Friday, February 26, 2010

Scenes from the Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown NYC 2010 - CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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Governor Paterson's representative George Hu and Councilmember Margaret Chin

Organization of Chinese Americans

P.J. Kim and Jean Grillo

LGBT contingent for the first time in the Lunar New Year Parade

Comedy troupe Notorious M.S.G.

The Columbus Park Music Club

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Comptroller John Liu

Senator Chuck Schumer

Senator Daniel Squadron

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Daily News reporter labels Chinatown Grassroots protesters of the 9/11 terror trials "chickens"

Shame on The Daily News for allowing their columnist Patrice O'Shaughnessy  to publish her article labeling The Civic Center Residents , the neighbors of the Moynihan Court House, and the entire Chinatown community as "chickens" for protesting against the decision to have the terror trials in Chinatown.

"A flock of feral hens and a rooster in the Bronx made the headlines last week for their hardiness, roaming the streets of Highbridge.The persevering poultry could teach a thing or two about resilience to chickens throughout the city."
CCRC: Ms. O'Shaughnessy herself should take a cue about the resilience of Chinatown residents and its businesses. By now she should be aware that its the resilience of its residents and business owners that fueled the fight that turned its local politicians around from their decisions about the 9/11 trials.  We're amazed that Ms. O'Shaughnessy is a "columnist" given her lack of research abilities and blatant ignorance. Perhaps if she removed herself from behind her keyboard and actually met someone from Chinatown she would understand the character and fierceness of its residents who stood strong during the months and years following the attacks of 9/11/01 a mere 14 blocks away.
"The chickens were clucking that the area around the courthouse and financial district would be turned into an armed camp." 

CCRC: Ms. O'Shaughnessy belittles the residents and activsts who heard the security plans straight from the Police Commissioner and, understanding what was to come, spread the news about the possible 3- year lock down condition, so reminiscent of 9/11/01 and the months after in Chinatown. Ms. O'Shaughnessy obviously doesn't live in the area surrounding ground zero, or in Chinatown, and sadly lacks the ability to empathize with those who experienced 9/11 first hand. Having lived in an "armed camp" during the months and years following 9/11 Chinatown understands exactly what that experience is like,    Only an ignorant idealogue wears blinders while name calling from behind a keyboard, now THAT is a chicken.

"The chickens' alarm was fueled by real estate bigwigs who got wind there would be inconvenience, and they might lose business."

CCRC: The alarm from the residents (lion hearted and fierce and hardly chickens) was fueled not only from the possible loss in real estate value (which anyone who owns property and pays real estate TAXES to NYC has a right to fear) , but the reality of psychological trauma from prolonged lock down conditions, and the unnatural presence of Hercules and Atlas special forces teams in their neighborhood. The legitimate alarm felt by residents and business owners in Chinatown stemmed from a first hand knowledge of what it was like to try to exist in an environment while living under extreme security measures. Ms. O'Shaughnessy's really showing her profound ignorance when she reduces 2000 barricades, sharp shooters on rooftops next to schools and churches, bag and body searches of residents, loss of car parking for three years, and the possibility of increased emergency response times as "inconvenience" to Chinatown.

"But the chickens had been incessantly fed the notion that the city would somehow become more of a target than it is already, serving as the bull's eye for Islamic jihadists from the day they leave the cradle."

CCRC: Again Ms. O'Shaughnessy hides behind the keyboard and smacks out her rhetoric safely ensconced in her bubble of ignorance because she is not living in between the Manhattan Correctional Facility ,on the already-closed Park Row , where Kalid Sheik Mohammed would be incarcerated while awaiting trial, and the Moynihan Court house where he and four other terrorist suspects would be tried. It is not her children would who lose the use of their neighborhood park, and it's not her family who be "inconvenienced" (by being patted down and having their bags and ritual offerings searched) at their weakest moment - while attending traditional Chinese funerals across the street from the Moynihan Court house in any of the three funeral parlors on Mulberry St. 

It sounds as though the only one being "fed" something is Ms. O'Shaughnessy and that something is her own special brand of ignorance, racism, and self righteousness. Had Ms. O'Shaughnessy actually met the real life people who came out in subfreezing temperatures, took vacation days to attend protest rallies, wrote letters, and lobbied politicians she might understand just how profoundly stupid she is for writing this drivel that the Daily News chose to print.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

City Council Resolution on Terror Trials - Wed., Feb. 10th 2010, Sign up and Speak Out!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Council Chambers at City Hall. Open to the public for attendance & testimony.

President Obama - NYC for the terror trial location? "I haven't ruled it out"

The Super Bowl Interview:

KATIE COURIC Have you ruled out trying confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad in New York City?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I have not ruled it out, but I think it's important for us to take into account the practical, logistical issues involved. I mean, if you've got a city that is saying no, and a police department that's saying no, and a mayor that's saying no, that makes it difficult.

You can call or write to the President:

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Please include your e-mail address

Sunday, February 7, 2010

What you can do to get the Terror Trials on the Community Board 3 agenda: call and write your community board

community board 3 (Chinatown and Lower East Side)
Call Community Board 3 to support the resolution to remove the 9/11 terror trials from NYC, and to voice your concerns over the terror trials. 

As of today Sunday Feb. 7 '10
President Obama said "NYC is still a consideration
for the terror trials"

"To this date, NO ONE has contacted the CB 3 Office or me with concerns, though I'm sure everyone has them, as do I" - Dominic Pisciotta, Chair CB3

Executive Committee
Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 6:30pm
Community Board 3 Office, 59 East 4th Street
Community Board 3, Full Board MeetingTuesday, February 23, 2010 - 6:30pm
PS 20 - 166 Essex Street, (E Houston & Stanton Sts)

it is very important for community members to 
show up in person and sign up to speak.

 call Community Board 3 at 212-533-5300 
or visit the website at
email the Chair:

February 16th is the last day for community members to submit March agenda items.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

TRIBECA TRIB Coverage of the press conference - "Move the terror Trials"

Residents to Feds: Make a Decision and Move the Sept. 11 Trials



Residents of Chatham Towers and Chatham Green, on the western edge of Chinatown, rally against the federal governments plan to prosecute accused terrorists linked to Sept. 11 in a courthouse next to their apartments.
Residents of Chatham Towers and Chatham Green, on the western edge of Chinatown, rally against the federal government's plan to prosecute accused terrorists linked to the Sept. 11 attacks in a courthouse near their apartments.
For almost three months, a growing coalition of Lower Manhattan residents has been pleading with the federal government to abandon its plan to hold trials for five suspected terrorists linked to the Sept. 11 attacks in a Downtown courthouse, mere feet from their apartments.

Emboldened by a recent surge of political support for their cause, the group assembled again Friday afternoon to demand an answer from federal officials planning the trials.

“The true cost of the terror trials will be on the backs of people who live and work here,” said Jeanie Chin, one of the group’s leaders. Chin is among hundreds of residents living at Chatham Towers, the apartment complex next door to the Moynihan Federal Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street. The courthouse, on the western edge of Chinatown, is the designated venue for the trials of Khalid Sheik Muhammad and other suspected Sept. 11 terrorists are to be held. 

“We are the people who did not bow to terrorism, and chose to stay here after 9/11,” Chin said during a rally held Feb. 5 next to a playground in Columbus Park, and across the street from the courthouse. “What about justice for the people who live in Lower Manhattan?”

The rally followed several days of silence from the White House and Department of Justice on what had been widely reported to be a decision to relocate the trials. Last month, responding to mounting pressure from local elected officials and community leaders—including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Charles Schumer—a Justice Department spokesman said the agency would consider alternate locations in the state for the trials. Reports that the Lower Manhattan site had been scrapped entirely were followed by comments by two top White Officials earlier this week that no such determination had been made.

“I’ve seen the [press] reports, but we’ve made no decisions on that yet,” senior White House advisor David Axelrod said Jan. 31 on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Obviously, we need to take into account the concerns of the local authorities in New York, and we will do so.”

On CNN’s “State of the Union” later that day, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also offered no assurances the trials would be moved.

"We understand their logistical concerns and their security concerns that are involved,” Gibbs said. “We have been discussing that with [officials in New York].”

The next day, Deputy Attorney General Gary Grinder told reporters at a budget briefing that the plan for Lower Manhattan was “not off the table.”
Chatham Towers resident Jeanie Chin, one of the rally's organizers, addresses reporters gathered in Columbus Park, across the street from the Moynihan Federal Courthouse.
Chatham Towers resident Jeanie Chin, one of the rally's organizers, addresses reporters gathered outside Columbus Park, across the street from the Moynihan Federal Courthouse.
Since Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled plans to prosecute the accused terrorists in Lower Manhattan in November, residents near the federal courthouse and detention center have warned that their neighborhood would be transformed into a military stronghold. Those fears were confirmed Jan. 19, as Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly laid out key elements of his department’s extensive, $200-million-a-year plan to safeguard Lower Manhattan against the threat of a terrorist attack during the trials. Police officials have devised a security plan for the terror trials that would place the apartment complexes of Chatham Towers and Chatham Green within a highly restricted “ hard zone,” bounded by Worth, Madison, Pearl and Centre Streets.

In an interview with the Trib late last month, Chin insisted that her group’s protests would not stop until federal officials declared unequivocally that trials had been moved. Friday afternoon, with pieces of paper reading “Hard Zone Prisoner” pinned to their coats and waving signs adorned with red bulls-eyes, she and other residents made the first of what they said would be many public stands against the trials’ location.

“We still don’t have an answer,” Chatham Towers resident Danny Chen said during the Feb. 5 rally. “If you were living next to it, you wouldn’t want it on the table. Until we get a definitive answer, we will continue to be here and we will continue to do this.” 

The department’s plan called for the area to be surrounded on all sides by more than 2,000 metal barriers, restricting pedestrian and vehicle access. Sharpshooters would be placed on rooftops to guard against enemy snipers, while assault and canine teams would patrol the ground and police helicopters would constantly hover overhead.

“We cannot have the terrorists’ trials here,” said City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who earlier this week co-authored a council resolution urging federal officials to reconsider the trials’ location. 

“We cannot allow our neighborhood to live through the nightmare of 9/11 and the devastation of our community,” Chin said. “We have to stand strongly and say, ‘No!’” 

Community Board 1 member Marc Ameruso, one of the first non-Chinatown residents to take up the cause of moving the trials, said he was convinced the group’s demands could only be met by its highest authority, President Barack Obama. At the press conference, Ameruso implored the President to side with the residents.

“There’s a human face to this,” Ameruso said. “Look at the people here. Look at the human face of this. Please, Mr. President, get these trials out of New York. Make a decision, already.”

Daily News Coverage of the Press conference across the street from the Court House FEb. 6 2010

Residents protest holding 9/11 terror trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York

Saturday, February 6th 2010, 4:00 AM
Protesters rail agains rholding 9/11 terror trial of alleged mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York.
Protesters rail agains rholding 9/11 terror trial of alleged mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York.
Lower Manhattan residents will feel they're "living in a war zone" - again - if the 9/11 terror trials are held there, protesters said Friday.
As debate continues over where to try alleged terror mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, neighbors of the federal courthouse urged the Obama administration to take the trial - and the potential risk and heavy security it would entail - somewhere else.
The Justice Department is looking at other options because New York officials complained strenuously about the disruption and security costs.
Some residents said having the trial here would punish those who chose not to flee New York after the 2001 attacks.
Jeanie Chin of the Civic Center Residents Coalition said the area is already coping with added security and surveillance since the attacks.
"[We] suffered the street shutdowns, lockdowns, rerouting of traffic, bomb-sniffing dogs on our corner," Chin said. "The true cost of the terror trials is going to be [placed] on the backs of the people who live and work in lower Manhattan."
After 9/11, "I never felt so scared in my life," said Toby Turkel, a 30-year resident who lives in the Chatham Towers highrise near the courthouse. "We lived through it. We breathed it. We tasted it. ... To do this just exacerbates the situation."
Marc Ameruso of Community Board 1, a Naval Reservist who volunteered at the twin towers site, questioned what's taking so long to place the trial.
"It's just amateur hour at the White House," he said. "Just make a decision. Tell us it's not going to be in New York [and] we'll all be happy."

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Chinese media news coverage of the press conference on Friday Feb. 6th 2010

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Civic Center Residents Coalition and neighbors of the terror trial Moynihan Courthouse - send their message to Dept. Of Justice and President Obama - MOVE THESE TERROR TRIALS

Residents of Chinatown and the Civic Center in Lower Manhattan oppose being

"hard zone prisoners" if the terror trials move in NEXT DOOR.

On Friday February 5, 2010

over 50 residents of Chinatown and the Civic Center - next door neighbors of the U.S. Federal court house -- where the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder proposed to have the terrorist trials, protested loudly and declared "MOVE THESE TRIALS"

Geoff Lee (left) says "so long as placard parking exists we're unprotected, remember the white van at Times Square? That was left alone for two days because it had a fake placard, Chinatown is inundated with the same problem already".

9/11 Terror Trials Will Create War Zone in

Lower Manhattan

The Civic Center Residents Coalition believes the 9/11 terror trials should "not be held in anyone's backyard" - having lived through the post 9/11 street closures/lockdowns/checkpoints that thousands still live with today, residents rally to move the terror trials.

The decision to move dangerous 9/11 terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Worth Street for trial was not carefully thought out and lacked comprehensive evaluation of the logistics, failed to consult with local authorities and communities, vastly underestimated the security costs that could easily exceed $1 billion and overlooks the human toll on courthouse neighbors. Holding the terror trials in the city must be “taken off the table” immediately.

Political ideologues identify us as suffering from a case of “nimby (not in my back yard).” We suffer from “oimby” (only in my back yard). Since 2001 we are the only post 9/11 community in Manhattan still suffering from the “chokehold” of massive street shutdowns, security checkpoints, rerouting of traffic and bus routes, invasive government permit parking abuse requiring an NYPD internal affairs crackdown, takeaway of parks that were returnedonly after lawsuits, bomb sniffing dogs on our street corner and clanging barricades under our windows.
Patricia Tsia , executive representative of Lin Sing Association, 110 year old family organization with deep roots in the Chinatown community at 47 Mott street.

We are the only residential community now faced with having our neighborhood imprisoned behind a “hard” and “soft” security zone. Here are a few of the intensive security measures presented by Police Commissioner Kelly last week. Our streets and air space would be patrolled for years by:
Community Board 1 Marc Ameruso (right), co author of the original "move the trials to Govenor's Island" resolution.

  • ATLAS, Hercules, Special Operations, Armored Assault, Office of Emergency Management, and other armed, specialized security teams
  • 2000 metal barricades completely restricting vehicles and pedestrians from Chatham Square to Broadway on Worth
  • License plate readers for the entire soft zone,
  • Surveillance towers with 24/7 video of all citizens
  • Additional vehicle check points with DELTA barriers
  • Helicopters “aerial surveillance”
Vinnie Imbrosciano (right) - Chatham Towers resident, a neighbor of the court house where the terror trials will be held if the Dept. of Justice doesn't find a suitable alternate location.

For pedestrians inside the soft zone:
  • Random pat downs of anyone at any time (we assume this would include mourners/hearse/coffins of the three funeral homes across from the courthouse)
  • Random bag searches of anyone at any time (including backpacks of children attending after school programs across the street or playing in the one of the busiest playgrounds in Manhattan)
  • I.D check of anyone at any time
  • Radiation and bio-terrorism detection surveillance
  • Pop up check points for all three - pat down, ID check and bag search at different locations
  • Many signs to instruct GOVERNMENT workers where to enter the zone according to occupation and building of employment
  • Sharp shooters both Federal and NYPD located on government buildings and residential buildings throughout the two zones
  • Bomb sniffing dogs
  • "Conspicuous NYPD presence at all times"
Councilperson Margaret Chin - Coauthored a resolution to permanently remove the terror trials out of her district.

The true cost of the terror trials would be borne by tens of thousands of innocent Lower Manhattan residents and hundreds of small business and property owners who would risk living in an armed camp under rooftop sharpshooters. These are people who did not bow to terrorism and chose to stay after 9/11. Ironically we are now being accused of NOT BEING TOUGH enough to “show the world” the U.S. terror trials can be held here safely – How many years would we have to live in a war zone - three, four, five? Would that be justice for all of us who live in
Lower Manhattan?

Eric Holder: Terror Trials “Off the Table” in New York City!