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  1. Giving Thanks



    “One year, [we] gave a boy about 8 years old a coat, tried it on made sure it fit him, he took it off and gave it back to me and I asked, ‘Why are you giving it back?’ and he said, ‘You mean I can keep this?’ and I said, ‘Yes,it’s for you,’” Richard Mantell, vice president of Middle Schools with the United Federation of Teachers, said. “And he came up to me and hugged me and it was hard to fight back tears.” 
    Article Link 
    [ https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2022/11/20/hundreds-of-children-from-shelters-participate-in-thanksgiving-giveaway



    Jon Stewart: "Penalizing someone for having a thought I don't think is the way to change their minds or gain understanding. This is a grown ass man and the idea that you would say to him, we're going to put you in a time out. You have to sit in the corner and stare at the wall until you no longer believe that the jews control the international banking system. Like, we have to get passed this, in the country, the ability to... Look, people think this.  People think jews control Hollywood. People think jews control the banks. and to pretend that they don't, and to not deal with it in a straight forward manner. We will never gain any kind of understanding with each other. "

    Colbert:"what do you imagine the right manner to be....what is the response"

    Stewart:"First, I think reflexively naming things anti semitism is reductive as some of the things they might be saying, it immediately shuts down a conversation. ... Comedy is reductive, and I think part of what it is, is we play with tropes, because everyone has prejudices in their lives, and in the way they view things. And comics rely on those prejudices as a short hand for our material. Even the wokest of comics plays with tropes, to a certain extent. But my point is the most interesting thing to come out of this in my mind is something Kanye said. On his tour that he was doing after he said that, and then he got interviewed by five different people because the media model is arson and conflict. He said something fascinating in my mind. HE said hurt people hurt people and if the point of all this is then to heal people, the only way to heal a wound is to open it up and cleanse it. and that stings. that hurts. But you have to expose it to air. and I'm afraid the general tenor of conversation in this country is to cover it up, bury it, put it to the outskirts and don't deal with it and what I would say is, look at it from, a black perspective. Its, a culture that feels its wealth has been extracted by different groups, whites, jews, things, whether it is true or not isn't the issue. That's the feeling in that community. And if you don't understand that's where it is coming from, then you can't deal with it. and you can't sit down with them and explain that ... being in an industry isn't the same as having a nefarious and controlling interest in that industry and intention, right. And that has been the anti semitic trope. But you need to be able to meet people from what their community is feeling as well."

    Colbert:"so you saying the way is to deconstruct it and tell them why it isn't with facts"

    Stewart:"that's right, but if your not allowed to say it. You know dave said something in the snl monologue that I thought was constructive, as well. He said it shouldn't be this hard to talk about things. And that is what we're talking about. Look I can't pretend that there aren't a [expletive] ton of people in this country and this world who believe that the jews have an unreasonable amount of control over the systems. and they wield it as puppet masters. I've been called anti-semitic because I'm against Israel's treatment of Palestinians. I'm called other things from other people based on other opinions that I have. But those shut down debates. They're used as a cudgel, and whether it be comedy or discussion or anything else. If we don't have the wherewithal to meet each other with what is reality then how do we move forward is my question. I don't enjoy it. Don't get me wrong. When people i admire or whose music I like come out and say how many of you are in show business, you know... here is the deal... we have our own tropes. Like a white person's success is because of privilege, a minority's success is empowerment, a jew's success, that's conspiracy. You feel that. I feel that. But I have to be able to express that to people. If I can't say, that is Bull shit and explain why, then where do we go? and if we all just shut it down then we retreat to our little corners of misinformation and it metastasizes. And the whole point of all this is to not let it metastasize. And to get it out in the air and talk about it."
    Video link 
    [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V_sEqfIL9Q




    Title: Sableye and Palmon Plushies for Charity
    Artist: Tamarinfrog
    [ https://www.deviantart.com/tamarinfrog/art/Sableye-and-Palmon-Plushies-for-Charity-938117299

    Hello everyone, it's time for a new Charity Project!

    A Charity-Guild Project!

    This time we will be drawing or crafting Digimon/Pokemon as PLUSHIES!! 

    This project will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation [ https://makeawish.ca/

    Each submission received will add $2.50 to the charity pool.

    If you are looking to sponsor this project, please send a note or email charityguild@tommyspuppetlab.com

    How to Submit:

    You can submit to your gallery and submit to this folder [ https://www.deviantart.com/charity-guild/gallery/85373471/plushiemon-collab ] (Please tag me and mention this journal too please) 

    You may add your submission to sta.sh [ http://sta.sh/ ] or dropbox/drive and note me your submission if you wish to refrain from contributing to Deviant"Art" 

    We have a channel on our Discord server where you can submit

    You can also email to charityguild@tommyspuppetlab.com

    Submission rules:

    All Deviant"Art" submission rules apply [ https://www.deviantart.com/about/policy/submission/

    Artificial Intelligence (AI "art") is strictly prohibited from any of these projects. All submissions will be checked.

    In order to enter, please comment on the posted journal which character(s) you are drawing. First come first serve, and reservations will be held for 2 weeks. After that, anyone can claim that character again.

    All gens (1-9) and Digimon forms allowed. Even Wailord. 

    Do not add a background to your submission. I prefer transparent backgrounds, no big deal if you don't know how, just submit it on plain white background.

    Anyone can enter regardless of skill. I will judge your art by your effort however. No quick doodles. Art from the heart is what matters most! Again, NO AI IS ALLOWED

    If drawing on paper, please use UNLINED paper or it will be turned down!

     NO BASES!!

    No stock is allowed with exception of brushes, textures, pallets, etc... The work must be 100% yours at the end! No lazy work please!

    Minimum canvas size 1200x1200. However you are welcome to use a bigger canvas if needed.

    To submit, please see above

    No work older than the launch date! November 21st

    Deadline: January 5th, 2023

    INVITATIONAL - for all information
    [ https://www.deviantart.com/tommygk/journal/Draw-Craft-Pokemon-Digimon-as-Plushies-for-Charity-937980393 ]



    Port Richmond High School students whip up Thanksgiving feast
    By Jillian Jorgensen Staten Island
    PUBLISHED 2:45 PM ET Nov. 23, 2022
    Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner is always a production. But it is extra crazy when you’re preparing to feed hundreds of hungry teenagers who happen to be your classmates.

    “In this oven, we have some stuffing and turkey waiting to go out. In the other room we have some mac and cheese and more turkey,” James Ryan, a culinary arts teacher at Port Richmond High School, said. “Some of the students in my eighth period class [are] plating up the pumpkin pies for desserts.”

    What You Need To Know
    Hundreds of students in Port Richmond High School's culinary arts program worked together to create a Thanksgiving feast for their classmates

    They cooked about 300 pounds of turkey, along with sides like mashed potatoes and stuffing

    The feast gave them an opportunity to show off the skills they are learning
    It was something principal Andrew Greenfield is proud of
    Led by their teachers, every student in Port Richmond High School’s culinary arts program helped put together a massive Thanksgiving feast. It featured about 300 pounds of turkey, 75 pounds of potatoes 100 pounds of yas and 32 pumpkin pies, Ryan said.

    “We're preparing here for probably about 400-500 students,” Ryan said.

    It's a highlight for students in the culinary arts program, who spend all four years getting hands-on cooking experience. They're taught national food safety courses and have the opportunity to get their city food handling license. The popular program serves about 350 students a year.

    All of them work on the Thanksgiving meal, with each class tackling a different dish.

    “All 12 of our classes have had their hands in it. Not literally, but yeah, almost literally,” Ryan said.

    And when the bell rang, the crowds arrived to grab their meals. For students who had worked hard on the feast, it was a moment to savor.

    “It honestly feels amazing. I really love how we were able to come together and [prepare] such a big feast for the whole high school and it's just, I'm happy that all the work paid off,” junior Madison Gigliello said.

    The meal initially started out smaller, with culinary students just cooking for one another. Over time it grew.

    “Then last year after COVID, Mr. Greenfield and Ms. Woodman decided we need everyone together. We're serving a whole school. And it was a hit,” Ryan said.

    It’s something principal Andrew Greenfield is proud of.

    “What I love about this day is that we don't do a Thanksgiving feast for some students or families. But we do it for our entire school community,” Greenfield said.

    And it’s part of what it makes so special for the culinary arts students.

    “Every Port Richmond student comes here to try our food and take time out of their day to come try it,” junior Robert Eckman said.

    The line stretched down the hallway. After grabbing a plate, students could sit down in the school’s cafe and enjoy a performance by the jazz band.

    “You know, everybody’s Thanksgiving at home looks a little bit different, so we try to have a traditional Thanksgiving feast here at school, so everybody can get a taste of that,” assistant principal Suzanne Woodman said.




    Families spend hours in the cold waiting for ICE appointments
    By Eric Feldman New York City
    PUBLISHED 11:00 PM ET Nov. 22, 2022
    It was just after 2:30 a.m. on a crisp, cold New York City night. The temperature read 34 degrees, but it felt colder. It was the first truly cold day of autumn.

    “It’s pretty cold, even my foot falls asleep, even I can’t move my whole hand,” said Edi Kiste, who was bundled up in a line outside immigration offices in downtown Manhattan.

    She spoke with NY1 as she held her two-year-old daughter, who spent the entire night outside with her.

    “I bundled her up with three pants, a jacket, and like two polo shirts inside,” she said.

    She said they were still cold.

    On Lafayette Street, there are many strollers and children at this very early hour, all bundled up, all waiting.

    One mom appeared to breastfeed her daughter on the curb.

    These families are here for the long haul, bringing out cardboard boxes, backpacks and blankets to create makeshift beds.

    They are choosing to spend the night on concrete.

    Laura Godoi said she arrived outside 26 Federal Plaza at 7 p.m., which was 13 hours before her appointment with immigration officials.

    “It gives hypothermia,” she said, describing the wait and the cold weather.

    There’s a reason why so many people are lining up on a cold November night with their children.

    They are waiting for their appointments with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE.

    Many of those NY1 met said they are required to report to ICE after crossing the southern border in recent months.

    By 3:38 a.m., the line has only grown.

    “We got like 174 people,” said Carlos Estevez, looking at a manila folder he brought to organize everyone in line.

    Estevez is not a community organizer. He himself was in line for his own ICE appointment.

    He brought the folder because of his past experience lining up for his appointment — and could help explain why so many people are out here overnight.

    “They say you can’t enter,” he said.

    In a statement to NY1, an ICE spokesperson said the agency is “working to address current processing delays at some ICE offices,” attributing the delays being exacerbated by COVID-19 in recent years.

    ICE only lets in however many people the agency can see in one day, no matter how many have appointments set up or how long the line is overnight.

    On this night, it’s Estevez’s third overnight trip. Same for Angel Gomez, who said the night before, he got in line at 2 a.m. But that was too late.

    Nancy Angeles had a friend waiting in line. Just before 4:30 a.m., she opened her car door, allowing a new group of the people in line to get inside her warm car.

    “Whether they’re immigrants or not, they’re people,” she said.

    By this time, the line wrapped not only around the block, but continued across the street.

    At 5 a.m., the makeshift beds were folded up, because there was an effort to organize the lines.

    Estevez led the charge, even though it’s not his job.

    Within an hour, ICE started checking people in from two lines, one for families and the other for everyone else.

    People got through past the sunrise until 7:48 a.m.

    There were still what looked like at least 100 people in line.

    “That’s it for the day,” said an ICE agent to the crowd.

    The crowd stood there, wondering what to do next. Some talked to ICE agents. Others took pictures of a QR code provided by ICE to follow-up.

    People in line, who spoke with NY1, were frustrated. Leonardo Caso showed up at 5 a.m. Edi Fernandez arrived at 4:30 a.m.

    Both said they were too late for their scheduled appointments.

    “You get up early, and well, they don’t give you a solution,” said Fernandez.

    ICE officials said people who miss appointments should also reach out by email.

    “When I send them, they didn’t answer me,” said Hamida Al-Hassam, who added that he also missed his appointment, despite getting in line around 3 a.m.

    NY1’s video of the overnight experience outside 26 Federal Plaza is generating a response in Washington, D.C.

    “There needs to be a more efficient and humane way for ICE to schedule and process people for check-ins and other appearances,” said a spokesperson for Sen. Chuck Schumer. “We are in touch with ICE and advocacy organizations to urge prompt improvements.”

    Adrian Pandev is an immigration lawyer based in New York City. NY1 showed him the scene outside 26 Federal Plaza.

    “It just shows that the system is not at capacity. It’s over capacity,” he said. “What a mess.”

    He thinks most are trying to check in with ICE, as required, within 60 days of crossing the southern border.

    “These people are waiting in the streets to comply with the rules,” he said.

    He said each day they’re denied their appointments, it pushes them closer to missing their deadline, possibly complicating their status in the U.S.

    “Noncitizens would not be deemed a no-show for their appointments if they utilize the QR code,” an ICE spokesperson said to NY1. “ICE would reschedule them.”

    An ICE spokesperson said missed appointments do not have to be counted against people in line if they take the proper action.



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