Last night, I got an email from an organization that I knew existed in Harlem, but didn’t know existed in my neck of the woods. You know – Washington Heights/Inwood also known as “anywhere past 155th street east of Edgecombe.”
I got an email from one of the officers of the organization, Ms. Lyana Fernandez. She wrote to invite me to their event this April 21st in the common room of the Church of the Intercession, 550 W. 155th St. (just east of Broadway) at 7. The meeting will feature a forum of candidates for New York City Comptroller and Public Advocate. This event will be held by the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Manhattan, which is focused on taking a stand on issues critical to our community, and advocating for Upper Manhattan to receive its fair share of resources and services from local government.
After this event, in two weeks on Sunday May 3rd from 3-5, they will hold their first spring fund-raiser at one of my favorite restaurants, El Presidente. The restaurant is located on 3938 Broadway (@165th St.) right across the street from Wendy’s and the hospitals just in case you aren’t too familiar with the Heights. It will be nice to finally visit El President at 3:00 in the afternoon and not A.M when I’m done partying.
About 100 people attended the meeting and it was a success as seen from the pictures above. So, to all my fellow Wahi/Inwood folks and all others across the city, feel free to stop by both events to network and talk politics with your neighbors.
Personally, I’m elated with the way the neighborhood is moving and I applaud Lyana Fernandez for helping to get out the vote throughout the whole last year for Barack Obama. Aside from that, she’s helped, along with others, to make the folks of the Heights/Inwood more politically/socially active. That’s a great thing. People like her should be applauded.
Oh…I almost forgot – Lyana is also part of Latinos 4 Change. She is one of the founders and helped mobilize over 1,000 New Yorkers during the 2008 Presidential election. They are a united community of passionate individuals, who are driven to continue the momentum of Obama’s election. Their main goal is to: “Empower and engage Latinos; creating a foundation for a politically active community.”
I plan to really get involved with both groups and help continue the change in my community. They can’t do it by themselves and have proven to get far, but everyone needs help. The more people – the stronger and more effective the movement becomes. So all you folks out here reading my blog, support both organizations on these upcoming dates. If you can’t make it, you could be sure that I’ll have some pictures and info from both events.
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