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Black Injustice from a Teen’s Point of View

I will never forget the moment I heard the Zimmerman verdict. Standing over the stove cooking dinner, my friend sent the text “Zimmerman was found not guilty.” Immediately, my heart dropped and I felt chills run through my body. There are no words that can properly convey the flush of emotion I felt as soon as I read the words “not guilty.” Even though my food was not finished, I cut off the stove and turned on the TV. The CNN reporter’s face was drained and not once did he try to hide his obvious discontent. “Reporting live to the court room” were his nonchalant words spoken from a mouth full of hidden curses. As I watched Zimmerman smile and hug his attorneys, tears came to my eyes as anger welled up inside of me. My head hurt, being overwhelmed with mixed feelings of hatred, sorrow, and genuine insecurity. I had been following this case since it began. Everything proves that Zimmerman had no right to take this child’s life. Was it not self-defense for Trayvon to defend himself from a stranger when he was just walking home? Being 18 at the time, I struggled to contemplate just how little progress we have made as a nation.
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Halloween is The Purge for White Folk in Blackface and Racism

This Halloween season we were bombarded with horrendous images of white folk dressing up in blackface which forced us as Americans to confront the ugly legacy of racism. Yet, instead of fully awakening to this dark and ugly tradition within white communities, some instead chose to dismiss the anger and pain experienced by many Black folk. Black people were simply being too sensitive and always making an issue racial. White folk didn’t mean any harm but were only paying homage to the person they portrayed.
How true is that? I refuse to believe white folk don’t know blackface is offensive; they just don’t care.
Historically, blackface was a form of entertainment in which white men portrayed African Americans by blackening their skin with burnt cork or shoe polish. Wearing tattered clothes and curly wigs, the performances mocked Blackness through blatant racist caricatures. These archetypes portraying African Americans as lazy and ignorant, criminal and hyper-sexual, have brutally defiled and defamed Blackness since its inception – causing the widespread internalization of these stereotypes, and thereby creating a skewed view by Blacks and Whites alike.
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What were some of your initial reactions to the recent images of blackface? Were you offended more by others?

Conference call providing information on how to participate in the call to action for #justice4trayvon and why it is important. 
We will discuss various solutions not only in regards to Trayvon Martin, but also solutions to the problems in our own communities and city.
We must continue to advocate for justice and fairness.  We must protect the lives of our children. We must protect the promise of America.
Please LIKE, SHARE AND JOIN the Facebook event page!
Conference call providing information on how to participate in the call to action for #justice4trayvon and why it is important. 
We will discuss various solutions not only in regards to Trayvon Martin, but also solutions to the problems in our own communities and city.
We must continue to advocate for justice and fairness.  We must protect the lives of our children. We must protect the promise of America.
Please LIKE, SHARE AND JOIN the Facebook event page!
Update: Originally this conference call was for Paterson residents, but this will now be open for all to discuss viable solutions to ensure Justice for Trayvon and improving conditions in our own communities.
Tentative flier and date for proposed conference call for information on how to participate in the call to action for #justice4trayvon and why it is important. We will also be devising solutions to problems in our own communities. Poor housing, rampant crime, ignored violence against women, failing education system, etc.
Awareness is key.
Anyone is free to call listen in and chime in with any ideas or experiences that not only can benefit us here, but us all as community.
Black Love
Look who’s coming out of hiding again…and running into yet another encounter with the law.
George Zimmerman was stopped in Forney, Texas on Sunday for speeding, telling police that he was “headed nowhere in particular” when asked where he was going in such a hurry.
And according to TMZ, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin to death was already packing heat…just weeks after his highly publicized trial.

[Zimmerman] informed them he had a firearm in his glove compartment. Zimmerman was given a warning, after cops determined he was free of warrants. He was sent on his way with a polite goodbye, “Have a safe trip.”

He also asked the police officers:

"Do you recognize me from TV?"

Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/george-zimmerman-speeding-traffic-stop-cops-gun-in-his-car-photos#ixzz2aelhdRGQ
Tomorrow, July 20th, we will be organizing in front of City Hall in Downtown Paterson at 12PM to march not just for Trayvon Martin, but all victims of an unjust system. We ALL must be there! Bring your posters, positive energies, and commitment to justice for Trayvon! 
Spread the Word! Each like and reblog matters. The more people from NJ that can see this image, the better! 

Renisha McBride and the Victimization and Criminalization of Black Women -@zellieimani http://black-culture.com/renisha-mcbride-victimization-criminalization-black-women/

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George Zimmerman questioned after alleged gun threat against wife

George Zimmerman was being questioned Monday in Central Florida after his estranged wife called police saying he threatened her with a gun.

Lake Mary police say they were called around 2:30 p.m. to the Sprucewood Road home of Shellie Zimmerman’s parents, David and Machelle Dean.

According to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell, Shellie Zimmerman called 911 claiming George Zimmerman had a gun and was making threats.

"He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying ‘step closer’ and he’s just threatening all of us," Shellie Zimmerman said in the 911 call, adding that George Zimmerman was "trying to shut the garage door" on her.

"He punched my dad in the nose my dad has a mark on the nose. I saw his glasses were on the floor," Shellie Zimmerman said in the call. "He then accosted my father then took my iPad out of my hands."

The victims are not speaking to police and were waiting for their attorney to arrive, Bracknell said.

As of 3:45 p.m., no arrests have been made and George Zimmerman is “no longer in investigative detention,” according to police, but is still at the home. Police are investigating the incident as a domestic battery.

A spokesman for former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O’Mara, who represented George Zimmerman in his murder trial, said he had no comment at this time.

The incident comes days after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce and discussed her relationship with George Zimmerman on a TV interview.

Since being acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has been pulled over twice for speeding.

Lake Mary is located about 20 miles north of Orlando and 5 miles southwest of Sanford, where Zimmerman fatally shot Martin.

Watch Local 6 and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more on this story.


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spokenELLE - “Brown Boys” (spoken word)

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Juror Says ‘George Zimmerman Got Away With Murder’

A woman who sat on the all-female jury that acquitted George Zimmerman said in an interview set to air Friday that the former neighborhood watch captain “got away with murder” in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. 

Juror B29, the lone minority on the jury, allowed her face to be shown in her interview withABC’s Robin Roberts and disclosed a first name of Maddy. But the 36-year-old nursing assistant, who is Puerto Rican, did not offer her last name, citing security concerns. 

In the interview that will air on “Good Morning America,” Maddy said that she and the jurors followed Florida law and the evidence put forth was not sufficient to prove murder. And for that, she said, Zimmerman walked.

"George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with," Maddy told ABC. "[But] the law couldn’t prove it."

Maddy said she expected to be the juror “to give them the hung jury.”

"I fought to the end," she said.

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Jay Z, Kanye, Madonna Join Stevie Wonder’s Florida Boycott In Wake Of Zimmerman Verdict

A number of top-level celebrities are reportedly following in Stevie Wonder’s footsteps and plan to boycott Florida in protest of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. The list, which was first reported by AURN’s April Ryan and credited a “a source close to Wonder,” includes the likes of Madonna, Usher, Kanye West, Jay Z, Rihanna and Rod Stewart.

Wonder announced his intention to boycott any state with “Stand Your Ground” laws after George Zimmerman after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman did not invoke the “Stand Your Ground” defense in the trial, though it did figure into the police’s decision not to not arrest Zimmerman for weeks after the incident. Additionally, the “Stand Your Ground” defense appeared in instructions to jurors, and a juror cited the law in explaining the not-guilty verdict.

"I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder said at a concert in Quebec City. "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. The truth is that — for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do."

Florida is not the only state with “Stand Your Ground” laws on its books — at least 23 other states have similar provisions providing varying degrees of legal protection to those who use force in perceived self-defense.

The Huffington Post is reaching out to representatives for a number of artists on this list and will update this post should more information be made available.

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If there ain’t gon be no justice, there ain’t gon be no peace!

angry citizens worldwide

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Additional cities are coming in very frequently. If you would like to organize your own location click here.

  1. Anniston, AL
    Group of concerned Parents
    1129 noble Street
    10:00 AM
  2. Birmingham, AL
    Hugo Black Federal Courthouse
    1729 5th Avenue North
    Birmingham AL 35203
    Meeting at Kelly Ingram Park (5th Avenue North And 16th Street) at 11am
    Sheila Tyson: 205-249-8559; dtyson@bellsouth.net
    Shirley Floyd: 205-552-3035
    Hezekiah Jackson: 205-516-9806
    Marcella Lee: sking10@bham.rr.com
  3. Madison, AL
    Madison Mission SDA Church
    183 Shelton Road
    7:00 pm
  4. Mobile, AL
    U.S. Federal Court House, Southern District of Alabama
    113 Saint Joseph St.
    12 Noon.
    Contact: Robert Battles
    (252) 518-1262
    Email: rbattlesafricatown@att.net
  5. Montgomery, AL 
    U.S. Federal Court House, Middle District of Alabama @
    One Court Street Center
    11:00 a.m–2:00p.m.
    Contact: Minister Earl S. Wagner
    (334) 322-8837
    Email: topscoord@yahoo.com
    Dr. Sharon Richards
    (334) 819-0307
  6. Little Rock, AR
    Federal Building, 700 West Capitol
    Contact: Rev. Tyrone Broomfield
  7. Monitcello, AR
    Monticello Post Office
    1492 North Hyatt, Monticello, AR 71655
    Contact: Rev. Greg Nettles (870) 807-3395
  8. Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles Federal Court House
    312 North Spring Street (Spring and Temple)
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Contact: 323 546-8173
    Rev. K.W. Tulloss, Coordinator
  9. Oakland, CA
    Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building
    1301 Clay St.
    Oakland, CA 94612
    12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    (510) 691-5089
  10. Palmdale, CA
    38300 Sierra Highway Palmdale, CA City Hall Plaza (By the Fountain)
    Contact: The Concerned Parent of Palmdale
    12:00 PM
  11. Riverside, CA
    Federal Building and United States Courthouse
    3470 12th Street
    Riverside, CA 92501
    Time: 9AM – 12PM
    Contact: Carolyn Huyck
  12. Sacramento, CA
    Sacramento Federal Court House
    501 I Street
    Sacramento CA
    1pm pst
    **Temperature scheduled to be 105 degrees please bring water etc.
    Fay Kennedy
  13. San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco Federal Building
    90 7th St.
    Contacts: Jamie Bell, Siddharth Patel
    (415) 890-3385
    Time: 9am
  14. Seaside, CA
    Broadway (ObamaWay) Post Office
    9:00 am
    Contact: First Baptist Church of pacific grove/ Monterey NAACP
  15. Fort Collins, CO
    Time for Change
    Larimer County Courthous
    200 West Oak Street
  16. Hartford, CT
    Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building
    450 Main Street
    Hartford, CT
    Contact: Ngoc Pham
  17. New Haven, CT
    United States Department of Justice
    157 Church Street
    New Haven, CT
    11:00 AM
    Contact: National Action Network Regional Chapter (CT)
    (203) 996-8347
  18. Washington, D.C.
    The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse
    333 Constitution Avenue N.W.
    Washington D.C. 20001
  19. Fort Pierce, FL
    Federal Courthouse
    101 S. U.S Hwy 1
  20. Gainesville, FL
    220 South Main Street
    Gainesville, Florida, 32601
    10:00 AM
    Contact: Students for a Democratic Society
  21. Jacksonville, FL
    Duval Federal Courthouse
  22. Miami, FL
    Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse
    400 North Miami Avenue
    Miami, FL 33128
    Time: 10:00 AM
  23. Orlando, FL
    US Federal Court House
    401 West Central Boulevard
    Orlando, Florida 32801
    Event Coordinator: Lawanna Gelzer
    Phone: (407) 953-5599 Cell
    Email: LGelzer@NANCentralFL.com
    Website: www.NANCentralFL.com
  24. Tallahassee, FL
    United States Courthouse
    111 N. Adams St.
    Tallahassee, Florida 32301-7730
    Rev. Don Tolliver
  25. Tampa, FL
    Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse
    12:00 PM
    Contact: PUSH – Persists Until Something Happens
  26. Atlanta, GA
    Richard B. Russell Federal Building
    75 Spring St. SW
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    12noon EST
  27. Augusta, GA
    Stomping out Injustice: Rally for Trayvon
    Augusta Richmond County Judicial Center
    735 9th St
    Time: 3:00 PM
    (706) 869-2093
  28. Macon, GA
    Federal Building
    Mulberry Street and Third Street
    Time: 1200 Noon Eastern Standard Time
    Contact: Sarah Hunt
    (478) 719-0805
    Contact: Lrsio Hudge
    (478) 227-9533
    Email address: middleganan@gmail.com
  29. Davenport, IA
    Michael Parker
    Federal Courthouse
    131 E. 4th Street
    Contact: Michael Parker
  30. Des Moines, IA
    Iowa State Capitol
    Contact: B.E.S.T. Man Community Group
  31. Chicago, IL
    Dirksen Federal Building
    219 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL
    Time: 12PM – 3PM
    Contact Information:
    Maureen Forte’, President – 708.653.6545
    Pastor Ira J. Acree – 773.378.3300
    Rev. Dr. Marshall Elijah Hatch Sr. – 773.909.5051
  32. Peoria, IL
    210 N. Richard Pryor Pl.
    Time: 10:00 AM
    Contact: Rev. Dr. Rose M. Booker-Jones, Senior Pastor Bethel United Methodist Church
  33. Waukegan, IL
    Lake County Courthouse
    18 North County Street Waukegan
    Contact: Robert Stewart, Jr.
  34. Wichita, KS
    17th and Hillside
    Time: 4:00PM
  35. Bowling Green, KY
    Warren County Justice Center
    1001 Center Street
    Time: 10:00 AM CDT
    Contact: Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee
    (270) 320-8432
  36. Lexington, KY
    US District Court
    101 Barr St.
    Lexington, KY 40507
    Time 12-2
    Contact: Gina De Arth
  37. Baton Rouge, LA
    777 Florida St., Ste. 139
    Baton Rouge, LA 70801-1712
    Contact: Jermaine Hutchinson
  38. New Orleans, LA
    United Stated District Court Federal Bldg.
    500 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
    Contact: Pastor Kathleen Bacon
    (678) 908-2499
    Contact: Kimberly Gibson
    (504) 388-2004
  39. Shreveport, LA
    300 Fannin St.
    Contact: Dr. Artis Cash
  40. Springfield, MA
    U.S. Federal Courthouse, 300 State St.
    12 noon
    Contact: A.W.A.K.E., Inc.
  41. Annapolis, MD
    Lawyers Mall
    100 State Circle @ College Ave entrance
    Annapolis MD 21403
    Contact: Cynthia Abney Carter
    (443) 837-4282
  42. Detroit, MI
    US DOJ
    211 Fort Street Detroit, MI
    Contact: Charles Williams II
  43. Flint, MI
    Site Federal Building 600 Church Street Downtown
    Contact: Brenda Purfoy
    12:00 EST
  44. Saginaw, MI
    100 S. Warren Ave
    Contact: C.U.R.E
    989 233-7418
  45. Minneapolis, MN
    United States Federal Courthouse
    300 South 4th Street
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
    Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  46. Kansas City, MO
    Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse
    400 East 9th Street
    Contact: Ina P Montgomery
  47. St. Louis, MO
    Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse
    111 South 10th Street
    St. Louis, MO 63102
    Contacts: Dr. James E. Coleman, Jr.
  48. Natchez, MS
    Natchez justice court house
    12 noon
    Contact: NAN Natchez Chapter
    601 443 3630
  49. Billings, MT
    Federal Building
    12:00 Noon MDT
    Contact: Pamela Hill
  50. Charlotte, NC
    401 W. Trade Street
    Contact: Charlotte for Peace & Justice
  51. Fayetteville, NC
    117 Dick St. On the steps of Cumberland County Courthouse
    3:00pm – 7:00pm
    Contact: Kelechi Group 4 African American Youth Inc / Rogers Law Firm LLC
    803-743-2839 (Nikay J)
    910-433-0833 (Allen Rogers)
  52. Greensboro, NC
    US Federal Court Building
    L. Richardson Preyer Building
    324 East Market Street
    Greensboro NC
    Contact: Monica Archie
  53. New Bern, NC
    US Federal Courthouse
    413 Middle Street
    Contact: L.A. Jamison
  54. Wilkesboro, NC
    Old Courthouse
  55. Raleigh, NC
    Terry Sanford Federal Building US Courthouse
    310 Newbern Avenue
    Raleigh NC 27610
    Contact Pastor TK Edward
    (888) 563-0179
  56. Camden, NJ
    Camden City Hall Plaza
    Concerned Black Clergy of Camden
    Tim Merrill – 8569641336
    Micah Khan – 8565354100
    12:00 Noon
  57. Jersey City, NJ
    William T. Brennan Courthouse
    583 Newark Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ
    Contact: North Jersey Chapter National Action Network
    Contact: Florence Holmes
  58. Newark, NJ
    Federal Building
    On the corner of Broad & Walnut St.
    Time: 12PM
    Contact: Steffie Bartley
    (908) 296-6786
  59. Las Vegas, NV
    Lloyd D. George – U.S. Federal Courthouse
    333 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89101
    Contact: NAN Las Vegas Chapter (Starts 9AM)
    702 349-5983
    Contact: Unity in the Community (Starts 8AM)
  60. Albany, NY
    James T. Foley U.S. Courthouse
    445 Broadway
    Contact: Moms in Action
    12 noon
  61. Brooklyn, NY
    225 Cadman Plaza
    Contact: Kirsten Foy
  62. Buffalo, NY
    Downtown Niagara Square
    Buffalo, NY 14202
    Time: 6PM
  63. Nassau County, NY
    Nassau County Criminal Court House
    99 Main St.
    Hempstead, NY
    12 Noon
    Contact Info:
    Nassau County Chapter of NAN
    516 543-7812
  64. New York, NY
    St. Andrews Plaza (One Police Plaza)
    New York, NY
    Contact: Paul Persaud
  65. Staten Island, NY
    Borough Hall
    10 Richmond Terrace (Opposite the Staten Island Ferry)
    Contact: Cynthia Davis
  66. Syracuse, NY
    James M. Hanley Federal Building
    100 S. Clinton Street
    Syracuse, New York 13202
  67. Akron, OH
    2 So. Main St.
    Contact: Dr. Jerome Parker
  68. Canton, OH
    Time: 3:00PM
    Contact: Ellsey Project
  69. Cincinnati, OH
    Federal Court House
    100 E. Fifth Street
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
    Bishop Bobby Hilton
  70. Greater Cleveland, OH
    Carl B. Stokes US District Federal Court
    801 W. Superior Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 4413
    Contact: Marcia L. McCoy
  71. Toledo, OH
    Toledo (Lucas County) Common Pleas Court
    700 Adams St. Toledo, Ohio 43609
    5:30pm – 7pm
    Chris McBrayer
  72. McAlester, OK
    Carl Albert Federal Building and Courthouse
    301 E. Carl Albert Pkwy
    Contact: Concern Citizens of SE Oklahoma
  73. Tulsa, OK
    Tulsa Federal Building
    333 W. 4th St., Tulsa, OK
    11:00 AM
    Contact: Rev. Michelle Moulden
  74. Portland, OR
    Federal Courthouse/ SW 3rd & Main
    2 pm
    Contact: Portland Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
  75. Allentown, PA
    Jalil Rasheed
    Federal Courthouse
    5th & Hamilton
  76. Harrisburg, PA
    Federal Building & Courthouse
    228 Walnut Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17108
    Contact:Rev. Micah C. T. Sims, organizer
    267.629.9648 cell
  77. Philadelphia, PA
    James A. Byrne U.S. Federal Court House
    601 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Phone #: 215-765-6181
    Email: thepananoffice@yahoo.com
  78. Pittsburg, PA
    William S. Moorhead Federal Building
    Contact: Angel Gober
  79. Columbia, SC
    South Carolina State Court House on Gervais St
    Time: 10:00 AM
  80. Chattanooga, TN
    Joel Solomon Federal Building (Corner of MLK and Georgia)
    5:00 PM
    Contact: Concerned Citizens for Justice
  81. Memphis, TN
    National Civil Rights Museum (Historic Lorraine Motel)
    450 Mulberry St
    Memphis, TN 38103
    Time: 11:00 a.m. CST
    Contact Name: Charlise Clark
    Contact Number: 901-210-0143
  82. Nashville, TN
    United States District Court – Middle District of Tennessee
    Contact: Magaela Bethune
  83. Austin, TX
    Texas State Capitol Building
    1100 Congress Avenue
    12 Noon
    Contact: Chas Moore
  84. Houston, TX
    City Hall 901 BABGY
    Houston, TX 77018
    Contact: Bishop James W.E. Dixon, II – Senior Pastor
    Telephone: (713) 688-2900, extension 224
    Fax: (713) 688-3682
    Contact: Kathy Swilley
  85. San Antonio, TX
    Federal Courthouse
    655 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
    Time: 11:00 AM
    Contact: Community of Churches for Social Action
  86. Wichita Falls, TX
    2003 Collins Ave
    Contact: North Texas Cultural Diversity Society
  87. Salt Lake City, UT
    Utah’s Justice for Trayvon Coalition
    “Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building” 125 South State Street
  88. Alexandria, VA
    Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse
    401 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    12:00 – 2:00
    Contact: NOVA Dream Keepers
  89. Harrisonburg, VA
    Harrisonburg District Court, Court Square
    Contact: Communities for Solutions
  90. Lynchburg, VA
    Federal Court Building
    11th and Main Street
    Lynchburg, VA
    Dr. Carl B. Hutcherson, Jr.
  91. Newport News, VA
    25th St & West Ave
    Time: 9:00 AM
    Contact: Citizens of Newport News
  92. Norfolk, VA
    600 Granby Street, Federal Court
    Contact: United Council for Equality
    757-402-9245 (Tomeka M. Winborne)
  93. Richmond, VA
    Across from the Federal Court House
    701 E. Broad Street
    Contact: Candlewax And Wine RVA
  94. Milwaukee, WI
    517 E. Wisconsin Ave.
    Contact: Milwaukee Matters

95. Paterson,NJ

155 Market St - City Hall.

12:00-2:00 PM

Contact: Zellie Imani


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