Join United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for a public Manhattan Town Hall on Thursday, August 25th at the Schomburg Center in Harlem. Senator Gillibrand really wants to hear from you! She will give brief remarks and answer questions on the topics and issues you care about most.
The Senator’s staff will also be available to answer questions and how her office can assist you.
On September 5th, 1969 Jimi Hendrix performed at the Harlem Street Fair at the corner of 139th Street and Lenox Avenue. Only 26, Hendrix had wanted to reestablish a relationship with Black fans “my people”. He arrived characteristically late only to find that the crowd had dwindled to a few hundred Harlem residents.
Harlem had been Hendrix’s home on the east coast before being whisked off to London by a British promoter who saw Jimi Hendrix as having incredible megastar potential.
This homecoming couldn’t have been more different from what he expected. Residents had given up, and considered the show nearly over and his international star power was not holding the community in thrall.
After taking to the stage, a crowd member threw a bottle at Hendrix, which shattered against one of the speakers. Added to this, barrages of eggs covered the stage, a testament to just how the local community felt they had been let down by Hendrix. Nevertheless, Hendrix and his band played while the angry crowd gradually dispersed.
This was deeply ironic, of course, as race had deeply frustrated Hendrix and he hated that he was caught between being reduced to a stereotype by many white fans while being rejected by many in the Black community.
The YouTube link (below) while not a video recording, gives a sense of just how much the performance might have come off as artful noise to those who remained on Lenox and 139th Street that evening.
Last week, the Mayor announced the launching of the community engagement effort for New York City’s first comprehensive Environmental Justice for All Report: nyc.gov/ejstudy. This is an unprecedented comprehensive study of environmental justice issues that will lead to the development of a citywide Environmental Justice Plan. East Harlem has been listed as an Environmental Justice Area, so it’s important that our residents are engaged in the formation of the environmental justice report. See below for opportunities for engagement.
Environmental Justice Town Hall
Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Hosts: NYC Environmental Justice Advisory Board, in partnership with CPP
Public comments will help ensure the NYC Environmental Justice for All Report is rooted in real-life issues New Yorkers are facing. All comments must be received by April 30, 2021. There are several ways to submit a public comment about the environmental justice report.
In collaboration with an Interagency Working Group consisting of 19 city agencies, the Mayor’s Office of Climate Policy and Programs published a map of the City’s Environmental Justice Areas. The Environmental Justice Report will identify and analyze the environmental and climate issues in these areas.