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In Bed-Stuy, a Cafe Where Free Health Care Is On the Menu

On a recent Saturday afternoon in Bed-Stuy, an A-frame sandwich board on Malcolm X Boulevard advertised the offerings of Bailey’s Cafe. But there were no lattes  or quiches on the menu. The “cafe” is actually an event space for local organizations, and today its he sign read: “Healthcare for the People: free medical services to anyone in need.” More →

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‘The Music Elevates the Purpose’: The Blacksmiths Band Together For Racial Justice

Russell Hall and Michela Marino Lerman leaving Washington Square Park at a DSA musicians’ march in support of BLM on June 29, 2020. (Photo: Reuben Radding)

As the problems of America incited protests across America, the streets of New York City became well worn by those demanding more for their country. Shouts and chants weren’t the only sounds comprising the din of the city’s demonstrations. There was a marching band, jazz trio, vocalist, string orchestra, and tap dancer heard within these movements, and they are a movement unto themselves—they are The Blacksmiths.  More →