Sign The Petition!

The Greater Harlem Coalition has just launched a petition on Change.org:

www.Change.org/CommunityHarmReduction

New York State’s Assembly and Senate Members should reject The Safer Consumption Act, bill s399/a338, unless the following 6 Safety Guardrails are added to the bill.

  • Open many supervised injection sites (SISs) or none at all
  • Keep injection sites 500 feet from schools and playgrounds
  • Allocate more funding to arrest drug dealers and end open-air drug scenes
  • Establish a formal community engagement plan with local residents
  • Hold SIS’s providers accountable for referring users to treatment
  • Add addiction programs to NYC’s 36 Assembly Districts that are treatment deserts

Harlem’s supervised injection site is located two blocks away from 9 schools with +4250 students and nearly 4000 residents – most of whom are people of color. Before adding more harm reduction services in this area, New York City and New York State should reduce the number of existing services in Harlem.

Please sign the Change.org petition. When you sign the petition, please make sure to add why you are signing and how this issue has affected you.

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A free Comedy in Harlem event. All welcome. Open mic! April 11th.

Sign The Petition!

The Greater Harlem Coalition has just launched a petition on Change.org:

www.Change.org/CommunityHarmReduction

New York State’s Assembly and Senate Members should reject The Safer Consumption Act, bill s399/a338, unless the following 6 Safety Guardrails are added to the bill.

  • Open many supervised injection sites (SISs) or none at all
  • Keep injection sites 500 feet from schools and playgrounds
  • Allocate more funding to arrest drug dealers and end open-air drug scenes
  • Establish a formal community engagement plan with local residents
  • Hold SIS’s providers accountable for referring users to treatment
  • Add addiction programs to NYC’s 36 Assembly Districts that are treatment deserts

Harlem’s supervised injection site is located two blocks away from 9 schools with +4250 students and nearly 4000 residents – most of whom are people of color. Before adding more harm reduction services in this area, New York City and New York State should reduce the number of existing services in Harlem.

Please sign the Change.org petition. When you sign the petition, please make sure to add why you are signing and how this issue has affected you.

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Please join the Lex & 3rd Block Association on April 1st for a Cherry Tree Park Clean Up

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Community Harm Reduction

The Greater Harlem Coalition’s Response to the Supervised Injection Site’s Partial Data For Their First Year In Harlem

New York’s Nonprofit Media has released some of OnPoint’s data for year one of operation in East Harlem and Washington Heights (November 2021 to 2022):

  • 2,147 people have used the injection sites 48,284 times
  • Of those 48,284 visits, 633 used either a lethal mixture of, or a sufficient quantity of, illegal drugs to overdose
  • All 633 overdosing events were reversed by OnPoint staff
The Greater Harlem Coalition firmly supports compassionate intervention and the goal of saving lives. We understand those who use OnPoint’s injection site(s) require complex and thoughtful engagement and we support the overarching goals of harm reduction. 

Unfortunately, however, OnPoint’s Harlem site has repeatedly failed to engage in Community Harm Reduction – a model that approaches addiction treatment holistically within a public health model.  Community Harm Reduction not only serves and supports the people who use OnPoint’s services, but it also centers a goal of not harming neighboring businesses, neighbors, children, and families.  

Community Harm Reduction engages and supports local businesses. 

Community Harm Reduction works with local businesses to reduce loitering and theft. 

Community Harm Reduction ensures that children who attend local schools do not repeatedly encounter used syringes, or have to cross the street just to avoid open-air drug sales. 

Additionally, Community Harm Reduction would engage in approaches that support Harlem residents’ right to be able to get to the train, walk to the park, welcome their family, and enjoy their streets without fear of encountering drug dealers brazenly selling narcotics.

The open-air drug dealing on OnPoint’s doorstep that brings dealers and users to our community is unacceptable.  We need OnPoint and New York City’s Department of Health to acknowledge that Harlem’s vibrant and diverse community should be protected, strengthened, and not simply dismissed as their program’s unavoidable collateral damage. 
Click to Tweet NYC’s Department of Health Click to Tweet NYC’s Health Commissioner
Read the New York Nonprofit Media article HERE
Click HERE to learn more about The Greater Harlem Coalition’s fight for #FairShare4Harlem

Submit Your Ideas On Harlem’s Eastern Waterfront

The city wants your guidance on developing the waterfront next to the FDR, from 96th Street to 125th Street. Please fill out this form to submit your ideas:

bit.ly/BWWSurvey

Join The HNBA October Meeting, Tonight at 7pm

We’ll be discussing the future of HDFCs with Joshua Clennon, the Metro North viaduct replacement, and the 2nd Avenue Subway with MTA. All welcome.

Topic: HNBA Meeting
Time: Oct 11, 2022, 7:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86007913627?pwd=YkhWa2JDaERvUnBEWVh1SS9IVktMZz09

Lenox Ave. Prepares for Halloween

Join MMPCIA on Saturday, October 22nd in beautifying and decorating the central median on Lenox Ave. from West 118th Street up to West 124th Street.

Everyone is welcome to help prepare for Halloween.

The Uptowner Looks At The E. 126th Street Injection Site

Columbia University’s newspaper The Uptowner has a good article on the nearly 1 year-old injection site run by OnPoint on East 126th Street:

http://theuptowner.org/supervised-injection-site-claims-success-but-east-harlem-opposition-persists/

TODAY’s September HNBA Gathering Will Be At 6 PM, At East 129th Street and 5th Avenue

Today – September 13th (Tuesday) at 6:00 – you’re invited to gather at East 129th Street and 5th Avenue (south-east corner) to celebrate the unveiling of Ann Petry Place.

The acclaimed African-American author, Ann Petry, lived at 2 East 129th Street when she engaged in much of her activist writing for African American newspapers such as The Amsterdam News and The People’s Voice, and The Crisis. 2 East 129th Street was also her home when she wrote the seminal novel: The Street.

This novel, The Street, was the first novel by an African-American woman to sell a staggering 1.5 million copies. With time, The Street has become a canonical text that continues to be widely read throughout the United States as a literary exploration of the grinding and oppressive impact that systemic racism and sexism in mid-century America had on Harlem residents, and African-American women in particular.

Ann Petry stands as a crucial bridge between activists and writers from the Harlem Renaissance with those of Harlem’s Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1950’s and beyond.

The gathering will include Manhattan Borough President, Mark Levine, the Chair of Community Board 11, and the Chair of Uptown Grand Central.

After presenting Liz Petry with a copy of the street sign that will be unveiled tomorrow, The Harlem Rose Garden (next to Ann Petry’s former apartment building) will open and present a musical selection for all to enjoy.

Come out and meet new (and vintage) HNBA members as we gather outdoors, together.

CB11 To Hold Injection Site Conversation, Tonight

The Department of Health and Mental Hygene will attend CB11’s meeting tonight at 6:00 PM. There will be a focus on the injection site in East Harlem and the impact this facility has had on open-air drug use and dealing in our community.

Click the link, below, to register and ask your questions or offer your opinion:

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L95XpSZ5SfOTlalOdt9zhQ

Mayor Adams Continues to Back Injection Site Opening 24/7

Mayor Eric Adams voiced support for extending Harlem’s safe injection site’s hours to a 24/7 operation in May on Twitter. Since then, OnPoint (the provider that runs the Harlem injection site) has maintained a steady lobbying effort to operate around the clock.

10 months later, while there is still no data showing any decline in overdose rates in Harlem or East Harlem, proponents of the site tout that overdoses occurring inside their facility have been reversed.

Expanding the injection site before any evidence of success emerges seems reckless – especially when peoples’ lives and a vulnerable community are at stake.

Perhaps the 24/7 experiment could be tried in wealthier New York neighborhoods first?

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