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Khorri Atkinson

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Sean Bell Center needs help

Administrators at the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center are still trying to make ends meet to prevent the center's doors from closing. "We trying our best to keep the center open to the community," said Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell. “We have done fundraising and applied for grants, so we're just waiting to hear from them."

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Sean Bell’s and Ramarley Graham's Mothers Speak out on Zimmerman’s verdict

“When I heard the verdict I was lost for words. I couldn’t believe,” said Valarie Bell, mother of the late Sean Bell who was unharmed and killed at his bachelor party in South Jamaica, Queens by undercover NYPD officers in November of 2006. They fired fifty bullets at Bell, claiming that someone from his group had a fireharm. No gun was found and his police shooters were found not guilty of various charges including manslaughter and reckless endangerment. Bell’s mother said she couldn’t watch Zimmerman’s trial because it brought back too many memories of her son.

Grassroots organizations launch ‘CopWatchNYC’

As the NYPD continues to disproportionately target New Yorkers of color with Stop and Frisk practices, a new website CopWatchNYC.org was launched to help put all of their unconstitutional interrogation tactics to an end.

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New York City Council Passes Community Safety Act

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the New York City Council passed two bills,...

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New York City Council Passes Community Safety Act

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the New York City Council passed two bills, NYPD Oversight Act (Intro 1079) and End NYPD Discriminatory Profiling Bill (Intro 1080), known together as the Community Safety Act. These bills work to reduce racial profiling and oversight of the NYPD. Although the bills have received much scrutiny from Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and the Detective Endowment Association (DEA), the 51-member City Council passed the bills with enough votes in favor to override Bloomberg's expected veto.

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New Yorkers Rally at City Hall for Community Safety Act Passage

As temperatures get heated for the summer, so were hundreds of New Yorkers across the city on the steps of City Hall on Monday June 24, urging their City Council legislators to pass two key bills of the Community Safety Act, that will directly reform the way police conduct their stops.

States spend $3.6 billion on racially biased marijuana arrests

African-Americans are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites despite similar consumption rate by both groups, while states have been spending more than $3.6 billion of taxpayers' funds for policing, adjudicating and incarcerating convicts, according to a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Fashion Show Promotes Jamaica Avenue

The Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (JCBID) staged their second annual fashion show, Jamaica Collections, June 1 as part of their ongoing effort to showcase and promote Downtown Jamaica, Queens, as New York City’s largest urban fashion district.

St. Paul’s College, an HBCU, to Close

St Paul’s College, a historically black college institution in Virginia founded in 1888, is slated to close by the end of this month after years of financial difficulties and the failure of the college administration to meet accreditation standards.

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St. Paul's College, an HBCU, to Close

St Paul's College, a historically black college institution in Virginia founded in 1888, is slated...

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CUNY City College Welcomes Back Army ROTC

CUNY City College of New york officially reinstated their Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program last week. After 41 years of absence, City College will serve as the university’s headquarters for the new University-wide ROTC program, while collaborating with York College in Queens who have launched their program in January and Medgar Evers in Brooklyn that is expected to start theirs this Fall.

Sean Bell Community Center again in jeopardy of closing

Administrators at the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center are planning to close its doors less than two years after it first opened in south Jamaica, Queens. “Although they are reluctant to [make] the decision that was made, there is no other option ... Right now we are out of money and we’re not sure if the center will be opened this coming February,” said the center’s executive director, Anthony Anderson, who has volunteered since the center first opened.

York College restarts after Sandy relief efforts

Over 800 displaced Queens residents who have occupied York College in South Jamaica following the...

York College restarts after Sandy relief efforts

Over 800 displaced Queens residents who have occupied York College in South Jamaica following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy were forced to leave the campus on Wednesday, November 7th, after classes were reinstated at the Guy R. Brewer Blvd campus.

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