Harlem Speaker Mark-Viverito Equal Pay Day Statement

Melissa_Mark-Viverito“Day in and day out, women work hard to provide for themselves and for their families.  Yet across the board and across almost every industry, women earn just 79 cents on the dollar to their male counterparts. Continue Reading →

Vendy Plaza’s New Season Begins On May 1st In Harlem

31416vendy1We’re surviving Daylight Saving Time and the Spring Equinox rapidly approaches, two signs that bulky coat and beanie cap season is almost over—for the sane among us, anyway. Continue Reading →

NYC Schools Provide Free Feminine Hygiene Products From Harlem To Hollis

hygien for women in harlem and hollis1New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Harlem Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (pictured in the right hand corner) and others announce today announced the launch of a groundbreaking initiative to outfit New York City public school restrooms with dispensers of free feminine hygiene products. Continue Reading →

Espaillat And Mark-Viverito Hold Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Rally In Harlem

espaillat and melissaSenator Adriano Espaillat and East Harlem New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will hold a rally tomorrow with local leaders to call for action on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. Continue Reading →

Harlem Council Member Mark-Viverito Celebrates International Women’s Day

Melissa-Mark-Viverito-IOU_7934By Melissa Mark-Viverito

Today as we celebrate International Women’s Day, we honor the remarkable and inspiring women leaders around the world who have paved the way for other women to accomplish their goals.  Continue Reading →

Really, Harlem Elected To Make Citizenship Irrelevant?

Melissa-Mark-Viverito (1)The New York Post reports that New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has long refused to pledge even ceremonial allegiance to the American flag. No surprise, then, that she displays no respect for American citizenship, either. Continue Reading →

Join The Iris House 11th Annual Women As The Face Of AIDS Summit

iris house in harlem1The 11th Annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit is on May 2nd, and we are really excited about the program that is lining up for you! This year’s theme, “The Race to the End” has inspired more than 20 presentations that will examine the intersections of race, poverty and HIV and look at new ways to End the Epidemic by 2020. Continue Reading →

Harlem Council Leader Argues For Criminal-Justice Overhaul

Melissa-Mark-Viverito-IOU_7934The leader of the City Council issued an emphatic call for the end of the Rikers Island jail complex and changes for the “highly, highly punitive” criminal-justice system Thursday, blasting naysayers for spreading “misinformation.” Continue Reading →

Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito And Others Rally For Retirement Security For All New Yorkers

Bill_de_Blasio_11-2-2013Mayor Bill de Blasio, Harlem Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James,  Comptroller Scott Stringer and a broad coalition of business, labor, and other leaders rallied today in support of New York City’s push to become the first city in the country to create a retirement savings program for private sector employees. Continue Reading →

Harlem Council Speaker Unveils Plan For East Harlem

Melissa-Mark-Viverito (1)East Harlem residents wants affordable housing, job growth and open space—but above all, they want a say in the land-use changes coming to their community, according to the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan unveiled Thursday. Continue Reading →