Celebrating New York's Unsung Heroes

Friday, December 28, 2007

Every year Errol Louis, columnist for the Daily News, chooses a community activists he feels should be lauded for their work. Today he is joined by Melvin Blackman, creator of Urban Drug Recovery program and author of Self-Published, Urban Suicide: The Enemy We Choose Not to See, Omar Freilla, founder, Green Worker Cooperatives (Bronx), and Agnes Rivera , resident of Wagner Houses in Manhattan and member and leader at Community Voices Heard, a low-income activist, who he picked this year.


Melvin Blackman, Omar Freilla, Errol Louis and Agnes Rivera

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John Bostrom from Staten Island

The Granny Peace Brigade - Marie Runyon, 92, legally blind, two canes; Corrine Willinger, 88; Betty Brassel, 77, in a walker; founder Joan Wile and Peace Action's fired-up Carol Husten, both 75; Marjorie Lasky, 66; my Staten Island neighbor, Barbara Walker; and 11 others I don't have the fortune of knowing better. Talk about "tie the brush to my hand!" All peace demonstrations should be like the Grannies' vigils. Ban the bullhorns! Take down the stage! Pass out the Joan's lyrics, and let's sing!

Dec. 28 2007 11:09 AM
george from astoria

what were the phone numbers given at the end of the segment?

community voices: 212-?

the reuse center in bronx: 718-?

Dec. 28 2007 10:43 AM
adam c. from N Y C

On a smaller scale, this girl Sonia in Brooklyn has been doing some great work with the feral cats in her neighborhood:

Dec. 28 2007 10:42 AM
anonymous from Lefferts Gardens

I work in Brooklyn with families living with HIV and my heroes are the children and teens who don't give up and stick to their goals despite neglect, abuse and mediocre schooling. (despite the efforts of many)

Dec. 28 2007 10:41 AM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

My neighborhood heroes are the many active members of New York Cares who have put in tens of thousands of hours of service to their community around New York City.

Dec. 28 2007 10:10 AM
Demetri from Brooklyn

My hero is Dan Goldstein for taking on the powers that be at great personal risk.

Dec. 28 2007 10:08 AM

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