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www.newsindiatimes.com – that’s all you need to know News India Times January 26, 2018 12 Community By StaffWriter H oboken Mayor Ravinder Bhalla honored the spirit of Rev. Martin Luther King on Jan. 15 by leading a protest and addressing a Christian church. Mayor Bhalla was joined by scores pro- testers early morning on Martin Luther King Day to protest the building of a water- front maintenance facility by a private company, NYWaterway, a step approved by N.J. Transit. Scores of Hoboken resi- dents and others joined Bhalla traveled with and joined him, at the headquarters of N.J. Transit Authority in Newark, to stop the board from voting on the measure. Bhalla and his predecessor Dawn Zimmer, had plans to take the property and convert it into a public park. But according to the NewYork Times, the pri- vate ferry company asked N.J. Transit to buy the site and lease it back to it, in order to continue using it as an industrial site. The board meeting which had earlier been scheduled for the week before and postponed to MLK Day, was again post- poned for a later date. Bhalla, in a statement, said the NJ Transit Board of Directors which was again scheduled to vote on the acquisition of the Union Dry Dock property and to lease the property back to NYWaterway for a ferry refueling and maintenance facility, "pulled" the matter from its meeting agen- da. “This is a huge step forward and a con- tinuation of Hoboken’s decades-long efforts to transform our industrial water- front into public open space,” Bhalla said. “Our waterfront is an asset not just to our community, but the entire state, and I will fight tooth and nail to preserve the former Union Dry Dock property as open space." He urged NYWaterway to work with all stakeholders to find a "comprehensive solution that will benefit our entire region." Bhalla thanked, among others, Governor-elect Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Cory Booker , D-NJ, and John Menendez, (D-NJ) as well as N.J. Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, the Hoboken City Council, "and all of the activists and residents who raised their voices and made a difference.” The same day, Bhalla addressed a Bapist congregation, thanking the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, and the Mt. Olive Baptist Church for invit- ing him. "The best way to honor his (MLK) legacy is to push with great vigor and strength knowing we have the truth by our side," Bhalla said in a tweet. Hoboken's Mayor Bhalla Leads Protest On MLK Day By StaffWriter ndian American Neetu Chandak, a student at Cornell University, recent- ly wrote in an essay in The College Fix that she has had to undergo ther- apy after appearing on “Fox and Friends” last year to express her concerns about liberal bias in the coursework at her college. After she came on the show to share her objection to a particular course description which seemed overly critical of President Donald Trump while glorifying former President Barack Obama, she received threats and constant harassment and was afraid to leave her apartment, she said in the College Fix essay dated Jan. 12. She even considered dropping out of her classes and finishing her degree in online courses but ended up undergoing therapy. "I stayed in my room for days because I wanted to avoid campus. Even though there were a lot of messages of support from home, I grappled with the fear of not being accepted or respected simply because of my views, of being mocked and taunted, and possibly even attacked," she wrote. "Considering that Cornell University's College Republicans president was physi- cally assaulted right after Trump was elect- ed -- shoved to the ground and called a 'racist bitch' -- threats around here are no joke," she wrote. On the Fox and Friends show, she referred to a specific course titled "America Confronts theWorld” and said that she dis- agreed with the description of the course, which was comparing Obama’s eight years of "pragmatic cosmopolitanism" to Trump’s 100 days of "xenophobic nationalism." “I had done the interview, not to show support or disagreement with any particu- lar person, but to show the ridiculousness in comparing eight years of Obama’s presi- dency to the first 100 days of Trump’s term. While I expected disagreement frommany Cornellians for my views, I was mentally and emotionally unprepared for the back- lash, name calling, and threats to my phys- ical safety,” she told Fox News in an article appearing Jan. 12. “It is difficult to express conservative views as a college student without being called names, attacked personally, or even threatened by peers,” Chandak wrote in the essay on The College Fix. "Many found it acceptable to be hateful toward me because they perceived me as hateful. What hypocrisy," she told Fox News adding "I am not alone in my strug- gle. Many people holding views similar to mine will likely not express their beliefs in the classroom or on campus out of fear of facing the isolation and threats I faced. This becomes a disadvantage for college students as the entire point is to learn about various ideas." A May 9 story last year in Cornell Sun, a campus newspaper, carried a story on Chandak's interview on “Fox and Friends” and quoted college Republicans saying that “while the wording of the course description seemed skewed toward Obama and liberalism, they believed the professor would have welcomed other viewpoints.” Chandak, has won Miss Upstate New York’s Outstanding Teen in 2013, and was crowned Miss Seneca Falls in 2016. She is now a senior at Cornell University. Cornell University Student Speaks Of Liberal Bias On "Fox and Friends" Photos:Cityof HobokenTwitter Hoboken Mayor Ravinder Bhalla addressing a congregation on MLK Day. Facebook Neetu Chandak Mayor Ravinder Bhalla was joined by scores of protesters in Newark to protest an industrial site in Hoboken. I

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