Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Friday he will support students protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with $33 million in scholarships.
Bezos and wife MacKenzie’s donation will fund 1,000 scholarships — since the program’s “Dreamers” are not eligible for federal financial aid.
“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” Jeff Bezos said.
“He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English. With a lot of grit and determination — and the help of some remarkable organizations in Delaware — my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways. MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships.”
The organization Bezos donated to, TheDream.us, partners with low-cost colleges in 15 states to help 800,000 DACA recipients pay for college.
“Our students are highly motivated and determined to succeed in college and in life. We’re a three-and-a-half-year-old program, so we don’t yet have graduation rates,” Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.us, said.
Other donors to the initiative include Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Pershing Square Foundation; the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Pierre and Pam Omidyar; the Robin Hood Foundation; The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation; the Ford Foundation; the PepsiCo Foundation; the Coca-Cola Foundation and Don, Bill and Steve Graham.
“Everyone who believes in education and is a friend of the Dreamers would like to thank Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos for this magnificent gift,” Marshall added. “It is a shot in the arm for Dreamer students at a time when some are questioning whether they should be in the United States at all.”
Bezos and 100 other business leaders co-signed a letter to Congress last week calling for legal relief for DACA members after President Donald Trump announced his administration would end the program.
Councilman Williams Criticizes Hochul for Refusing to Debate Him in NYS Lieutenant Governor Race
While the polls continue to show that Andrew Cuomo will most likely be re-elected governor of New York State, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is facing the hardest race of her life, against very popular Brooklyn City Councilman, Jumaane Williams. However, she has refused to debate Williams, who is of Caribbean descent and running as a progressive Democrat.
Hochul on the other hand is running as an Upstate Conservative Democrat, focused on issues for big business and companies in the north– and has a deeply unfavorable rating amongst NYC Voters according to a poll in April 2018, by Big Dog Strategies, a political consulting firm led by Chris Grant.
Hochul has tried to paint Progressive Jumaane Williams as being “out of touch” with upstate voters, implying that his urban constituency in Brooklyn isn’t representative of New York State. Additionally she has claimed that Williams’ personal Christian religious beliefs are an issue and that as a Caribbean Christian means he would not vote for women’s rights.
This has raised an issue of racism in the debate, with many Caribbean locals in Brooklyn being Christian and people of faith — and voters wondering why Hochul is attacking Jumaane Williams for being a Caribbean Christian.
Internal Polls show a considerable negative rating by NYC African American voters, who see her attacks on Williams as being borderline racist and a dog whistle for the conservative White voters of Upstate New York
Williams didn’t take the insults sitting down, and immediately has show back: “When white Catholics speak about their faith, they’re treated one way. When a black Caribbean immigrant speaks of his faith, he’s treated another way,” Williams told the NY Post.
“Let’s be clear. I support 100 percent a woman’s right to decide to access a safe, legal abortion. That’s what choice is about,” Williams said.
“She has no significant accomplishments to run on. And she has huge issues with immigrants, “ Williams also told the Post, pointing out she had opposed a plan providing hispanic immigrants driver’s licenses in New York — a plan she now says she supports.
“I want to be the people’s lieutenant governor,” Williams has sad. “The city has a public advocate but there’s no public advocate for the state. Governor Cuomo has this progressive cloak and jacket and now that it’s election time, that cloak is on tight. We need that all the time, and we need someone to shine a light on all those issues.”
Mr. Williams is a unique candidate for sure. At 14, he was diagnosed with Tourette’s – and has been the only elected official in New York City to serve with the rare neurological syndrome, and perhaps the only one in the United States.
Indictment: Russians Influenced Minorities To Vote For Bernie Sanders or Not Vote
Hidden in the indictment of the 13 Russian Nationals is a point that may go unnoticed. The indictment says that, among other things, the group of Russian Nations “through their organization began to encourage US Minority Groups not to vote” or to “vote for third party candidates.”
They had used Facebook to buy ads that backed Bernie Sanders and his platform even after his presidential campaign had ended, according to a person with knowledge of the ads. They even created a coloring book ad on Facebook called “Buff Bernie,” filled with “very attractive doodles of Bernie Sanders in muscle poses.”
It added that “I’ve recently heard some hateful comments from the Hillary supporters about Bernie Sanders and his supporters” — language aimed at stirring up the kinds of intra-party divisions that would later flare after the first release of Russian-hacked Democratic Party documents during the summer of 2016.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wants to Ban Police Having Sex with Prisoners
One would assume that this was already illegal, but it turns out in the State of New York police can bang their prisoners. Under a new proposal New York state would make it illegal for police officers to have sex with people in their custody.
Current law bars sex between correctional officers and inmates, but it doesn’t apply to police and people in their custody. In theory, Police Officers can legally go into a cell and have sex with a prisoners.
“There must be zero tolerance for sexual abuse and harassment across the board, and especially among those in positions of authority,” the Democratic governor said in a statement announcing his support. “This common sense reform closes an egregious loophole and helps protect against abuse in our justice system.”
The effort comes after two New York City police detectives were charged with handcuffing and then sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in Brooklyn last fall.
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