Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
From Hatian Times
Brooklyn — CAMBA's Small Business Services conduct workshops in a variety of areas. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kenesha Wheeler at (718) 282-2500 ext. 242. Class will be held at 884 Flatbush Ave. (corner of Church Avenue) on the second floor.
Credit Repair & Money Management; Jan. 22, Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get control over your expenses, business and life. Learn money management and budgeting tips, as well as techniques on how to improve your credit score. The ultimate goal is to get out of debt and start saving and investing.
Money for Your Business; Jan. 29, Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 p.m.
FREE. Learn how to research and apply for FREE money. There are millions of dollars available from the government and private sectors through grants for new and existing small businesses. We'll show you how to get financing and free money for your business.
Successful Business Plans: Secrets & Strategies; Feb. 5, Tuesday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. This interactive workshop focuses on the foundation of writing an effective business plan. Learn what resources are available to assist you in writing an effective business plan and the secrets and strategies professionals use when developing an investor ready business plan.
Starting a Home-Based Business; Feb. 12, Tuesday, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Starting a home-based business is appealing - lower overheads, less travel time and greater flexibility with balancing work and family. Learn what steps are involved in the planning and execution of a business based out of your home. Other topics covered include setting up your office software, hardware and equipment as well as legal and tax considerations.
Recordkeeping & Tax-Preparation; Feb. 19, Tuesday 6 to 8:30 p.m.
It's that time of year again! Learn how to prepare your taxes like the pros using low cost techniques and solutions. Learn about recent changes to tax laws and how this affects what can and cannot be included on your Schedule C.
How to Become a Licensed Childcare Provider; Feb. 26, Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. FREE. This is a complete overview of the planning, application and start-up process. Topics include operating costs, program planning, insurance, contracts, licensing, and fire and safety standards.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Seeing these injustices that goes on, I don't want this to be bash the white people or hipsters or yuppies or anything else. What I want to bash is Injustice. I want Flatbush to remain on open place. A place where ANYONE can find a place to live regardless of their skin color. A place where people are judge by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
Martin Luther King Jr also talked about the agape love. He said that the Greek language uses 3 different words for love. He said that " Eros is a sort of aesthetic love. It has come to us to be a sort of romantic love and it stands with all of its beauty. But when we speak of loving those who oppose us we’re not talking about eros. The Greek language talks about philia and this is a sort of reciprocal love between personal friends. This is a vital, valuable love. But when we talk of loving those who oppose you and those who seek to defeat you we are not talking about eros or philia. The Greek language comes out with another word and it is agape. Agape is understanding, creative, redemptive good will for all men. Biblical theologians would say it is the love of God working in the minds of men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. And when you come to love on this level you begin to love men not because they are likeable, not because they do things that attract us, but because God loves them and here we love the person who does the evil deed while hating the deed that the person does. It is the type of love that stands at the center of the movement that we are trying to carry on in the Southland—agape." Maybe we should adopt this philosophy here in Flatbush.
Monday, January 7, 2008
In this craigslist posting this Westminister Road housing seems to have no problem blazingly violating fair housing laws by posting a subtle racial listing with a picture of 3 white women in front of the Building. One can only wonder if they would have done the same thing of 3 black teens. Although the majority of the black tenants kept up the Building throughout the 90's when nobody wanted to live in Flatbush, the good people in Westminister Co-op in Ditmas park has decided to illegally steer white people into the building. I know this for a fact because they told a black friend of mind a week ago that they only had for sale and there were no rentals. (This craiglslist ad is for a rental). Good to know good old American racism is alive and well and is being brought head on into flatbush. I will be on the trail. If you have had any problems you can file a Housing lawsuit against them by calling the New York city Human Rights Commission at 311 or (718) 722-3130. Or you can file directly with HUD online complaint here.
In the comments this person that goes by the name of “the real ditmas voice” said that “We are the most diverse community in America, many African Americans, Jews, Asians and mixed races have bought into our coop and into the coops in the “hood”………throwing out accusations that have NO merit is detrimental to all people of the neighborhood, and the possibility of bringing new hope the "Hood".”
I was going to let that go until he/she said “bringing new hope the hood”. So I have good news and bad news for my condescending white liberal friend. I have no evidence that the real ditmas voice is a white liberal but I suspect that she is.I'll take it easy on her because she seems to have good intentions. But you know what they say about good intentions. I can be wrong and I’ve been wrong before. But I digress. First: the bad news. I’m going to rip you a new one. The good news: You’re going to be a better person for it ;). I don’t need anyone to live next to me to give me any new hope. I’m an individual. I blaze my own trail. I’m my own person. No one can mold me. I mold myself. I’m responsible for my own being and no one else. I’ve lived in Flatbush since I was as young as I can remember. Hope is having a solid unbreakable inner strength to keep going on no matter how bad it gets. Hope is having my friends older sister being shot by drug dealers in my own block and having to deal with that as a boy. Wondering why it had to happen. I did not need the Ditmas voice and her mix culture to give me hope. Hope is being a 12 year old boy having drug dealers on every corner of your block and worrying that you might get in the cross fires of a shoot out. Hope is waking up every day as a young boy in Junior High School, dodging crack dealers and refusing to ever end up like them. Hope is having the courage to move on after your schoolmate was burnt alive for refusing to smoke crack. I had despicable people hanging around me growing up. I vowed never to be like them. No matter who my neighbors are. Those people are no longer around. They've been gone since the 90's. It's not the yuppies or hipsters that changed flatbush. It's those of us who grew up here and refused to be pawns for the drug lords and the criminal justice system. I'm still here. I stayed through thick and thin. So do my neighbors have an effect on me? That’s a resounding no. I could care less how diverse flatbush is. It’s all a ruse. The only thing that should matter is that people have a right to move in wherever they want to without being discriminated on behalf of or against by sleazy brokers and real estate agents. I’ve checked out advertisements. There are signs that these scummy brokers have gotten their paws on flatbush. Everything is "apartment is next to Cortelyou road and vox pop." It's basically racial steering of whites. Discriminate against coloreds. Wash, rinse and collect your fee. It's funny that a self proclaim leftist coffee shop like vox pop is being used as a tool of oppression and corporate greed. If you would even think of discriminated against me, I would sue you so fast that you won’t even know what hit you. I've stood up against tougher things. That has no effect on me. So you can have your restaurants, your coffee shops and your crappy overpriced organic food. But never make the mistake that somehow you’re going to make my life better or give me new hope.