We're focused on building community and beautifying the surrounding areas of Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
This last month was notable for showing the movie “Crown Heights” at the Black Lady Theatre. The success of the event depended on the work done by Carl King and Colin Warner. Carl used his extensive connections to promote the showing. He got us on WBAI 99.5 FM two Saturdays in a row at 4pm on the program hosted by Isaac Ferguson called “Caribbean Voices and Beyond.” When Colin came up from Georgia he was a dynamo. He moved the showing into a larger venue, spoke to dozens of people, went to a Caribbean Community Action meeting the night before the show, and then went on WBAI for a third Saturday just before leaving town. Also Chris Ko, the caterer, deserves special mention; he put on an excellent spread with his sister that drew compliments from everyone, and did so at a very low price. The other panelists who spoke after the film, besides Carl and Colin, were excellent also – passionate, committed and persuasive. Esmeralda Simmons came over from the Center for Law and Social Justice despite being in less than perfect health. And David Keenan was right on target, telling about doing more innocence work, inspired by Carl's work on Colin's case. Also it was good to have Chloe Jensen write up the evening with a newcomer's fresh point of view.
We're also glad to be dealing with other issues. We have Teddy Grant weighing in on the census. Danielle Jackson covers the great amount of community support that has emerged for Tree Care. Andre Simon and Jeff Grannum have a great photo essay on the three elements of the West Indian Day Parade – Jouvert, the Children's Parade, and the main event down Eastern Parkway. This last month has been a good one for getting volunteers. However, two positions remain unfilled – we need someone to handle distribution of the magazine and another person to solicit ads.
Anyone wishing to get involved could write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-797-1010.
Staff for the October Issue:
Editor: John DeWind
Features Editor: Louise Kurshan
Poetry Editor: Katherine de la Rosa
Writers: Teddy Grant, John DeWind, Danielle Jackon, Chloe Jensen, Peter Desrocher, Sam Wood, Carla McAlary, Muhammad Abdullah, Tze Hoong Tan, Ashlon Harkins, Nekesa Singleton
Photographers: Andre Simon, Jeff Grannum, Riley Sexton, Jason Atkins
Newspaper Design: Rachelle Vagy