Happy Birthday Marcus Garvey…

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey

Before Malcolm, before MLK, before the Black Panthers, there was Marcus Garvey. On this day, August 17, 1887, Black giant Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born in Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. While Marcus Garvey was born in the Caribbean, it was in Harlem that his organization, the Universal Negro Improvement Association, became a global force that is still regarded as the largest organized mass movement in Black history. The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. aptly describes his impact: “He was the first man of color in the history of the United States to lead and develop a mass movement. He was the first man on a mass scale and level to give Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny, and make the Negro feel that he was somebody.” In these dark days of the American experiment his legacy is more important than ever.

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Buunni Coffee Staycation Update…

Yesterday we put you on to the awesome day at the beach that Buunni Coffee was treating their staff to and that their loyal patrons will take over the running of the shop for a few hours. The good folks at CBS New York put together a great segment on the Buunni Coffee Staycation. Check it out below.

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“If not now, when?” | Manhattan News

Vigil held to denounce racism

Photos by Cristóbal Vivar

They aren’t going away.

A large contingent of community members gathered at Bennett Park in Washington Heights on Monday evening, August 14, for a rally against racism and xenophopia – and they pledged to gather as often as was necessary.

The site has served in the past as a gathering place for residents, including in June 2016 to commemorate the mass shooting in Orlando and again in November 2015 after the attacks in Paris and Beirut.

“We must stand up and fight oppression, bigotry and racism wherever and whenever we see it,” wrote Elizabeth Lorris Ritter in a message inviting residents to attend the vigil.

She quoted Jewish religious leader Rabbi Hillel: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?”

Read more: “If not now, when?” | Manhattan News

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Buunni Coffee Gives A New Meaning To Staycation

Cafe Buunni

The staff at Buunni Coffee is going from roasting coffees beans to roasting on a beach.

To celebrate their upcoming five year anniversary, the owners of Buunni Coffee are treating their employees to a beach day.

But they will not close their doors. That’s right, today, August 16th, the dedicated patrons of the community affirming Café will take over running the shop for a few hours. Their reward will be a Buunni gift card and a change in perspective.

So make sure you hit up Buunni Coffee today and show them some love…

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Uptown Tonight: Uptown Rally For Unity & Against Racism & Xenophobia

We have crossed the Rubicon. While we were horrified by the acts of domestic terrorism that took place this past weekend, we were not surprised. The coldly calculated violence is the logical conclusion of a Trump presidency. Trump has opened up a Pandora’s Box of xenophobia, hatred and intolerance and we are all paying the price for it. With that said, we cannot watch from the sidelines while Trump and his cohorts eviscerate the hard fought gains that people marched, protested and died for. We have power as well. Progressives of all stripes must unite to combat the existential crisis this country is facing. Please join us tonight at Bennett Park from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for an Uptown Rally for Unity and to take a stand against racism and xenophobia.

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