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Posted by: vote4claxton | August 16, 2009

MARQUEZ CLAXTON SPEAKS ABOUT MISSING CHILDREN & HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 New York Amsterdam News

Staggering number of missing Blacks fuel speculation of “human trafficking”
By: Nayaba Arinde, Contributing Writer
 

 

 

NEW YORK (Special to the NNPA from the Amsterdam News) — One of the great undiscussed dilemmas plaguing this city is the number of runaways and abducted children. The numbers are staggering.
 
AMBER Ready Inc./Foundation states that annually about 800,000 children are reported missing in America.
 
“The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime defines human trafficking as ‘the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them.’ In New York, we have an epidemic of missing and ‘alleged’ runaways who are actually victims of criminal groups who are profiting off of their sexual labor,” declared retired detective Marquez Claxton. “Local law enforcement, in spite of federal funding, does not adequately address or even acknowledge the existence of ‘human trafficking’ operations that are expanding throughout the Black and Latino community. Many of the listed ‘runaways’ are actually victims of human trafficking. Law enforce- ment in general only discusses human trafficking in terms of the Asian and Latino immigrant population while ignoring the threat to young and under-aged indigenous Black and Latino women.”
 
In response to a series of questions, the police department told the Amsterdam News that they did have federal funds to “investigate human trafficking.”
 
A Sgt. Nieves told the paper, “There is a unit in the police department that falls under the Organized Crime Control Bureau. The police department does receive funds from the government.”
 
Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne added, “The NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau has detectives dedicated to the investigation of human trafficking in which, typically, young women are exploited for purposes of prostitution.”
 
Browne added, “So far this year, the NYPD has arrested over 200 individuals (and 366 last year) engaged in the promotion of prostitution which, as I said earlier, is often the ultimate outcome of human trafficking.”
 
A mother, wanting to remain anonymous, recently contacted the Amsterdam News distraught that her daughter had been missing for several days. She feared the 16-year-old had fallen victim to a prostitution ring.
 
While this particular story has a happy ending with the teenage girl being found hours later after news coverage and various phone calls helped create something of a groundswell, the child’s mother complained about how law enforcement refused to label the case “abduction,” as opposed to a “runaway.”
 
“Our young girls between the ages of 11 and 16 are disappearing at alarming rates in our communities,” said Tulani Kinard, activist and Brooklyn City Council candidate. “Much too often they are being written off as ‘runaways.’
 
“There is a definite rise in human trafficking, whether by abduction or being lured into a ‘situation’ from which there is no return. Once the label of being a ‘runaway’ is associated with a missing child police report, the case is easily put aside and forgotten. I am advocating that more state funds are allocated to support New York’s landmark Safe Harbor for Exploited Youth Act. We have to protect our children.”
 
As they prepare to launch the nation’s first wireless child protection service and community predator program, AMBER Ready, Inc. and the AMBER Ready Foundation declared that as 50 million of America’s children will return to school this fall; by summer, 1 million of them will be classified as missing or abducted. Working to reduce this number and to quickly recover those who are away from home, AMBER Ready, Inc. and the AMBER Ready Foundation hosted the AMBER Ready Back-to-School Safety Weekend in Times Square, August 15-16.
 
Calling it “Child Safety in the palm of your hand,” Kai D. Patterson, president and founder of AMBER Ready, said that the AMBER Ready Program incorporates a major technological advance in the effort to find missing or abducted children. Re­search has shown that missing or abducted children not recovered in the first four hours likely never will be. The program enables parents and guardians to store their children’s photo, description and other valuable information in a profile in their wireless multimedia phones.
 
Patterson continued that if the unfortunate situation ever occurs, an AMBER Ready subscriber can immediately transfer information to their local law enforcement agency, media stations, airports, and the AMBER Alert network, saving valuable time
 
AMBER Ready Inc./Foundation states that an estimated 1.3 million children actually go missing each year — going up 468 percent from 1982 to 2000. Blacks and Latinos, the least informed about what do when children are abducted, equaled 65 percent of the total non-family abductions, with African Americans making up 42 percent of that group and Hispanics 23 percent.
 
AMBER Ready Foundation/Inc. insists that the ahead-of-time collation of vital data, including a photo and identifying characteristics; ultimately saves time in the instance that a search needs to be established.
 
Patterson maintains that, while it varies state to state, there is typically more than a two-hour delay in making initial children reports, and the vast majorities (74 percent) of abducted children who are murdered are dead within the first three hours of abduction.
 
Meanwhile, the New York State Missing Children’s Report shows that the number of missing children has actually decreased since 2007. However, it remains a dangerous issue that affects the lives of children and their families, especially in New York City.
 
Over 5,000 missing child cases were reported in 2008 within the five boroughs alone. An estimated 53 percent of the reported cases were for children ages 13-15; 49 percent of them were Black and 60 percent of them were female.
 
The national number of missing children has decreased by three percent to 20,414 in the year 2008. According to Missing and Exploited Children Clearing­house Annual Report, “Nearly all missing children cases were reported as suspected runaways (92.3 percent).

“Abduction cases accounted for approximately 1 percent of the total reports, and abductions committed by family members comprised the most frequent form of abduction.” There have been an increasing number of missing females in these cases. In 2008, missing females were up to a booming 94 percent from ages 13 and over. Statistics have shown that the number of male cases makes up 40 percent of the total number of missing children.
 
According to a 2009 article in Police magazine, most runaways leave home as a result of discontent with their current status quo, whether it is financial, social or academic. However, there is still no underlying cause of runaway cases, making it difficult for police intervention at times.
 
More than 75 percent of runaways return home within two weeks, making the remaining runaway cases low priority to the police department.
 
According to Police magazine, runaway cases are sometimes viewed as “family problems that have been foisted on law enforcement.”
 
Many parents are critical of the police department’s indirect negligence toward runaways, fearing that children may fall subject to sexual abuse, international abduction or various forms of harassment.
 
The staggering number of missing children in New York City is unfortunate and families continue to search for their loved ones. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children advises parents to teach their children of the potential dangers of runaway attempts as well as inform children of effective safety precautions, including Internet safety, to avoid possible abduction.
 
It also advised that parents maintain a recent photo and proper identification, including the heights and weights of their children, in the event that they go missing, allowing police to immediately embark on search efforts for that child. If you have any questions or any information about missing children, call 1-800-FIND-KID.
 
Kinard concluded, “Our families and communities need more support for social and family service programs that do the preventive/safety awareness work as well as the long-term caring of children who are victims of the crime of human trafficking.”

Posted by: vote4claxton | August 13, 2009

MARQUEZ CLAXTON COMMENTS ON THE OMAR EDWARDS GRAND JURY DECISION

NY1 INTERVIEW REGARDING THE DET. OMAR EDWARDS GRAND JURY DECISION

NEW YORK TIMES COVERS THE DET. OMAR EDWARDS GRAND JURY DECISION

WCBS COVERAGE OF THE DET. OMAR EDWARDS GRAND JURY DECISION

NEWSDAY COVERS THE DET. OMAR EDWARDS GRAND JURY DECISION

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College Of New Rochelle Shuts Down Rockaway Operation
Low Enrollment Cited As Cause
By Miriam Rosenberg – 8/6/09

After six years and 239 students the College of New Rochelle (School of New Resources) is shutting down its operations in the Rockaway area.

Citing low enrollment as the cause for ending classes in Rockaway, the Dean of the School of New Resources told The Wave that the numbers were constantly working against them.

“We were always under-enrolled,” said Dean Elza Dinwiddie-Boyd. “The highest we had was 100 students. Then it started to decline.”

From the first classes in the winter of 2004, which had a limit of 50 students, to this summer the Rockaway extension had a total of 239 students.

Some students have joined with 31st District City Council candidate Marquez Claxton to call on CNR to reconsider the closing. “We want to put it in the mind of the president [of CNR] to keep it open,” said local resident Katrina Barnes, who transferred from Hunter College in Manhattan to CNR in Rockaway.

In a press release, students Catherine Greene and Sharmain Balverdy talked about the closing.

“The CNR-Far Rockaway extension is a vital asset to the community,” said Greene. “Its closing just means further depreciation for the area.”

Balverdy, who is thankful for the education CNR has afforded her, pointed out the difficulties for local residents to travel to work, school and finding day care.

“Many of us will now be forced to choose between our continued education, our jobs or our families. We had the genuine gift of knowledge given to us, and then taken away.”

Balverdy concluded by saying she hoped CNR “would reconsider their decision to close the extension campus.” Barnes said students were told a year ago about the possible closing.

“We tried to write to the president and vice president [of the college] about it,” said Barnes.

“We thought they were committed out here,” said Barnes. “We didn’t know about the business part.”

But, as Dinwiddie-Boyd pointed out to The Wave, it is a business and “the students are the customers.”

“We wanted Rockaway to work,” said the dean. “We really tried to make it work.” She added, “You have to enroll enough to break even. You need to finish in the black … There comes a point you have to cut your losses.”

Dinwiddie-Boyd said that if 150 to 200 students from the peninsula enroll at the college’s Brooklyn campus, the school could consider returning to Rockaway.

CNR’s presence in Rockaway began with great fanfare in January 2004, with the backing of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC).

In a January 30, 2004 Wave article, Michael Minott of RDRC said that the CNR Rockaway extension was “ultimately going to be a branch campus [rather than just an extension] for the College of New Rochelle.”

The executive director of RDRC, Kevin Alexander, called it disappointing that CNR is pulling out of Rockaway.

“RDRC intended to have a long-term college in the Rockaways with a permanent presence,” Alexander told The Wave. He added that he believed the peninsula could “support and sustain” such a facility.

Alexander, who came to RDRC after the college began operating in Rockaway, also said that his understanding was that there were “serious discussions, a verbal agreement, but nothing in writing” for a lease agreement with RDRC.

“We tried to get them to sign a longterm lease, but they declined to sign off on a sub-lease with RDRC,” concluded Alexander.

Current Rockaway students will now transfer this fall to the school’s Brooklyn campus to complete their education.

Dinwiddie-Boyd pointed out that Rockaway students would have had to take classes at that campus to obtain their diploma, even if the extension on the peninsula remained open.

“To help make the transition easier, we will help with transportation costs to come to the Brooklyn campus for the first semester,” said Dinwiddie-Boyd, who added these students must meet with the campus director to apply for the assistance.

The CNR extension began holding classes at the former J.H.S. 198, now the Goldie Maple Academy.

Final classes were held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church on Beach 19 Street in Far Rockaway on July 22.

Posted by: vote4claxton | July 30, 2009

BLOOMBERG MONEY FUNDS JAMES SANDERS’ CAMPAIGN

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It’s My Turn

What the Billionaire Can’t Buy
By Marquez Claxton Candidate For City Council 31st Councilmanic District

In the race for the City Council seat in the 31st District Mayor Michael Bloomberg has placed his money on the incumbent, James Sanders Jr.

A review of the recent New York City Campaign Finance Board candidate contribution list reveals that the republican billionaire has invested $2,750 on the James Sanders Jr. stock. He is playing the market with councilman Sanders…buy low and sell high. This investment is more like insider trading than fair trading.

Republican Mayor Bloomberg also held a fundraiser at his exclusive townhouse for the ‘alleged’ Democratic City Councilman.

What resulted was an infusion of money from the billionaire’s buddies and business associates to the coffers of James Sanders Jr.

These political season transactions provide insight into the impetus for Councilman Sanders ignoring the will of the constituents and reversing term limits so that he and his financier, Mayor Bloomberg can further their agendas. Remember, Councilman Sanders was the only council-member to vote to overturn term limits AND abstain on voting to make term limits revision a public referendum item.

Not only did he disregard the will and vote of his constituents, he also ensured that their voice would remain silent…until he gets another four years of face time with his friend the Republican Mayor.

Councilman Sanders is not merely flirting with his Republican financier, he has been dancing arm in arm with him hoping to be invited to the V.I.P. section while the constituents are left outside of the velvet rope. We need to pull the plug on the music.

We must learn from what has occurred in the New York State Senate. We have seen what happens when political attraction leads to romance and ultimately infidelity.

We know what happens when elephants and donkeys make self-serving backroom deals…at the behest of billionaires.

We have experienced the paralysis of government when politicians make the decision to cross over.

Be wary of the Democrat in name, Republican at heart. There must be truth in advertising. The record of Councilman James Sanders Jr. is clear.

Eliminate term limits-YES, Increase property taxes-YES, Congestion pricing YES. James Sanders Jr. is attempting to play both ends against the middle.

The Republican billionaire Mayor and the ‘Democrats’ whose ambitions are financed by him must be reminded of the value and importance of constituent loyalty.

Those who violate the trust, confidence, informed desires or the vote of the constituents are not deserving of elected office.

MARQUEZ CLAXTON ON HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. ARREST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2009

The New York Community Council 217 N 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11211

Contact Philip DePaolo: 347-200-2353

 

The New York City Community Council endorses Pete Gleason for Council District 1 The New York Community Council, an organization made up of activists from around the City, announced its endorsement decisions in New York City Council races, as well as the race for Mayor, Public Advocate, Controller, District Attorney and Borough President Contests. The vote was based on voting for candidates committed to the ideals, and principles of The New York Community Council. The New York Community Council will not be endorsing any candidate running for a third term. Any seat with “None” next to it means no candidate received the required number of votes, or a third termer was running unopposed. The full list of 2009 endorsements made by the New York Community Council is as follows: Mayor- Tony Avella Public Advocate- Norman Siegel Controller- John Liu Manhattan District Attorney- Richard Aborn Brooklyn District Attorney- Charles Hynes Manhattan Borough President- None – Incumbent – Scott Stringer Brooklyn Borough President- Eugene Myrick – Incumbent – Marty Markowitz Queens Borough President- None – Incumbent – Helen Marshall Bronx Borough president-None – Incumbent – Ruben Diaz, Jr. Staten Island Borough President- None – Incumbent – James Molinaro City Council Endorsement – Incumbent (M)District 1- Peter Gleason – Alan Gerson (M)District 2- Rosie Mendez – Rosie Mendez (M)District 3- Yetta Kurland – Christine Quinn (M)District 4- Daniel R. Garodnick – Daniel R.Garodnick (M)District 5- Jessica S. Lappin – Jessica S. Lappin (M)District 6- None – Gale Brewer (M)District 7- Monique Washington – Robert Jackson (M)District 8- None – Melissa Mark Viverito (M)District 9- None – Inez Dickens (M)District 10-Ydanis Rodriguez – Miguel Martinez (BX)District 11- None – Oliver Koppell (BX)District 12- Jerome Rice – Larry Seabrook (BX)District 13- None – James Vacca (BX)District 14-Fernando Cabrera – Maria Baez (BX)District 15- None – Joel Rivera (BX)District 16-Daryl Johnson – Helen Foster (BX)District 17- None – Maria del Carmen Arroyo (BX)District 18- Annabel Palma – Annabel Palma (Q)District 19- Steve Behar – Open (Q)District 20- None – Open (Q)District 21- None – Julissa Ferreras (Q)District 22- None – Peter Vallone Jr. (Q)District 23- None – Open – (Q)District 24- None – James Gennaro (Q)District 25- Daniel Dromm – Helen Sears (Q)District 26- None – Open (Q)District 27- Clyde Vanel – Leroy Comrie (Q)District 28- None – Thomas White Jr. (Q)District 29- Mel Gagarin – Open (Q)District 30- None – Elizabeth Crowley (Q)District 31- Marquez Claxton – James Sanders (Q)District 32- None – Eric Ulrich (BK)District 33-Jo Anne Simon – Open (BK)District 34-Gerry Esposito – Diana Reyna (BK)District 35- Letitia James – Letitia James (BK)District 36- Mark Winston Griffith – Al Vann (BK)District 37- None – Erik Dilan (BK)District 38- None – Sara Gonzalez (BK)District 39- Josh Skaller – Open (BK)District 40- Rock Hackshaw – Mathieu Eugene (BK)District 41- Tulani Kinkaid – Darlene Mealy (BK)District 42- None – Charles Barron (BK)District 43- None – Vincent Gentile (BK)District 44- None – Simcha Felder (BK)District 45- Rodrick F. Daley – Kendall Stewart (BK)District 46- None – Lewis Fidler (BK)District 47- None – Domenic Recchia, Jr. (BK)District 48- None – Michael Nelson (SI)District 49- None – Kenneth Mitchell (SI)District 50- None – James Oddo (SI)District 51- None – Vincent Ignizio

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Posted by: vote4claxton | July 22, 2009

THE ‘DAILY GOTHAM’ GIVES A CAMPAIGN UPDATE

THE DAILY GOTHAM CAMPAIGN UPDATE

MARQUEZ CLAXTON PRESENTING THE CAMPAIGN PLATFORM

MARQUEZ CLAXTON PRESENTING THE CAMPAIGN PLATFORM

N.Y. STATE SENATOR ERIC ADAMS AFFIRMING HIS ENDORSEMENT OF MARQUEZ CLAXTON

N.Y. STATE SENATOR ERIC ADAMS AFFIRMING HIS ENDORSEMENT OF MARQUEZ CLAXTON

'CLAXTON FOR CITY COUNCIL' SUPPORTERS WITH MARQUEZ CLAXTON

'CLAXTON FOR CITY COUNCIL' SUPPORTERS WITH MARQUEZ CLAXTON

Posted by: vote4claxton | July 20, 2009

JAMES SANDERS JR. IS A.W.O.L AT CITY HALL

JAMES SANDERS JR. HAS A LOUSY ATTENDANCE RECORD AT CITY HALL

MARQUEZ CLAXTON ON STAGE WITH HIS SON AT THE 'OPERATION GIVEBACK' FAMILY DAY FESTIVAL IN FAR ROCKAWAY

MARQUEZ CLAXTON ON STAGE WITH HIS SON AT THE 'OPERATION GIVEBACK' FAMILY DAY FESTIVAL IN FAR ROCKAWAY

 OPERATION GIVEBACK FAMILY DAY

SANDERS FAILS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Posted by: vote4claxton | July 16, 2009

MARQUEZ CLAXTON TALKS ABOUT CRIME AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

CRIME AND POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Posted by: vote4claxton | July 16, 2009

MARQUEZ CLAXTON PROFILED IN THE ‘QUEENS CHRONICLE’

QUEENS CHRONICLE CAMPAIGN PROFILE

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Council Candidate Claims Sanders Politicized CB
By Miriam Rosenberg

A candidate, looking to represent the east end of Rockaway and parts of the mainland, has been denied reappointment to a local community board by the man he hopes to unseat in this fall’s primary elections.

Marquez Claxton, a community activist and former police officer, alleges that Councilman James Sanders Jr. of the 31st Councilmatic District refused to reappoint him to Community Board 13 on the mainland because Claxton is running against him in the fall primary. “It’s an absolute, blatant, shameless political hit,” Claxton said earlier this week. “It’s political grandstanding on the councilman’s part.”

Claxton, who has been on the board for two years and was the chair of the public safety committee, says he met with Sanders earlier this year about his reappointment. “He told me he was going to appoint someone to the board who’s not running against him,” said Claxton. “He came straight out … that’s exactly what he said.”

Claxton said he had an excellent attendance record at all meetings and was very active on the board.

“The record speaks for itself,” he said. “There is no reason I shouldn’t have been reappointed.”

Despite CB 13’s March meeting being his last as a board member, Claxton says he has been to every meeting since then as a community member. He remains on the public safety committee after the board’s then-chairman Richard Hellenbrecht asked him to stay on as a community member, because of his experience in law enforcement. While Claxton says Sanders’ decision to not reappoint him to CB 13 was political, the councilman’s camp claims it is Claxton who is using the board for political reasons.

“That [politicizing of] the board is not the purpose of the community board,” said Donovan Richards, Sanders’ chief of staff. “The purpose of the board is to help the community [with] public safety, zoning … If a person is using the board for political reasons, that is not the purpose.”

Richards added that the councilman replaced Claxton “with a person who lives in Laurelton and seeks the betterment of the community – who wouldn’t politicize the board.”

Richards also denies the charge that Claxton was not reappointed because of the campaign.

“He [Sanders] uses the same standards he used the past two terms,” Richards said. “He appoints people who are serious about change and the betterment of the community. If that person has a narrow agenda, he will be removed. He is of no purpose to the board.”

Richards also said that Sanders still funds groups associated with other candidates who are running against him this fall.

“If he wanted to be political, he would cut [their funding],” said Richards. He doesn’t want to cut young people [which many of these groups serve].”

The Wave did ask to speak directly with Sanders, but Richards assured us that his comments exactly reflect those of the councilman’s.

Claxton, who also lives in Laurelton, did admit that Sanders was “within his jurisdiction” to not reappoint him. It is the reason that is of concern to him. “It is not about, as much, the person as it is about the community,” said Claxton.

“It’s about what the community loses when they lose a person of my experience.” Claxton pointed out that he has no problems with CB 13 – which covers Queens Village, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Floral Park and Brookville.

http://www.yournabe.com/blogs/queenscampaigner/?p=824

 Sanders Boots Council Opponent Off the Community Board

Posted on July 1, 2009 by Howard Koplowitz

James Sanders James Sanders 

A former Community Board 13 member and City Council candidate from Laurelton said City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) did not reappoint him to the board because he is challenging Sanders for his seat.

Marquez Claxton said he met with Sanders several months ago at the councilman’s Far Rockaway office when the councilman bluntly said he could not let him serve on CB 13 because he was running against Sanders in the Democratic primary.

“He said, ‘I’m not going to reappoint someone for the board who’s running against me,’” Claxton said.

“It’s disgusting, political gamesmanship and when you’re talking about effective representation, there’s no place for that,” he said. “What he tried to do was undercut me. What he ended up doing was a tremendous disservice to my community.”

Sanders aide Donovan Richards said the move was not “retaliation” for Claxton running and contended Claxton used the community board for selfish reasons, a charge Claxton denied.

“The community board shouldn’t be politicized and not used by anyone for a narrow agenda,” Richards said. “That’s not the purpose of the community board. The purpose of the community board is to help protect our communities.”

Richards said Sanders replaced Claxton with a Laurelton resident “whose goal is to see the local betterment of the community.”

Claxton, a former NYPD detective and member of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, was first appointed to the board by Sanders two years ago and served as chairman of CB 13’s Public Safety Committee.

He said Sanders could not have had another valid excuse for refusing to reappoint him because he attended all his committee meetings and was an active board member.

“He was just arrogant enough to put before me honestly why he wouldn’t reappoint me,” Claxton said.

The Laurelton resident said if he were in the same position as Sanders he would have reappointed a board member challenging him.

“When I’m the councilman, I won’t deal with things politically as Councilman Sanders did,” he said. “I’m not a political animal, as he is.”

Claxton’s last meeting as a CB 13 member was in March.  The board covers a number of neighborhoods stretching from Glen Oaks in the north to Queens Village and Laurelton along the Nassau border.

In the board’s April newsletter, then-CB 13 Chairman Richard Hellenbrecht said Claxton was welcome to stay on the Public Safety Committee “as a community member.”
Claxton has not been seen at CB 13 meetings since.

Late last month, CB 13 elected former Executive Secretary Brian Block as its new chairman after Hellenbrecht chose not to seek re-election.

Posted by: vote4claxton | June 30, 2009

MARQUEZ CLAXTON IN THE “QUEENS PRESS”

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Marquez Claxton speaks at the National Action Network about the fatal shooting of Police Officer Omar Edwards

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