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November 24, 2012

2012.11.24: Central Park 5 NYC Film Opening Nov 23rd 2012

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 2:16 pm


From: Codling, Antonia

Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2012 3:52 PM

To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members

Subject: Central Park 5 NYC Film Opening Nov 23rd 2012

This outstanding documentary by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon is now playing in theatres, and even if you followed this case as I have over the years, it is still a must see!

Also, tomorrow and next Wednesday there are showings with post-screening session with the filmmakers and four of the five young men.


Sunday, November 25th, 4:00pm

(Doors Open at 3:00pm)

The Central Park Five

@ the Oberia D. Dempsey Center Auditorium

127 West 127th Street

(between Lenox and Adam Clayton Powell)

WIth a post-screening Q&A with dirs. Sarah Burns and David McMahon and members of the Central Park 5, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise.



Great group deals are available for 5 or more tickets!

Monday, 11/26 (7:30pm), Tuesday, 11/27 (7:30pm), Wednesday, 11/28 (7:30pm), Thursday, 11/29 (7:30pm)

The Central Park Five

@ The Maysles Cinema

343 Lenox Ave, btwn 127th and 128th st

Following the screening on Wednesday there will be a Q&A and Book Signing with Sarah Burns

(More Q&As to be Announced)


From: Roger Wareham []

Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 11:17 AM


Subject: Central Park 5 NYC Film Opening Nov 23rd 2012


This is an extraordinary film, so take yourself, your family, your church, your mosque, your club, your union, your class, etc. to see this and to be mobilized in support for Justice and Reparations for the Central Park 5


Central Park Jogger Innocents Civil Court Hearing

23 years later

by Amadi Ajamu

“In 1989, without any physical evidence, the NYPD and the District Attorney’s office, led by former ADA and now fiction crime writer Linda Fairstein, railroaded five young boys to further their own careers. They spent a total of forty years in prison. Today Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and the Bloomberg administration continue to stone-wall justice and reparations for these victims of the criminal justice system,” stated spokesman Omowale Clay.

The civil case against New York City for the wrongful conviction of the “Central Park 5” has been stalled for over eight years by foot-dragging city attorneys. The Central Park 5” were recently in court for a status hearing on the Bloomberg administration’s continued attempts to stall providing reparations and repair for the damages done by this racist justice system to these young men. (Coming soon will be a mass demonstration in their support (look for coming notice).

Twenty three years ago, April 19, 1989, five innocent Black and Latino teenage boys were captured and arrested by NYPD for the rape and beating of a white woman. She was an investment banker jogging in Central Park. Before they went to trial, newspaper headlines and television news broadcasts condemn them. They were convicted and spent from 6 to 13 years in prison. A case reminiscent of the Scottsboro Boys in Alabama 1931.

“I was fourteen years old,” Raymond Santana explained at a previous Justice Rally for the Central Park 5. “They called us animals “wilding”, but we knew we were innocent and we held our heads up. We lost many years and we are still trying to catch up. This is not just about us, Sean Bell, Timothy Stansbury and Eleanor Bumpers were murdered by police. There are a lot more people going through what we did.”

Mr. Clay exclaimed, “Even Donald Trump exploited them by taking out full page ads in the major newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty for their case just to promote his own name. The police knew they were innocent but they never really investigated the crime. Any Black or Latino boys would do. Matias Reyes, serving time for another rape and murder committed after the jogger attack, finally confessed to the crime in 2002. His was the only DNA found at the crime scene. The damage done to these men must be repaired now! We demand justice. We can not let them criminalize our youth without a fight. We are all the Central Park 5.”

“We were exonerated and we want compensation for the years they stole from us.” Kevin Richardson could barely speak through his tears. “It’s unusual to see a grown man cry, but we have been through so much. It was torture. We are putting our lives back together and taking care of our families. Thank you all for standing by us.”

Kharey Wise, who spent 14 years in prison, made a brief statement thanking all the people who supported them through the years.

Justice for these innocent young men is long overdue.

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