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Throughout the subway system you can find talented musicians singers and dancers. All Things Harlem filmed a few different musical groups in the subway ranging from "Ebony Hillbillies" to classic doo-wop. Enjoy the videos and keep a look out for other great talents underground.
On January 15, 2013 potential Democratic Mayoral candidates debated issues at Al Sharpton's Nation Action Network headquarters in Harlem. The annual event was in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community members and other politician were also in attendance.
The potential candidates included City Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill Deblasio, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson and former City Council Member Sal Albanese. They discussed issues important to the Harlem community like, improving education, the NYPD's stop and frisk policy, and who they would make next police commisioner.
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All Things Harlem's take on this debate is that the candidate with the most clear answers to the questions was John Liu. For example, he was the only candidate to make a clear distinction on the issue of stop and frisk saying that he would do away with the policy completely. All the other candidates answers were much more ambiguous but were leaning more towards reforming the program and not ending it.
What do you think about the debate? Do you have a better idea of who you would support in the Democratic primary?
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Contact: Stephanie Hoo, (212) 669-3747 January 4, 2013
‘CENTRAL PARK FIVE’ CASE
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Citing the decade-long litigation that has resulted in escalating legal fees and tied up valuable City resources, City Comptroller John C. Liu today called for the New York City Law Department and the lawyers representing the “Central Park Five” in their $250 million civil-rights lawsuit to break their stalemate and conclude a settlement as soon as possible.
At a press conference in Harlem, Liu offered the legal expertise of his office and the around-the-clock use of his boardroom to help the parties to come together and work out a settlement for the five young men, who were wrongfully sent to prison for an April 1989 crime.
Following are Comptroller Liu’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:
“Nineteen Eighty-Nine was a painful period in New York City’s history. That year, the City recorded nearly 2,000 murders, countless other violent crimes, and was suffering the devastating effects of a national crack epidemic.
“On April 19th of that year, a 28-year-old female jogger was brutally attacked and raped in Central Park. Almost immediately after this heinous crime, police investigations began to focus on a group of five African American and Latino youths, aged 14 to 16, who came to be known as the ‘Central Park Five.’
“Following lengthy interrogations, the five teenagers – Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise – confessed to the crime. The following year, the five were convicted and sentenced to terms ranging from 5 to 15 years.
“In early 2002, Matias Reyes, a convicted murderer and rapist, confessed that he alone was responsible for the attack on the Central Park jogger. On December 19, 2002, on the recommendation of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, the five convictions were vacated by Justice Charles Tejada.
“Since 2003, the ‘Central Park Five’ and the New York City Law Department have been engaged in complex and costly litigation that has yet to be settled. As of now, multiple causes of actions are pending in this federal case, including malicious prosecution, racial discrimination, and lack of due process.
“Both as a New Yorker and as the Comptroller, I am deeply troubled by the fact that this civil-rights case remains unresolved more than a decade after these convictions were vacated and nearly a quarter of a century after the occurrence of the crime that another individual has confessed to committing. These five kids may not have been angels, but that does not change the fact that they were imprisoned for a crime perpetrated by another person. Collectively, they spent more than 30 years in prison. While no monetary award could fully repay them for this imprisonment, the City must make an effort to correct this tremendous injustice, which robbed them of their youth.
“Their imprisonment also wreaked havoc on their families. Parents not only lost their sons to prison, but also had to live through the indignity of having their children compared to vicious animals, as the press labeled them with such racially charged expressions as ‘wilding’ and ‘wolf pack.’ They endured multiple trials: first by the tabloid media, which jumped to judgment, and then by prosecutors, who screened what later proved to be false confessions in the courtroom.
“The Comptroller’s Office has the authority and extensive experience settling claims before litigation and approving settlements proposed by the Law Department post-litigation. Last fiscal year, the City paid out $550.4 million for the settlement of claims and payments of judgments; $185.6 million of which were against the NYPD and an additional $84 million of which involved a variety of civil-rights violations.
The Standouters - Built by Julius Kroehl in 1857, the fire tower stands 47 feet high and sits in Marcus Garvey Park. It was one of eight in Manhattan. Manned by volunteers, fire watchtowers communicated by Morse code and rang the bell to signal where the blaze was located.
However, by the late 1870s, the widespread use of fire call boxes and the growing number of skyscrapers made the towers obsolete. Many were eventually torn down but the one in Marcus Garvey Park remained primarily because its isolated location and popularity with the community.
Aside from a 1938 modification, which added the acropolis, the base the tower sits upon, it has not undergone any major renovations and has fallen into serious disrepair. With the support of elected officials, Harlem community groups are working to raise money to save this historic landmark.
While you're watching the New Years Eve television coverage tonight keep a look out for Google's Year in Review commercial. This commercial features a clip from Allthingsharlem.com's coverage of the Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin in Union Square in New York City. Though it is literally just one second, it still feels like an honor to be selected among the over trillion videos uploaded to youtube this year. We thank Google for this recognition and look forward to another great year of providing coverage for our community.
Here is a schedule of the when the commercial will be airing.
All Things Harlem received this video last night of an apparent arrest in Crown Heights Brooklyn. If you pay close attention to the 00.17 second mark you will notice the officers on top of the man punch him the back of the headhttp://www.allthingsharlem.com/.
Here is the description from the person who filmed the arrest.
This is a video taken from an apartment window that shows the tail end of some serious police brutality. The beating takes place in an alleyway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, between Union St. and President St, near Albany Ave. The incident occurred at about 1pm on 12/19/12. If you have any information about the person in this video, or are the person who was beaten and want to make some sort of civil claim contact or youtube channel 801angelicupstart.
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Breaking The Taboo is a new film that highlights the tremendous failure of the War on Drugs and its consequences. This film that is narrated by Morgan Freeman is a must see.
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Congratulations to community activist, Brother Shep and everyone who fought on his behalf. His bogus charges of disorderly conduct were dropped. Another great victory for the people. To find out more or get involved with about the great community work that Brother Shep is involved with visit http://peoplessurvivalprogram.wordpress.com
It's been almost 4 years since Israel's last major acts of military agression against Palestinian's in Gaza. This was All Things Harlem coverage of New Yorkers reaction to this military campaign 4 years ago. What has changed?
Photos: from Rally/March to Israeli Consulate - 01/03/2009
Video: Rally Against Israeli Aggression in Gaza - Harlem State Office Building 01-10-2009
Video: Answer Coalition on Gaza - 01-09-09
NY Collective of Activists Against Judicial Injustice
>>>SAVE THE DATE!<<<
★ ★ ★ PACK THE COURT!★ ★ ★
Brother Shep’s (Shepard P. McDaniel)
Thursday, November 15, 2012 – 9:00 AM
The Bronx County Hall of Justice
(The "new" Court House across the street from the shopping mall)
265 East 161st Street
Part TAP1 Lower Level
During this past Spring's "Bogus Weapons Case" against Bro. Shaka Shakur; "Original" Black Panther Party Veteran and longtime community activist Sadiki "Shep" Ojore Olugbala was identified as a leader, politically targeted and unjustly arrested inside of the Bronx Criminal Court house for his experienced supervision in the orderly departure of both Bro. Shaka's attorney and his many supporters from the courtroom. This arrest was made at the same time that several other court officers were engaged in a heated discussion with Bro. Shaka’s noted activist attorney Michael "Tarif" Warren in regards his objection of the court officers overall disrespect towards those people who had come to the trial in support of Bro. Shaka. Unfortunately, despite yet another court victory by the people The State has decided to still make an example of Bro. Shep in order to have him imprisoned and; To continue its current city-wide court campaign to "intimidate & curtail" the growing peoples movement to "Pack The Court House" in support of both organizers and/or the victims of Police Terror by the NYPD. Finally, in addition to the criminal charges in Bro. Shep's case, is the very real question of whether or not the people can actually receive a fair and unbiased trial when both the arresting NYS Court Officers and the presiding NYS Court Judges personally know, socialize and work with each other on a regular basis. This legal contradiction, as well as the aforementioned City- Wide Court Campaign to violate our 1st Amendment Constitutional Rights both inside & outside the courthouse, will be addressed during this trial as well.
ABC, Chan. 7, “HERE AND NOW” – Sun. Nov. 4, 2012
Sandra Bookman talks with Joseph Jazz Hayden, the founder of AllThingsHarlem.com. The website has been documenting some of the stop-and-frisk policy cases against the NYPD -- including Hayden's own case. They will be joined by Hayden's attorney, Gideon Oliver, and Noel Leader, the co-founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.
Let's take a "BREAK" from the war for justice and check out our beautiful and talented young people. "Lock me up for filming this." - Jazz Hayden
When taking the subway at 125th street if you are lucky you will get the chance to witness the beautiful voice of Alethia singing the gospel with an angelic voice that has the stamp of the black church written all over it.
John Jay College held a forum on Stop & Frisk and this is a presentation of their research and findings. Here is yet at another example of research, facts and finding showing just how unjust this policy is. What will it take for us to end this practice?
On October 26, 2012 Brother Shep had to appear in court to answer a disorderly conduct charge pinned on him following a confrontation with some overly aggressive court officers following a court appearance by Shaka Shakur. The court officer who charged Brother Shep did not appear and the case was postponed.
THIS FRIDAY: PACK THE BRONX COURT HOUSE TO KEEP VETERAN BLACK PANTHER &
ZULU NATION MEMBER "BRO.SHEP" FREE!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012
9:00 AM SHARP!
215 E.161st STREET
During the spring trial of activist Shaka Shakur, veteran Black Panther and long time community activist Sadiki "Bro. Shep" Ojore Olugbala was unjustly targeted as a leader in the campaign in support of Shakur and arrested inside of the Bronx Criminal Courthouse. This arrest was made while other court officers were engaged in a heated discussion with activist attorney Michael "Tarif" Warren about the court’s treatment of and disrespect towards Bro. Shaka’s supporters.
Despite winning Shakur’s acquittal, District Attorney Robert Johnson and the courts have decided to make an example of Bro. Shep by attempting to imprison him, contributing to a current city-wide campaign to intimidate the growing movement of both organizers and the victims of police terror by the NYPD.
The prosecution of criminal charges against Bro. Shep shows all too clearly the illegal restrictions on activists demonstrating their courtroom support by wearing political buttons and t-shirts, as well as the harassment of activists expressing their basic civil liberties by leafleting outside of the courthouse. His arrest also raises the question of whether those facing criminal charges in the Bronx can actually receive a fair and unbiased trial, given the close personal and professional ties between the arresting NYS Court Officers and the judges.
Defend Bro. Shep and support the campaign for justice for all those who struggle against police violence and terror. Drop the charges now!
Victory for Jazz Hayden!
By: Brian Jones
Facing up to 14 years in prison for 2 felony counts of weapon possession discovered during a traffic stop, Joseph “Jazz” Hayden emerged from court this morning with an ACD (Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal), a small fine, 5 days of community service.
Anyone who has followed this case knows that the charges were bogus. The “weapons” were a small pen knife and a miniature commemorative baseball bat. In reality, these charges were nothing but retaliation for Jazz’s activism to expose the brutal reality of the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” policy.
The ACD and community service really only serve to allow the District Attorney to save face. The fact is every day is community service for Jazz, which is why so many people showed up time after time to these court appearances. Jazz is a 71 year old activist who has been doggedly documenting police behavior in Harlem. His case has been discussed widely in the media.
Outside the courtroom, Jazz smiled and thanked his supporters. “This victory is because of y’all,” he said, “your protest, your phone calls, your petitions, and your presence here. I love you.”
The feeling is mutual.