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Clip of the Week: "Know Your Rights"

Clip of the Week By Linda Romano

Did you know that in New York City, police can approach you at any time but you're not required to answer their questions? Did you know that you have the right to observe and record police activity, as long as you stay at a reasonable distance from the police?

The Youth Channel producers at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center created "Know Your Rights" to shed light on what is and isn't allowed during a police stop. This provocative video, which is our latest Clip of the Week, follows a young man Malik Jackson, as he encounters two police officers who stop him while he is trying to enter his own apartment building.

The recent death of Staten Island resident Eric Gardner during an attempted arrest has put the NYPD in the national...

Firehouse Film Club: "The We and the I" on Friday, August 1

Events, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, MNN Youth Channel By Linda Romano

Next up for the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center Film Club: "The We and the I," a film by Academy award-winning director Michel Gondry. A New York Times Critics' Pick, "The We and the I" highlights a group of young people as they ride home on the ficticious BX66 on their last day of school.

Gondry recruited his young actors from the Point, a community center in the Bronx, and worked with them over the course of three years on the film. While the bus line may be made up, the film takes us through real neighborhoods in the Bronx and perfectly captures the dynamics of not only adolescence but of an afternoon commute in New York City.

"The We and the I" will be screened at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a discussion. ...

This Week on "Represent NYC": NYS Assembly Member Richard Gottfried on Medical Marijuana

News and Views, Program Guide, Programming Highlights By Linda Romano

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill approving the medical use of marijuana into law on July 5, it represented the culmination of years of advocacy and work by an array of individuals and groups, including NYS Assembly Member and Chair of the Assembly Health Committee Richard Gottfried, who has been advocating for the legal use of medical marijuana for over a decade. New York is the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana.

On the July 27 episode of "Represent NYC," Gottfried, the longest-serving NYS Assembly member who represents Chelsea and other parts of midtown, is joined by Gabriel Sayegh, New York State Director of Drug Policy Alliance, a national advocacy group. Gottfried and Sayegh share their unique perspectives on reasons why the bill was finally passed and provide a compelling history of the medical marijuana movement in the state. They discuss why New York's bill has more strict parameters than other states' bills, and also explore the implications of the legislation, in the state and nationally. 

Gottfried's episode of "Represent NYC" will air on Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 pm on MNN1 (TWC 34, RCN 82, FiOS 33) and...