Black Lives Matter to Be Written on Street Not Far From the Upper West Side on Friday

The Brooklyn mural. Photo via mayor’s office.

New York City is painting the words “Black Lives Matter” on streets in all five boroughs, and the Manhattan mural is set to be painted on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard between 125th Street and 127th Street starting on Friday at 10 a.m.

Goddard Riverside sent out the flyer below, and the full event information is here.

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    1. Ish Kabibble says:

      Not sure what is better – how overdue this type of thing is, or how aggravated it makes Trump. Just awesome all around.

    2. Chris says:

      Beautiful! Look forward to seeing it!

    3. MAEnsley says:

      FANTASTIC…We must be reminded over and over until we reach the point where ALL lives matter.

    4. madman says:

      ENOUGH!!!!! Then how about this: “Stop the Slaughter! — B.H.”

      B.H. would be Brandon Hendricks, the 17-year-old Monroe High grad who planned to attend college on a basketball scholarship. He died late Sunday night, gunned down in The Bronx, for decades the borough where kids are shot and stabbed as a matter of no surprise.

    5. Gerald Siider says:

      The people who live in that neighborhood know full well that Black Lives Matter. They don’t need a sign to remind them. That sign needs to be painted on Fifth Avenue between 55th and 56th street – in Front of Trump Tower

      • Lucia says:

        AMEN! What happened to announced plans to put mural in front of Trump Tower?

      • cpwpj says:

        It’s not to remind anyone, but to honor black lives. Very appropriate. And in case you hadn’t heard, the BLM slogan is in the work for Fifth and 56th, to the consternation of a certain nearby resident.

    6. Ray says:

      it’s about time. Should have been done 50 years ago.

    7. BummedOut says:

      What happened to Trump Tower where MSNBC reported it was going?

    8. A few facts says:

      Do all the cheerleaders here realize that the organization BLM does not just oppose police brutality. It also vilifies Jews, crucified capitalism, and sneers at the nuclear family. It also glorifies violence. In fact on rounds news appearances its leader called for “burning it all down” and refused when pressed to commit to that being metaphorical. Why such enthusiastic support here for organization advocating violence, antisemitism, and extreme positions even if one opposes brutality? Shouldn’t we oppose brutality in ALL its forms?

      • Pam says:

        Thank you and well said.

      • Chris says:

        Agree it is a political organization and it supports Socialism. The leading members are getting rich form the in flow of capital.
        Remember Bernie said Bread lines are good.

      • Jerry says:

        The phrase “Black Lives Matter” can refer to a Twitter hashtag, a slogan, a social movement, or a loose confederation of groups advocating for racial justice. As a movement, Black Lives Matter is decentralized. The loose structure of Black Lives Matter has contributed to confusion in the press and the public, as actions or statements from chapters or individuals are sometimes attributed to “Black Lives Matter” as a whole. Nevertheless, the words usually serve as a broad political rallying cry used to describe a wide range of protests and conversations focused on racial inequality, not as a reference to the activist organization.

      • UWSHebrew says:

        Many realize. They don’t care. BLM from a tactical standpoint, is brilliant. Any criticism of it is met with “you’re a racist”, because “BLM!”. So, they can do anything and say anything. It’s extremely impressive.

        • Chuck says:

          There ought to be a way to differentiate between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. That ‘Jewish’ can be defined theologically and ethnically and culturaly and politically confuses issues. One can be anti-Netanyahu’s land-grabbing without being anti-Semitic.
          Does anyone care to help me clarify all this?

          • blacklikeu says:

            I’ll give it a try:
            Being anti Israel and claiming you are not anti Jewish is masking the truth of where you come from.
            Israel, Zionism & Jews are all put in the same basket, not apart.
            You say you are anti Zionist, or anti Israel.
            Yes, I get it, but it can NOT be separated from it’s origin, Jew.
            The ones who say one is not attached to the other are trying to give themselves a pass. It won’t fly with folks who think for themselves, rather than follow the herd.

          • Ish Kabibble says:

            Chuck, you said it just fine.

          • UWSHebrew says:

            Excuse me. The very term “Anti-Zionism” means the elimination of the Jewish state of Israel. Which is of course, anti-semitic, it’s a call for genocide. Being against a current leaders policies is one thing (half the country of Israel hates Netanyahu and his latest annexation plans were protested against in Tel-Aviv), but labeling oneself anti-Zionist means something else entirely. Seen at the clip below, just yesterday at a BLM march in Washington DC, the crowd chanted “Israel kills children! Black lives matter!”.


          • Woody says:

            @ Chuck

            Yes, in theory there is a difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

            But if something looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and waffles like a duck…..

            The BLM movement is not good for Jews.

          • bravo says:

            Unrelenting, laser sharp focus on 1 (one) and only one 78-years old country the size of NJ, born out of the unimaginable crime against humanity – because that country happens to be the only one where Jews finally have the government that protects them. But yeah, keep obsessing with ti. It’s such an old OLD story.

          • Rob G. says:

            There is no way of differentiating an anti-Semite from an anti-Zionist. If you think there is, you are only fooling yourself, but you are not fooling the rest of us.

            • Chuck says:

              I chose my words poorly. Anti-Zionist is not the term I should have used.
              But if BLM is largely objecting Netanyahu’s planned annexation – and not to the entire Jewish population – then why confuse matters by calling that ‘anti-Semitism’ when there are Jews who are in complete agreement in that regard. Shouldln’t all oppressed people (Jews, Blacks, Palestinians – it’s a long list) support one another? Isn’t that a kind of Jewish (theological) value?

      • Evan Bando says:

        It is ironic that a commenter named “A few facts” chose to spread disinformation about BLM. Here is their actual mission statement: We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities.

        We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.

        We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.

        We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a prerequisite for wanting the same for others.

        We see ourselves as part of the global Black family, and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black people who exist in different parts of the world.

        We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.

        We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.

        We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.

        We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.

        We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

        We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.

        We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

        We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).

        We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn.

        We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.

        BLM also includes this statement:

        Help Us Fight Disinformation
        We need to see what you see. Black Lives Matter is a central target of disinformation and you are a key line of defense. Report suspicious sites, stories, ads, social accounts, and posts about BLM.

        • Rafaela says:

          Thank you, Evan !

        • UWSHebrew says:

          Is a post numbering 454 words exempt from the new WSR rules? Good for thee but not for me…

          • Jerry says:

            In post after post you continue to miss the point. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is well-known as a cry against police brutality and systemic racism. It is a Twitter hashtag, a slogan, a social movement, or a loose confederation of groups advocating for racial justice. As a movement, Black Lives Matter is decentralized. To miss the overriding meaning of the phrase “Black Lives Matter” is akin to railing against the phrase “Never Again” because it is specific to the Holocaust only and doesn’t include all genocides or because the current Prime Minister of Israel is racist and pursues hateful policies.

        • WSR says:

          We allowed this comment to exceed the 100-word limit because it contains new information that is timely. In the future, such a long post won’t be allowed and please cite sources.

          • bravo says:

            There was no new information. It is a utopian *WE* rally cry that omits any and all problematic issues with some elements of the movement which must be addressed for clarity.

          • blacklikeu says:

            Nice try WSR.
            No new and timely info here.
            Just the same long winded and same old, same old “I know what you don’t, so there”.

          • Evan Bando says:

            The BLM mission statement comes from the BLM website at It can be found on the “About” pull down menu under “What We Believe.”

          • adami says:

            thanks WSR. Understood & appreciated.

        • Carol Tannenhauser says:

          Your point is well taken.

        • Peter says:

          Source for this mission statement is found where?

      • ... says:

        The black lives matter movement and the black lives matter organization are not the same thing.

    9. SophiaG says:

      I truly hope that some sort of kneeling stations will be provided along with kneepads (last week I scraped my knees terribly while kneeling at a protest!). Can’t wait.

    10. Bob Lamm says:

      It’s wonderful that BLACK LIVES MATTER will be painted in front of the Trump Tower, in Harlem, and elsewhere. In solidarity with all Black Lives protesters everywhere. And thanks to everyone who has posted here in support of Black Lives Matter. Special thanks to Evan Bando for posting that statement.

    11. Aunt Wendy says:

      Painting the Black Lives Matter Street Mural is an historic event. Every movement needs art to represent its beliefs, values and vision for the future. Best wishes today!