Friday, June 21, 2013

Carlos Cooks' 100th Birthday Commemoration - NEW VENUE


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Broadway Housing Communities
Proudly Presents

CARLOS A. COOKS
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Featuring
KWASI AKYEAMPONG
KWAME BRATHWAITE
RAYMOND DUGUE
OBALEWA
ANA-OFELIA RODRIGUEZ
GEORGE EDWARD TAIT
& Surprise Guests

Sunday, JUNE 23, 2013 @ 3PM

Rio Penthouse Gallery
10 Fort Washington Ave, NYC

Admission Free                                                                    (212) 568-2030 Ext. 208

The Poor People's Hearing On Public Housing; Saturday June 22, Harlem, NYC


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ASSAULT ON PUBLIC HOUSING-THE POOR PEOPLES' HEARING ON HOUSING INJUSTICE - THE PEOPLE SPEAK OUT

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE POOR PEOPLES HEARING ON HOUSING INJUSTICE - THE PEOPLE SPEAK OUT
SATURDAY JUNE 22ND 2013
FROM 10AM TO 1PM
MT MORRIS ASCENSION PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH– IN HARLEM
->15 Mt Morris Park, New York, NY 10027, between 121st and 122nd Streets<-
ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE HON MARCUS GARVEY PARK
**Trains #2 or #3 to Lenox Avenue
**AND THE PEOPLE WILL SPEAK TO POWER BUT –
WILL INVITED ELECTED OFFICIALS, CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE; PUBLIC SERVANTS, STATE AND CITY HOUSING AND SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES; POLICY MAKERS AT CITY HALL, IN ALBANY AND IN WASHINGTON DC CARE AND REALLY LISTEN AS, AT EVERY TURN – WITH EACH DAY, THE ELDERLY, THE POOR, FAMILIES IN DISTRESS, SINGLE ADULT VETERANS, ETC. LIVING IN COMMUNITIES LIKE HARLEM, ARE DESPISED AND HARASSED AND EVICTED ONTO THE STREETS – BECAUSE MONEY RULES THE DAY – AND PROFITS ARE TO BE GAINED FROM BUILDINGS AND APARTMENT HUMAN BEINGS JUST DON'T MATTER. HOMELESS WOMEN AND MEN LIVE ON THE STREETS AND APARTMENTS ARE WAREHOUSED, WITH THE DOORS CHAINED AND PADLOCKED
Those testifying, on Saturday, June 22, at the Mt. Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church at the Peoples Hearing on Housing will discuss their particular housing needs and answer questions from the Housing Panel and from the audience. With
Sleeping in ATM vestibules and City bus shelters; pressured and harassed to buy out of their apartments by investor-landlords who just want them to go away, anywhere; warehoused in the City's shelter system for longer and longer periods of time (with no' apartments available) –while their -
Once despised, under-serviced neighborhoods of color have being 'discovered' and are being developed -right from under the feet of our long-time community residents - for profits and riches
But those testifying, victims of the neighborhood disruptions, will no longer turn a blind eye to those suffering or suffer themselves in silence. The poor and elderly Black women – our homeless mothers and grandmothers – cannot be allowed to trudge through the streets late at night, pushing walkers and pulling shopping carts, alone and unprotected – or asleep, slumped over in the bus shelters, or nearly upright in the ATM vestibules.

Our inactivity is shameful. With the many buildings being emptied out, poor tenants without legal representation evicted - and apartments vacated, doors chained and padlocked - made ready for those willing to pay thousands a month for rents, we must make our voices heard. We must say 'Enough'
Call the UPTOWN TENANT ADVOCACY COALITION – 347 – 337 - 9468
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AND WHY NOT...
Free available, affordable, highly-skilled legal representation for the poor whenever summoned to court, pending an eviction by their Landlords
A Housing Court for West, Central and North Harlem as currently exists for
East Harlem
City legislation that would take buildings from landlords who warehouse apartments in neighborhoods with critical housing need
City appropriations for the local smaller churches and religious institutions to provide emergency overnight shelter accommodations for homeless singles
Neighborhood based renovation project to create new affordable housing and renovate properties also for affordable housing - with apprenticeship training for neighborhood youth
Something to struggle for
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THE STORY OF ONE EMPTIED BUILDING
UPTOWN TENANT ADVOCACY 5.20.201314 EAST125TH STREET UPDATE
According to a source, the disaster brought upon a band of Harlem tenants and a middle-of-the-night-sale of the building by the LLC which bought the building from the City five years ago and was subsequently dragged into court on two occasion, are under investigation. We wish to look at the records.
As the City had the 14 East 125th Street LLC in court, earlier in the year, for a second time, regarding its treatment of the building's remaining tenants, LLC No 1 sold the building to LLC No 2 (the 139 Uptown LLC in Brooklyn) for $1,850,000.
A substantial profit as the building was hustled through Asset Sales program sales disposition procedures and sold by the City for $800,000. Then almost all of the residential tenants were evicted and all of the original commercial tenants are gone. New owners like their properties vacant.
Workers claiming to be from the City just came by one of the apartments and while not announcing that the apartment was going to be painted did a particularly inexcusable job, without drop cloths or furniture re-arrangements with the head of household not on the premises. A window was taken out and not returned til the following day. Coverings for the wall switches were not replaced, etc., etc. This is the apartment of Tenant Association president Ms. Sandra Johnson.
And she is irate and not signing off on any of this 'work'. As previously noted, the new landlord, another LLC recorded the building's sale in February 2013 while the first LLC was in Court.
That case was suddenly dropped case – and settlement was reached with the first LLC giving HPD some $20,000. Info regarding the first LLC has been crossed on the notices in the building lobby. There is no contact name or number in case of emergency.
No one is questioning this recent court agreement or the fact that all the LLC really did for five yeas it owned the building was to kick out most of the tenant it found on the premises - making it easier for re-sale.
The new LLC has offered at least one of the tenants a buyout. But she says she has now been told that that 'deal' is off the table.
The TA wishes to fill the large, vacant, chained and padlocked apartments with big families who have suffered needlessly at the hands of the City. Possible families are quietly being approached
And the tenants say that the last sale of the building should be declared null and void and the HPD Asset Sales program be investigated.
Samuel White, Jr.
Advocate
UPTOWN TENANT ADVOCACY
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14 EAST125TH STREET UPDATE 4.25.2013
This building has essentially been abandoned. The tenants are on their own. Tenant Association president Sandra Johnson (photo below), over 20 years in the building, says she just paid the Con Ed bill fearing that the hallway lights would be cut off. There is no name for a building superintendent over the mailboxes or is there an address or phone number to contact in case of a building emergency. The contact information for the previous super working for the previous owner has been crossed out. The mailboxes have no locks.
Since the most recent sale of the building, on February 28, 2013:
A man has come by, on a weekly basis, with a pail of water in the wee hours of the morning to do a top floor down mop down. No sweeping. Then he leaves. The man has never responded to greetings – and when asked for ID could not produce any. Another fellow once showed up, going from apartment to apartment on a Sunday morning. He claimed he was an architect. Still another man has came by asking about the residents and noted that those in one apartment (that of the TA President, Ms. Johnson) would be gone in a few days. Finally a group of men came by, knocking on doors, and when the daughter of the TA president said that her mother was not at home, was shocked and terrified when she later opened the door and found these same men quietly standing outside her door. All have had keys to the front door as well as the vacated apartments. So concerned community members have been watching - inside and outside the building, day and night - as a security measure.
Ms. Johnson has taken it upon herself to bag and remove the building's garbage as 'it's been smelling up the hallway'. (Note the photo.)
History: The Asset Sales program of the City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development sold 14 East 125th Street to the 14 East 125th Street LLC in 2008. The building had been in the City's real estate portfolio since 1980. The principals are Francis Synmoie (who is the head of a local management firm, Residential Works, Inc., and has his signature on the deed) and Beverly Baker (an attorney whose address is in New Jersey).
The LLC's attorney was the late Jesse Baker, (believed to be) Beverly's husband and a partner in the landlord law firm, Gutman, Mintz, Baker & Sonnenfeldt, P.C.
The LLC was required to remove all of the building's violations and give the tenants new two year leases at their current rents. But the LLC did neither. But it immediately moved to evict the tenants – and these were poor, and some elderly, tenants who had no understanding of their rights or knowledge of Housing Court procedure or legal representation. At this point, only two of the original residential tenants remain in the building and all of the commercial tenants have gone. (There is a relatively new restaurant occupying one of the storefronts.) And the violations to this day remain. HPD records show: 274 open violations - A class: 52, B class: 193, C class: 29 and I class: 0
The Cit, before the sale, assessed the building's value as $950,00 but sold it to the LLC for $800,000. Records indicate that City Council members waived the rules and regs to expedite the sale. A Legal Aid attorney wrote to the LLC explaining that the lease given to a tenant was not the lease that all parties had agreed to – and this was four years after the building's sale. Last year HPD took the LLC to court for falsely certifying that the violations had been corrected - in one apartment. Synmoie and his workers made promises but little was done. (And on a day of an inspection with HPD, on the street with all parties milling around, a neighborhood resident seriously embarrassed Mr. Synmoie. She rode up on her bicycle, cursing and threatening, saying that Mr. Synmoie had taken her $150 and failed to get her an apartment as promised. He had been ignoring her calls.) Synmoie is favored by the City, is an uptown ally and has ownership and management of quite a few Harlem properties.
The City took the LLC to court for the second time earlier this year, but that case was suddenly dropped. Tenants soon got a letter telling them to submit their rents to the 139 Uptown LLC in Brooklyn. The sale of the building was recorded in the Office of the City Register, on February 28, 2013. The 14 East 125th Street LLC bought the building from the City for $800,000 and sold it to the 139 Uptown LLC for $1,850,000. The principals of this new LLC are Mike Silber, Barry Farkas and Ephraim Vashovsky.
Tenants have asked for a special hearing by the City Council to address these concerns – but as yet have received no response
SAMUEL WHITE, JR
UPTOWN TENANT ADVOCACY
347-337-9468
SANDRA JOHNSON
TA PRESIDENT
646-545-7281
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Commemorate Carlos Cooks' 100th birthday this Sunday.

Carlos Cooks said that "‬The culture of a people is best manifested by the homage they pay to those who led with dedication and devotion to freedom and cause", http://bit.ly/190N185

Commemorate Carlos Cooks' 100th birthday on June 23 @ 3pm at The Betty Shabazz Center, Harlem, NY.

Featured presenters:
George Edward Tait,
Kwame Braithwaite,
Kwasi Akyeampong...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Carlos A. Cooks on Sunday, June 23.

Broadway Housing Communities
Proudly Presents


CARLOS A. COOKS
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Featuring
KWASI AKYEAMPONG
KWAME BRATHWAITE
RAYMOND DUGUE
OBALEWA
ANA-OFELIA RODRIGUEZ
GEORGE EDWARD TAIT
& Surprise Guests

Sunday, JUNE 23, 2013 @ 3PM
MALCOLM X AND DR. BETTY SHABAZZ
MEMORIAL AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER
3940 Broadway @ 168th St.
Harlem
Admission Free                                                                    (212) 568-2030 Ext. 208

 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Born in Dominican Republic JUNE 23, 1913; known as the ideological son of Marcus Garvey: Who is this man?


Who is this man?

He is known as the ideological son of Marcus Garvey. He was born in the Dominican Republic 100 years ago on June 23, 1913.
African Nationalist will commemorate his birth and accomplishment at The Betty Shabazz Center, 3940 Broadway, New York, on June 23 at 3pm.

Won't you be there?

Who is this man?

Please name one of his accomplishments. http://theblacklistpub.ning.com/profiles/blogs/carlos-a-cooks-june-...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum & Convention People's Party African Liberation Day - Saturday 8th June + Reparations Update

 


Afrikan Liberation Day
50th anniversary of the founding of the OAU
Keynote delivered by
Elder KB Asante
Elder KB Asante was a former aid to Kwame Nkrumah.  He was present at the All-Afrikan People's Conference in 1958 and the Founding Conference of the OAU in 1963
From
5pm to 9pm
on
Saturday 8th June 2013
at
The West Indian Association of Service Personnel (WASP)
163 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6DB
Trains: Clapham Common, Clapham North (Northern Line) & Clapham High Street (BR)
Buses: 35, 37, 50, 88, 137, 155, 349, 322, 345 & 417
 
Organised by:
Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum (PASCF)
& Convention People's Party (CPP UK & Ireland)
 
The first time that a day was set aside for Afrikan people and organisations to reflect on the advances made towards Afrikan freedom and liberation was in 1958.  African Liberation Day is a successor to Africa Freedom Day which was founded by Kwame Nkrumah on April 15, 1958 at a meeting of Independent African States in Accra, Ghana. Africa Freedom Day and African Liberation Day, which was founded on May 25, 1963 at the 1st meeting of the Organisation for African Unity in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, were and are manifestations organised to commemorate and advance the mass struggle for revolutionary Pan-Africanism: the total liberation and unification of Africa under a just social system.
For further information: +44 (0) 7944 204 955; pascfevents1@gmail.com; www.pascf.org.uk.
 
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Open collective study of the Afrikan philosophy and ideology for decolonisation – Consciencism
7pm to 9pm Every Thursday at:
The West Indian Association of Service Personnel (WASP), 163 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6DB
For further information: +44 (0) 7944 204 955; pascfevents1@gmail.com; www.pascf.org.uk.
 
 
News Flash:
 
European Parliament reparations update
 
Please follow the links below for the PASCF European Parliament presentation on reparations (1) and the Haiti Liberte media article relating to the occasion (2).
 

1 PASCF presentation at European Parliament

Oxalando & Omowale PASCF presention The Horros of slavery @European Parliament17.5.2013

 
3 Article in Haitian press regarding PASCF at European Parliament
 
Please open the attachments for the European Parliament statements progressing the reparations agenda in that forum: (i) Joint Press Release & Declaration in recognition of the Victims of Slavery and Colonialism; & (ii) Written Declaration submitted by MEP's.
 
Regards
 
Omowale
Company Secretary
Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum (PASCF)
 
A number of people have reported that they are having problems connecting with the station. If you have any such problems please copy and paste the following link into your internet browser:
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Every Sunday at 7pm UK time
Radio broadcast: www.pascf.org.uk  or www.pascf.org  and click on link
Tune into the
Pan-Afrikan People's Phone-in

On air lines: (Phone) – + 44 (0) 208 144 4547;
(Skype) - panafrikanpeoplesphonein
 
A number of people have reported that they are having problems connecting with the station. If you have any such problems please copy and paste the following link into your internet browser:
 
All welcome – Please join us for our
open collective study of the Afrikan philosophy and ideology for decolonisation –
Consciencism
7pm to 9pm Every Thursday at:
The West Indian Association of Service Personnel (WASP)
163 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6DB
Trains: Clapham Common, Clapham North (Northern Line) & Clapham High Street (BR)
Buses: 35, 37, 50, 88, 137, 155, 322, 345, 349 & 417
 
 
PASCF & CPP
Consciencism Open Study

Nkrumah's philosophical conscience was awakened during his time in US Satan and that event/process ignited his massive contribution to defeating colonialism and advancing Afrika's liberation.  In writing Consciencism he set out the key to igniting each of our philosophical consciences and releasing our contributions towards defeating neo-colonialism.  He made the key accessible in book form so that we too can learn it and master it.  By systematically studying it we are supporting and continuing the process he started.
Our mission is to awaken the philosophical conscience of every Afrikan person in our sphere of influence; to bring as many Afrikan people as possible to the understanding that the materialist philosophy is the key to our liberation; that we must organise ourselves to apply it in the real world towards achieving our total liberation.  We must replicate Nkrumah's awakening within ourselves and others.  When we achieve this and organise it, we will have thousands, even millions of Nkrumahs and the march to the liberation of Afrika and her scattered people will be unstoppable.
For further information: +44 (0) 7944 204 955; pascfevents1@gmail.com; www.pascf.org.uk.  
  
 

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