Category Archives: Politics


Election Day is TODAY!

Here are the 3 things you need to know before you go vote:


1 New York: Election Day is Today (Tuesday)POLLS OPEN: 6:00 AM
2 IMPORTANT NOTE: Your Early Vote Location May Be Different Than Your Election Day Polling Place. Double-check!Click here to find your polling place >>
3 And just in case…Sign up to receive Election Day text message alerts >>


Don’t forget to bring: (just yourself!)

And finally, here’s the most important part: remind your friends and family to vote!

Just forward them this email — RIGHT NOW!

Thanks for being a voter!

Vote on Nov 4th

Vote Harlem

Please make sure to vote on Tuesday.

Polling places are located throughout the city. You can vote ONLY at your designated polling place. Make sure your are at the correct polling site and Election District/Assembly District (ED/AD) for your address.

Polling Places open 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. If you are not sure of that location you can find you poll site location by: Search Online with the Online Poll Site Address Locator –> 

  • Search with the Online Poll Site Address Locator
  • Call the Voter Phone Bank at 1.866.VOTE.NYC
  • E-mail your complete home address to us at and we’ll e-mail your polling place location back to you. (Please put in the subject line the borough in which you reside.)

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Vote to restore the Voting Rights Act

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This past Summer I visited an old haunt in the heart of New York City’s Central Park.  I ran into a well-known entertainment personality I’ve known for years.  We chatted briefly.  During which time he wasted no time in zeroing in on his thoughts: it’s ok for private business to discriminate based on race, government intervention in such matters is no longer relevant and the free market won’t allow any business that discriminates to survive.

Perhaps he was being provocative.

But the conversation is a potent reminder that there are people who think that discrimination is ok.  Or that left to their own devices people and institutions will just do the right thing.  Or that we should just experiment by removing protections and see what happens.

To be clear, discrimination is not ok.  People don’t always do the right thing or know what that thing is.  And experimenting with people’s lives to their detriment is simply wrong.

One of the best defenses against discrimination was the Voting Rights Act, which allowed millions to vote, and which changed the country and countless lives for the better.

If you don’t know much about the Act, watch this engaging conversation about the Civil Rights Movement between three civil rights pioneers.  Representative John Lewis, Georgia 5th District; journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault; and Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP, Julian Bond, look back and ahead in a discussion moderated by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In addition to providing an introduction to the speakers, Professor Gates gives background on the making of the series. The conversation is followed by a lively Q&A session with the audience.  This special series launch event for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross took place October 9, 2013, at the National Press Club, Washington, DC.  Learn more about the speakers here.  This section courtesy of PBS.

Sadly the Act was recently rolled back by the Supreme Court.

While HCL generally tries to stay clear of politics, we love our community.  And voting rights is a matter of community and citizenship.  It affects all of us.   It’s our obligation and civic duty to vote.  It’s our obligation and civic duty to vigorously challenge encroachments on that right, and to protect that right.

That being said, please take a moment to sign the petition below and urge Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act.  Use the links in a petition we received this morning below.  From Congressman John Lewis.


I’m deeply saddened.

If Congress doesn’t act, this will be the first election in 50 years without critical protections from the Voting Rights Act.

The right to vote is precious… even sacred.

That’s why in 1963, I marched on Washington with Martin Luther King for the right to vote.

That’s why in 1965, I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote.

Folks marched for this. Folks fought for this. And some even died for the right to vote.

But today, the vital protections in the Voting Rights Act have been gutted by the conservative Justices on the Supreme Court.

Will you stand with me to demand basic voter protections be reinstated?

Voting is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society. And we’ve got to use it!

Election Day is in 41 days. Will you demand that Republicans fix the Voting Rights Act?


Congressman John Lewis

What Would You Do With $1 Million?

It’s not just a rhetorical question – the City is asking us to suggest projects to improve our community and we will get a chance to vote on which ones should be included in the City budget. It is a new way of making decisions about how to use public money called Participatory Budgeting, now in its second year.  If you would like to learn how to weigh in, check out one of these informational sessions in our area:

Tuesday, Sepatember 9th 5:30 pm at Union Settlement (237 E 104 Street)

Monday, September 15th at 5:30 pm at the Jonson Community Center (1833 Lexington Ave) $_million