Saturday, October 31, 2020
Via the EVG inbox...
Te invitamos a nuestra Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead.) This is an invitation to our neighbors from the members of Campos Community Garden on 12th Street.
Being respectful of COVID-19, we won’t be hosting a large event this year, but we will continue to honor our lost loved ones, especially those souls lost to the pandemic, police brutality and racism.
On Sunday, Nov. 1 from noon to 4 p.m., our altar will be open for viewing by the entrance and for leaving objects in memory of your beloved.
If you can’t make it during that time, we will also have our fence decorated and at anytime on Sunday you can also leave/attach your objects to the decorations there.
Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
- Friday, Oct. 30 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 31 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 1 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
[Screengrab from video taken by Daquan Owens]
Garcia and his partners originally approached a man and a woman outside the corner deli on Ninth Street and Avenue D over a lack of social distancing, police officials previously said. This encounter reportedly led to an arrest on marijuana and weapons charges.
As seen in a widely circulated video shot by a witness, Garcia, who was not in uniform, then walked toward several bystanders, including Donni Wright, a nearby resident who works for the NYCHA. Police officials originally defended Wright, who they said took a "fighting stance," which led Garcia to shout the n-word and brandish a taser before wrestling him to the ground and kneeling on his head. (See top image.)
Social justice activists and local elected officials have pointed out the similar tactics in this arrest with that of now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on the neck of George Floyd for more than eight minutes before he died on May 25.
Wright was arrested and was initially charged with assaulting an officer, menacing, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct. The charges were later deferred by the DA's office. Wright has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city.
In late May, The New York Times reported that the officers involved would face disciplinary charges.
While Garcia had been investigated by Internal Affairs, with a recommendation that departmental charges be filed, police officials never provided any updates or offered clarity on why further actions were taking so long.
Local community leaders and elected officials gathered in late August to demand action against Garcia.
"The fact that this police officer resigned is important, but what's really important here is that he be criminally prosecuted, convicted and sent to jail for what he did," attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who's representing Wright in a civil lawsuit, told Gothamist.
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has opened an investigation and interviewed Wright about the incident, but has not filed charges, nearly six months later. A spokesperson for the office declined to comment on the investigation.
In a statement, PBA President Pat Lynch said that Garcia was left "holding the bag" for the failures of City Hall and NYPD leadership.
Previously on EV Grieve:
• In aftermath of Avenue D arrests, pols want answers from city on how social distancing is being enforced
• Investigation for excessive force demanded after social-distancing arrests on Avenue D
• Caravan protest on Avenue C addresses racial bias and police violence in social-distancing arrests
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Lucky was an artist and human of great dignity and authenticity. I have never met a braver person. He was unfailingly generous to me regarding my work and my influence on him as well as a selfless promoter of other artists. He was a great mentor to many as well as a prolific organizer of events for the art form he loved.Lucky was gentleman of the highest order and he had an innate elegance and deep sophistication that was the result of the strength of his intelligence and personal inquiry...not something that was handed to him thru the luck of birth or connections. He was cosmopolitan in the true sense. Lucky was also a proud and devoted father to his son Psyence.
This year's theme: "Songs," featuring Ship, Camp, Bog and Bird.