Posted by: vote4claxton | January 5, 2009

MARQUEZ CLAXTON JOINS ‘HIP HOP S.U.V.’ (STAND UP & VOTE), ELECTED OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS AT AN ANTI-VIOLENCE DEMONSTRATION

MSM AWOL as Community Blocks Thoroughfare in Response to Holiday Shootings

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Mary Alice Miller
Sun, 01/04/2009 – 11:50am

City news cameras and beat reporters were conspicuously absent when a contingent of local leaders and community groups blocked Brooklyn’s Rockaway Ave. for hours, calling for an end to a rash of shootings that took place between Christmas and New Year’s. Also missing in action was Tracy Boyland, rumored to be preparing a run for her old council seat. Boyland works for a HMO located steps from where three brazen daytime shootings took place. 

Led by A.T. Mitchell, founder of Man Up!, the march began at the Nobel Drew Ali Houses, stopping at every location where holiday shootings occurred. Followed by a caravan of SUV clubs, the march grew, blocking Rockaway Ave. bus and car traffic. Shoppers expressed solidarity with the marchers chant, “Less bullets! More books!” Children and adults leaned out apartment windows, shouting and waving in agreement. 

Accompanying Mitchell were Assembly woman Inez Barron, Charles Barron, Dr. Lenora Fulani, Geoffrey Davis, Taharka Robinson, Stan and Tulani Kinard, Kevin Powell, Marq Claxton, and a couple hundred supporters. Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Maddrey had officers on hand to close off streets for the marchers. According to Maddrey, 10 shootings  took place in central Brownsville between Christmas  and New Year’s, resulting in 5 deaths. 

Most local news cameras covered the carnage. But, even News12 was absent from Saturday’s counter-march. What is news? Doesn’t organized community challenge to crime count? A.T. Mitchell’s response: “Thugs say get back; we say fight back!”

 

 

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