Facts: Massive Voter Purge In New York City

I sent the board of elections a voter registration card updating my affiliation from INDEPENDENT to DEMOCRACT in November 2015 and I sent it again in March 2015 (since I never received a card I thought the first form had been lost in the mail). I finally received my new voter card last week (9 months after I submitted the first request) and now my affiliation is listed as “BLANK”. I wasn’t allowed to vote for Bernie Sanders in the primary. I cast an affidavit ballot and it was rejected by the Board of Elections.


Hillary Clinton: 1,037,344 votes (57.9%), 139 delegates

Bernie Sanders: 752,739 votes (42.1%), 106 delegates

After the primary, two Brooklyn office Board of Elections officials were suspended for purging Democrats from the rolls:

May 5, 2016 · From WNYC:

A second official at the Brooklyn office of the Board of Elections was suspended on Thursday. It’s the latest fallout stemming from a massive voter purge before New York State’s presidential primary last month.

Betty Ann Canizio, the Deputy Clerk at the Brooklyn borough office, was suspended effective immediately without pay, while an investigation into problems at poll sites on Primary day continues. Canizio is a protégé of Brooklyn Democratic party leader Frank Seddio.

Chief Clerk Diane Haslett-Rudiano and Deputy Clerk Betty Ann Canizio (Board of Elections/2015 Annual Report)
Canizio, who makes $117,875 a year, had already received a warning letter from the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board in March because a subordinate was driving her to work. The letter was made public with Canizio’s permission last month as a warning to other public servants.

Reached for comment late Thursday morning, Canizio told WNYC this was the first she was hearing of the news and had no further comment.

Executive Director Michael Ryan made the announcement at the end of Thursday’s hearing. He said the commissioners voted to suspend Canizio at their meeting on Tuesday but asked Ryan to inform her personally before making the news public.

The Brooklyn Board of Elections office has been under scrutiny since reports surfaced of widespread irregularities at the polls during New York’s presidential primaries. WNYC reported that 126,000 voters were dropped from the registration rolls in the months leading up to the vote, according to data supplied by the Board. On Thursday, Ryan updated that figure to be 123,000 Brooklyn voters.

The Board itself is trying to determine the cause of the voter purge. It is also cooperating with an investigation by the State Attorney General’s Office, according to Ryan.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer is also auditing the agency.

The latest personnel move comes nearly two weeks after the board suspended chief clerk Diane Haslett-Rudiano, a Republican.

The suspensions are not terminations and can last as long as the investigation continues.

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Recently Destined For Landfill



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The Family Eco-Activism PDF, #1

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The Late Hominid Poetics Workshop

Late Hominid Poetics Workshop with Lisa Jarnot in Jackson Heights, Queens
Autumn 2015

Contact Lisa at ljarnot@protonmail.ch for more information

Since December 2014 the Late Hominid Poetics Workshop has met to hash out what it means to be a poet during the end days of Homo Sapiens.

In the winter we studied bacteria, read Lynn Margulis’s What is Life, and fermented vegetables we found on dumpster diving expeditions. We also made a wind turbine and wrote origin stories.

In the spring we learned to make fire with a bow drill and studied Masanobu Fukuoka’s The One Straw Revolution. We foraged for greens with Wildman Steve Brill and daydreamed and did nothing.

In the summer we picked raspberries in Central Park, began to make lists of people in need, and put together plans to help those in need. We read “eco” projects by poets: Lorine Niedecker’s Lake Superior and CA Conrad’s Ecodeviance. We made a bicycle generator and learned about dirt.

This fall we will enter the final season of the Late Hominid Poetics Workshop. The theme is “preparing for winter, harvesting the three sisters”. The class will meet for eight weeks on Mondays, September 28 to November 23, (no class October 12) from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in Jackson Heights Queens. Tuition is $100.

We will study the Dark Ecology movement, forage for mushrooms and acorns, make our own clothing, and build a hydro-electric generator. Poets, non-poets, families and children are welcome. We will write together every week. The schedule is included below:

Sept 28: Autumn Equinox Foraged Dinner with Corn, Bean, and Squash Stew. Suggested Reading: Barbara Kingsolver. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and Peter Singer. The Way We Eat. Writing Prompt: The Three Sisters. (Note: writing prompts are meant to be loose—whatever comes to mind is what you write about.)

Oct 5: Water Workshop: Purifying water, Hydroelectric Generators, Grey Water Systems and Composting Toilets. Suggested Reading: Elizabeth Royte. Bottlemania. Writing Prompt: Water and Me.

Oct 12: No Class

Oct 19: Mushroom and Acorn Foraging Workshop. Suggested Reading: Euell Gibbons. Stalking the Wild Asparagus. Bill Logan. Oak. Writing Prompt: Where I ate and what I ate for.

Oct 26: Acorn Pancake Dinner. View Film: The True Cost (documentary re: the “fast fashion” industry),writing prompt: What I wear and what I wear it for. HMWK: Inventory the clothing and textile footprints around you.

Nov 2: Clothing making workshop and prep for Nov 9 Direct Actions. Suggested reading: David Graeber. Direct Action. Writing Prompt: Us versus Them.

Nov 9: Direct Actions: street and store interventions re: bottled water and sweatshop clothing. Writing Prompt: The Revolution is… (A list poem). HMWK: Write a praise poem for the universe.

Nov 16: Reading Salon. Dark Ecology. Discussion of Timothy Morton The Ecological Thought. Weisman. The World Without Us. Kolbert. The Sixth Extinction. Cronin. The Trouble with Wilderness. [http://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/rm240/cronin.pdf] Christopher Smart. Jubilate Agno. Read Praise Poems.

Nov 23: Foraged Thanksgiving Meal and Conclusions. Share miscellaneous writings generated over the course of the autumn.

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Not Back To School, 2015




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Subway Platform Advertisement, Jackson Heights 82nd Street


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Climate March Weekend, September 2014

From Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:

   However much we  despise the monstrous serial killer called global warming, it’s hard to bring charges. We cherish our fossil-fuel-driven conveniences, such as the computer I am using to write these words. We can’t exactly name-call this problem, or vote it away. The cure involves reaching down into ourselves and pulling out a new kind of person. The practical problem, of course, is how to do that. It’s impossible to become a fuel purist, and it seems like failure to change our ways only halfway or a pathetic 10 percent. So why even try? When the scope of the problem seems insuperable, isn’t it reasonable just to call this one, give it up, and get on with life as we know it?
     I do know the answer to that one: that’s called child abuse. When my teenager worries that her generation won’t  be able to fix this problem, I have to admit to her that it won’t be up to her generation. It’s up to mine. This is a now-or-never kind of project.
   But a project, nevertheless. Global-scale alteration from pollution didn’t happen when human societies started using a little bit of fossil fuel. It happened after unrestrained growth, irresponsible management, and a cultural refusal to assign any moral value to excessive consumption. Those habits can be reformed.  They have been reformed: several times in the last century we’ve learned that some of our favorite things like DDT and the propellants in aerosol cans were rapidly unraveling the structure and substance of our biosphere. We gave them up, and reversed the threats….
    I share with almost every adult I know this crazy quilt of optimism and worries, feeling locked into certain habits but keen to change them in the right direction. And the tendency to feel like a jerk for falling short of absolute conversion….It’s the worst of bad manners–and self-protection, I think, in a nervously cynical society–to ridicule the small gesture. These earnest efforts might just get us past the train-wreck of the daily news, or the anguish of standing behind a child, looking with her at the road ahead, searching out our redemption where we can find it: recycling or carpooling or growing a garden or saving a species, or something. Small, stepwise changes in personal habits aren’t trivial. Ultimately the will, or won’t, add up to having been the thing that mattered.
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