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'Central Park Five' in case in civil court

Compiled Maryam Abdul-Aleem | 5/6/2013, 2:38 p.m.

The civil case for justice for the "Central Park Five" proceeds at the Federal Court House (500 Pearl St. in Lower Manhattan) on Monday, May 6, at 2 p.m. Activists are turning up the heat in the street. On the same day, the December 12th Movement and the Freedom Party have called for a protest rally under the theme "Black Nation, Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism or Perish" to be held one block away at Foley Square at Duane Street and Lafayette Street at 4 p.m., demanding long-overdue justice and reparations for the five men.

Many view this critical case as a microcosm of the systemic oppression of the Black and Latino community. Five young men--Kharey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam and Antron McCray--were wrongfully convicted 24 years ago in the brutal rape of a white investment banker dubbed "The Central Park Jogger." The teens each spent six to 13 years in prison. The protest is also in resistance to the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy as a violation of the human rights of Black and Latino men in New York City.