Robert Jackson

Pictures from this past weekend Neighborhood Walk in Chinatown.

Today every member of the City Council and especially members of the Black, Latino and Asian caucus has the opportunity to make history and the privilege to justly represent their constituency by doing what’s right. The battle has been great but we cannot continue to allow this Administration to victimize our young people of color. In effectively overriding the Mayor’s veto today, we will send a true message that as law abiding citizens, no one should fear humiliation or harassment at the hands of law enforcement based on the color of their skin. It’s time to bring NYPD policies into the 21st century by embracing our communities instead of opposing them. - Council Member Robert Jackson, Co- chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus
The judge was right, the administration has turned a blind eye to racial profiling. Perhaps if Bloomberg was a young, black or Latino male, he would see the light. Today’s ruling is further vindication that too many in our communities have been stripped of their civil liberties when it comes to strolling our sidewalks. From running to the bodega for a bag of groceries to coming home late from work, Blacks and Latinos have been senselessly stopped for too long. Now let’s move forward with a real plan to keep our streets safe from illegal guns.

Along with my collegues in the Manhattan Delegation, I presented El Museo Del Barrio in a ceremonial check presentation a City Council capital allocation of $600,000.  This capital project will support El Museo’s Gallery Environment Stabilization Project, which will impact their permanent and temporary exhibition.    

El Mueso Del Barrio is New York’s leading Latino cultural institution that welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic and cultural landscape of the Caribbean and Latin America.  The museum features an extensive collection of around 8,500 pieces composed of pre-Columbian and traditional artifacts with a large permanent Taíno exhibit, as well as 20th century arts and crafts, Mexican masks, textiles from Chile and traditional art from Puerto Rico.  This museum also sponsors numerous festivals and educational programs throughout the year. 


This capital project will enhance this culturally hub and continue to provide an up-to-date institution for its visitors, especially residents in Harlem and Northern Manhattan. 

Guest of Honor Speaker at Mott Hall School Graduation. Congratulations Class of 2013.


Today new WiFi service in 32 NYC Parks was launched. New Yorkers and visitors can now connect to the Internet for free using their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other WiFi-enabled devices for up to 30 mins each month and is free at all times for Time Warner Cable and Cablevision broadband…


"Any country, any society which does not care for its children is no country at all."

Our UNICEF colleagues have shared this special video ahead of Thursday’s Nelson Mandela International Day.

You can honour his legacy by spending 67 minutes in service. 

Marched in the NYC Pride Parade on June 30th, 2013

On June 26, the morning after two bills of the Community Safety Act were passed by the City Council, I attended a press conference with Rev. Al Sharpton, CM Williams and Lander (Co-sponsors of the bills) and some of the members that voted in favor of the bills.  The bills call for an Inspector General of the NYPD and better policing that protects NYers against discrimination. 

Six years ago, the Consortium of Workers’ Education responded to the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus call to create a workforce development model and developed the Jobs to Build On Program (JtBO).  Now this partnership is responding to the Clinton Global Initiative call and will use JtBO as a nationwide model for workforce development that can bring real employment opportunities to areas that have the highest population of unemployment.  It is with great pride that I congratulate JtBO on this milestone.  Now, not only thousands of New Yorkers will benefit from this model, but millions of Americans may have the opportunity to successfully secure jobs and a sustainable future.