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Clinton comes to Harlem Demo

Posted by Nellie Hester Bailey on July 27, 2001 at 09:39:31:

Monday, July 30th 2001 at 11:00 A.M.
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Outdoor Plaza
163 West 125th St. (Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.)

This demo will alert President Clinton to the fact that Harlem is a community in crisis despite all the media hype about its “economic comeback”. The annual median income for over 60% of Harlem residents is reported at $23,000 and over 80% of the population is medically undeserved. People desperate for work are unable to secure jobs on the many developments projects underway in Harlem. Housing evictions are up and unlike the President, local small businesses can not pay $100 per sq. ft. for commercial space. The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) has failed to support local businesses in any meaningful way.

It is the people’s responsibility to inform President Clinton about the devastating impact his policies have had on Harlem residents.

 Welfare Reform (due to end in December) signed by Clinton has created and will create hardship for thousands of families in Harlem, especially children. President Clinton must call for continued and increased federal aid to families with dependent children.

 The Quality Housing Responsibility Act Bill (QHRA) signed by Clinton mandates “forced labor” for public housing tenants. President Clinton must call for the repeal of QHRA.

 President Clinton must call for a reduction in the $339 billion military budget to establish a National Housing Trust Fund to address the nationwide problem of increasing homelessness.

 Under Clinton the prison population shot up to 2 million from 1.4 million. His crime bill called for mandatory sentencing for low-level non-violent drug offenses. President Clinton must speak out against the growing prison industrial complex that is incarcerating so many of our Black and Latino youth.

 President Clinton must use his influence to undo the damage of the UMEZ. The UMEZ can no longer operate as a public trough for outside rich corporations while ignoring the needs of the Harlem community.

As our new neighbor in Harlem, President Clinton must begin to right the wrongs he has done to Harlem and other Harlems throughout the nation! ANYTHING ELSE IS JUST TALK!
For additional information contact the Harlem Tenants Council at 212-316-2240.

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