Censorship. Sound Familiar?

Mau Mau

We have been trying to get more information on White Island (Mau Mau) to let our readers know EXACTLY what is going on and we are being ignored by GBCares, who held all of the meetings regarding White Island over the past year or two. After multiple phone calls, emails, face to face requests, a snail mailed request, and a public plea – we have been ignored.

But then we found this uplifting quote:

Some might think that because the newsletter is so good and filled with so much relevant and factual information, these people are using it to learn and inform others. But this is just not true. These people have something to hide, so they don’t want the general public to know the truth so that they can decide what their concerns or opinions might be.

That quote came from a GBCares Newsletter in 1998 referencing the war they had with the Property Owners. What happens when you substitute newsletter with website in that quote?

We cannot help but notice the massive amounts of irony after reading their article (below) and we know some will ask us “Why even release this?”.

Let’s quote GBCares since they said it best, in that 1998 Newsletter.

If you don’t know the truth, you can’t make an informed or educated decision, or even have an intelligent opinion on the issues that affect us all. This has to change and is changing, thanks to the many different people who are fighting the uphill battle to properly express the views of the entire community.

Well Said! We will warn you, you will have to strap in and READ. It should take all of 2 minutes.

Here is what we found:

December 1998
Gerritsen Beach Cares

Talking Trash #3 Censorship

In the past 2 years, I have noticed many different situations that border on censorship. There are many different reasons why a certain level of censorship is needed. The World Wide Web gives us access to everything you could possibly imagine and some things most people can’t believe. Adult web sites are a good example of something that should be kept from being visited by anyone under the age of 18. Movies have different levels of censorship. Whether a movie is rated G, PG, PG 13, NC 17, R, or X, these ratings are used to control who can see the different movies and this should hopefully control the levels of exposure to minors.

Then you have people trying to keep others uninformed by not allowing proper information to reach the general public. Some people do this so not to alarm or concern the public. Others do it to keep people in the dark. If you believe in the old concept of if you don’t know something, it won’t affect you, then you are being misled. Then you don’t find out about something until it is too late to do anything to make sure that it is to the benefit of your family and friends.

I have used many different ways to inform and promote the betterment of Gerritsen Beach. There are still some ways I have not used, but you will see them in the near future. The object is to get the attention of the public long enough to get the point or concern across. This is not easy due to the fast paced society we live in today. The world is a very different place from what it was even a few years ago. We have Cable TV, Microwave ovens, the Internet, Cellular and now Digital communications. Factual information is now available to the everyday person at a touch of a button. This evens out the power in our society. You don’t have to be rich or powerful to obtain information in today’s day and age. Many people have told me that they have not received the monthly GB Cares Newsletter at one time or another. After looking into this, I have been told that different people have seen certain individuals taking the newsletter out of the fences where our delivery persons put it. We deliver it house to house and by law we can’t put it in the mailboxes, so it is put in the door or the fence. If you see someone taking the newsletters out of your fence, you should call the police and report them for stealing your information. The police will probably laugh, but in a sense, this is what is being done to keep you in the dark and improperly informed.

Another way you are being kept in the dark is when the newsletter is put in the local stores and certain individuals remove all the copies that are there. Some might think that because the newsletter is so good and filled with so much relevant and factual information, these people are using it to learn and inform others. But this is just not true. These people have something to hide, so they don’t want the general public to know the truth so that they can decide what their concerns or opinions might be. These people would much rather tell you what they think your opinion should be. It’s their way or go away and this has been hurting our community for years.

In the beginning of my venture to inform people about what I was doing to clean up, many different types of promotion were used. We had small billboards on the parks land to inform the public of the clean up. The community wall and window was obtained thanks to the owner of Marine Pharmacy. The wall was covered with graffiti, and thanks to the O’Connell & Newell Youth Center at the Cort Club, DJ Combat, all the other kids (you know who you are), the wall was painted and cleaned up.

Recently, our neighborhood’s new for-profit and politically owned newspaper had an article about pole pollution. This is when people use the utility poles on the sidewalks to post flyers to inform the general public. I must admit that I have used the poles to inform about the GB Games and GB Cares meetings. I don’t consider it pollution as long as you remove the information when the event is over. This is how we have operated since the beginning, leading by example. It seems that it’s okay for politicians and selected business and groups to use the poles and leave their information to litter the streets. But I guess some people do as they want and others do as the community wants.

It seems like a long time ago when I brought the concern of censorship to the attention of the Gerritsen Beach Property Owner’s Association. I expressed my beliefs that the Gerritsen Gazette was censoring certain information to keep the community in the dark. The games played by that newspaper and those involved have contributed to the division that exists within our community today. I have met people who just don’t know the facts and the truth about many important issues in our community. I realize that this was the goal, so that no one would question the decisions made on the community’s behalf. If you don’t know the truth, you can’t make an informed or educated decision, or even have an intelligent opinion on the issues that affect us all. This has to change and is changing, thanks to the many different people who are fighting the uphill battle to properly express the views of the entire community. The few individuals who put their own financial and political gain first and the community second, have to stop trying to hold all the power. The only way this will happen is for the people with influence in Gerritsen Beach to work with everyone, and not only the few people who will agree with their warped, misguided views.

It would be nice to believe that everyone in the community reads this newsletter and is properly informed. But this is not the case. It’s up to you to tell the people who might be misinformed the truth & facts, so they will have a better understanding of the issues that affect us all. Their concerns and opinions will be heard and understood, since they will be based on factual information.

Amazing! How the tables have turned! What do you think?

You help us obtain the White Island minutes which we consider to be valuable public documents by contacting GBCares at 718-648-3745 or GBCleanup@aol.com and asking them to release them to GerritsenBeach.net

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