THE ‘FACE OF DARKNESS’ TEAM TO APPEAR ON ‘HERE AND NOW’
Sunday, Oct. 26, the “Face of Darkness” team is appearing on ‘Here and Now’ on WABC 7. The team recently sat down with host Sandra Bookman to discuss their film, their journey to healing mission and changing the way people think about mental health. The team includes psychologist, Dr. Jeff Gardere, and filmmakers and activists, K.T. Nelson and Squeaky Moore. The program will air at 12 noon.
JUMAANE WILLIAMS VISITS BUFFALO TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE
Brooklyn City Council Member Jumaane Williams, who also serves as deputy leader and co-convener of the National Network to Combat Gun Violence, joined Buffalo Council Members Michael J. LoCurto, David A. Rivera, representatives of Buffalo elected officials, PUSH Buffalo and other anti‒gun violence advocates during a press conference to take a stand against gun violence in Buffalo by announcing their participation in the NNCGV. During the trip, Council Member Williams also met with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to discuss the city’s anti‒gun violence initiatives. Earlier this month, Council Member Williams visited Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Mich. to participate in NNCGV meetings and local anti‒gun violence initiatives.
HARLEM PASTOR CELEBRATES MILESTONE
Sunday, Oct. 19, the Memorial Baptist Church gathered to honor the 10th Pastoral Anniversary for its senior pastor, the Rev. Renee Frances Washington Gardner. The affair, which took place at the church, included greetings from Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer who presented Garner with a proclamation declaring Sunday, October 19, 2014, Rev. Renee Frances Washington Gardner Day in Harlem. The event also included performances by the Memorial Baptist Church praise team and the East Harlem Missionary Baptist Church Choir and a powerful word by the Rev. Dr. Joe A Bush Sr., senior pastor of Walker Memorial Baptist Church in the Bronx. Gardner is first female pastor to lead a historic Harlem church.
AG WARNS OF EBOLA-RELATED SCAMS
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a consumer alert warning New Yorkers this week about scams related to fears of Ebola. Scammers commonly use moments of heightened public fear to perpetrate frauds, and reports have surfaced of fundraising scams claiming to benefit victims of Ebola. There have also been dubious offers by companies selling bogus Ebola preparedness kits and preventative medications, although there is no FDA-approved vaccine for Ebola.
“New Yorkers should beware of fundraising solicitations and offers of goods and services related to Ebola,” said Schneiderman. “Scammers are shamefully exploiting this moment of heightened concern about public health to defraud good people. These frauds detract from the positive work of the brave medical professionals fighting this disease and the charitable spirit of New Yorkers looking to help out.” Schneiderman urges consumers to become more educated about Ebola, donate to reputable charities and not click on unsolicited links in e-mail or online.