Vigil, Tomorrow at 10

For tomorrow’s vigil for Yao Pan Ma, please find the updated list of officials in attendance in the poster: Alvin Bragg, Tish James, Jose Serrano, Robert Rodriguez, Gale Brewer, and Mark Levine.  From the Asian communities, we will have officials Grace Meng, John Liu,  Ron Kim, and Yuh-Line Niou. We will speak to them about the need for equitable distribution of social services and the need for more resources to come help uplift our young people.  

A representative of Yao Pan Ma will deliver a statement. Importantly, quite a few Asian seniors will attend and we hope residents of all races can come out to show their support. The seniors are terribly shaken by recent incidents. 

Note also that a good number of media will be present, including New York Times, ABC, NBC, PIX.

If you can’t join, please help spread the word: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/umasianalliance/status/1484315082024624130?s=20

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CY-IJxLsirh/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UpperManhattanAsianAmericanAlliance/photos/a.104250952160463/109227031662855/

Calabar Gallery

One of the joys of Harlem is visiting the galleries, large and small, that display such a range of amazing art.

The Calabar Gallery, at 2504 Frederick Douglass Blvd, (646-964-5062) focuses on representing underserved artists locally and globally, with a special interest in African, African American and Caribbean artists.

The gallery is an exhibition space, community space, retail location, and well worth checking out.

Evictions

538 has a fascinating article on how the expected tsunami of evictions not only didn’t happen, but evictions are below historic norms:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-happened-to-the-eviction-tsunami/

Vigil Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Fri) at 10 am, you are invited to a vigil in memory of Mr. Yao Pan Ma. Join us to grieve with the Ma family and wish that justice will be served. We will lay down white flowers and light white candles at the location of the attack. 

Come join Harlem’s residents our officials to recommit to unity. We will call for better safety in the area where Mr. Ma was attacked and more social services for our vulnerable people, including our seniors and our homeless population. May something good come out of this tragic event.

PLEASE HELP spread the word about the event to the media and residents. Your support would be a great solace for the grieving family and to our large Asian senior population in Harlem.

You can also help repost and retweet on social media here: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

For more information, write to Upper Manhattan Asian American Alliance at [email protected] or call 415 215 2035. Anyone interested in supporting the Asian residents in Harlem can sign up to volunteer or donate on our website here.

Vigil on Friday

On Jan 21st (Fri) at 10 am, you are invited to a vigil in memory of Mr. Yao Pan Ma. Join us to grieve with the Ma family and wish that justice will be served. We will lay down white flowers and light white candles at the location of the attack. 

Come join Harlem’s residents our officials to recommit to unity. We will call for better safety in the area where Mr. Ma was attacked and more social services for our vulnerable people, including our seniors and our homeless population. May something good come out of this tragic event.

PLEASE HELP spread the word about the event to the media and residents. Your support would be a great solace for the grieving family and to our large Asian senior population in Harlem.

You can also help repost and retweet on social media here: TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

For more information, write to Upper Manhattan Asian American Alliance at [email protected] or call 415 215 2035. Anyone interested in supporting the Asian residents in Harlem can sign up to volunteer or donate on our website here.

From Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg:

Day 1 Memo – FACT SHEET

Over-incarceration has not made Manhattan safer. Years of data and research have proven that incarcerating those charged with nonviolent and minor offenses leads to recidivism, and makes us less safe. Proven strategies to address the root causes of this behavior, such as mental health and drug and alcohol addiction, make us safer.

And with jail now costing a half million dollars per year just to house one person, reserving this tool only for those who commit truly violent acts allows our city to use those millions of dollars to prevent gun violence and focus on truly violent crime. Tellingly, for years, Manhattan has over-incarcerated relative to every other borough in NYC, and has higher crime rate (see charts).

Through his personal life growing up in Harlem and his professional life as a civil rights lawyer and prosecutor, DA Bragg has seen every side of the criminal justice system. He’s released his policies and guidelines for his office to deliver safety and fairness for all.

Here are key points:

Continuing to prosecute dangerous crimes – Safety is paramount. New Yorkers deserve to be safe from crime and safe from the dangers posed by mass incarceration. DA Bragg will be tough when he needs to be, but will not be seeking to destroy lives through unnecessary incarceration.

Not prosecuting minor offenses that have no impact on public safety – This will not only make us safer by not further destabilizing lives, it will also free up prosecutorial resources to focus on violent crime.

Increasing the use of diversion and evidenced-based programs in lieu of incarceration – Well-designed initiatives that support and stabilize people – particularly individuals in crisis and youth – can conserve resources, reduce re-offending, and diminish the collateral harms of criminal prosecution.

Reduce Pretrial Detention – Particularly given the ongoing crisis at Rikers, and drastic rise in deaths in custody, we must reserve pretrial detention for very serious cases. The data show that the overwhelming majority of those released pretrial do not commit a violent crime while at liberty. The data also shows that incarceration in and of itself causes recidivism, so unnecessary incarceration makes us less safe.

Limit Youth in Adult Court – Research tells us that prosecuting children in adult court can lead to recidivism, making us less safe. This should be reserved for only the most serious cases.

Limit sentence length – Research is clear that, after a certain length, longer sentences do not deter crime or result in greater community safety.

Actively support those reentering – Supporting those returning from incarceration reduces recidivism and makes our communities safer. Over half of people returning to the city from state prison end up in homeless shelters. Finding better supports for them will make us safer.

Invest in communities impacted by gun violence – Communities impacted by gun violence need additional funding for community-based programs to strengthen community bonds and to support vulnerable individuals.

Day 1 Memo – FAQ

1.         Why did he make these changes?

Alvin Bragg was elected to deliver safety and justice for all. From growing up in Harlem and working as a prosecutor, he’s seen every side of the criminal justice system and one thing is clear – what we are doing now is NOT working. He released a plan to fix it. New Yorkers deserve to be safe from crime and safe from the dangers posed by mass incarceration. He will be tough when we need to be, but we will not be seeking to destroy lives through unnecessary incarceration.

2.         What does the Day 1 Memo say about resisting arrests?

Answer: First, assaulting an officer is a felony crime that the DA will prosecute (and has prosecuted previously in his career). Our policy change states that people cannot be charged with resisting arrest as a standalone crime, or when resisting arrest for a non-criminal offense such as “disorderly conduct.” This means that if someone is charged with a genuine crime and resists arrest, they can be prosecuted.

3.         What does the Day 1 Memo say about robberies?

Answer: Robberies are a serious offense and will continue to be prosecuted (and have been prosecuted by DA Bragg previously in his career). The memo instructs ADAs to make a common-sense difference between two very different types of cases: a person holding a knife to someone’s neck, and someone

who, usually struggling with substance use or mental health issues, shoplifts and makes a minimal threat to a store employee while leaving. We will not treat these cases equally. We will continue to charge those who pose a genuine risk of harm with violent felony offenses, but will not over-charge those who pose no genuine risk with the same violent felony offense.

4.         Over the last couple of years, there appears to be more mentally ill people on the streets. How will your Office help?

Answer: We will address the root causes of this, working hand in hand with the Mayor’s Office and other agencies to invest in services, including supportive housing, to ensure seriously mentally ill people receive the services they need and to ultimately reduce crime in our communities. When those charged with crimes present mental health issues, we will find appropriate programs to address those issues, and not send them to jail where we know they will not get the help they need.

5.         What charges will no longer be prosecuted?

Answer: All felonies will continue to be prosecuted, but we will not prosecute certain low-level misdemeanors that will not impact public safety, unless they are part of a larger felony case. These include: marijuana, fare evasion, some trespass cases, driving with 1 or 2 license suspensions, non- criminal offenses such as traffic infractions, resisting arrest for any non-criminal offense, prostitution, and obstructing governmental administration.

6.         How will we address repeat shoplifting?

Answer: We will establish a taskforce to work with mom-and-pop business owners, cure violence providers, community leaders, advocates and law enforcement to develop community-solutions and support services to this serious issue.

Vote on Tuesday

If you live in the 68th Assembly District (Robert Rodriguez’s old district)

Voting in the 68th Assembly District (the yellow area in the map, below)

which is mostly East Harlem has a special election day set for Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Patch.com’s Nick Garber has profiles on the two main candidates:

There are two candidates: Democrat Edward Gibbs and Republican Daby Benjaminé Carreras. Click on each candidate’s name to see their profiles, based on questionnaires that Patch sent to both men.

Shooting and Injury at the 25th Precinct

Hello everyone, 

    First and foremost Happy New Year to you all. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and enjoyed the time with their family and loved ones. For those of you who are not aware, we had a shooting incident regarding an off duty officer here in the 25 precinct. Around 0730 hours, Police Officer Keith Wagenhauser was off duty in his private vehicle in the parking lot of the 25 PCT when his driver side rear window was struck by a stray bullet causing it to shatter.  Keith just completed working an overtime midnight detail in central parking after working his regular scheduled tour and because the department mandated every member of service to work on both January 1, 2022 and January 2, 2022 for coverage, Keith had to work another tour in a few hours. He planned to take a nap in the dorm rooms but due to the lack of space and size of the doom rooms in the command there were no more beds available, so he went to take a nap in his car instead. Keith suffered multiple lacerations from broken glass fragments and a fractured skull. He was removed to Cornell Hospital. Surgery was successful and they inserted a titanium plate in his skull. He is resting well with his wife and children at his bedside.

We do not believe he was an intended target.  We had another officer in the parking lot at the time of the incident, and he did not hear any gun shots. We also did not have any shot spotter activations in the immediate area. These investigative leads, as well as others, is leading us at this time to believe it was a bullet that was fired from several blocks away, and as it came back down, it just happened to strike him in his skull. He is the unluckiest, and at the same time, the luckiest person in the world.

I want to personally thank each and every one of you for the tremendous outpouring of support.  It really makes a significant difference on the moral of the officers involved, as well as to Keith and his family.  

Thank you again, chris

Deputy Inspector Christopher Henning

Commanding Officer, 25th Precinct

120 East 119th street, NY NY 10035

(O) 212-860-6549

(M) 917-846-7194

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COVID-19 Testing Sites

Be Safe This Holiday Season

Harlem’s Night Market Returns

The Harlem Night Market returns to the historic La Marqueta this Friday, December 17, to Sunday, December 19: https://www.instagram.com/harlemnightmarket.

Join us the last weekend before Christmas to celebrate the best food, makers and music from across East and West Harlem. This year we’ve expanded to include more vendors than ever in the stalls at La Marqueta — plus Santa and family-friendly activities by El Museo del Barrio at Urban Garden Center.

MARKET HOURS & ACTIVITIES:
Friday, December 17, 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, December 18, 4-9 p.m. (Family activities 4-6 p.m.)
Sunday, December 19, 3-8 p.m. (Family activities 3-6 p.m.)

MUSIC:
D.J.s Ted Smooth & Stormin’ Norman will be holding us down each night on the ones and twos. Plus there’ll be family-friendly live music each afternoon:
Friday, 5-6 p.m.: Yotoco Music
Saturday, 4-5 p.m.: Traditional Puerto Rican parranda with Los Pleneros de la 21 that will wind its way through all lots of the market, and end on the La Placita mainstage
Sunday, 3-4 p.m.: Son Pecadores
Sunday, 4-4:30 p.m.: Sing Harlem Gospel Choir

VENDORS:
Our vendor list is topping out at some 75 amazing chefs and makers across the course of the three days! To give you a taste:

Food: Sugar Hill Creamery, Harlem Biscuit Co, Cafe Ollin, Au Jus BBQ, El Paso, La Fonda, Make My Cake, Black Rican Vegan, Dell’Aria Caffe, Harlem Seafood Soul, Harlem Baking Co., Maryam’s Yum Yum & more.

Alcohol: Pitorro by Port Morris Distillery, plus coquito by Lolo’s Seafood Shack, Flaco Coquito and several winners of the New York State Coquito Masters.

Makers: Void Asylum (winners of Harlem Fashion Week), Jam + Rico, Adinkra Republic, the NYC Fair Trade Coalition, Body Vanity, HERBAS, Harlem Hoopz, Hannah Bandannah, Aya Hand Fans, Taller Jibaro, East Harlem Preservation, Yo Soy Mia, Della Designz, Pop Pins, K’s Jams, Craft Miztli & more.

Proof of vaccination and ID are required to enter the indoor spaces of the market, and face coverings must be worn except when eating and drinking. Urban Garden Center and our temporary Open Street on 115th Street will remain outdoors and in the open air.

Free tickets on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harlem-night-market-tickets-220442849497

Scenes From A Protest

HNBA members joined a protest and march organized by 1775 Houses, AK Houses, JR Houses, and The Greater Harlem Coalition on Saturday.

200+ people joined to protest the continued oversaturation of our community with addiction treatment programs that primarily serve people from other communities that have managed to keep treatment programs out of their neighborhoods, and instead, pack them in ours.

Congress Member Adrian Espaillat and other political leaders (and aspirants) joined the march.

HNBA Holliday Comic Cooking

We had a lot of fun last night cooking together over Zoom and sharing some laughs and food.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/33GwfmSZnoYHpU4SAOsqvUqmtOy42WIbxuGWQD-MX449SuZSSqOcRC43QoariuuN.oQgEdsnDC67AXEOA 

Passcode: [email protected]

Feel free to watch to learn more about a great, fast, and tasty pasta meal.

Fair Share and Safety Protest to Support Harlem’s Children

And Their Right to Attend Schools Free of Drug Activity

Today at 11:00

The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association demands that the new drug site on East 126th Street be moved to a commercial or industrial zone, away from Harlem’s children. The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association believes that helping people suffering from addiction should not also endanger parents and children going to school.

If you can, please join us Today at 11:00. We’ll meet at the south plaza of Park and 125th Street, across from the main Metro-North entrance.

Please come out to support Harlem’s children, and to ask New York City, and New York State, to equitably distribute programs and services in all New York neighborhoods, and not simply pack them over and over again, in Harlem and East Harlem.

Rally to Support Harlem’s Children

And Their Right to Attend Schools Free of Drug Activity – Saturday at 11:00

Mayor De Blasio placed the nations first opioid injection site directly across from a Harlem Pre-School with no community involvement. The block where this injection site has been located is already completely oversaturatated with men and women in methadone treatment, and the drop-off point for the Wards Island shelter population – a process that leaves these vulnerable men with no support services at the corner of Lexington and 126th Street.

The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association demands that this facility be moved to a commercial or industrial zone, away from Harlem’s children. The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association believes that helping people suffering from addiction should not also endanger parents and children going to school.

If you can, please join us on Saturday at 11:00. We’ll meet at the south plaza of Park and 125th Street, across from the main Metro North entrance.

Please come out to support Harlem’s children, and to ask New York City, and New York State, to equitably distribute programs and services in all New York neighborhoods, and not simply pack the over and over again, in Harlem and East Harlem.

Harlem Night Market is Back

Guess who’s back! And bigger than ever! That’s right, the Harlem Night Market returns Guess who’s back! And bigger than ever! That’s right, the Harlem Night Market returns to the historic La Marqueta this December 17th, 18th & 19th.

Join us the last weekend before Christmas as we celebrate the best food, makers and music from across East and West Harlem. This year we’ve expanded to include family friendly activities at @urbangardencenter and more vendors than ever in the stalls at @publicmarketsnyc.
@tedsmooth & @storminnorman will be holding us down again on the 1’s & 2’s and there will be plenty of hot foods and warm sweets to keep the chill off as you shop our makers plaza for unique holiday gifts.

Be sure to bring your wallet, your appetite, and your friends, and come celebrate with us while supporting small and local businesses.

Don’t wait in long lines! Free “Priority Access” tickets are available right now on EventBrite so click on the link in our bio and get your tickets now.

The Harlem Night Market is brought to you through partnerships with @uptowngrandcentral@tbo.harlem@nycedc , @unionsettlement and @cmdianaayalanyc, in addition to, support from @poncebank@urbangardencenter@qupey@shopharlemmade and @elmuseo

Vendors apply at link in bio!

Proof of vaccination and ID are required to enter. Face coverings must be worn at all times when not actively eating or drinking.

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