The evening of Wednesday March 28th 2018, hundreds of New Yorkers marched from Columbus Circle to Times Square in protest over the fatal shooting of unarmed Stephon Clark by the police in Sacramento, California on March 18th.
22 years old and African-American, Clark was shot at 20 times while in his grandmother's backyard. He was hit by 8 bullets. 7 of them in the back.
The demonstration took place one day after Louisiana attorney general, Jeff Landry, announced he would not prosecute two Baton Rouge police officers in the 2016 death of Alton Sterling. Earlier Wednesday, the White House issued a statement that cases of excessive force by law enforcement - such as Stephon Clark, Alton Sterling, and Eric Garner - are a "local matter" rather than a national concern. The rallies began.
Footage of the march down 9th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen as protestors made their way to Times Square.
Hartley House was founded in 1897 during the Progressive Era as a settlement house under the auspices of the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor (AICP), today the Community Service Society of New York. It became an independent organization in 1903. Named by Marcellus Hartley after his father Robert Milham Hartley, a founder of AICP. Marcellus purchased the sold buildings in the early 20th century. They stood as "a hub of support, empowerment, and community development" until now.
Hartley House aims to continue programming that it will manage from a set of offices on Broadway while it looks to relocate back to the neighborhood. We hope they do.
Because places matter. Hartley House may have been constructed with materials like brick and mortar, but it was built with love and investment over time. Hell's Kitchen needs Hartley House - a place we, our children, and our grandchildren can call Home.
E. B. Gallardo