Wednesday, September 4th
10 a.m. to noon (Doors open 9:30 a.m.)
The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center
3940 Broadway, New York City, NY 10032
A, C or 1 subway to 168th Street
On Wednesday, September 4, candidates for Public Advocate and Comptroller will discuss one of the most under-reported issues of the campaign. New York City’s libraries are under siege from the Bloomberg administration’s budget cuts. The forum will press candidates for New York City Public Advocate and Comptroller offices on issues such as: the Central Library Plan to remove stacks from the New York Public Library’s research collection and relocate books to southern New Jersey; proposals by the New York and Brooklyn public libraries to sell publicly owned library buildings for private development; and the citywide reduction in library services at a time of growing demand.
Moderator: Roy Paul, Journalist, Commentator and Analyst
Roy Paul is a commentator on education, social and economic justice, and African-American culture and politics. He contributes political commentary on WABC 7 in New York and is a contributor to RapGenius.com. This summer, he moderated two forums with the Democratic candidates for Mayor of New York and a forum for Public Advocate candidates.
Sponsored by: Citizens Defending Libraries; The Committee to Save The New York Public Library; The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center; Zead Ramadan, city council candidate and chairman of the center; Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcom X and Betty Shabazz; The Harlem Historical Society; and Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP.