In Support of Peace #socialjustice #economicinjustice #foodinsecurity
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(HARLEM – June 17, 2020) – A beautiful demonstration happened at Lenox Avenue, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Four Black and brown gangs organized a peaceful march to prevent looting. They are on a mission to end stereotypical negative images of gangs, violence and looting.
The march began with a group huddle in front of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 135th Street and Malcolm X Blvd. They shared the life of George Floyd who died because of an American criminal justice and economic malfunction.
The commander wore a denim jacket decorated with colorful bandanas, many of which represented gang colors. He carried a black bat which had blue, red, yellow and black and white bandana’s tied at the tip. He also carried a bullhorn and led us into chanting, “No justice, no peace and Black Lives Matter.” He said to the people, “What you see before you are four gangs who has come together in peace.” Some participated by raising their fists and chanting along, others began walking with us.” Many joined; they were Black, white and in between. It was an eclectic mixture of culture and Harlem loyal exhilaration. These young men, energetic and uniquely beautiful immersed themselves into the community to be recognized for the good.
Upon the return walk, another supporter shared the following:
“We all come from different struggles in life, fighting different demons to survive, but at the end of the day, we come together to realize that there is only one true demon, the one who seeks to demolish the black race. The different leaders in the gangs among us today were, “Latin Kings” “Black P Stone Gangsters” Crypts” and the “Brims” otherwise known as the “Hats”. Some of the men risked their freedom for the movement to protest today. As you see when the police began to follow, many members quietly became unnoticed.”
Coach Tineta Newton is a Wellness Practitioner and the Visionary of Eye Cycle Lifestyle Digital. She launched her first brick-and-mortar boutique fitness studio in The South Bronx, currently at The National Black Theater, transforming into global streaming, eCommerce, digital products, and services. She has been a volunteer as a Shape Up NYC Fitness Instructor teaching at Harlem Hospital as well as a Fitness Instructor and Adviser of The Harlem Y.