Entries for author "chriscampbell"

Occupy the Corners: Harlem Residents Unite Against Gun Violence with Al Sharpton and Jayson Williams

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Huddled together at the corner of 111th street and 5th Avenue in Harlem, a circle of about thirty individuals held hands. Their eyes were closed in prayer. The orange glow of the headlamps formed neon smudges against the black night sky. Two NYPD officers stood nearby, arms crossed, waiting. Opposite a church on the corner of 129th Street and 7th Avenue, a similar crowd looped around a stage, surrounded by blue lights and peace signs painted gold. Some youths lined up to perform raps and songs, which they had written themselves.

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Alternative Plan to Close Rikers Within 3 Years Backed by Browder Family

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HARLEM— The brother of Kalief Browder blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio for “giving us lip service” for his pledge to close Rikers Island within 10 years.

“Will you even be the mayor in 10 years? Or are you only doing this because it’s an election year?” asked Akeem Browder, who joined a pair politicians Wednesday to push an alternative plan to close the jail within three years.

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Community Activist Redirects Youth Away From Gangs, Guns

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Sekou is on the front lines, trying to prevent gang and gun violence on the streets of New York City and Harlem where she lives, but Sekou is not just one of the activists that you see at the press conference denouncing violence after someone’s been shot and killed.

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Street Corner Resources gets new headquarters

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Anti-violence and community outreach organization Street Corner Resources has spent years on the streets of Harlem to help the community and prevent violence. The organization recently opened a new headquarters on 145th Street to increase its reach.

Founded in 2007, SCR’s mission is to get to the root of violence by providing teenagers and young adults greater access to employment, education, training and other resources. SCR runs workshops, a ...

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