“There was no end to the teasing by Desmond the next day – “apple pie is not squished or squishy but gotta admit it is good and… Read more “Squished Like Apple Pie”
We did not see a “blue wave” against Trump as many predicted. However, the victories of many democratic socialists, both in the primaries and general election, means that the people are seeking a bold alternative to establishment politics. The people are ready to take control of left-wing politics and move towards building a true multiracial people-powered workers movement that fights against fascism, capitalist greed and injustice. There is nowhere that deserves our attention in this fight more than here in the heart of Harlem and the role of City Council is more important than ever.
People of color account for the majority of domestic violence survivors, yet calling the police for protection is often not an option due to documented violence against the victim at the hands of police.
The problem is not that drug clinics exist in Harlem. In fact, drug clinics provide vital services for drug rehabilitation and recovery. The problem is that the oversaturation is not based on addiction rates or drug related death rates at all. Instead, the overconcentration of drug clinics in Harlem is based on historic and persistent Medical Redlining of our community.
The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is a farce. Board members are appointed by the mayor, police commissioner, and city council as opposed to being elected by the communities they represent and serve. Rather than appointees on a board making only symbolic recommendations, we need elected boards filled with community members, making decisions that are considered final and not open to the police commissioner’s discretion. Only then will the CCRB have a chance at being an actual advocate for the community and to actually hold police accountable.
I, and those with me, aim to slowly phase out our reliance on police by defunding, disempowering and demilitarizing officers and departments. We aim to reinvest that money into our communities and prevent crime by addressing issues of poverty. And further, we aim to empower our communities through community accountability programs and community care governance. That’s the movement we’re building.
There’s no denying that the challenges New York City residents face when it comes to finding and keeping affordable housing have been compounded by the effects of… Read more “11 Crucial Steps to Making Harlem Housing Affordable”
Both the Republican and Democratic leadership – state and federal – have not done enough to secure the votes of millions of Americans and that will have… Read more “Voter Suppression: 3 Ways to Fight Back”
my heartfelt thanks to Chef Cristo @santiagowetnyc for their awesome work. We fed the people today – Harlem community – radical love – meaningful change