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October 11, 2023



Swallow THIS

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Join "Swallow This" Directors in a Conversation About Methadone's Impact on Communities of Color

COVID-19 changed everything. It opened up the closed world of methadone clinics across the U.S. For decades, clinics resisted any fundamental reforms to onerous regulations. The pandemic forced opioid treatment programs (OTPs) to offer 14 or 28 day take-home bottles of medicine to all patients. Many patients experienced a liberation they never knew was possible. Almost over night, the six-day a week drudgery of standing in line to get medicated was gone and lives no longer revolved around traveling to an OTP at 4am.

Swallow THIS: A Documentary About Methadone and COVID-19 uncovers what happened in opioid treatment programs during the pandemic.

Join the directors and The Greater Harlem Coalition in a free screening and conversation with the directors on Saturday, October 14th, at 2:00 PM in the Lakeview Apartments's Community Room.

Lakeview Apartments
4 East 107th Street
New York, NY 10029

In bracingly honest interviews with patients and clinic staff across the country, directors Marilena Marchetti and Helen Redmond learned that the new take-homes policy was adopted inconsistently and many OTPs had returned to daily, in-person dosing.

Methadone clinics were created in the 1970s during the Nixon presidency and were designed to control, surveil, and punish Black and brown patients. Now is the time to shut down these apartheid, carceral facilities and allow methadone to be picked up at the pharmacy. It is time to free people who take methadone.
Swallow THIS is a call to action to abolish methadone clinics.

Marchetti and Redmond are co-directors of Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone.

Runtime: 27 mins.


Lady Altovise Harlem Tours

The Greater Harlem Coalition is thrilled to add another Black-owned small business to our list of over 160 GHC member businesses, tenant associations, faith-based organizations, and not-for-profits - Lady Altovise's NYC Tours

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Harlem is known for its uniquely celebrated culture, profound history, and illustrious music scene. When you think of Harlem, “The Arts” are on the forefront of your mind. By touring with Lady Altovise you will explore the art of song, dance, literature, architecture and even have a chance to appreciate the culinary arts of this world-famous Black Mecca.  Come and sample signature SOUL FOOD dishes smothered in savory & spicy stories of when, where, why, and how they came to be. 

Learn more about tour options for you or your guests to the city, with the link below:


McArthur Genius Grant Recipient

Majora Carter (born October 27, 1966) is an American urban revitalization strategist and public radio host from the South Bronx area of New York City. Carter founded and led the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx before entering the private sector in 2008.

Carter is a recipient of one of the rare MacArthur Foundation's "Genius Grants" for her work in the South Bronx.  

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Carter has worked passionately to dispel the assumption that somehow communities like the South Bronx and Harlem want different features in their communities than wealthier communities do.  Carter writes:

There’s a chronic misconception that people leave low-status communities out of fear of violent crime. The truth is, that’s often not a top reason people go elsewhere.
Through mobile surveys and focus groups, we engaged our community to evaluate what mattered most to them. The resounding response was wanting the same things we all want:

After conducting a number of quantitative and qualitative studies in low-income communities (using mobile surveys and focus groups), Carter and her colleagues repeatedly found that the residents of low-income communities of color simply want:

☑️Great places to live
☑️Good places to work
☑️Nice cafes, bars, and restaurants

Carter adds that they are done with:

"the health clinics, the “community centers,” the homeless shelters. People are ultimately just invested in having nice places to live, work, and play—and prioritizing economic revitalization plans that create these offerings is a key facet to retaining talent and improving communities."

#ReclaimingYourCommunity #UrbanDevelopment #CommunityDevelopment


Crack Use Grows in European Capital

Hundreds of Parisians protested, warning of a "crackastrophy" or that the "north of Paris is going to crack".

"We are not a laboratory for experiments," declares protester and Paris resident Marie-Luce.

"They need to stop f*cking us over." declares a Paris resident who is protesting newly proposed injection sites

"They're putting everyone in danger in the most beautiful city in the world, Paris."

The protest sentiments expressed are directed at Parisian mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan to open several "salles de consommation à moindre risque or SCMR (low-risk consumption rooms)" across Paris, spaces where addicts can go to consume drugs. Not one but two of these new shooting galleries have been earmarked for the 10th arrondissement and it is this move that has some of the local residents up in arms.

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Despite a €9 million anti-crack-plan implemented three years ago, the drug continues to be a visible presence on Paris' streets and in its parks, particularly in the northeast of the capital, and a recent government-backed report found that crack users in the wider Paris region currently number around 13,000.

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