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Anthony Beckford has spent his entire career helping people. He is a single father, community advocate and public servant delivering and fighting for one of the most diverse Council districts in New York State.
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"A new report has confirmed that the number of children in NYCHA housing poisoned by lead is rising. I am angered and disgusted by this. I have stood side by side with NYCHA residents, helping to fight for proper lead removal, repairs and garbage pickups. Mayor Bill De'Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Various Other Elected Officials have failed our NYCHA residents. They have provided nothing but lip service and have not committed to action. Recently at Glenwood Houses, I did a quick clean up due to Sanitation not providing adequate clean ups. I have taken many tours of NYCHA buildings around the City and I am disgusted with the City and with NYCHA turning their backs on not only the Seniors and Working Families/Individuals, but also on the Children. Our Future are these Children and they are beinf let down and their health and lives are put in danger on a daily basis. This is Senior Abuse. This is Child Endangerment. This is violation of Tenants Rights.
I am demanded a thorough and adequate removal of lead from all NYCHA housing, as well as adequate repairs and consistent trash pick up. Anything less will not be tolerated and will not be acceptable." - Anthony Beckford
(Albany, NY) The Senate passed legislation that will address the racial disparities that are present in New York’s antiquated marijuana drug laws. New York’s existing marijuana laws disproportionately affect the African American and Latinx communities. This monumental legislation will decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and establish procedures for record expungements for both past and future convictions.
“Communities of color have borne the brunt of New York State’s marijuana drug laws. Our justice system directly reflects who we are as a society and that is why the Senate Majority is taking action to fix this broken system,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “This legislation is marking a momentous first step in addressing the racial disparities caused by the war on drugs. The Senate Majority continues to move forward on full legalization and I thank Senator Jamaal Bailey for his leadership on this issue.”
Bill Sponsor, Senator Jamaal Bailey said, “In New York State, people of color are disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession. The misdemeanor charge for public view of marijuana possession gives those people convicted a criminal record that will follow them throughout their lives, potentially limiting their access to housing, access to education, affecting their ability to obtain employment, all leading to a potential inability to provide for their families. While this legislation falls short of the goal of legalization of adult-use cannabis, the ability to create a mechanism for expungement, both retroactively and forward-looking, is a step in the right direction in finally ending the heavy-handed war on drugs that has decimated communities of color.”
African-American and Latinx individuals are arrested at higher rates for misdemeanor marijuana possessions. In New York City, African-Americans are eight times more likely to be arrested on low-level marijuana charges and Latinx people are arrested at five times more. The racial disparities for arrests are wider for cities in Upstate, NY. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), African Americans living in Schenectady County are 74 times more likely to be arrested on a marijuana charge.
Decriminalization of Marijuana, S.6579A, will:
- Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by reducing the penalty for unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation punishable by a fine.
- Establish procedures for automatic record expungement both retroactively and for future convictions.
- Remove criminal penalties (since a violation is not a crime) for possession of any amount of marijuana under two ounce.
- Reduce the penalty to a $50 fine regardless of criminal history for possession under one ounce, and a $200 fine regardless of criminal history for possession between one and two ounces.
- Add marijuana to the definition of “smoking” under the Public Health Law so that smoking marijuana will be prohibited in any circumstances where smoking tobacco is prohibited by law
Apply, and with one application you may be considered for several positions, including census taker, recruiting assistant, office clerk, and supervisory staff—and help your community while getting paid.
Jobs for the 2020 Census are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and include both field and office positions. You can find area census office locations here.
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- Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some assessment questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)
- Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
- Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting.
- Commit to completing training.
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Most jobs require employees to:
- Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available.
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Just got word that the bill that the New York Senate is trying to pass to supposedly "Close the LLC Loophole" will in fact not actually close the loophole, but will in fact limit the activities of individuals who try to use LLCs to donate large amounts to a candidate, on top of personally donating to a candidate. This is a good measure that is good, but there is another bill that I definitely support which will Ban Corporate donations altogether.
Senator Jen Metzger has a bill that would actually ban corporate donations and fully close the door on the control that real estate, hedge fund, charter schools and fossil fuel interests had over elected officials.
I fully support Senator Jen Metzger's S1013 bill that will fully close the LLC loophole.
S1013 Via: New York State Senate https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S1013
The purpose of this legislation is to ban corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and partnerships from making contributions to political campaigns.
The bill is currently in the State Election Committee, in which Senator Zellnor Myrie is the Chair of. Myself and many organizations will be keeping an eye on this bill. There is not excuse for it to not pass the Election Committee and there is no reason for it to not Pass the Senate and the State Assembly.
- Anthony Beckford is a Community Advocate in the East Flatbush community, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Activist. Anthony is the member of many progressive organizations and political associations. He has been on the frontlines taking on the many issues in our communities and pushing for sound legislation to be passed.
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On Friday November 9, 2018, a 57 year old Black Caribbean Woman by the name of Ann Marie Washington was attacked by a white supremacist, while on her way from work. Ms. Washington was the most recent victim of a vicious Hate Crime at the Church Ave Q train station located at Church Avenue and East 18th street in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The community is shaken by this act of violence against Black people that did not just begin, but has been occuring for centuries. The only difference is that social media has made it easier to witness and know when and where it happened at. I was the initial Community Advocate who highlighted this incident after community residents brought the video to my attention and have been standing by the family ever since. The NYPD, FDNY and MTA have all moved slow in their response to this incident. There were a few evident moments of negligence by all three agencies in their response and follow up regarding this incident. Ms. Washington is now recovering from the emergency surgery that she had to have due to having a collapsed lung from her attacker stabbing her with what appears to be an ice pick. The family is demanding Justice for Ms. Washington. We are all disgusted with the first responding officers care free demeanor when it came to this attack. The initial refusal and delay to call this what it was, which is a Hate Crime, shows the dismissal by authorities and the city itself when it comes to hate crime attacks against Black people. There has been an uptick in these attacks against the Black community due to gentrification and the emboldening of white nationalists by Donald Trump.
I am demanding for the NYPD to check every single camera at every station from the Q train Church Avenue station to the last stop on the line. A video and sketch must be released to the public immediately of the attacker and the Brooklyn D.A. Eric Gonzalez must make sure that when the attacker is caught, that he is charged with a Hate Crime and Attempted Murder. On behalf of the family and the community, I will make sure that all avenues are used to find this racist coward and that the community is protected from further racist attacks. White Supremacy is not welcomed and not tolerated in our Community. Myself and many community organizations will now be sure to patrol throughout the community to respond immediately to any hate crime against members of our community.
Anthony Beckford is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and a longtime community advocate of the Flatbush and East Flatbush community. Anthony Beckford is also the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit.
Raise the Age New York Campaign Statement on the First Day of State-Wide Implementation
October 1, 2018 -Today, as Raise the Age legislation goes into effect across New York State, the Raise the Age coalition recognizes the years of ground-breaking work of hundreds of diverse individuals and organizations, including formerly incarcerated youth and their families, child advocates, service providers, faith leaders, legal services groups, and unions, who worked to make this day a reality. We celebrate our shared victory to raise the age of juvenile accountability in New York State, to require parents be notified of their adolescent’s arrest, to process youth in courts intended to meet their developmental needs, to house youth in settings that keep them safe, and to permit more young people to move forward without the burden of adult criminal records. We are proud that our work together has transformed the juvenile justice system for thousands of youth and families throughout New York State.
We aren’t done yet. In the year ahead, the Raise the Age-New York Campaign will advocate for RTA to be implemented with fidelity to its principles while we continue to forge the path for comprehensive juvenile justice reform. Our priorities include:
*Starting as many cases of 16- and 17-year-olds in Family Court as possible.
*Ensuring that when 16 and 17 year olds must be detained or otherwise incarcerated, they are held in juvenile facilities without adult corrections involvement or oversight.
*Limiting the collateral consequences of court involvement by expanding access to youthful offender (YO) status and raising the YO eligibility to youth under 21.
*Increasing support for prevention and diversion services that keep youth in their communities rather than incarceration.
*Demanding State support for Close to Home.
*Raising the lower age of juvenile delinquency from age 7 to age 12.
These reforms are necessary to help meet the promise of Raise the Age: recognizing that adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t make communities safer. It is critical for New York to ensure that youth involved in the criminal justice system have access to court processes, as well as services and placement options that are developmentally appropriate. For more information about the Raise the Age-NY Campaign, visit: RaisetheAgeNY.com.
Anthony Beckford is a Single Father, Disabled U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Advocate, Activist and son of Jamaican Immigrants. Over the years, he has worked alongside elected officials such as Jumaane Williams, Tish James, Brad Lander, as well as many Community Based Non-Profit and Grassroots Organizations in regards to Gun Violence, Mental Health, Housing, Public Safety, Immigration and other issues in the community. Beckford graduated from Midwood High School and attended Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY to major in Business Administration. Back in school, he is now a Junior taking Online classes through Southern New Hampshire University. He is pursuing his Bachelors in Psychology - Mental Health. Anthony Beckford has been a member of Christian Cultural Center (originally Christian Life Center) since he was 13 years old, and had the opportunity to receive guidance from Pastor A.R. Bernard and his wife Elder Karen regarding life, leadership, integrity and compassion.
Anthony Beckford is the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit, which is a grassroots police accountability group that documents police interactions in the community as well as protests. The efforts of Copwatch has helped lead to many of the Criminal Justice Reforms we have today. He is also the President and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and is the Lead Advocate to bring a year round curriculum of Black History into the the New York School Curriculum. His work and dedication has been consistent and his integrity is unmatched.
As a Community Advocate, Anthony Beckford has been one of the most consistent in the work that he does. He has fought for Affordable Housing, Immigration Rights, Women Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Workers Rights and Reproductive Rights, Disability Rights, Adequate funding and resources for our children's public schools as well as Police Accountability. He has been a strong supporter of G.E.N.D.A., providing Permanent Residency to all TPS and DACA Holders from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua, Mexico, Venezuela, etc., a Woman's Right to Choose, Raise The Age, Fight for 15 and so much more. He helped the community shut down a racist Nail Salon in East Flatbush, where three Black Women were viciously beaten with broomsticks and acetone thrown in their faces to blind them. Beckford, was the initial Advocate who came to the aid of Ms. Ann Marie Washington, an Afro Caribbean Woman from Trinidad, who was the victim of a viscous hate crime attack at the Church Avenue B/Q Train Station that left her with a collapsed lung. Mr. Beckford has been advocating against the escalation of Hate Crimes against the Black, Muslim and Jewish Communities in the District and throughout New York City Non-Stop. Anthony Beckford, has been on the frontlines in various movements such as Families Belong Together, Black Lives Matter, New York Health Act and Housing Justice For All alongside organizations such as Flatbush Tenant Coalition, NYCC, Equality for Flatbush, Citizen Action of New York, HEAL NY, as well as Unions such as, DC 37, 1199SEIU, Teamsters and others.
Anthony Beckford was recently awarded citations by Borough President Eric Adams, for his outstanding services and support for local residents and Those in need; from Councilmember Mathieu Eugene for his efforts in Stopping Gun and Gang Violence in our Communities; and the Citation of Honor from Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez for his exemplary steadfast dedication to public service as well as his unwavering commitment to humanity, servant leadership and invaluable efforts to enhance the quality of life.
Anthony Beckford is a member of various Progressive groups such as; DSA, Ernest Skinner Political Association (ESPA), Jews For Racial and Economical Justice (JFREJ), National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), Brooklyn Young Democrats, Brooklyn Young Democrats, New Kings Democrats, Muslim Democratic Club of New York, Working Families Party, NYPAN, BPAN, CBID, Central Brooklyn Political Action Association, Green Party Black Caucus, Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklyn Progressive Alliance, Obama Foundation's "My Brother's Keeper" and many others.
Anthony Beckford is the representation that the communities of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park and Flatlands can always depend on to help fight for their rights and to continue to work for the best interest of the residents in the community. He is a true believer if bringing empowerment and Unity to the District, which is why he is known for his slogan, TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Anthony Beckford is your next 45th District City Council Member.
Anthony Beckford with City Councilman Jumaane Williams
Anthony Beckford with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
Anthony Beckford with NYS Attorney General Tish James
Anthony Beckford with Congresswoman Yvette Clark
Anthony Beckford with NYS Senator Kevin Parker
Anthony Beckford standing up against R.E.B.N.Y.
Anthony Beckford and Councilman Brad Lander
Anthony Beckford with Senator Julia Salazar
Anthony Beckford and Assemblyman Nick Perry
Anthony Beckford with Assemblyman Epstein, DC 37 Vice President / Local 372 President Shaun Francois & Assemblyman Ortiz