Albany chamber, while de Blasio sat quiet as if he was now a school child being scolded by the teacher for giving excuses about why he didn’t do his homework. When the mayor finally was permitted to speak, he gave a few fairly lame excuses, which were basically a poor attempt to run around Senator Felder’s initial inquiries- and the senator wasn't buying it. Felder, ever the warrior champoining this cause, then held the mayor’s feet to the fire and responded back by saying, “The mayor obviously didn’t hear anything I said.”

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION SO THE MAYOR WILL BE FORCED TO HEAR US ALL, LOUD AND CLEAR; AND THE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN OF NEW YORK CITY WILL FINALLY GET THE ASSISTANCE THEY DESPERATELY NEED (AND WERE PUBLICLY PROMISED TWO YEARS AGO BY DE BLASIO).

Special needs children and their families are suffering humiliation, and financial hardship, being forced to pay exorbitant legal fees because of these broken promises, which are plunging these families into debt and bankruptcy.

Please help now! By signing the petition you are asking Mayor de Blasio to keep all of his promises to the children, so they don't wind up in financial ruin, without an education, or G-d forbid out on the streets (or in homeless shelters) with their families from the massive debt now being incurred through an unnecessary sea of endless red tape, lies, and inaction by City Hall.

These angelic, special needs souls deserve our support. They cannot fight for themselves.
This petition will be delivered to:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MAYOR de BLASIO TIME FOR ACTION............ KEEP YOUR PROMISE YOU MADE TO AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA AND THE CATHOLIC CONFRENCE TO HELP SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS



IN 2014 YOU PROMISED TO HELP THE SPECIAL EDUCATION CHILDREN   KEEP YOUR PROMISE 
THANK YOU SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER FOR LEADING THIS FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN
Mayor Bill de Blasio  on Tuesday 2014 announced a package of administrative changes that Would make the process easier and less contentious for parents who are entitled to reimbursement of tuition for their child’s special education program.
The deal was announced as the Aseembly was about to vote on a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, and passed in the Senate by Senator Simcha Felder earlier this month. The changes announced by Mayor de Blasio will render decisions about whether to settle cases within 15 days, to expedite reimbursements to parents, and to limit the paperwork they are required to submit.
“Every child in this city deserves a quality education. But for years, parents of children with special needs have had to wait for the City to settle legitimate claims for tuition reimbursement. Today, we are turning the page, making changes that will ease the burden on these parents. We are cutting red tape, speeding up the process, and reaching outcomes that do right by families,” de Blasio said at the press conference.
Noting that New York City had an opportunity to do “something foundational and right some wrongs,” Mayor de Blasio called the deal a “streamlined, parent-friendly, family-friendly, respectful approach.”
The plan, the mayor announced, following changes by September 1, will expedite decisions and seek a settlement within 15 days of receiving notice of parent intent to unilaterally place their child in a school. The DOE will also refrain from re-litigating settled or decided cases, unless there is a change in the IEP placement recommendation and avoid unnecessary litigation in cases where the agency is unable to offer a placement, or when a child is about to enter the final grade of a school.
Under the agreement, the DOE will only require that paperwork every three years, allowing for income eligibility updates to be made each year, as needed.
“Each and every child in this state is entitled to a sound, basic education. Unfortunately, our public school system is not always able to accommodate children with special education needs, and many parents must turn to non-public schools. For too long, parents of special needs children had to engage in a lengthy fight to get their children placed in a private school. Parents have had to sue the City for reimbursement of tuition, placing an undue financial burden on these families. Worse yet, parents have to fight this battle year after year,”