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Typically, Chamber of Commerce breakfasts are uneventful affairs, attended by local entrepreneurs who exchange business cards and chat amiably over coffee and mini-muffins, but Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Monday morning coffee klatch broke that mold when protesters interrupted a panel conversation composed of New York City's only GOP Congressman Dan Donovan, along with representatives Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn Maloney, and Nydia Velazquez. By the meeting’s end, at least half a dozen members of...
(Photo by Julie Schwietert Collazo)  Fahd Al Fakih: Fahd Al Fakih was one of more than a thousand bodega owners in Brooklyn (bodega owners from other boroughs joined in, too) who participated in yesterday’s bodega strike. Al Fakih, owner of King Star Convenience Store and another Brooklyn business, shut his store at noon as an act of resistance to draw attention to the devastating effects of the Muslim ban on New York Muslims. Those effects aren’t abstract for...
Yashmay David (L) and Maya Cubarle (R) (Image by Julie Schweitert Collazo) Twelve-year old Henry and his eight-year old sister, Nadia, have taken the train into Manhattan to show up outside the offices of Senators Gillibrand and Schumer for a rally of Brooklyn parents and kids who oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Neither senator is expected to support DeVos—Gillibrand has opposed all Cabinet nominees (though she did vote in favor...

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