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Time for another edition of YC Spotlight - and we are loving the important issues MNN's Youth Channel producers have been covering!
Today's video: "#TotalEquityNow #RockThoseReads," a piece about a recent literacy awareness event in Harlem.
Last month, Total Equity Now, a local organization that works to advance educational excellence and equity through policy research, community organizing and youth leadership development, held its 3rd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March to promote reading and collaboration in the community. Particpants from Central Harlem and Spanish Harlem started at their respective parts of the community and met at Marcus Garvey Park. The Youth Channel followed the Spanish Harlem marchers, who started at La Casa Azul Bookstore, a community-oriented retail shop, advocacy hub and event space in the heart of El Barrio.
Watch the video to see the impassioned speeches made by some of the 311,000 participants, many of whom have been directly affected by the negative impact of climate change.
Check out more details from the event on YC's Tumblr. The post, by The Youth Channel Community Journalist Pauline Dale, explains: "The 5 boroughs of NYC, particularly youth in working neighborhoods of color are experiencing the harmful effects of both environmental racism and injustice. Environmental racism is when there is an intentional relationship between environmental degradation and low income and or communities of color takes place."
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Earlier this year, the Justice Committee, Coordinated Action Against Violence (CAAV), Streetwise and Safe and other NYC-area activists teamed up for a mural project in the South Bronx. The issue they aim to call attention to: "Know Your Rights"-- what you need to know during police encounters.
For today's YC Spotlight, we present coverage of the event from MNN's Youth Channel. Watch organizers, activists, and artists offer powerful speeches and performances at the mural's unveiling. The mural is meant to serve as a pillar of justice within the South Bronx community, and to remind community members of their rights during police interactions.