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President Donald Trump at the White House on November 5. Associated Press Photo/Evan Vucci

It makes every bit of sense to celebrate the people’s victory in voting Trump out of office. If you are skeptical (and as a fellow leftist I can understand why some would be) you need only consider the viewpoint of hardened racists and “proud boys” who are surely dismayed. I had the unfortunate experience of losing my father last week but if he were here he would be drinking a margarita making a snarky comment and sharing around some of the latest memes and I simply cannot resist chuckling at that.

That being said, we are nowhere near arrived or near the promise land or even near equality. We have a lot of work to do: the real work of organizing our communities. I am optimistic after seeing how grassroots organizing carried the Dems to victory this past week. Change comes from the roots up. From our streets to the White House. From Harlem to Washington. …


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Colin Murphey/ USA TODAY NETWORK Via REUTERS

As someone who is a survivor of domestic violence I experienced great harm at the hands of my ex partner, and yet I chose not to press assault or false arrest charges. This lived experience only complemented what I learned about abolition while at Brown University so that, at this point in my life, I feel I have an intellectual, personal, and spiritual connection to the goal of abolition. I wanted to take the time to talk about this as we end Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

I am not alone. Many survivors choose not to press charges and while I can’t speak for everyone I want to speak for my beliefs today. Let’s properly address Domestic Violence and whenever possible prevent harm from happening in the first place. …


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Rebecca McCray/ Gothamist

As an educator, community organizer and a candidate running for city council, I have had numerous discussions with the people of Harlem about this issue, and I agree — there is a significant oversaturation of drug clinics in Harlem.

I am a third-generation Harlemite and I too have noticed an increase in drug clinics peppered around my district (district 9) and neighboring parts of Harlem. But the problem is not that drug clinics exist in Harlem. In fact, drug clinics provide vital services for drug rehabilitation and recovery. If anything, these social services should receive more funding and resources to tackle the excess of addiction in our City. The problem is that the oversaturation is not based on addiction rates or drug related death rates at all. …


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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. The boards themselves do not have the power to fire and suspend police, only to make “recommendations.” As a result, the CCRB is nothing more than a rubber stamp of approval for the NYPD. 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. …


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Creator: Spencer Platt | Credit: Getty Images

We have reached a point in U.S. history where calling for police reform is futile. This call has historically been met with enormous resistance from police departments — and ultra-powerful police unions — across the country. Every year we see police budgets increase while essential social services and public institutions are defunded. And unsurprisingly, we see no reduction in police brutality and abuse of power. Steady rates of police killings nationwide, despite reforms being implemented, exhibits daily the inevitability and propensity for violence that is inherent within the police institution as a whole.

What we have is a system that prioritizes the elite and their private property at the expense of Black and minority groups, who it disproportionately targets and surveils. A system born out of runaway slave patrols, that harbors racism within its very DNA. A system where violence is inevitable. The concept of modern policing is so fundamentally broken that it must be dismantled. Our society must be rebuilt and reimagined in order for us to ever have a chance to survive and thrive. …


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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 the COVID-19 pandemic. But the truth is that the lack of affordable housing itself is a public health crisis, one that existed long before COVID. As the New York Times puts it, the city “has been in some form of housing crisis for a century,” and there is an inextricable bond between housing and health care. Housing instability and homelessness have catastrophic impacts on health, and vice versa. We need to break this cycle and create real solutions right now. …


I, Kristin Richardson Jordan (KRJ) aka Kristin for H.A.R.L.E.M. am a creative, Black, lesbian, activist, author, teacher, Brown University graduate, spiritual warrior, and 3rd-generation Harlemite on a mission to disrupt district 9 with radical love and my Kristin for H.A.R.L.E.M. policy platform. I am a democratic socialist and abolitionist. My abolitionist beliefs and work are rooted in what Angela Davis calls “radical self-care” that opposes capitalist oppression. Our movement centers radical love in our campaign, and turns self-care into community-care that works towards collective abolition from capitalism and white supremacy. …


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Photo by Jim Watson — AFP/Getty Images

Voter Suppression: 3 Ways to Fight Back

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 a great impact on the general election next month. Illegal suppression of votes has become more blatant and racist than ever, particularly in targeting Black communities like our home of central Harlem, NYC. We have to fight back.

First let’s be clear about the nature of current voter suppression and oppression. Due to COVID-19, many voters in the U.S. will be voting by mail in 2020 but the current administration is illegally suppressing votes by making vote-by-mail more difficult causing significant delays and sowing confusion. The cuts and defunding of the United States Postal Service via the Trump administration are only the most recent example. The people most impacted by this and other means of voter suppression, such as the voter roll purging that took place in 2018 in Georgia causing Stacey Abrams to lose her election, are often underrepresented communities including, but not limited to: Black Americans, those that recently obtained citizenship, those without a physical address, those with disabilities, those whose primary language is not English, those without a state-issued ID, students attending school away from their home state, and those with a former felony conviction. …


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Photo by Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

We have all seen the videos depicting police brutality in various parts of our nation and many of us here in New York (as others did elsewhere) continue to take to the streets. Not surprisingly to some, the NYPD has responded to cries for an end to police brutality this summer with exactly that; police brutality. This summer (and previously, historically) NYPD has shown a disgraceful display of excessive police force on crowds of overwhelmingly peaceful protestors including beatings, rubber bullets, punching, shoving, pepper spraying and driving into crowds. More than 2,500 arrests were made and hundreds were held for over 24 hours after a judge ruled to suspend habeas corpus. Late July we saw the NYPD Warrant Squad use unmarked vehicles in the middle of a peaceful protest to forcefully kidnap “suspects” investigated for graffiti vandalism. …


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police car image from NY1.com

The actions by the NYPD on Saturday night in the West Village are a continuation of the disturbing lawless, riotous behavior by the police. We have seen time and time again how the police escalate peaceful protests into violent mass arrests that serve no purpose other than to abuse their authority and intimidate protestors.

Whether it is assaulting peaceful protesters, pointing guns at unarmed civilians, pepper-spraying elected officials, or attempting to run protestors over with police cruisers, there has been an appalling lack of accountability from all levels of government. Enough is enough. …

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Kristin Richardson Jordan (KRJ)

Candidate for NY City Council District 9 (Central Harlem) Kristin for H.A.R.L.E.M. aka KRJ visit www.KristinForHarlem.com

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