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Volume 43, No. 31Friday, August 18, 2017OUR WORLD IN PHOTOSPHOENIX Q&A: Dominican Immigrant Patria Frias-Colón Seeks Seat on Civil Court BenchTwo SectionsCRICKET TEST MATCH — England’s Joe Root, bat in hand, gets hit by the ball from the bowling of West Indies’ Kemar Roach during day one of the England versus the West Indies first Cricket Test match, at Edgbaston, Birmingham, central England, Thursday Aug. 17. Visit for more Our World in Photos. Joe Giddens/PA via APG UEST E DITORIAL:How Did American Nazism Begin? — See page 2 —By John Alexander Brooklyn PHOENIXThis past March, Patria FriasColón, the Brooklyn borough chief of the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department, received the Legal Excellence Award from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, along with the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association.Flags on New York state government buildings were flown at half‐staff Wednesday in memory of a soldier from Brooklyn who died in Iraq. At left, Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks of Brooklyn is photographed in an official U.S. Army portrait. According to the Pentagon, Brooks and Allen L. Stigler Jr., of Arlington, Texas, who were killed Sunday, Aug. 13 in Iraq, were casualties of a U.S. artillery “mishap.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the lowered flags will honor the bravery and service of Brooks. Cuomo extended condolences to Brooks’ family, friends and fellow soldiers. Visit turn to page 3U.S. Army via APG U EST E D I TO R I A L How Did American Nazism Begin? By Randy Dotinga The Christian Science MonitorOn a February day in 1939, New York City cops gathered around Madison Square Garden to protect the 20,000 fascists inside and the surrounding protesters who numbered as many as 100,000. There wouldn’t be a larger police presence in the city until 9/11. According to historian Arnie Bernstein, “the cops said they had enough men on hand to stop a revolution.” The Nazi sympathizers in the arena, there to see the fascist German-American Bund organization, wouldn’t have minded setting off a revolt. After all, in their minds, the man of the day — this was the Bund’s “George Washington Birthday Celebration” — had helped spark a revolution as the “First American Fascist.” Outside, just as in Charlottesville, outraged protesters decried the hatred. “They were like what we saw in Charlottesville, a cross section of Americans,” Bernstein says. “Young, old, black, white, Jew, gentile, people from political groups of all stripes, including Trotskyites and other fringe figures as well as more mainstream groups. It was a massive scene, and a few Bundists took punches as they left. Most tried to hide their identity as Bund members.” The Bund and its toxic American fascism are largely forgotten now. But they were significant players in the America their time, says Bernstein, author of 2013’s “Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund.” In a Christian Science Monitor interview, Bernstein talks about the roots of the American fascist movement, the parallels to today, and why Americans should not despair. Q: What started this movement? The German-American Bund was born out of various factions and groups that came into being during the 1920s post-war era, when German immigrants and descendants of previous immigrant generations in the U.S. were faced with enormous prejudices. These groups looked back to the Fatherland, the rise of Hitler and National Socialism for inspiration. They adopted uniforms resembling those of SS and brownshirts, created family retreats where they could espouse their ideals in private with like-minded individuals, printed their own newspaper and held parades, among other activities. The Bund was led by Fritz Kuhn, who labeled himself “the Bundesführer.” Kuhn was a German immigrant himself and a Hitler loyalist.Founded in 1972, the Brooklyn Phoenix is an award-winning weekly that covered Brownstone Brooklyn and reform politics for two decades. Full archives of the Phoenix are being catalogued as a special project of the Department of Library Science at Brooklyn College. Today the Phoenix has a new mission to become the voice of the immigrant community in Brooklyn in the new century. Publisher: TERRENCE LYGHT Managing Editor: JEAN DAVID HUBERT (646) 683‐18642 • Brooklyn PHOENIX • Friday, August 18, 2017Q: How big was the group? It’s impossible to say, given that they were secretive and bad record keepers. It’s estimated they had between 15,000 to 20,000 official members. Those numbers don’t include nonmembers who were sympathetic to the Bund and its mission and may have provided some funding to the organization. But it’s important to note that the vast majority of GermanAmericans did not support the Bund. Q: Was this a fringe movement? Yes, but loud and vocal. Americans coast to coast knew what the Bund was and what they were about. Fritz Kuhn, who had an inflated sense of self-importance and a grandiose ego, loved to play to the media. Q: How did American leaders respond? Politicians fought back. The major players were Fiorello LaGuardia, the mayor of New York, and his District Attorney Thomas Dewey, who later became New York’s governor and ran for president. They couldn’t get the Bund on what they were saying because you have the right to be obnoxious in this country. But they found Kuhn was siphoning Bund coffers to fund his extramarital romances. He ended up going to prison on embezzlement charges. Q: Who else responded? The people who went after the Bund were a wild and disparate group. The FBI came down hard: There’s nearly 3,000 pages of FBI files on Kuhn and the Bund. [Prominent columnist] Walter Winchell went after them in his column and on his radio show. In fact, he was one of the first to attack them. He pummeled Kuhn with a variety of name-calling, satire and black comedy. Kuhn hated Winchell and said when the Bund took over he would hang from the highest light pole in front of his beloved New York hangout, The Stork Club.In one notorious case, a group of Jewish VFW members infiltrated a Bund meeting hall and at the prescribed time interrupted the meeting and started swinging. The fight spilled out into the streets and cops had to call for reinforcements. In another case, the Bundists wanted to build a family retreat in Southbury, Connecticut. The town council said: Not in our town. They changed zoning laws and made arrests — which were probably illegal — that forced the Bund to leave. Q: How did Jewish mobsters fit in? One of the most notorious groups to go after the Bund were the boys of the Jewish underworld: Mayer Lansky, Bugsy Siegal, Mickey Cohen and others. They were bad guys to be sure, but they were loyal to their people. Mobsters broke up Bund meetings and broke Bundist bones. Bugsy Siegal ran training sessions to teach these volunteers the best methods to attack Bundists! Quite a tale, to be sure. Q: What are differences between the American fascists of the 1930s and today? This past weekend’s anti-Semitic shouts, the swastika flags and tattoos that were brazenly displayed, the racist taunts: What we saw makes the Bundists look like amateurs. The Bund fell apart after Kuhn went to prison in 1939, and the death knell was sounded when we entered World War II. A situation like that doesn’t exist today. Q: What gives you hope? The downside is that these groups are out there and in numbers. The good news is that there are more people of good and always will be. We live in a different society than the late 1930s. People can live openly and together regardless of religion, race, sexuality or other factors. I’m not saying we’re a utopian society by any stretch of the imagination. But we are better. © 2017 The Christian Science MonitorPHOENIX Q&A: Dominican Immigrant Patria Frias-Colón Seeks Seat on Civil Court Bench Continued from page 1 In accepting the award, Frias-Colón said, “Having lived as a prosecutor, everything I’ve learned is all about justice. Not only do I want to ensure that the people prosecuted are given justice, but also the victims in our cases and of course that justice has to translate to the community.” Frias Colon is currently running for one of the five open seats on the Brooklyn Civil Court. There are 11 candidates for the position, which covers the entire county. The primary is Sept. 12 and Civil Court judges are elected to 10-year terms. Frias-Colón has most recently served as the Brooklyn borough chief for the New York City Law Department’s Family Court Division, where she oversees the juvenile delinquency practice. Prior to that, Frias-Colón served as assistant district attorney in Kings County and was an adjunct professor at St. John’s University’s School of Education. She then served as agency counsel to the NYC Department of Education in 1998 and later became assistant deputy counsel to the schools’ chancellor. Frias-Colón was born in the Dominican Republic before moving to Brooklyn as a young girl. She graduated from Bushwick High School, received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rochester, and graduated from Hofstra University School of Law. She was awarded a Public Justice scholarship. Frias-Colón recently took the time to talk with the Brooklyn PHOENIX about her candidacy and background. Brooklyn PHOENIX: So, you grew up in Bushwick. How old were you when you first came to New York? Frias-Colón: My earliest memory is around 7. But it could have been a little earlier. I know I started first grade here. Maybe I was between 5 and 6. I was very young. When we got here from the Dominican Republic, that was a very huge change in what we were used to seeing. And although we grew up modest there, I never realized how poor we were until we came here. We were raised in Bushwick in a tenement apartment. My mother made a very modest income in the factories and she worked in a few of them. My youngest sister was born here and much later [so was] my brother, who is now a New York City police officer. PHOENIX: How did your childhood and all the obstacles you had to face influence your desire to seek a career in law? Frias-Colón: Two reasons: I remember being in my first-grade bilingual class at P.S. 274 in Bushwick. They had a corner library there in each class. One of the books on the shelf was a picture book about professions. The cover photo said lawyer and it had a woman’s face on it. I thought a woman can become a lawyer. That was my first recognition that we could do anything that we set our minds to. You know, growing up I watched TV shows like “Perry Mason,” and there were no women lawyers; the judges were not women and certainly not people of color. So [seeing the book] was my first exposure. That planted the seed in my head. And while growing up, we had to change apartments periodically because the landlords wouldn’t give us heat, or we would lose hot water. And I always remember my mother being so diligent about paying her rent because she didn’t want us to be forced out of a home.Those were basically the two things that motivated me. I said when I grow up I’m going to be a lawyer and I’m going help people to make sure they get heat and hot water. And here I am now. PHOENIX: What are your current responsibilities? Frias-Colón: Well, today I am the borough chief for juvenile crimes and interstate child support in Brooklyn. So, I work for the New York City Law Department and I have since 2009. And I’ve worked with a wonderful team of people, including support professionals, investigators and attorneys. We are charged with handling the investigations and prosecutions of juvenile crimes. And I also have a team of people who handle all interstate child support work. PHOENIX: As a successful attorney, what made you want to run for the Civil Court bench seat? Frias-Colón: Once I became a lawyer, I knew that for me the ultimate transition was to become a judge. It did become increasingly difficult for me to do that because I loved the work that I did at every stage of my professional career. So, for example, when I hit my 10-year mark, which is what you need to become a Civil Court judge or a Supreme Court justice, I knew that I was going to begin to do the work that needed to be done to try to ascend to the bench, whether it was the appointed route or whether it was the elected route.At the time, I was with the Department of Education (DOE) doing some great work with the Administrative Trials Unit, as well as with then-President of the board Ninfa Segarra. I never would have left the DOE; I was very happy there. But then I got this amazing opportunity to apply for the NYC Law Department. I did it with trepidation. But I had someone to nudge me and ultimately I got the job to lead their Brooklyn office and it’s been a wonderful marriage ever since. PHOENIX: You and your husband Robert Colón are the parents of three children. Do you still live in Brooklyn? Frias-Colón: I do. When I got married in 1990 I moved from my parents’ house in Bushwick to his parents’ house three blocks away. We then moved to Bedford-Stuyvesant in 2001 and we’ve been there ever since. PHOENIX: Congratulations on being endorsed by Frank Seddio and the Kings County Democratic Party. Frias-Colón: [Frank is] wonderful and he’s done so much for others. I am thrilled to have his support. There are five open seats in the Civil Court and I was found qualified by the independent judicial panel for the Kings County Democratic Party, for both the Civil and the Supreme Court. PHOENIX: Do you have opponents for the judge’s seat, and who will make the ultimate selection?Frias-Colón: Well, there are only five seats and there are currently 11 candidates, including myself. So, the people of Brooklyn are going to make that decision. The ones who have the most votes on Sept. 12 will move forward to the general election. PHOENIX: What will be your judicial district? Frias-Colón: It will be countywide seat that covers all of Brooklyn. PHOENIX: What are some activities you do within the community? Frias-Colón: Something people may not know is that I am a member of the Coney Island Polar Bears. Our season begins the first Sunday in November and our season ends the last Sunday in April. I’m really proud of that group of people and the work that we do. On Jan. 1, we always do a huge fundraiser for the Camp Sunshine family organization. We usually raise thousands of dollars. I’m involved with the Brooklyn chapter of Jack and Jill, a national organization for mothers. We pool our resources together to provide financial and other support to our Brooklyn community and we do legislative work as well. We’ve given money to the New York Public Library [and] we do Toys for Tots for children in shelters, which is something very close to my heart. I’m also a member of numerous legal professional organizations like the Dominican Bar Association, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bar Association all of which do phenomenal work. It’s all volunteer work but it’s all about paying it forward. PHOENIX: Do you feel that your background as an immigrant brings something new and unique to the bench that has been missing? Frias-Colón: I’ll tell you what I think my uniqueness is: I have a very well-rounded perspective. I’m the daughter of struggle, I know how certain things can weigh you down and I know how things can lift you up. PHOENIX: Do you ever go back to visit the Dominican Republic? Frias-Colón: Absolutely. Not only do I have family there, and my mother has impressed upon us the importance of family, and we’ve done the same with our kids. I’ve been here now over 40 years and she’s been here longer than that. She made it a point that we always went there during school breaks. My family and I still try to go at least once a year. PHOENIX: What do you hope to accomplish as Civil Court judge? Frias-Colón: Well, you know, in Brooklyn there’s never been a Dominican-born elected to the Civil Court. And this will be a first. It’s historic for me, and historic for our borough.Patria Frias‐Colon, civil court judge candidate, visits the office of the Brooklyn PHOENIX. Brooklyn Eagle photo by John AlexanderFriday, August 18, 2017 • Brooklyn PHOENIX • 3OUR WORLD IN PHOTOSSTATUE OF LIBERTY POEM — In this undated photo, a group of immigrants, who arrived at Ellis Island in New York, wait in line to begin immigration proceedings. Senior White House aide Stephen Miller told reporters Wednesday, Aug. 2, that the poem written by Emma Lazarus, inset, about the “huddled masses” is not part of the original Statue of Liberty. Miller says the Statue of Liberty is a “symbol of American liberty lighting the world” and suggested the statue had little to do with immigrants. The National Park Services says Lazarus’ sonnet depicts the statue as a symbol of immigration and opportunity. Visit for more Our World in Photos. AP Photo/FilePUBLIC LEGAL NOTICESNEW BUSINESS FORMATIONS APOTHECARY KITCHEN LLC Notice of formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: APOTHECARY KITCHEN LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 7/20/2017. NY office location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is Northwest Registered Agent Llc, 90 State Street Suite 700, Office 40 Albany, NY, 12207. 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