Would anyone care about those things in America as we fight for our freedom from poverty in a city whose basic and possibly legitimate desire is to price us out of existence, neglect us, or use our lives’ facts as a basis to derive their own employment income and profits while denying us services? Would they like knowing about it at all?
Would it be newsworthy that one of the families of those that lost everything in recent Staten Island 6-alarm fire on Aug. 18, 2016 (last Thursday) is made up of three women who were in the neighborhood less than a year? who were on a Section 8 Voucher and foodstamps and SSI, but working to build a business, one going to college, and one working to be a freelance photographer and journalist? And survivors of domestic violence, brain injury and PTSD, with a lot of homemade strategies and common sense tools to overcome those disabilities, many of which are now lost?
SI 6 Alarm Fire Victim Phillips Family is about to cost the city of New York about $9,000 a month plus services
NYC through ineptitude, irresponsible use of policies and resources, ignorance of the ADA and other disabilities rights laws and innapropriate application of policies and improper application of Congressional and State Legislature directives for handling homeless individuals, disabled persons and others of our most vulnerable populations is about to inadvertently cost themselves and other State resources over $9,000 a month in shelter costs plus other administrative costs, other services and specialized service costs plus all meals, and cash assistance to our family when it isn’t the ONLY wasy to do it? And is actually illegal to force us or even try to force us to try and do it against our best interests, against our basic welfare and against our basic human rights as American citizens? Did you know that? Did you know we could help NYC decision-makers by using our story as an example of how people in our city are being more defrauded by this agency ineptitude of policy making than all fraud of any kind across the entire state being perpetrated by poor people, people with disabilities, elderly or young single mothers with children who are often claimed as the scapegoats for America’s problems? Are you tired of hearing sad sack tales and would like to tell America something else that is interesting, elegant and wonderful and all so horrible all at the same time? Would they / and you, be interested?
08-24-16 2.46 am, Hilton Garden Hotel, Staten Island, NY, NY,
Today HPD (Housing Preservation & Development) in NYC demanded proof that I have disabilities. My house burned down to an unrecoverable state last Thursday. Red Cross gave me & my family a letter to give HPD about it. They were supposed to help us get permanent housing and our Senators here are helping to bring that about, Sen. Savino and Sen. Watson.
There were four families sent to HPD with us. We were all supposed to be expedited into permanent housing. I have SSI and NYCHA Section 8 from the house that burned down. HPD had been supposed to waive req. for id forms of usual because we had them in the house.
HPD (NYC) demanded the same forms of id as for any other situation – which we had gotten from the computer at the hotel for the SSI award letter and all the docs we could find online. HPD kept all of us waiting for over three hours with all our children in tow in a very small noisy waiting room, then told my family that we were to go to the family shelter, as they told the other four families whose homes burned next to ours.
I said that wouldn’t work for me because of my disabilities, brain injury and PTSD from domestic violence. I said that it was already too much overwhelming information, they had us come from Staten Island to the HPD office in person, wait with my daughters and grandchildren over 3 hrs, added more stress and difficulty already and I couldn’t afford to be in another place that I don’t know, don’t understand with so many people and things I would not be able to understand and that I didn’t want to end up like a retarded person drooling on myself because my brain would shut down with that much more stress.
He asked me if I had proof of my disability (insisted several times, not just once) and denied that he had proof despite the fact he had written down that I have SSI for my disability and a Section 8 Voucher to have a place to live because of these disabilities not allowing me to do better for myself yet.
I don’t understand, am I supposed to have a disability tattoo, a disability set of papers like a thoroughbred dog gets to prove l have rights to services and accommodation as a disabled person, even though SSI is obvious proof that I have a disability. HPD works with domestic violence survivors (often with children and young children) and people displaced by fire or flood for expedited fair housing appropriate to their unique and particularly specific needs. Is this how they are treating everyone in our most vulnerable populations when they are most stressed out, most emotionally distraught and while they are undergoing some of the most massive and unexpected difficulties in their lives – and in mine. I’ve lost everything.
My family has lost everything. The other families who came in about an hour after we did, but are our neighbors, lost everything, or very nearly everything. Why would this man who was supposed to be helping me, ask me for proof of a verified, way more than well certified disability and then deny me and my family any option of permanent housing of any kind PLUS demand I show proof of my disability as if it is required of me?
And I said he could look it up, that I was willing to give my permission for him to see my entire case file at SSI, if that would help him to decide whether I have disabilities or not and he said he couldn’t do that. Oh yes he can. I could’ve signed a form and he could’ve looked it up through SEction 8 which HPD is directly connected to or called SSI to confirm it, after I signed such a paper although getting SSI is a pretty good proof all by itself. I was shocked and hurt and offended and disgusted that he probably does this to all the disabled people, elderly & survivors of domestic violence he and the HPD ofc is supposed to be helping.
Please fix this. They can’t do this to people. I didn’t deserve it and they don’t either. We did not go to the shelter. I don’t want to be in a mental hospital because even one more drop of difficulty is added to this already impossible, emotionally devastating situation
08-23-2016 US Dept of Justice ADA Complaint Form – CricketDiane, Diane C. Phillips 2016.
Our rental house burned down yesterday. You can see it on the news. It was hard watching that standing on the street in front of our house with all of my artwork, references, research, inventions, writings, 3×5 cards of years of notes toward blog posts and prototypes, music making keyboards and music, sculptures, business paperwork, backup digital files, photographs, computers, laptops, printer, cameras, projector, art supplies, oil paints, watercolors – children’s toys, clothes, furniture – but most of all, my Legos – as it all burned down in the house.
That said, we were a white family living in a mixed, but predominantly black neighborhood of lower income means in Staten Island. And, as I sat on the sidewalk with three of my grandchildren, watching our house and over 30 yrs of work burn to the ground that I had brought to New York City from Georgia, I couldn’t help but notice that people we did not know, cared about us and that it didn’t matter to most of them that our skin is white.
We had left without any shoes, families from around the neighborhood gave some of their own children’s shoes, so our children could have shoes (and socks) to put on, with a lot of the sidewalks covered in glass – oh my god, I don’t even want to think about it. Someone brought us a cloth shopping bag with juice and cups and bottles of water. Someone else bought a pizza and some dinner for us, some yogurt, plates of rice and pasties. I don’t think we ever got to even thank anyone properly, but their generosity is beyond all words that I can express.
And yet, racism is alive and well in America every single day. My neighbors are pushed to think that way about me as a white person, and from a multitude of sources, my family and I are pushed to think that way about every race, and religion, and difference anyone might have from us.
It so happens, that I am disabled. Frankly, I’ll talk about it if I can’t get around doing it, but most of the time, I’d rather not talk about it. I do know what it is like when everyone, white black orange and in between discriminates against someone, because it has often been me that was the someone at the receiving end of that discrimination – and no one seems to think that it is not okay to be prejudiced and discriminate against a person with disabilities for some reason, but that has been my experience with it. In fact, it almost seems that everyone finds it “understandable” and agree with it being okay to be shitty or to do shitty things to anybody with any disability, when I’m being discriminated against or treated as less than because of my disabilities.
But last night, as I continued to sit on the sidewalk up the hill a ways from my house where the police told me to stay until the Fire Marshall cleared the scene and the Red Cross came, one of my daughters sent her sunglasses for me to wear because the fire trucks flashing lights had become strobes of danger that could case a seizure to me – AND NOBODY ASKED ME WHY I WANTED TO WEAR SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT! How about that. Isn’t that amazing? Nobody said any snide remarks about me trying to be a rock star or demanded that I explain why I needed to wear sunglasses at night to their satisfaction in order to receive the real freedom to wear them. Nobody asked me if there was something wrong.
People all day and all night came by and asked how we were doing and if we needed anything – which I wasn’t much help answering. Someone came that my daughter sent over to walk me to where someone else had agreed to keep the children in their house and watch them. The person helped me find my way, to step through and around and over to get to the block next over where there weren’t any flashing lights or watching the burning houses anymore or seeing the firemen sickened and overcome by the noxious fumes and heat of it all – which upset me more than words can describe.
I had been on twitter just before discovering the fire next door to us across only inches from the eaves of our house when I had to scream out, get out, get out now and grabbing the children to get out of the house and to the other side of the street because embers were raining down on us from next door and our roof had already begun its lapping tongues of fire.
I had been accused on twitter by a Trump supporter of being a racist against white people in response to something I said which was (paraphrased), it isn’t right to use my white race as an excuse for their racism, sexism, intolerance and bigotry. That is the truth. Bigotry was, at one time, tolerated – it still wasn’t right. And, it isn’t right now. People make a choice to be racist, bigoted, sexist, discriminatory, prejudiced.
It isn’t because a person is white that they are racist. It is because they have proclaimed the right to be racist and proudly made a choice to do so despite knowing it is wrong. It isn’t because a person doesn’t know any better in this day and age, they are making a choice to be racist, intolerant, sexist, or engage in whatever basis of intolerance they’ve decided they like for whatever reason they like. So, don’t tell me people are racist because they are white, or because they claim they are standing up for white people – because that is bullshit. “They” don’t speak for all white people. And the same thing is true for people who say all black people are racist against white people, or Mexican people, or foreigners, or Asians. That is bullshit too.
The other part of choice is responsibility and here is the part that is missing. When a person or group of people choose to be racist or sexist or excuse their intolerance of others using race or gender or religion as that excuse, the person choosing to be that way and act on it is responsible for it. And that kind of thinking has way too much cost and very little positive return to show for it.
Maybe everyone in our neighborhood where we had not lived an entire year when our home, our business and our studio burned down yesterday all in one fell swoop, saw us sometimes around the neighborhood going to the store or getting on the bus or sitting on the porch with neighbors talking.
And maybe they hated us and anyone else in a five block radius who was there and white at the same time – maybe. Maybe they thought we were privileged whites with whatever connotations that could bring with it. Maybe.
BUT the one thing our neighbors did that was different than that “narrative” which may have been thrust upon them by many, many things and many, many experiences – was to set it aside and meet us as human beings with the grace of God’s outstretched hand helping in a time of need beyond all measure of basic human compassion. AND, it was amazing!
When people can look me in the eyes and say, are you alright? – and it not just be the words you are supposed to say, but really genuine, I can hear it, you can year it, anyone can hear it. It is the truth, that in that one moment two human beings saw one another genuinely, spoke honestly, cared in a way beyond themselves, used common sense and shared human decency in a real way, and then there was a touch of LOVE that sparkled in that moment between them.
(Apologies if I didn’t say this right – but it is the best I can do with what I’m thinking right now about everything.)
Massive Staten Island fire destroys three houses; 17 firefighters among the 21 injured
Massive Staten Island fire destroys three houses; 17 firefighters among …
New York Daily News · 18 hours ago
“https://twitter.com/Letters4America” Steven Moore, Editor @Letters4America 48m48 minutes ago
Who transported $400M? What were serial #’s to track? Was this a payment 2 ISIS?Did DNC take cut? Did Congress know? Did Treasury Sec know?”
– end quote from Twitter – @Letters4America
Among a long list of others along a similar line of thinking – a day AFTER, news media across the world showed the story’s facts to have been misleading as served up by right-wing media sources.
Google search using term – Iran negotiations
Negotiations leading to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action …
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) known commonly as the Iran deal, is an … Formalnegotiations toward the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program began with the adoption of the Joint Plan of Action, an …
Iran nuclear deal framework – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
… Iran) presenting the framework agreement after the multilateral negotiations in Lausanne (2 April 2015). The Iran nuclear deal framework was a preliminary framework agreement reached in 2015 …
And yet, when the deal was being made in 2015 and before as it was being negotiated, the funds that had been sequestered from Iranian assets in the US and abroad were part of the deal, including this $400 million to be returned to them in the manner they would find most useful (based on negotiated terms.)
These news articles from 2015 describe some of the components of the deal –
Iran negotiations: The women who made the Iran nuclear deal happen …
Jul 14, 2015 – June 2013 Hassan Rouhani is elected president of Iran. He is considered more moderate, pragmatic and willing to negotiate than Ahmadinejad …
Then, making a Google search using this term – Vienna Iran
Yields more information about it –
Sanctions lifted after Iran found in compliance – CNN.com
Jan 16, 2016 – Iran’s foreign minister arrived in Vienna saying he was confident the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog would certify that his country was complying with …
Once they were known to be in compliance, other things in the agreements came into play including the return of assets including currencies that had been set into a trust from the point at which they were seized, sanctions put in place and sequestered.
Iran expects lifting of sanctions today, officials gather in Vienna – LA …
Los Angeles Times
Jan 16, 2016 – World powers signed off Saturday on a historic deal that curbs Iran’s nuclear weapons-building, eases economic sanctions that have long …
there had been an early release of some specific resources that had been sanctioned or access denied to Iran as well that happened along through the negotiation sequence.
If I want to see what that was and when –
I use Google with search terms – Treasury Dept Iran assets release
United States Department of the Treasury
As a result of Iran verifiably meeting its nuclear commitments, the United States is … the Departmentof the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued …. Licenses for Legal Fees and Costs – Guidance on the Release of Limited …
Treasury Sanctions Supporters of Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program and …
United States Department of the Treasury
Mar 24, 2016 – Press ReleasesCurrently selected · Daily Guidance · Media Schedule … WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control … Specifically, OFAC designated two Iran-based entities directly …
JCPOA Implementation – US Department of the Treasury
United States Department of the Treasury
Jan 16, 2016 – As a result of Iran verifiably meeting its nuclear commitments, the United … In connection with reaching Implementation Day, today the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control … View All Press Releases …
Lifting Sanctions Will Release $100 Billion To Iran. Then What? – NPR
The Fiscal Times
Jul 26, 2015 – The U.S. in fact has already released billions of dollars to Iran, such as … The Treasury Department claims the economic sanctions have cost …
These articles will give more information about the full scope of funds and resources that have already been released or will be released when the negotiations are completed, if they get completed and compliance is made with the terms in the agreements on Iran’s side as they promised.
Then, if I want to track those sources I work from the news articles and using exact terms and dates for previous releases of funds, assets and resources, lifting of sanction components and policy discussions about it made in Congress, etc. and I google them or check for information in agency documents using their search engines specifically.
I noticed this one other thing on the current search terms that is interesting as a source of further info too before I make a new quick search –
Jump to Treasury Regulations – The Treasury Department issued regulations June 4 requiring domestic banks to transfer the Iranian assets to the Federal …
And then I make a quick search on google using the term – Congress Iran assets
which yields some interesting facts and info about the timeline of negotiations, release of assets and lifting of sanctions, qualifying compliance processes put in place, Congressional discussions and discourse about it both as the negotiations proceeded, before the negotiations started and history of the sanctions as well as the handover in January 2016 of the $400 million in foreign currency from the US to Iran.
Supreme Court rules against Iranian bank over frozen assets – LA Times
US sanctions against Iran refer to economic, trade, scientific and military sanctions against Iran, which have been imposed by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control, … In 1995, the United StatesCongress passed the Iran–Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA). Under ILSA, all foreign companies that provide investments over $20 …
terrorist assets report – US Department of the Treasury
United States Department of the Treasury
Twenty-third Annual Report to the Congress on Assets in the United …. Table 2 contains figures for non-blocked funds relating to Iran and Syria as reported to …
The Days After a Deal with Iran: Congress’s Role … – RAND Corporation
by IN CONGRESS’S ROLE – Related articles
In practice, Congress’s ability to derail an Iran nuclear deal is quite limited. …… laundering concern, freezes all Iranian banks’ assets in the United States, and
If I still want to get more info and facts – I go to the Congressional record and make a search for more, including floor discussions of the relevant points in the deal.
This search, I would use the term Iran nuclear program (or programme) at the Congressional archives site to get a narrow field search results that is both current and historic records of the sanctions when they were added – and get those pieces of info all in the same results.
That’s probably because I’m lazy and don’t want to sift through the stuff for hours and really would rather spend my time scanning for the parts I’m wanting to know instead of spending time sorting through the search results to find which document pertains.
So, aside from these US based sources of information on the facts of the Iran deal and the $400 million in currency assets returned to Iran which was their money in January of this year, 2016 – take a look at the other places where information about it can be seen by anybody in the public –
Doing a Google search with these terms – UN Vienna Iran Accord
or this term – IAEA Iran Nuclear Assets
gives international sources of facts which include details sometimes not in other places or documents as obviously.
The other regulatory body concerned with the transfer of these funds and assets once the sanctions against Iran were lifted, would be the Treasuries of other nations who also sanctioned the assets, some of that info is also found on their websites as well as on the IMF and WorldBank sites, on the Central Bank of various regions websites, the UK one is pretty user friendly as arethe EU sites, and on the website for regulatory transparency who tracks them – that is at Interpol.
Enough for now. I wish people had read this information as it was coming out in the first place, then they wouldn’t have been misled so easily about the transfer of the assets back to Iran as some places presented it in the last day or two.
– cricketdiane, 08-04-16
by the way, there were sanctions lifted for business interests to interact with Iran as well from international oil companies to equipment suppliers of various types, science based equipment, drilling, etc.
It is worth looking up if you are interested and want to know when those sanctions were lifted, what it meant to Iran and the international community as well as what businesses have been involved with interacting with Iran, and how it’s going.
Updated to correct grammatical and cosmetic issues – Cricket House Studios