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The fight to fix the NYPD's racist and unconstitutional "stop and frisk" policy wasn't just fought by lawyers in federal court, and elected officials at City Hall, and big organizations mobilizing millions. It was also fought by countless everyday New Yorkers, who worked together with their neighbors to push back against police bent on violating their rights.
On September 18th, Picture the Homeless will celebrate the grand opening of the Jean Rice Homeless Liberation Reference Library. Tickets are on sale here. Conceptualized, curated, and run by homeless New Yorkers, where people experiencing homelessness can educate themselves and others, this library will provide homeless New Yorkers with the tools to change their lives, and to change the world.
But why do homeless people need their own library?
Another cop gets away with killing a kid. "We're here to demand the restoration of constitutional rights for people of color!"
This week, a Bronx grand jury decided that NYPD officer Richard Haste won't be charged with manslaughter in the February 2012 shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham.
An Open Letter to President Barack Obama, as he considers NYPD Chief Ray Kelly to be head of the Department of Homeland Security
To: The Most Honorable Barack Obama_The President of These United States of America:
Once again this chief executive of our great city has seen fit to oppose the will of the people. Just as he ignored the two occasions in which the citizens of our city had refused to extend term limits. The irony of the current situation is that some people seeking to be our cities next chief "public administrator" were involved with Mr. Bloomberg's extended term_ my bible says "woe to the hypocrite".
Together with our dearly beloved partners in People's Justice, and artist Sophia Dawson, members and staff of Picture the Homeless gathered in Harlem on to paint a powerful, beautiful "Know Your Rights"-themed mural.
See below for pictures taken by Civil Rights Organizer Shaun Lin. The mural is located at 138th and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, in Harlem
"It was a great day," said PTH board member Andres Perez, who brought his young son to help paint.
Picture the Homeless is currently seeking book donations for a revolutionary new resource: a reference library conceptualized, curated, and run by homeless New Yorkers, where people experiencing homelessness can educate themselves about subjects as diverse as job readiness, history, computers, social justice, current events, and so much more.
Sorry for the last-minute notice, but sometimes history happens fast.