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We Endorse John C. Liu for Mayor of the City of New York

We at Still Here Harlem Productions/All Things Harlem, support John C. Liu for Mayor of the City of New York. is a community based website that is dedicated to providing a voice for the Harlem community and all communities of poor people of color.

After observing and interacting with John Liu for the last five (5) years we are totally impressed with his commitment to resolving the issues critical to fairness and justice in communities of poor people of color.  He has been at countless events over these past few years fighting for justice for victims of racial profiling by the NYPD.  As a City Councilman and City Comptroller he has made the connections between the money that has been wasted upholding policies of racial profiling rather than building up caring communities. Chief among these issues has been the policy and practice of Stop & Frisk.  John C. Liu’s position on this critical issue has been and remains “Don’t mend it, End it!”  He is still the only candidate to take this clear and brave position of completely abolishing the policy.  The other Democratic candidates for Mayor only promise to reform or tweak the policy of stop and frisk without getting rid of it. 

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Keep Jazz Free - Delivery of Petitions and Letters Telling DA Cyrus Vance to Drop the Charges Against Jazz Hayden

Delivery of over 2,000 petitions and letters telling DA Cyrus Vance to drop the charges against Jazz Hayden.

EMERGENCY! Jazz Hayden's Freedom is On the Line

Two Urgent Actions to Keep Jazz Free:


Thursday, September 13th, 8:30 am -1 Hogan Place

(near Centre and Worth Streets, around the corner from courthouse at 100 Centre Street; Trains: 4/5/6/N/R to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; Q to Canal; A/C/J/Z to Chambers)

Join us at the press conference & rally
And earlier in the week...


    Tuesday, September11th

    Call Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance's office: Attorney William Darrow, tel. 212-335-9192

    Tell Darrow to Drop the Charges Against Jazz Hayden! We want to keep Jazz Free!

This is an urgent week in the campaign to keep Jazz free! Despite over 2,000 of us raising our voices, and despite the obviously retaliatory nature of the charges, District Attorney Cyrus Vance has re-affirmed he intends to pursue an indictment at the Grand Jury hearing this Thursday.

Jazz is a 71-year old grandfather and community activist, unflinchingly devoted to defending the people of Harlem and New York from the racist police humiliation and brutality communities of color experience on a daily basis. The NYPD and the courts are using bogus weapons charges to try to silence his cop watch activities and send a chilling message to the rest of us. Jazz is facing a possible 14 years in prison.  

TURN OUT ON SEPTEMBER 13!! We need to send a strong message to jurors and the prosecutors as they enter the courthouse: WE STAND BY JAZZ HAYDEN!

CALL THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY ON SEPTEMBER 11!! Take just two minutes on Tuesday to flood their phone lines with one clear message: drop the trumped-up charges against Jazz Hayden! Call Attorney William Darrow at 212-335-9192 and tell him to stop persecuting Jazz for his community service!

Sign Jazz's petition and learn more about his case at

Bill Clinton Speaks at Sylvia Woods Wake at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem

On July 24th, the Harlem community gathered to honor and remember Sylvia Woods at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.  Sylvia's, Queen of Soul Food Restaurant has and continues to be a blessing in the Harlem community.  Sylvia and her family have successfully run one of the most successful and iconic restaurant in Harlem.  The food is delicious and it's a place where you always feel welcome.  Many times Sylvia would be right there to greet you or ask you how your meal was.  She was truly a beautiful person.  Her and her family also made sure to give back to the Harlem by starting a scholarship fund in their name for children in community.

In this video former President, Bill Clinton talks about his own memories of Syliva Woods and her restaurant.

Video: Drop The Charges - Jazz Hayden in Court - July 31, 2012

Coverage on NY1

Jazz Speaks to NY1's Natasha Ghoneim outside Manhattan Criminal Court

Jazz Hayden along with a large group of supporters packed Manhattan Criminal Courthouse inside and out on the morning of July 31, 2012.  They were there demanding that District Attorney Cyrus Vance drop the charges against Jazz Hayden.  The charges against Jazz are seen to be retaliation for his filming and scrutiny of police activities in the Harlem community.  

The Judge set another date for Jazz's case on October 11, 2012 in anticipation of a grand jury indictment.  The grand jury will be convened sometime during September (TBA).  The supporters plan to mobilize around both events of these dates.    

To keep up with Jazz's case or get involved go to


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David Galarza speaks to the importance of filming police activities in our communities to show the truth in whats going on.  He describes a recent video he shot of an NYPD officer fondling and body slamming a young teenager.  He tells of how the news reported it as a good job by the officer while his video tells a different story.  

While David is speaking you will notice that one of the court officers behind him is filming him and the group of supporters.  Why? And what will they do with this tape we don't know.

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Video: Last Vigil For Ramarley Graham


Ramarley Graham's family, along with community members, activists and supporters held the last vigil for Ramarley.   This was the 18th of weekly vigils held for Ramarley and represented his age at the time he was killed.  Months earlier Ramarley was shot and killed by NYPD officer Richard Haste in his own home.  Ramarley was unarmed.

The group marched through the neighborhood in the Bronx before descending on the 47th Precinct.  There Student Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad of Mosque No. 7 addressed the crowd.  

Soon after the group left the 47th Precinct and headed to a local church to hear from more speakers including, The Reverend Al Sharpton, Councilman Jumaane Williams and New York City Comptroller John Liu.


Con Edison Locked Out Union - UWUA LOCAL 1-2 AFL-CIO 

Jazz Hayden of All Things Harlem caught up with UWUA LOCAL 1-2 Union who were locked out by Con Edison.  He interviewed interviewed Union Executive Board Member, Frank Frovola. The Union was out in full force at Con Edison sites around the city.  The energy was huge and the labor force was diverse and energized.  The workers were locked out and 8500 workers were fired.

Silent March to End Stop and Frisk - New York City - Father's Day 


Voices from the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk in New York City on Father's Day, June 17, 2012. All Things Harlem spoke to a diverse group about the march and the NYPD's policy of stop and frisk.

Video From the Event

This video is of the diverse voices you wont see in mainstream media discussing the issue of stop and frisk and the NYPD in New York City.

Full Jeremy Scahill interview with Jazz.  Jeremy Scahill says that NYPD's policy of Stop and Frisk should be one of the premiere civil rights issues of the city. He also relates the issue to the global perspective and how our police have become militarized and resemble the oppressive regimes around the world that the United States criticizes.

Scahill's daughter a 5th grader successfully got her entire 5th grade class to sign a petition against stop and frisk. She says that her classmates as young as 12-years-old have been stopped and frisked while just hanging out with their friends.

Jeremy Scahill is national security correspondent for The Nation, and author of Blackwater.

Interview with John Liu.  John Liu is the Comptroller of New York City and the only potential Mayoral candidate currently calling for a complete end to stop & frisk, and not just a reform of the policy.

Arrests were made as the the Silent March to end stop and frisk wound down outside Mayor Bloomberg's home in New York City. As some of the remaining groups and people continued to protest and began changing their silence into noise, the massive presence of the NYPD formed up quickly in attempts to stamp out what remained of the march.

With orders coming over the phone from their bosses the chain of command took over and the NYPD management, (the guys in the suits on their phones) informed their captains (the guys in white shirts) to instruct their minions (the foot soldiers in blue) to begin to to clear 5th Avenue and push people onto the sidewalks and in between the barricades surrounding Mayor Bloomberg 's home. They did this by using their normal military apparatus of Motor Scooters, vans, batons, big orange netting, tons of zip tied handcuffs, police camera crew (TARU) etc.

With these tools they still relied on what they know best, brute force and intimidation along with a few arrests in hopes that this would disperse the crowd. In this situation they chose to arrest the biggest baddest most intimidating people of the group first - (young women).

All the while members of crowd chastised the police for their actions and challenged them to think about what they were doing and what they were supporting in their actions.


Uptown Street Workout - "Preparing for Greatness"

Jazz observed this young man, named Johnny, Washington Heights, New York City doing this creative and unique exercise routine.  His creativity was amazing to behold. The reason Johnny given for his workout was that he was "preparing for greatness". footage used during Stop & Frisk Debate on NY1

Glenn Martin discussing Stop & Frisk

This past Thursday, May 17, video footage from's was used during a debate on Stop & Frisk on NY1 show Inside City Hall.

NY1 -  With the New York City Police Department already on pace to break last year's record for the number of New Yorkers stopped and frisked, Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis debated the pros and cons of the procedure with Glenn Martin, the Vice President of Development and Public Affairs for The Fortune Society and Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

Gil Noble - Public Wake at Abyssinian Baptist Church - Harlem, NY 

It was a packed house for Gil Noble's public wake at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, NY on April 12, 2012. Everyone including family, friends, colleagues and fans turned out to celebrate Gil Noble, the longtime host and producer of his groundbreaking and famous weekly news show, Like It Is. Noble's show was truly Pan-African focusing on the black experience on a local, national and international level.

We at All Things Harlem salute Gil Noble and continue to be inspired and influenced by him.

If you can please support the preservation and digitization of the Gil Noble archives please donate to Gil Noble Archives, P.O. Box 43138, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.

The People Power Movement holds a community conversation in Harlem

The People Power Movement held its monthly community conversation at Harlem's Metropolitan AME Church on February 23, 2012.  This discussion was entitled, "Free The Mind" and included panelists, Joseph "Jazz" Hayden, Claudia De La Cruz and Shaka Shakur.  Below are video from the panelists.

The People Power Movement holds community conversations every 4th Thursday of the month.  For more information email

 Shaka Shakur

Claudia De La Cruz

Joseph "Jazz" Hayden

Rally for Jateik Reed and Ramarley Graham - NYPD is Guilty - 02/04/12

The beginning of 2012 has been marked by the NYPD's rein of terror. First, NYPD officers brutally beat 19 year old Jateik Reed then days later they forcefully broke into the Bronx home of 18 year old Ramarley Graham where they killed him in cold blood.  Activists and community members organized to rally against the inhumane and terrorist tactics that the NYPD continuously inflict on Black and Brown communities with Stop and Frisk and unwarranted surveillance and harrassment in these communities. The People want answers and demand that the NYPD are convicted of these crimes against humanity.


Videos of Rally

NYPD is Guilty - 42nd Precinct

In Front of Jateik's Building

"An Eye for an Eye"

Pack the Courthouse in support of
Jateik and his family.

Monday - Feb. 6th - 9am
Bronx Criminal Court
265 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY