The latest edition of our TV news magazine tackles challenges, past and present: Outgoing Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) recounts his long, eventful career on the local and national stages, while Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D- Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan) gears up for a re-election fight. Our reporters examine new pushes to prevent the spread of HIV and to expand supportive housing. We also look at the how some young handball players are competing to wring scholarships out the longtime city game, which is gaining fans far beyond local parks.
It’s not often that those who have the experience of homelessness get to create laws that practically address their day-to-day struggles. Yet this May, LGBT youth and veterans who have experienced homelessness performed plays about their daily challenges, discussed the problems publicly with a community of people willing to listen and created legislation with lawmakers to potentially change their lives for the better.
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC is working to build political dialogue with local politicians through theater. Throughout the month of May, the organization has been bringing attention to the increasing problem of homelessness in the city using activist theater.
In Manhattan’s most culturally distinct neighborhood, long-term residents are fighting for their way of life.
Xue Yu Zhu, 56, lives at 113 Madison Street in the heart of Chinatown, nestled between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. “The landlord wants to kick out all the Chinese people and rent to white people. So they’re always harassing the tenants,” said Zhu.