McLaughlin: Two years of exposure to the gun havoc that plagues Harlem causes me to speak. The weapons used in 244 shootings in which 277 residents were shot did not appear magically in the hands of the shooters. There is no “gun genie” who places a loaded firearm in the hands of an unsuspecting or unwilling Harlem resident.
All are responsible for violence
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 09:16:07 GMT
A recent Gallup poll indicates that 50 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. African-Americans tend to hold more conservative views on drug legalization, in spite of the fact that African-Americans are far more likely to be arrested and prosecuted for marijuana possession than their white counterparts.
Proponents of marijuana legalization say that this perspective might change if there were greater awareness around the foundation of the “War on Drugs” in the United States. “There is a lot of evidence to suggest that the origin of these laws was intended to be [utilized as] the new Jim Crow. In order to criminalize large swaths of the population,” said James Clark, a criminal defense attorney in Oakland, California.
African-Americans are often categorized as politically liberal. However, the black church has a large influence on the moral compass of the African-American community. This often-conservative influence might provide an insight into why African-Americans are against relaxing the drug laws that often split up their own families.
Read more at theGrio.com
Would Legalizing Marijuana Make Life Better For Black Americans?
Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:23:53 GMT
Community Fights NYPD decision to Move 34th Precinct Commander
August 17, 2011 7:46am | By Carla Zanoni, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
Community residents and leaders are protesting a decision by the NYPD to move Deputy Inspector Jose Navarro to another precinct after just 15 months in his post at the 34th Precinct. (NYPD)
UPPER MANHATTAN — Community leaders are calling on the NYPD to reverse a decision to reassign the 34th Precinct‘s commanding officer, just 15 months after he moved into the post.
Residents and elected officials began a letter writing campaign Monday asking that the NYPD allow Deputy Inspector Jose Navarro to remain in his role, particularly at a time of increased crime in the area.
“Losing Navarro at this critical time will hamper the countless efforts to reduce crime, lose momentum in implementing strategic crime prevention initiatives and damage already repaired police-community relations,” reads a letter sent to the department from dozens of community residents.
“His loss will be felt across the community and his departure will raise significant concerns,” continued the letter, addressed to Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Assistant Chief/Commanding Officer William Morris.
Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding the decision.
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East Harlem Tries to Serve Huge Influx of Chinese Residents
August 3, 2011 6:48am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito recruited recent college graduate Preston Tan to serve as her liaison to the Chinese community after noticing the number of Asian residents of the district is on the rise. Tan is translating for Tony who wants help with a housing issue. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)
HARLEM —Despite moving into East Harlem from Chinatown four years ago, Tony, a Chinese immigrant with limited English, still hopped on a train to Councilwoman Margaret Chin’s Lower East Side office whenever he had a housing problem.
“She knows English and Chinese because I’ve seen things from her office written in both,” Tony, 50, who declined to give his last name, said through a translator.
Chin recommended Tony reach out to his local city council representative, Melissa Mark-Viverito. She just hired Preston Tan as a liaison to the Chinese community after noticing a large increase in the number of Chinese residents in East Harlem.
Tan and another of Mark-Viverito’s aides invited Tony to the district office Tuesday for Mark-Viverito’s first ever office hours for her Chinese constituents. With Tan, 22, translating, they made several phone calls trying to get Tony the help he needed.
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…And speaking of Charlie Rangel and Aretha Franklin, here, hot off the email, is the official invite. Rangel Gala Invite 2011 var docstoc_docid=”86171310″;var docstoc_title=”Rangel Gala Invite 2011″;var docstoc_urltitle=”Rangel Gala Invite 2011″;
Document Drop: Here’s Rangel’s Birthday Invite
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:41:28 GMT