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.