Uptown for Peace and Justice
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.
It is affiliated to the Young Communist League USA.
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.'
Left Forum 2005
We Got Next: Youth Activism in Harlem:
- Sponsor: Global Left Dialogue
- Chair: Mike Tyner, Uptown for Peace and Justice
- Que Alequin, Uptown for Peace and Justice
- Jeanette Caceres, Uptown for Peace and Justice
- Alcy Montes, Uptown for Peace and Justice
- Estevan Nembhard, Uptown for Peace and Justice
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.
- Article published in People's World by the organization
- "1,000 March through Harlem and Washington Heights to Protest Bush's War Drive"
- February 6, 2005 archive of Uptown Youth for Peace and Justice website
- Archive of Uptown Youth for Peace and Justice website
- Washington Heights directory
- [Uptown youth march for peace and justice by: Tony Pecinovsky PW December 20 2002]