james brennan, 44th assembly district

Assembly members James F. Brennan (D-44) and Darryl C. Towns (D-54) have introduced targeted Sudan divestment legislation in the New York State Assembly that has been enacted into law. Senators Joseph E. Robach (R-56) and John L. Sampson (D-19) introduced companion legislation in the State Senate.

Jim Brennan represents the 44th Assembly District in Brooklyn. Mr. Brennan serves as a member of four committees: Codes; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Education; and Real Property Taxation. He is also chairman of the Committee on Cities.

During his years in the Legislature, Mr. Brennan has championed consumer protection, energy conservation, and social and economic justice. He is well known for his expertise on budget matters, school aid, and utility regulatory matters. He is the author of a major piece of budget reform legislation, the Tax Expenditure Report that requires the Governor to submit to the Legislature an itemized list of every special tax break that exists within the State Tax code as part of the budget. This gives the Legislature and the public the opportunity to scrutinize each tax break and determine if it benefits the public as well as the private parties involved. Mr. Brennan also authored the exemption from the vault tax for New York City homeowners and the exemption from the New York City personal income tax for poverty level taxpayers.

District Office
416 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11215
718 788 7221

For more info contact newyork at Sudandivestment.org

ron haviv

Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced some of the most important images of conflict and other humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War.

A co-founder of the photo agency VII, his work is published by top magazines worldwide, including: Fortune, Time, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Paris Match and Stern. He has also published two critically acclaimed collections of his photography - Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul - and has contributed his wide-ranging body of work to several other books.

With a special focus on exposing human rights violations, he has covered conflict and humanitarian crises in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the Balkans.

Most recently, he has documented the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and is currently focusing on human rights in Darfur, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

His often-searing photographs have earned Haviv some of the highest accolades in photography, including awards from World Press Photo, Picture of the Year and the Overseas Press Club, as well as the Leica Medal of Excellence. He regularly lectures at universities and seminars, and numerous museums and galleries have featured his work, including The Louvre, United Nations, and The Council on Foreign Relations.

Haviv has been the central character in three films. National Geographic Explorer's Freelance in a World of Risk explores the hazards inherent in combat photography. The Serbian-made documentary Vivisect explores Serbian reaction to the Blood and Honey exhibit and the critically acclaimed National Film Network release Eyes of the World examines Haviv as a witness to a war that can happen anywhere when ethnic fear turns to hate. In addition, he has spoken about his work on The Charlie Rose Show, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, NPR, NBC Nightly News and The Best Damn Sports Show Ever.

For more info visit www.viiphoto.com