Tag Archives: Al Sharpton

The Rumble

14 Oct
By Amsterdam News Team:
Nayaba Arinde, Cyril Josh Barker, Stephon Johnson and Amity Paye

As the midterm elections press forward the highly anticipated gubernatorial debate next Monday – 18 Oct., is being dubbed as not only a political showdown – but also free ad time for candidates other than Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo and Republican candidate Carl Paladino.

But rather than a quaint show and tell session for Cuomo and Paladino, they will share the stage at Hofstra University with the five other candidates looking to grab the governorship: including Charles Barron of the newly-formed Freedom Party, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Libertarian Party candidate Warren Redlich, Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is too Damn High Party, and Manhattan madam Kristen Davis of the Anti-Prohibition Party. Continue reading


Rallying for Change

7 Oct
Special to the AmNews

“In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of this memorial and declared that this nation should come together and embrace its greater ideals,” said singer, actor, humanitarian, Harry Belafonte in a speech during Saturday’s One Nation Working Together rally. “He said that we should rally together and overcome injustice and racism and that all citizens should not only have the right to vote, but that we should exercise that right and make America whole.”

An excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was also read, reinforcing the desire to emulate the influential civil rights marches. As an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 teachers, health care workers, students, environmentalists, religious officials and union members from across the nation descended on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., they saw this rally as a the realization of King’s dream. Continue reading

Dead heat between Espada and Rivera

9 Sep
By HERB BOYD: Special to the AmNews

With one of the contenders dropping out of the race and offering his support and an armful of significant endorsements as widespread as the New York Times and the Rev. Al Sharpton, you would think that Gustavo Rivera would breathe a little easier in his race to unseat State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr.

But Rivera, 34, is not about to rest on his laurels or think he has his opponent on the ropes. “I’m still knocking on doors in the district,” he said Monday morning at the corner of the Grand Concourse and Fordham Road, where he was handing out palm cards and grabbing palms.

Earlier in the day it was reported that Daniel Padernacht, a lawyer contending against Espada and Rivera, was no longer a candidate and had pledged his support for Rivera. “We had a good conversation the other day and I think he just felt that working together was a better deal,” Rivera said of Padernacht, “but you’ll have to ask him why he dropped out.” Continue reading