Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ray Kelly and NYPD: How the NYPD Has Opened the Floodgates for Social Media Spying

As Published on PolicyMic

The new media culture has infiltrated every sector of society. It has created careers and positions in the nonprofit and marketing world, political campaigns, entertainment industry, and news publications. Now, we can add law enforcement to the growing list.

Last week, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly issued a memo that lays out the groundwork for utilizing social media for police investigations. According to the memo, officers who use social media for investigations can register their social media aliases and pseudonyms with the department. They are also limited to using the user account and trolling the web on a department computer/laptop on site.

While the NYPD’s blatant racial/ethnic profiling and wanton disregard for any concept of privacy is clear in their surveillance of Muslim communities and unwarranted frisks of young black and brown men, the line is conveniently obscure when it comes to online practices.

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Hunger Action Month Testimonial

As published by Foodlink

Standing in a long line outside of St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen’s large edifice is a couple with a hungry 6-year-old daughter at home. For the past four months, Ed O’Brien and Mary Ripley have relied on St. Peter’s, their food stamps are not enough for the whole family. For Ed, Foodlink’s partner agency has proven to be an integral part of getting him through tough economic times.

“It’s real tough out there,” he said. “I have over 18-years of experience with working with machines, but I’ve only had two interviews in two years.”

Both Ed and Mary continue to search for job opportunities with no avail. Recently, they are facing greater hardship than ever before.

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September is Hunger Action Month! Help Us Help Rochester

As published in the Democrat and Chronicle’s Young Professional’s Blog

Hunger Action Month is here! And Foodlink is going full speed ahead with an array of programs and initiatives to mobilize the Rochester-Genesee Valley Region in the fight against domestic hunger.

Every year, a network of over 200 food banks across the nation provide a voice for the 1 in 6 Americans who face hunger on a daily basis through a variety of special events and initiatives. From hosting a potluck to donating your time, money and nonperishable foods, there are a number of ways for every Rochesterian to be active for Hunger Action Month and help Foodlink end hunger in our backyard. Just visit our Foodlink website for a listing of programs and initiatives that Foodlink has lined up in our “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar or follow us through our Facebook pagePlease help Foodlink reach its goal of raising $5000 for Hunger Action Month through our Facebook account by following the donate link on our page.

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