Tuesday May 1st, 2012 @5pm
Union Square 14th St. And Broadway
(Look for the Puerto Rican Flags)

We are calling for a Strong Powerful Puerto Rican Contingent to march in solidarity with all workers this May Day! Puerto Rican workers, both on the Island and throughout the Diaspora, have been fighting against privatization of education/social services, demanding new jobs, union rights, and housing; just like other workers’ have throughout the United States, Latin America and the world!

FOR DECADES, Puerto Ricans have stood proudly and firmly with our undocumented brothers and sisters; demanding their legalization and an end to their harassment!

Let us continue in our proud tradition of internationalist solidarity with the workers’ of the world!

Join the Norberto Gonzalez Claudio Puerto Rican Contingent for May Day 2012! Norberto is a Puerto Rican Socialist/Independentista/Internationalist Political Prisoner incarcerated by the U.S. Government for three years for fighting for Puerto Rican Independence!


For more information on Norberto Gonzalez Claudio

Endorsers: The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, NY Contra El Gasoducto, La Fundacion Andres Figueroa Cordero, Long time Activist Esperanza Martell, Iris Zavala Martinez…list in formation



High-Tech Security Coming to Public Housing Citywide

High-Tech Security Coming to Public Housing Citywide Updated April 12, 2012 8:30am

April 12, 2012 8:30am | By Patrick Wall, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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The eight 20- and 22-story buildings at the Mott Haven Houses in the South Bronx will be the first to get new high-tech security systems. (DNAinfo/Patrick Wall)

MOTT HAVEN More than 80 public housing developments around the city will be outfitted this year with millions of dollars worth of high-tech cameras, intercoms and locks controlled by electronic key tags.

City Council members set aside $41.7 million in discretionary funds to finance the NYC Housing Authoritys long-planned security upgrades, which took on new urgency after the agency found in a 2010 survey that more than 75 percent of public housing residents fear crime in their developments.

The new technology will be rolled out as part of a pilot project at the Mott Haven Houses in the South Bronx, and then installed at developments in all five boroughs later this year.

The future developments will include the Amsterdam Houses in Manhattan, the Coney Island Houses in Brooklyn, the Woodside Houses in Queens and the Mariner’s Harbor Houses on Staten Island. NYCHA-approved contractors will install new security cameras, door access controls or both in the buildings at each development.

Residents at the Mott Haven Houses, where the security installation is already in progress, welcomed the upgrades as an overdue response to their concerns about unlocked front doors, strangers roaming in their hallways and shootings in broad daylight.

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Scandal-Tainted Moises Perez Named Rangel’s Campaign Manager

Scandal-Tainted Moises Perez Named Rangel’s Campaign Manager Updated April 11, 2012 1:56pm

April 11, 2012 1:56pm | By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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Congressman Charlie Rangel and Moisés Pérez from the Alianza Dominicana before Pérez took a leave of absence in 2010. Pérez resigned his post as of March 16, 2011. (

CITY HALL Moises Pérez, the scandal-scarred former leader of Alianza Dominicana, will serve as campaign manager to Rep. Charlie Rangels reelection bid, his campaign officially announced Wednesday.

Pérez, the former head of the Washington Heights-based Alianza Dominicana community development nonprofit, resigned last year following a city investigation into the group’s financing that discovered improper transactions between Pérez, Alianza and a company that lends money to nonprofit organizations.

Rangel was criticized at the time after it came to light that he had funnelled $2.6 million in taxpayer money to Alianza through a grant from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, which he later defended as supporting a lifeline for Dominican-Americans in Upper Manhattan.


In his first public appearance since early February following a back injury, Rep. Charles Rangel used a walker to enter the room and sat in an office chair for the entire event but said he was still up to facing the toughest election challenger he has faced during his four decades in office. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

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Harlem Residents Say Bus Depot Construction is Making Area Unsafe

Harlem Residents Say Bus Depot Construction is Making Area Unsafe Updated April 12, 2012 10:00am

April 12, 2012 10:00am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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An articulated MTA bus parks partially on the sidewalk along 146th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM The Metropolitan Transportation Authority got an earful of complaints from residents Wednesday night.

The agency heard it about everything from buses endangering pedestrians and parking on the sidewalk, to the removal of parking spacessurrounding the re-construction of the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot at Lenox Avenue and 147th Street.

“Buses should not be all over the place. My granddaughter should not be afraid to cross the street,” said Bette White, a resident of Esplanade Gardens, a development of six high-rise apartment buildings adjacent to the depot.

“Half of the bus is on the sidewalk and half is on the street. It should be safety first, especially for all the kids in the neighborhood,” White added.

The new $218 million, 70 foot high state-of the-art bus depot is replacing a 25-foot-tall 100-year-old trolley barn that was converted to a bus depot in the 1940s. The new depot will house 122 ultra low sulfur diesel buses and parking for MTA employees.

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