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I will be running for mayor of New York City in 2021. I will be campaigning on themes that all our children can create and bringing a Green New Deal to New York City by building a culture for advanced manufacturing.
I am also currently helping a couple of high school students build a chess-playing robot to help expound on the fact that there is no conflict between science and the Bible.
Here’s what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won’t go wrong
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And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?”
And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.”
~ Luke 10 : 25 – 28
“Faith” has its etymological roots in the Greek pistis, “trust; commitment; loyalty; engagement.” Faith in God, therefore, is a trust in and loyal commitment to God. Belief in Christ is an engaged commitment to the call and ministry of Jesus; it is a commitment to do the gospel, to be a follower of Christ. In neither case are “belief” or “faith” a matter of intellectual assent.
We must develop business models that create good jobs.
If we don’t want poverty in our community, our businesses must pay living wages with decent benefits. And if we don’t want polluted air, water, and land, our businesses must behave in environmentally sustainable ways.
Ask, and it will be given to you;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
~ Matthew 7:7
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A rough draft of Seven Magazine.
One major problem of economic opportunity in New York City is the lack of government contracting opportunities for Blacks and Latinos. While Blacks and Latinos make up about 54 percent of the New York City population, they only received 0.55 percent ($84.4 million) of the of the $5.3 billion in city contracts given out in fiscal year 2016, according to a report from Comptroller Scott Stringer.
In November 2018, the unemployment rate was 3.7%. This is great but the problem is that millions of people are still unemployed or underemployed.
The African-American unemployment rate is 5.8% and for African-Americans 16 to 19 years, the unemployment rate is 19.7%.
Yet we need more than just jobs alone. We need good jobs. According to the Social Security Administration 51.4 percent of all Americans make less than $30,000 per year which is only slightly higher than the poverty guideline for a family of four of $24,250. 1 in 5 people in New York City live below the poverty level.
According to a Good Jobs First report, “Shortchanging Small Business: How Big Businesses Dominate State Economic Development Incentives:”
Small businesses account for a large share of the United States’ GDP. A subset of firms that are young and high-growth generate a large share of new jobs. Locally owned firms have been found to generate greater local economic ripple effects than chain establishments or other non-locally owned companies…. the Small Business Administration, for example, attributes almost half of private nonfarm GDP and almost two-thirds of net new private-sector jobs to what it calls small businesses.
[Yet a]cross the 16 programs in 14 states examined, large companies are receiving 80 to 96 percent of the subsidy dollars, and somewhat smaller but still very disproportionate shares of the deals (indicating that deals granted large businesses are more lucrative). Overall, big businesses received 90 percent of the $3.2 billion awarded, and 70 percent of the deals.
For example, in New York City, 80 percent of $82,471,363 in deals went to large firms.
Diesel Emissions from Buses are Killing Us
A report released earlier in April by New York City Environmental Justice Alliance found 75 percent of bus depots in New York City are located in communities of color. It noted that fossil-fuel-powered buses emit air pollution linked to respiratory distress, asthma and hospitalization for people of all ages.
“These communities have been overburdened by noxious emissions for too long,” Eddie Bautista, executive director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, said in a statement. The announcement by the MTA “signals to us that the Authority has heard our call for a clean bus fleet. We are pleased to receive MTA’s commitment to zero emissions and applaud their efforts.”
Diesel-powered vehicles and equipment account for nearly half of all nitrogen oxides (NOx) and more than two-thirds of all particulate matter (PM) emissions from US transportation sources.
In 2016, Judah Aber led a Columbia University study that calculated the economic and environmental potential for transitioning New York City Transit’s 5,700 diesel buses to an all-electric fleet. It showed that New York could save about $150,000 per bus just from the reduction of respiratory and other illnesses.
The average speed of an MTA bus in Manhattan is among the slowest of large metropolitan systems at 5.7 miles per hour. That means pollution from idling engines is much higher per mile than if the buses were going faster.
New York City has the nation’s largest municipal bus network with over 5,700 buses. Taking the fleet electric would reduce climate-warming emissions and cut fuel, maintenance and health costs.
According to the above New York Times article, Steve Jobs tried to create a manufacturing culture in Silicon Valley:
Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, had an abiding fascination with the tradition of Henry Ford and the original mass manufacturing of automobiles in Detroit, as well as the high-quality domestic manufacturing capabilities of Japanese companies like Sony….
In 1983, Mr. Jobs oversaw the construction of a state-of-the-art plant where the new Macintosh computer would be built. Reporters who toured it early on were told that the plant… was so advanced that factory labor would account for 2 percent of the cost of making a Macintosh….
“We don’t have a manufacturing culture,” Mr. [Jean-Louis] Gassée [, former president of Apple’s product division,] said of the nation’s high-technology heartland, “meaning the substrate, the schooling, the apprentices, the subcontractors.”
To begin building a manufacturing culture in the United States, we propose the creation of an Advanced Manufacturing High School in New York City.
In comparison to the United States, Germany has long had an institutional infrastructure in place that supports and promotes advanced manufacturing. German manufacturing firms are well supported at national and regional level, by education and training, the research infrastructure of the nation, and by other institutions such as employer associations and unions.
Digital companies tend to grow a whole lot faster than industrial age companies. It’s a lot quicker to scale up on Amazon Web Services than it is to build factories, deliver goods to showrooms, or establish global supply chains. Digital companies and business models also tend to scale more totally and rapidly than their predecessors. So while automobiles replaced horses in the industrial age, that took decades to happen and involved many different automobile manufacturers. When Amazon replaces the book industry, or Uber replaces the taxi industry, it happens a lot more rapidly, and there’s often one dominant player.
The main way the digital version of capitalism is more destructive is that most of these business models are not developed for long-term prosperity. The businesses do not need to succeed. They simply need to dominate their markets completely enough to establish monopolies, and then leverage those monopolies to move into new verticals. Amazon chose the book industry because it was low-hanging fruit: a vulnerable industry with no growth potential, easily disrupted by a player with a big enough war chest to undercut everyone’s margins. Amazon doesn’t need to make money with books.
While many VCs like to say they invest in people, very few of them have a goal to change the world, Blank explained. In reality, most of them have bosses, and singular goal is to make money.
“While they might like you, you’re just part of a liquidity Ponzi scheme,” he said. “Their only goal is to make you liquid or go public. They will support you to do that, but that’s about it.”
Chamath Palihapitiya, the outspoken Silicon Valley tech investor, called the start-up economy a charade on Wednesday, while also addressing the current the state of Social Capital, his embattled investment firm.
“We are, make no mistake … in the middle of an enormous multivariate kind of Ponzi scheme,” said Palihapitiya, at the Launch Scale conference in San Francisco.
Palihapitiya slammed the start-up cycle of raising funding rounds and spending money to boost user growth to attract bigger funding rounds.
“It’s all on paper, but it looks amazing,” Palihapitiya said. “You’ve been told to grow, so you’re growing. You’re doing your job.”
We face a form of capitalism that has hardened its focus to short-term profit maximization with little or no apparent interest in social good.
Where we live, work, and play has a major role in shaping our health. Rates of chronic diseases attributable to the design of the built environment—including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and asthma- are on the rise. The built environment also has direct and indirect impacts on mental health, including depression and anxiety. This is true for everyone, but is felt even more among vulnerable populations, who are less likely to have access to nutritious, affordable food and opportunities for physical activity and are more likely to be exposed to environmental pollutants and circumstances that increase stress.
Addressing growing health challenges and inequities requires new partnerships and collaboration between built environment and public health practitioners, and a health-focused approach to landscapes, buildings, and infrastructure. The Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities brings together eight national organizations calling upon members to collaborate with one another to create healthier, more equitable communities. When professionals in the fields of the built environment and public health work together, we multiply our potential to improve health.
The prevalence of low-density, automobile-dependent communities has resulted in unsustainable lifestyles that increasingly threaten human health and well-being. In addtion to inflating housing and transportation costs and increasing carbon emissions, disconnected communities reliant on cars create sedentary lifestyles. The lack of access to environments that encourage daily exercise, provide clean air and water and offer affordable services and nutritious food has meant growing epidemics of depression, obesity, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Communities can promote human health and well-being by encouraging the development of environments that offer rich social, economic, and environmental benefits. Healthy, livable communities improve the welfare and well-being of people by expanding the range of affordable transportation, employment, and housing choices through “Live, Work, Play” developments; incorporating physical activity into components of daily life; preserving and enhancing valuable natural resources; providing access to affordable, nutritious, and locally produced foods distributed for less cost; and creating a unique sense of community and place.
Communities need to maximize opportunities for daily exercise like walking and biking. Landscape architects encourage communities to move towards compact, transit-oriented land-uses that connect mixed-use developments, neighborhood schools, and a range of affordable housing choices. They assist communities in developing healthy green buildings and open spaces that promote efficient water and energy use and provide substantial amounts of vegetation to clean air and cool temperatures. In doing so, these communities can avoid the expensive health epidemics associated with automobile dependence, sedentary lifestyles, along with the high costs to the environment brought by dysfunctional patterns of living.
One of our long term goals is to build a facility inspired by the design of the Center for Urban Agriculture. The building will include fields for growing vegetables and grains, greenhouses, and rooftop gardens. It will also include a supermarket, health clinic, and affordable housing. We will use EB-5 financing, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and New Markets Tax Credits.
General Motors will cease production of the Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze next year, and the plant has no guarantee of getting a new product.
The vigil was led by United Auto Workers Local 1112 Chaplain Norm Perry and other faith leaders.
Come March 1, the plant will idle indefinitely.
Trump was the first non-incumbent president to win this county since Herbert Hoover in 1928.
I was in Anderson, Indiana and what was fascinating is that all these old UAW workers voted for Sanders, but in the presidential election, they voted for Trump. They were never going to vote for Clinton, because 25,000 good union jobs, benefits, pensions. People could make 25, 30, 40 dollars an hour, buy their own homes, send their kids to college. All of that was destroyed….