Museums are not neutral. In this moment, we are reasserting our commitment to our communities. We are standing in solidarity with and affirm Black Lives Matter. Our stance as an institution is absolutely not neutral on this point.
Founded in 1971, the Bronx Museum has always been committed to community activism and fighting against systemic inequality. We believe it is necessary not just to maintain this fight, but to accelerate our commitment to doing what is right. This is the time for action through communication, camaraderie, and resource sharing.
As an art institution, we can create change in many ways, one of which is sharing information and action items. Below we have outlined a number of ways that you can support the movement towards social equity. We are also including important resources pertaining to COVID-19: there is a link between the violence against communities of color and the disproportionately high rate at which Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) are dying from COVID-19 in the Bronx.
We want to make sure these realities stay at the forefront of our minds as we move forward as a community-centric organization. We will continue to share information and resources that are aimed at assisting the movement and creating change. We recognize the need to look inward as well and be committed to the principles of anti-racism, social and economic equality, and equal justice. The leadership and staff of the Bronx Museum will continue to honor…
New York Attorney General Letitia James tonight released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation that halts the issuance of green cards to immigrants for at least 60 days, citing the economic fallout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and…
You should know that there are about 65,000 certified doctors with licenses from other countries who cannot practice their professions due to not having the requirements that this nation demands.
These medical workers, for the most part have vast experience in…
New York Attorney General Letitia James today called on U.S. Attorney General William Barr, as well as members of New York’s immigration courts to take action and stop the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by immediately halting in-person immigration hearings and instead…
Educators, parents, and allies, the Literary Freedom Project develops lesson plans that demonstrate how cultural and social engagement can serve as a connective tool to empower educators to use books, writing, and reading to further engage students. Each lesson plan includes multiple themes and a reading list.
To download free copies, please visit here.
How do we make sense of recent travesties that led to the deaths of George Floyd, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile? Everyone cannot march but we can all teach, educate, and build contemporary narratives.
These lesson plans were originally developed to complement the content of Mosaic, a literary magazine published by LFP.
About The Book Club & One Book One Bronx
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education invites neighbors to come together and (re)spark a love of reading. The book club normally meets in its 6th floor Gallery and hosts vibrant community-focused conversations that build a love of books and reading. The Casita Maria Book Club is presented in partnership with One Book One Bronx.
One Book One Bronx is a new style book club that inspires, encourages, and delights readers. Every week, we meet to discuss books that reflect the people of the Bronx. The book club seeks to build a culture of reading and is free to join. Please visit here for information on starting a book club at your community-based organization.
Discussions are free and open to the public. By registering you are giving the hosts permission to possibly use your image on our social media platforms. Book club discussions are held in English only at this time.
One Book One Bronx is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, donations, and Citizens Committee of New York City.
About Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education
Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino 501(c)(3) charity in NYC, founded in 1934.
The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.
Casita Maria creates a safe and welcoming community, enriching and uplifting youth and families towards success, through shared cultural, art and educational experiences and programs.
Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education
928 Simpson Street
Bronx, NY 10459
Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director for the Bronx Book Fair and Poets Network & Exchange is the State of New York Bronx Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2022. The award was bestowed by the National Beat Poetry Foundation.
Lorraine Currelley is a poet, spoken word artist, writer, pearls of wisdom storyteller and educator. She is the Executive Director for…
The Exonerated Five were shown giving a standing ovation during Sunday night’s Emmy Awards ceremony after Bronx-born Jharrel Jerome took home the award for lead actor in a limited series for When They See Us.
The four-part Netflix series explores the true story of five Black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were coerced into confessing to a rape they did not commit…
You should know that in every profession, be it in law enforcement, teaching, clergy, etc., you will find rotten apples that give that profession a bad name, where unfortunately the entire entity gets painted with a broad brush.
For example, here in New York City, Governor Cuomo has asked our Attorney General Letitia James, to investigate recent events related to police misconduct for possible human and or civil rights violations during the recent demonstrations. Yesterday our Speaker, Corey Johnson, wrote a letter to the head of the City’s Department of Investigations (DOI) asking them on behalf of the NY City Council to also investigate these events. I believe that The City Council should instead reach out to its five appointees assigned to the CCRB, to also open an investigation into these matters.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board was created for this purpose. See: City Charter Cpt. 18-A. I was privileged to serve on the CCRB from 1993-1996 representing Bronx county. It was an entirely new agency at that time. The Board which, has members appointed by the City Council, the Police Commissioner, and jointly by the Mayor and Council, has subpoena power and is charged with investigating any type of police misconduct allegation specifically the FADE, violations, namely, force, abuse of authority, discourtesy or ethics slur. These charges if substantiated, may result in all types of sanctions including, termination of the police force.
It is important for you to know that The CCRB doesn’t have to wait until a complaint is filed. I will mention two actual cases. The first case is that of Anthony Baez, who on December 22, 1994, was placed in a choke hold killing him by Police Officer Francis Lavotti. As a member of the CCRB I brought this complaint to the full Board and demanded that Lavotti be fired immediately. Four years later Officer Lavotti was convicted of violations of the Federal Civil Rights of Baez, and was sentenced to seven and one-half years, in jail. In 1996 he was acquitted of State charges of manslaughter. He was finally fired in 1998.
The second case involves an ACT-UP demonstrator Christopher Hennelly, who had filed a case…
New York Attorney General Letitia James took action to ensure that millions of students across the country, including more than three million in New York, can retain longstanding protections against sexual harassment, including sexual assault, which impede…
Educators, parents, and allies, the Literary Freedom Project develops lesson plans that demonstrate how cultural and social engagement can serve as a connective tool to empower educators to use books, writing, and reading to further engage students. Each lesson…
This was to be Fordham University’s Class of 1980 40th reunion.
Since New York City is still in lock down, it is unlikely there will be a gathering.
A Fordham graduate,…
Today, Mayor de Blasio announced a Small Business Emergency Grant Program for small businesses who were impacted by looting and experienced damage to their storefronts. Thanks to $500,000 in initial funds from SOMOS Community Care, the City will begin providing grants to small businesses of up to $10,000 per business, starting in the Bronx. These grants will help with recovery, including repairs, security systems, locks, and more. The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City will work with Small Business Services to assess the level of need throughout the city, with the intent to raise funds for repairs of businesses in other boroughs.
“The only way we will move forward and get small businesses back on their feet is by coming together as a community,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Our small businesses are not going anywhere. They are strong and resilient and they will be back, and we are here to help them do that.”
New York City’s Small Business Service’s Emergency response team is on the ground in affected communities, surveying damage and providing applications to apply for the grant to small business owners. The City is also providing emergency legal support, incident report support, and insurance claim support.
“SBS has been in the Bronx, speaking to small business owners impacted by looting and actively working to get them the resources and support they need to recover,” said Jonnel Doris, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “Our small businesses are tough and resilient. This resource will ensure that these Bronx businesses will receive direct support and equip them with the tools necessary to come back.”
“If our community is to heal, we must do all we can to help our local…
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