These days have been agonizing.

Earlier this week, two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were killed by law enforcement. Again, these deaths were caught on camera for the world to see and re-live, over and over. The videos from Baton Rouge and Minneapolis are horrific — a clear reminder that pervasive, systemic racism is ravaging the soul of our nation. The broken trust and repeated lack of judicial accountability is leaving many of us in despair. The lives of these men were cut far too short, and there must be accountability. We need to change the interactions between…

Your Holiness,

Welcome to East Harlem, more popularly known as El Barrio. During your visit here to La Gran Manzana, I want to tell you a little bit about the neighborhood that I represent and what makes our community such a unique place in New York City.‎

East Harlem makes up half of District 8, which also includes parts of the South Bronx. El Barrio is a diverse community but has a historical and cultural identity that is uniquely Puerto Rican and Latino.

‎Our neighborhood is a wonderful and vibrant place to experience art at El Museo Del Barrio, culture…

Melissa Mark-Viverito

Speaker, @NYCCouncil | Representing District 8 (El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx)

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