Uptown for Peace and Justice

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Uptown for Peace and Justice was an early 2000s coalition of youth groups in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx that educates high school students about local and international peace issues. Recent activities include protesting against the war in Iraq, working to create local peace zones where students can feel safe from youth violence, and petitioning to create a youth center at an old school on West 145th Street.[1]

It is affiliated to the Young Communist League USA.

Anti-war march

Nearly 1,000 young workers, high school and college students marched here Dec. 14 2002 demanding an end to Bush’s war drive and citywide campus budget cuts.

With the slogan 'We Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere!' the march was called by Uptown Youth for Peace and Justice, a coalition representing anti-war groups, community organizations, youth groups, immigrant rights groups, labor unions and churches.

Karim Lopez, a march organizer, said, 'this march is historic because it is by and for young people. Young people face a special kind of oppression and exploitation. As youth we are given the worst jobs, with the worst pay, and the most money is made off of us.'

Lopez not only called for an end to the war being waged on Iraq but also for an end to the war against youth.

Undeterred by rain, marchers wound their way through the Washington Heights and Harlem neighborhoods of Manhattan. March organizers charge that the neighborhoods, with Black and Latino residents, are targeted with the brunt of budget cuts and military recruitment. Local residents joined in anti-war chants and waved peace signs from their windows.

Maaret Klaber, a 17-year-old high school student, made giant origami cranes to give to protesters. Klaber told the story of a little girl in Japan who was dying of radiation after the dropping of nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. She added, 'I just wanted to carry that traditional symbol for peace.'

'It is in our interests to stop this war,' said Alcy Montes, a member of the Uptown Young Communist League.[2]

Left Forum 2005

We Got Next: Youth Activism in Harlem:

Left Forum 2007

Jarvis Tyner, co-chair of Black Radical Congress, Khalil Almustafa of Uptown Youth for Peace and Justice Harlem, Dorothy Benton Lewis, co-chair of International N, COBRA, Hank Williams of CUNYand Freedom Road Socialist Organization, LeShane Lindsey, Labor Organizer for Local 1199 and Bill Perkins, New York State Senator Dist. 30 representing Harlem and West Side were speakers on the Today's Black Agenda: Fighting for Full Employment and Social Justice under the impact of War and Globalization panel sponsored by Black Radical Congress at the Left Forum. The forum was held March 9 - 11, 2007 at Cooper Union College, New York City.[3]

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