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
Come through TOMORROW! KRJ Food to the People at 135th and St. Nicholas Ave at 2pm (entrance to the park) you know you want to BUILD in… Read more “Food to the People Tomorrow!”
Pics from our community park clean up happening now, the local Harlem political revolution is here
Continuing my posting of one poem from my book “Water & Light: Choose Love Now” every Friday this month in tribute to my and other survivors’ stories… Read more “A message to young Black girls who love “love” and want to save the world”