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April 19, 2008

Black Community Takes Stand: ‘Harlem is Not for Sale!’

125th Street and Lenox Avenue Looking North in Harlem
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Hundreds of Black activist lined Harlem’s 125th Street on April 13 in a protest against real estate developers and banks that are forcing out the people of this historic Black neighborhood.

The protesters formed a human chain, called Hands Across Harlem, from east to west along this major and famous street, the backbone of the community.

Led by the Coalition to Save Harlem, Black community and political leaders—including revolutionaries with many decades in the struggle—insisted that Harlem has been and will belong to the people, not to greedy landlords or billionaire mayors. continue reading

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