Join Us: on Dec. 6 for “Stop and Frisk and Marijuana Arrests: Policing Communities of Color in Harlem and Beyond”

In 2011, More than 684,000 individuals, primarily young African-American and Latino men and women, were stopped under New York City’s controversial “Stop and Frisk” policy. Now the Center and key partners will spotlight the devastating consequences of these and related policing tactics in a community justice forum on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the City College of New York

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Harlem is our Home, from Flicker by Jarito by Creative Commons permission.In 2011, More than 684,000 individuals, primarily young African-American and Latino men and women, were stopped under New York City’s controversial “Stop and Frisk” policy. Now the Center and key partners will spotlight the devastating consequences of these and related policing tactics in a community justice forum on Thursday, December 6.

Screening and Talk with Soul Food Junkies Director Byron Hurt

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, fellows of the Colin Powell Center will cosponsor the award-winning documentary Soul Food Junkies. The screening will include a talk with director/activist Byron Hurt. Soul Food Junkies will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the campus of the City College of New York in the North Academic Building (NAC) Rm. 1/202. RSVP to workshop@twn.org.

Soul food photo by Jennifer Woodard MaderazoOn Wednesday, Dec. 5, fellows of the Colin Powell Center will cosponsor the award-winning documentary Soul Food Junkies. The screening will include a talk with director/activist Byron Hurt. Soul Food Junkies will take place at 6:30 p.m. in NAC 1/202. RSVP to workshop@twn.org. Continue reading “Screening and Talk with Soul Food Junkies Director Byron Hurt”

Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama for Re-election

General Colin Powell discuss the reasons he has endorsed Barack Obama for re-election. and stay the course with regard to the economy and national security, and why he’s not comfortable with Governor Romney’s foreign policy views and economic plans.

General Colin Powell discuss the reasons he has endorsed Barack Obama for re-election and decided to stay the course with regard to the economy and national security.  He also discusses other issues such as immigration and climate change, and why he’s not comfortable with Governor Romney’s foreign policy views.

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NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen’s Visit to City College

In his visit to City College, NATO Secretary General Ander Fogh Rasmussen talked about what has been the main role of this organization and its contribution to the world. But before addressing the audience in Shepard Hall’s Great Hall, Mr. Rasmussen met with fellows from the Colin Powell Center, who engaged him in an interesting conversation about leadership and the importance of service.

NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen seated with CCNY President Coico, taking questions during his CCNY townhall forum. Photo @ by Sirin Samman
NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen seated with CCNY President Coico, taking questions during his CCNY townhall forum. Photo by Sirin Samman

By Paola Martinez, Colin Powell Leadership Fellow

In his visit to City College, NATO Secretary General Ander Fogh Rasmussen talked about what has been the main role of this organization and its contribution to the world. But before addressing the audience in Shepard Hall’s Great Hall, Mr. Rasmussen met with fellows from the Colin Powell Center, who engaged him in an interesting conversation about leadership and the importance of service. He said one of the most important leadership skills he has developed as secretary-general of NATO is patience. This has allowed him to work together with all members of the organization to accomplish the organization’s objectives and pursue their main goal. But what is NATO’s goal, one may ask. And what is the purpose its existence? As Secretary General Rasmussen stated to the lively audience that filled the Great Hall to listen to his speech, NATO’s legacy and continuing goal can be stated in one word: freedom. To protect and defend world freedom is the organization’s goal, and to fight for it while observing the values that shape the organization, which are: liberty, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Continue reading “NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen’s Visit to City College”

Understanding NYC Investment Policy Formation and Its Impacts

My experience as a summer associate within the NYC Comptroller’s Office was nothing short of a wonderful learning experience. I was tasked with editing and revamping the current policy and presenting the director of corporate governance with an updated and adapted manual that could be used to replace the outdated version. At a time when much debate has focused on the right balance of government and private enterprise, public policy and its long-term implications have become an ever more valuable asset that must be strengthened and justly implemented. My experience at the NYC comptroller’s office fortified my understanding of such issues.

New York City Comptroller John Liu. Photo by Cityyear, courtesy Creative Commons.
New York City Comptroller John Liu. Photo by Cityyear/Flickr; courtesy Creative Commons.

By Sergio Galeano, Leadership Fellow

My experience as a summer associate within the NYC Comptroller’s Office was nothing short of a wonderful learning experience. The internship offered me a great opportunity to have a firsthand glimpse of policy formation and of the important connection between the public and private sectors.

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Turning Points at Princeton: Three Views of Hydrolic Fracking

On September 11, 2012, Sela Hong and I (Yoo Jin Lee) took a trip to Princeton University to attend a panel discussion on hydraulic fracturing. The discussion was a part of ongoing series called Turning Point, which the Princeton University Alumni Corps organized. The event featured three guest panelists: Jeff Rosalsky ’85, executive director of Pocono Environmental Education Center; Eric Clark, director of student participation in Learning Aquatic Science and History (SPLASH); and Seamus McGraw, author of End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone, and an activist and educator on the subject of hydraulic fracture. Our primary reason for attending was to learn more about fracking, which was the topic of our capstone project as colin Powell Center leadership fellows at the City College of New York.

Fracking involves the use of chemicals that are linked to serious water contamination in several states. Photo courtesy creative commons by Helen Slottje.

By Yoo Jin Lee (with Sela Hong) Center alumni

On September 11, 2012, Sela Hong and I took a trip to Princeton University to attend a panel discussion on hydraulic fracturing. The discussion was a part of ongoing series called Turning Point, which the Princeton University Alumni Corps organized. The corps is an alumni-operated organization that provides support to Princeton alumni interested in influencing their community through leadership and volunteerism. The event featured three guest panelists: Jeff Rosalsky ’85, executive director of Pocono Environmental Education Center; Eric Clark, director of student participation in Learning Aquatic Science and History (SPLASH); and Seamus McGraw, author of End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone, and an activist and educator on the subject of hydraulic fracture. Our primary reason for attending was to learn more about fracking, which was the topic of our capstone project as leadership fellows. The audience included current Princeton students, alumni, and organization representatives.

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