We were just trying to breathe

By: Kujegi Camara Trapped in stairwells Black bodies overwhelmed by Black smoke because this country can underwhelm We were just trying to keep warm We were just trying to stay alive But somehow in this country, to want to stay … Read More

New Family Home Visits program for first-time parents targets underserved New Yorkers regardless of immigration status

Photo credit: Digital Skillet 1 The Health Department announced on December 7, 2021, that the New Family Home Visits program is open to first-time families in public housing engaged with child welfare or living in neighborhoods with the greatest social … Read More

“Elijah’s Law” named for three-year-old who died from food allergy, is now in effect

L to R: Assemblyman Al Taylor (D-Harlem), NYS Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, Dina & Thomas Silvera at Living Together Day Care in Montgomery, NY announcing the completion of Elijah’s Law On October 7, 2021, the New York State Office of … Read More

CCRB to Host a Nationwide Conversation on Youth and Policing at the 2021 Annual Youth Summit

On October 7, 2021, the Civilian Complaint Review Board and their Youth Advisory Council will host a Youth Summit titled “Speak Up Speak Out: 2021 Youth Summit on Policing” to hear from young people across the country on their experiences … Read More

New Education Equity Action Plan’s pilot K-12 Black studies curriculum to launch in 2022

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell A group of legislators, non-profits, academics, and Black education advocacy groups gathered on September 19, 2021, at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem to formally unveil a new initiative: the Education … Read More

Attorney General James Sues Syracuse Landlord For Exposing Children to Lead Hazards

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on October 1, 2021, a lawsuit against landlord John Kiggins and his company, Endzone Properties, Inc., for repeatedly violating lead paint laws and failing to address lead paint hazards, which resulted in the … Read More

We All Really Matter hosts “Love on the Block” in Harlem

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell We All Really Matter, the Harlem-based domestic violence organization held a block party for children titled “Love on the Block” on September 11, 2021 on 131st street between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevards. … Read More

NYC Health + Hospitals reminds parents to schedule annual physicals for children

NYC Health + Hospitals is reminding parents and guardians to schedule appointments for physicals, immunizations, vision and hearing tests, and other health services at NYC Health + Hospitals locations citywide. Annual physicals are important to ensure children are growing and … Read More

NY OASAS launches Kinship Care Toolkit for family members of those affected by addiction

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) announced on September 9, 2021 the launch of the Kinship Care Toolkit to support relatives and family friends who are caring full-time for children whose parents can no … Read More

Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson Allocates Funding to Combat High Rates of Maternal and Infant Mortality in the Bronx

On August 31, 2021 Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson joined with birth justice advocates and healthcare leaders for a press conference announcing over $400,000 in City Council funding to combat high rates of infant and maternal mortality in the Bronx. … Read More

Harlem Community leader Cordell Cleare says her last goodbye to beloved son Jordan Emmanuel Nieves

Photos credit: Bill Moore Harlem Community leader Cordell Cleare said her last goodbye to her beloved son Jordan Emmanuel Nieves on August 24, 2021 during his funeral held at the Covenant Christian Church in the Bronx. Jordan Emmanuel Nieves who … Read More

Chancellor Meisha Porter announces health and safety measures for the 2021-22 school year

Chancellor Meisha Porter announced on August 26, 2021 additional details regarding the health and safety measures in place for the 2021-22 school year. Last year, a peer-reviewed medical study found that a student or staff member participating in in-person learning in New Y ork … Read More

Nigerian-American Designer Moshood celebrates 27 years in Brooklyn

Photos credit: Bill Moore Nigerian-American Designer Moshood celebrated 27 years in Brooklyn with fashion and music on August 1, 2021. Moshood, who came to New York from Lagos, Nigeria in the 1980’s to teach through his fashions to love and … Read More

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments explained

The advance child tax credit allows qualifying families to receive early payments of the tax credit many people may claim on their 2021 tax return during the 2022 tax filing season. The IRS will disburse these advance payments monthly through December 2021. … Read More

Attorney General James Calls on the U.S. Senate to Strengthen Protections for Working Americans By Passing PRO Act

New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 17 attorneys general, has called on the U.S. Senate to protect hardworking Americans by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021 (PRO Act). The PRO … Read More

IRS to host Advance Child Tax Credit Free Tax Prep Days on July 23 and 24

This year, advance payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) are sent monthly from July through December to eligible taxpayers. However, to receive the payments, families must file a 2020 tax return. The IRS will host AdvCTC Free Tax … Read More

Monthly Child Tax Credit payments begin

Photo credit: Syda Productions The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced that millions of American families have started receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments as direct deposits begin posting in bank accounts and checks arrive in mailboxes. This … Read More

DOE Academic Recovery Plan Fails Immigrant Students and Families say advocates

Photo credit: Daniel Ernst Following the release of the New York City’s Department of Education’s (DOE) Academic Recovery Plan (ARP), the New York Immigration Coalition Education Collaborative is sounding the alarm regarding the ARP’s lack of sufficient investments in programs … Read More

Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter unveils academic recovery vision for New York City’s students

Photo credit: City of New York Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter announced on July 8, 2021 the academic recovery vision for New York City’s public schools and students in the wake of the pandemic. The framework will guide school communities and … Read More

Six-week Summer Youth Employment Program kicks off at more than 12,000 worksites across New York City

Photo credit: City of New York NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Bill Chong announced on July 6, 2021 the return of the six-week Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). SYEP will play a pivotal role in the … Read More

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