Metro Briefs

Cyril Josh Barker | 8/15/2019, noon

Survivors file lawsuits under the Child Victims Act

As the one-year look-back window under the Child Victims Act opens this week, several lawsuits were filed moments after midnight by sexual abuse survivors.

The first suits in state history under the CVA were filed in New York County against the Catholic Church of New York, Rockefeller University and the Boy Scouts of America respectively—each accused of covering up widespread abuse in a calculated, systematic way.

The Child Victims Act, which took effect Aug. 14, opens a one-year “look-back” window beginning at midnight that allows previously time-barred survivors of childhood sexual abuse to seek justice regardless of when their abuse occurred.

The Marsh Law Firm and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, PLLC, which represents more than 550 survivors statewide, said they will be filing suits against the Catholic Church and related entities in New York, in cases where clergy members were often allowed to retain their status in the Church after they were credibly—and in some cases, repeatedly—accused of inappropriate sexual contact with children.

Petition aims to rename street near Trump Tower after President Barack Obama

Reports indicate that tens of thousands of people have signed an online petition to rename Fifth Avenue, between 56th Street and 57th Street, where Trump Tower sits, after President Barack Obama.

According to the petition on MoveOn.org, organizers say they need 100,000 signatures to present to Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio and the City Council to get the street renamed. The Trump Towers address would then be 725 President Barack H. Obama Avenue.

Organizers said “saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden” as reasons to have the street named after Obama, the nation’s 44th and first Black U.S. president.

Los Angeles recently renamed a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in Obama’s honor. As of Wednesday, the petition to rename the New York street was only about 700 signatures away from the 100,000.

While the idea might sound like good news for Trump opponents, under the law streets in the city can only be renamed after dead people. Organizers hope that DeBlasio will grant a special law for the renaming.

Sixth annual SOURCE360 Conference and Festival taking place in Brooklyn and Harlem

The sixth annual SOURCE360 Conference and Festival is set for Aug. 15-18 with events happening in two locations in the city.

Produced by The Source Magazine and NorthStar Charities, Inc., the celebration will take over Brooklyn yet again, this time expanding into Harlem as well to provide alternating days of activities. The four-day family and education-oriented event will feature speaker panels, live music, special showcases, a block party with accompanying fashion show, an honorary “360 Icons” dinner and much more.

A vast majority of the festival is free to the public, with all events offering a full spectrum of performances and activations that engage the seven pillars of hip-hop: arts, music, fashion, sports, business, technology and community affairs.

The weekend is filled with hip-hop legends and emerging artists primed to make it one of the most memorable to date. Come out to see Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte, Angela Yee, DJ Enuff, Lil Cease, Dres, DDG, Jay Critch, Niko Brim, ARNSTAR MC, TJ Porter, Donshea Hopkins, Kyla Imani, DJ Nyla Simone, Deetranada, Jayy Grams, Yvng Swag, Kai Ca$h, PVRX, Cryssy Bandz and more.

Go to www.THESOURCE360.com and www.TheSource.com for more information.

Bronx BP hosts back to school event

New York City public schools aren’t scheduled to open for another few weeks but Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. gave several students a headstart on the school year.

Diaz hosted his annual Back to School Literacy & Health Fair Wednesday night at Poe Park in the Fordham neighborhood. The event was co-sponsored by Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Montefiore Health System.

School supplies for local students were donated by Montefiore Health System and raffle prizes were donated by Modell’s Sporting Goods and Wildlife Conservation Society.

The students were also treated to entertainment provided by performers from the New York University African Percussion Ensemble, Little Branches of Borinquen and other local talent.

—Compiled by Cyril Josh Barker