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Organize! Organize! Organize!

Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 4:34 p.m.

Poet Sheri Hammad will pay tribute to the continued struggle. "We must celebrate Obama's victory. It is essential for us to recognize the achievement of our years of struggle, which produced this Black president of the United States. We must pay homage to our ancestors, and thank heroes like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X," said Councilman Charles Barron. "The blood sweat and tears of our ancestors who toiled in the fields and streets of our inner city communities must be remembered. But we must not lose sight of the great battle before us. In this city, under attack is our housing, health-care, education rights, and assaulted is our right to walk the streets without being attacked by brutal police. "Yet, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his arrogance and insensitivity, chose the day of Barack Obama's election to announce that he is closing 40 dental clinics in the Black and Latino neighborhood, and he is cutting 500 jobs in our community. "The tears of jubilation have not yet dried on the faces of our elders, and he goes and inflicts even more pain on us. We must turn the energy of our jubilation into fuel for a movement that works to throw Bloomberg and his sycophants out of office for selling out the people of this city with their scandalous term limits bill. "We must stay focused and vigilant. Barack did his part, now we must organize and make sure that our Black vote and presence is not taken for granted or betrayed." The NYC People's Convention will take place on Saturday, November 8 (9 a.m.to 5 p.m.),at the CUNY Murphy Labor Institute (25 W. 43rd Street, 18th Floor). For more information, contact: peoplesconvention2009@yahoo.com or call (917) 573-5812.