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Council Member Julie Won to Host Backpack Giveaway and Free WiFi Sign-Up Saturday

Councilmember Julie Won during a previous backpack giveaway event held August 20th (Photo: Office of Councilmember Julie Won)

 Aug. 26, 2022 By Czarinna Andres

Councilmember Julie Won is handing out school backpacks for kids Saturday as they get ready for their first day of class Sept. 8.

The council member is holding events throughout the 26th Council District in coming weeks with two scheduled for Aug. 27. Free backpacks and school supplies will be handed out at Ravenswood Houses, located at 35-35 21st St., from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow and at Queensbridge Houses, located at 10-25 41st Ave., from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Won plans to have additional backpack and school supply giveaways in early next month in Woodside, Sunnyside, and Astoria. The details of those events are still to come.

The councilmember, who ran for office last year on a platform of bridging the digital divide, will also be promoting free Wi-Fi at Ravenswood Saturday.

She plans to help residents sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a federal program where eligible households get free Wi-Fi service or $30/month credited toward their bill.

Won hosted events helping people signup for the free Wi-Fi program at Queensbridge Houses and Woodside Houses earlier this summer.

Many people are eligible for the program–not just NYCHA residents. New Yorkers who earn below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines or are enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP, National School Lunch, and veterans’ pensions are also eligible.

The APC was funded through the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021, which included $65-billion earmarked specifically for broadband infrastructure.

 

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Genipero

All these giveaways (from both parties) have been funded by the US Taxpayer yet the politicians will be upfront while handing them out. So “generous” . Their “generosity” is coming from our taxes.

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Meanwhile in Maspeth

Robert “hates minorities” Holden advocates for keeping Rikers open and saving horses instead of fixing the city. He could care less about city residents outside of the JPCA.

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Concerned citizen

Ms. Won: Please get the bums off of Queens Blvd. 1- bum has seized control of the bench outside Starbucks and is trying sell bottles of water, cd’s and News papers. He has thrown bags of trash into the street twice that I know of 2- A guy has taken over the benches outside shakra on 44th street an QB. He needs psychiatric treatment and is a danger. Checkout the damage he did to the metal bench on 44th street and QB. There are about seven or eight other regulars including Change. Enough already. Fix it. Or are you waiting for someone to get hurt or worse. My 87 year old father needs those benches.

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She is.

Think about it. Ig these prickbags get free WiFi then they’ll stay home and Netflix and chill instead of going out to rib us left and right.

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Branduhhhn Magoo

what do you mean, help them sign up for free Wifi? are they unable to type http://www.spectrum.com on their phones and sign up themselves? dont they know how to read or write or spell their name?

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They have discounted plans for people below a certain income level

Ironically Spectrum offers lower rates if you’re below a certain income level, the same idea behind the initiative in this article.

I guess you want to do away with that too? 😬

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No it means discounted

Actually thousands of New Yorkers use the program. Internet access allows for economic mobility for things like applying for jobs. There’s a website called Google if you want to learn more!

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You miss my sarcasm.

There are many people in this city who insist the world owes them everything just for existing.

Everyone else in the world has to pay for everything they have
Why not these people?

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joe biden

free stuff is great!!!
just get out there folks and vote for me and remember who sent you the checks! Amtrak JOE!

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Republicans are known as the party that has done so much for people who don’t need any help

Just declare bankruptcy. Republicans are fine with that, just ask Donald Trump. People vote Democratic because they don’t believe in myths, fairytales, invisible gods and conspiracy theories.

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Smh

So Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists etc are all Republicans? And transgender women are real women is a scientific fact? And CRT and systemic racism aren’t conspiracy theories on why some people don’t succeed in life? And 5 year olds who play dress up should be transitioned to the opposite sex isn’t a fairytale? And nothing says progressive then promising free everything and promoting entitlement. Is the dementia finally catching up to you?

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The worst performing US States are exclusively Republican

Smh- Your post is filled with myths and fairytales. How many people do you know who have. “transitioned” ? Please explain the application of CRT to the rest of us. Things that affect almost nobody compared to things that effect tens of millions. That is the power of brainwashing. Incite the anankastic and they will propagandize for a cause without fully comprehending it and for free ( your favorite term).

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Smh

Things that affect nobody? Then why do you and other liberals push the narrative of lgbtq? Why are there protests? And does the number of kids transitioning matter? But whatever number it is, it’s probably more than black deaths caused by the police.

And here is a brief overview of CRT. It’s a belief that there is racism that goes beyond individual prejudices that involves policies in regards to law, employment and education. And unfortunately this does affect millions because the left has used it to create divisiveness, creating an oppressor vs oppressed state spreading it to womens rights and gay rights and my favorite prisoner rights. The left is using this as tool to keep poor minorities into thinking they are all victims of racism, and women and trannies victims of sexism and transphobia. But why is it liberals don’t never hold individuals accountable. Read Thomas Sowell’s book; white liberals and black rednecks. The problem is people like you. Old white liberals who think they know how to fix everything. And your basic argument is… FoxNews, brainwashing, tucker Carlson… wah wah. Your own ego and self worth has warped your mind old timer. It’s time to unplug FoxNews and save what’s left of your senile brain.

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Sunnysider

SMH- The libs don’t support these issues for the volume or their size, they support them for inclusivity. You never answered the post you’re commenting to in regards to application of CRT. You just posted a broad text book over view. Big difference . Your handle seems to be one of the larger culprits of misinformation on this comment stream., You appear to struggle with issues of hostility, anger and internalization. If admin is sincere about creating a civil platform they should look to abridge or outright shutdown your access.

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Thanks for your thoughts on backpacks, SMH

A wall of text about “prisoner rights” and “trannies?” 😬 Another very stable genius…

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Concerned Citizen

Smh -The criteria for cross sex hormone therapy are as follows:
A-Persistent, well-documented gender dysphoria;
B-Capacity to make a fully informed decision and to consent for treatment;
C-Member must be at least 18 years of age;
D-If significant medical or mental health concerns are present, they must be reasonably well controlled. Please do some research on the topics you are commenting on. You’re using this site to deliberately misinform its users.
https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/view/article.aspx?articleid=53793&ver=22&bc=CAAAAAAAAAAA

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Smh

I’m getting cancelled. 😭Lmao! Civil discourse by liberals? Same people who riot and attack anyone with opposing views. And crt is used to create victimization so all the people you fight for feel oppressed. And at least I have content in my posts. Please learn to read. But I guess a civil discussion in the eyes of a liberal are jokes and emojis. And this same moron has the attention span of a two year old and can’t even comprehend something that isn’t 3 sentences long and has no emojis. Another unstable snowflake. Keep spending mommy and daddy’s money while you spend your day drinking Starbucks and smoking weed.

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“ Some people, in an attempt to mask their shortcomings dig lies so deep, they end up drowning in a sea of their own delusions!

SMH- For someone who professes knowledge and ability to think, you sure do post a large amount of misinformation using an awful lot of buzzwords.

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SMH Your post describes your very actions on this stream

SMH, Look up the projection. Wow

Smh

So without Buddha, would there be Buddhism? And why do certain sects of Buddhism worship Buddha and have statues of him? Nice try junior.

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Worshiping statues is Idolatry

@smh-Most Buddhists do not believe in God. Although they respect and look up to the Buddha , they do not believe he was a god but they worship him as a form of respect. By doing this they show reverence and devotion to the Buddha and to bodhisattas .Please do a simple google search and fact check. You’re spreading misinformation

Buddhists believe Gautama Buddha was a human, not a god

Do you know what the “Buddha” part of “Buddhism” comes from? A human being, a teacher. So…not a god. Thanks for agreeing!

Trump literally handed out checks to wealthy Americans

Great point, the gov. should not give handouts.

How’d you return your stimulus check?

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wake up

the stimulus checks were given out by the democrat controlled congress…please stop spreading misinformation….

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I agree, Democrats made America great again

Thanks for giving them credit, like you said, the idea that Trump is responsible is “misinformation”

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Bidumb Magoo

you should know better Conservatives dont give out money. you either work for it or stay poor. it was the Demorats that passed those bills to give away money.

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Gullible Republicans believe in myths fairytales, invisible gods and conspiracy theories

Bid- You almost got it. Republicans give away plenty of money only to those who already have plenty of money.

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The CARES Act was signed into law by Trump....

Oh wow, you really didn’t know! Proposed by Mitch McConnell; you didn’t know this but he’s a Republican too!

Trump also signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act into law (another $900B on top of the original $500 billion).

I guess democrats get credit for the the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history (10% of total U.S. gross domestic product) now? Well…ok.

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The government should not be giving handouts

Except when Trump gave millions of dollars of taxpayer money to all Americans, including the very rich. That was totally different because…maga or something.

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Your anger is misplaced.

Everyone got something. Some more than others. This is the jobless and educationless by choice. They’re getting free shit from the government.

On our dime, btw.

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This money comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

…which LOTS of Republicans voted for. Scroll up to learn more! Why are you criticizing them?

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