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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:54


Buying Saratoga Horse Racing Tickets

Buy Saratoga horse racing tickets and spend the day at the track this year. Every approaching race will be listed above in the Saratoga race track schedule. To take stock of our inventory of fairly-priced tickets and pinpoint which race at Saratoga Springs' historic race track you would like to attend. Advance to our ticket listings and use the various search filters to arrange the inventory by price or seating section. Some Saratoga race tickets may include specific notes in the inventory about email delivery, seating location, etc. Once you select your seats, previous Vivid Seats customers will need to sign into their registered account. If this is your first time ordering tickets through Vivid Seats, fill in the email address and password boxes under the "Create Your Account" section on the checkout page.

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Select how many Saratoga horse racing tickets you would like to purchase using the quantity drop-down menu above the inventory. Ticket sellers often sell an even number of tickets to avoid remaining with a single ticket that is difficult to sell. If you are having trouble finding the right number of tickets for any race at Saratoga Race Course, contact Vivid Seats directly by phone or Live Chat. One of our dedicated ticket experts will work with you to find the right number of seats for your party.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:46


Phantom of the Opera Ticket Information

Since it made its world premiere in 1986, the Phantom of the Opera has entranced audiences around the world with an intriguing tale of passion, desire, and ambition. Aspiring opera singer Christine Daaé finds an unlikely benefactor in the form of the mysterious Phantom, but his obsessive attempts to win her affection begin to escalate to a dangerous level. This Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece holds the distinction of being the longest-running Broadway show of all time, but it has also delighted audiences during numerous national and international tours. When in New York City, Phantom of the Opera Broadway has typically been stationed at the Majestic Theatre, while the Phantom of the Opera tour has sent the production to cities all over North America. Click on a city, performance time, or month under “Filter Results” to find Phantom of the Opera tickets for the show you want to attend. Next, use the seating chart to sort through listings and find your preferred Phantom of the Opera tickets. Choose a quantity, hit "Buy,” and reach checkout with a valid email address. Pay with a credit card or PayPal account and press "Place Order” to finalize the transaction.

Varied Selection
Whether you’re looking for a bird’s-eye view in the balcony or want premier orchestra seats, our marketplace has a wide offering of tickets for every upcoming show on the Phantom of the Opera tour, including the opportunity to look for cheap Phantom of the Opera tickets, as prices tend to fluctuate due to the nature of the live marketplace. To view just Phantom of the Opera NYC tickets, be sure to filter the schedule accordingly.

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To receive friendly one-on-one assistance from a Vivid Seats team member during your Phantom of the Opera Broadway tickets purchase, dial 866.848.8499. The online Live Chat service also can help you connect with a trained customer service representative.

Phantom of the Opera Ticket Prices

How Much Are Phantom of the Opera Tickets?
No matter what you're looking to spend, Vivid Seats has tickets to fit your budget. Currently, Phantom of the Opera tickets at Vivid Seats start at $39.

Cheapest Phantom of the Opera Tickets
There are always great deals to be found at Vivid Seats. The get-in price, or lowest price for a ticket to see Phantom of the Opera live, is $39. Prices will fluctuate based on many factors such as inventory and demand, so be sure to get your Phantom of the Opera discount tickets before it’s too late!

What is the Phantom of the Opera About?
Simply put, the musical, based on the 1910 novel of the same name, centers on the story of a mysterious composer and rising singer, with increasing levels of intensity as the story unfolds.

Where is Phantom of the Opera Playing?
While Phantom of the Opera New York tickets can still be purchased for the ongoing Broadway run, fans of the show nationwide should keep an eye out for touring productions regularly scheduled coast to coast.

How Long is Phantom of the Opera?
2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission


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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:41


Janet Jackson Ticket Information

One of the world’s most celebrated pop stars, Janet Jackson has enjoyed a long, successful career in the spotlight. Her debut album dropped in 1982, and ever since, this aptly nicknamed “Princess of Pop” has achieved major international success through hits like “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” “Together Again,” and “All for You.” Over the years, Janet Jackson concerts have become known for showcasing this star’s impeccable dance skills that were originally made famous in hit music videos like “Rhythm Nation” and “The Pleasure Principle.” Next time a Janet tour date is announced in your city, experience her stellar stage persona for yourself when you buy your passes from our secure marketplace. If you have any questions about placing an order for Janet Jackson tickets, get in touch with a Vivid Seats agent by calling 866.848.8499 or clicking the “Live Chat” link.

  1. Begin by clicking the “Tickets” tab that aligns with the Janet Jackson tour date of your choice. Concerts taking place closest to you will usually appear at the top of the schedule.
  2. Next, choose your seats for the Janet Jackson concert. You can arrange listings by price or by distance from the stage. When you find a set of seats that matches your preferences, advance to the final step by tapping “Buy.”
  3. After logging in to your account, you can look over the final details of the Janet Jackson tickets you’ve selected. Type in any required payment or shipping information, click “Place Order,” and wait for final confirmation from the seller.

Janet Jackson Ticket Prices & Concert Details

How Much Are Janet Jackson Tickets?
No matter what you're looking to spend, Vivid Seats has tickets to fit your budget. Currently, Janet Jackson tickets at Vivid Seats start at $17.

Cheapest Janet Jackson Tickets
There are always great deals to be found at Vivid Seats. The get-in price, or lowest price for a ticket to the Janet Jackson tour, is $17. Prices will fluctuate based on many factors such as inventory and demand, so be sure to get your cheap Janet Jackson tickets before it’s too late!

Is the Janet Jackson Tour 2017 Coming To a City Near Me?
There are currently Janet Jackson tickets on sale for cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Seattle. Continue to check the list of Janet Jackson tour dates above to see if the superstar is coming to a city near you. 



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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:35


Bruno Mars Ticket Information

Since he burst onto the scene in 2010, Bruno Mars has been one of the most lauded pop stars the world over. With the release of his first two singles, “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade,” in 2010, Mars and his powerful vocals quickly became an international hit. Since then, Mars has earned major success with many other R&B-influenced, soulful pop hits, among them “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.” Whether he’s on stage solo or with the Hooligans, Mars and his incredible vocal talent always take the spotlight. When you buy Bruno Mars tickets for an upcoming performance, you’re securing yourself a spot in the audience to watch this talented singer share his greatest songs in person. Follow the steps below to find a set of seats to the upcoming Bruno Mars tour. If you have any questions about completing your purchase, contact us on Live Chat or by phone (866.848.8499).

  1. First, scroll through dates for the Bruno Mars tour 2017 until you find the concert taking place nearest to you. When you see the right performance in the list, click the matching “Tickets” button to continue to the next step.
  2. Click on the interactive seating chart to find seats in your preferred area of the venue. You can also enter your desired price range or number of seats in the toolbar at the top of the page. Tap the “Buy” button after you find the best Bruno Mars tickets for you. On the Vivid Seats marketplace, you'll find both cheap Bruno Mars tickets as well as VIP options. 
  3. Before reviewing a summary of your order, you must first enter your payment and shipping preferences. Review the request, and then send the order in for confirmation. When the seller approves your order, we guarantee it will be delivered in time for the Bruno Mars concert.

Bruno Mars Ticket Prices

When Do Bruno Mars Tickets Go On Sale?
Good news - tickets for Bruno Mars are available now. Check the Bruno Mars tour schedule to find a show near you. 

How Much Are Bruno Mars Tickets?
No matter what you're looking to spend, Vivid Seats has tickets to fit your budget. Currently, Bruno Mars tickets at Vivid Seats start at $23.

How To Buy Cheap Bruno Mars Tickets
There are always great deals to be found at Vivid Seats. The get-in price, or lowest price for a ticket to see Bruno Mars live, is $23. Prices will fluctuate based on many factors such as inventory and demand, so be sure to get your Bruno Mars cheap tickets before it’s too late!

Bruno Mars Tour Details

Since 2010, Bruno Mars tours have brought this singer to dozens of countries around the globe. After releasing his first studio album, Mars set off on the Doo-Wops and Hooligans Tour in the fall of 2010. During the early days of the trek, Mars headlined intimate club venues, but he soon worked up to headlining larger concert halls and amphitheaters with co-headliner Janelle Monáe.

After earning major international acclaim for his sophomore effort, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” the second Bruno Mars tour, titled the Moonshine Jungle Tour, kicked off in the U.S. in summer 2013. The massive worldwide arena tour proved Mars’ appeal as a concert performer. With backing support from his band, The Hooligans, Mars amped up his energy with high-octane performances of his biggest radio hits to sell out huge venues around the world.  During this tour, the Bruno Mars live experience was finally established as a must-see event for fans of the talented pop star.

When is Bruno Mars' Next Concert?
Don’t miss out on the next live venture from this Hawaii native. Check out the full list of Bruno Mars tour dates in the schedule at the top of this page. The Bruno Mars concert schedule will be populated above as event information becomes available.

Are There Bruno Mars Tickets For a Show Near Me?
In 2017, there are Bruno Mars tickets for shows in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Orlando. Check out the Bruno Mars tour dates above to find a show near you. 

Bruno Mars Concerts

Whether it’s a stripped-down acoustic set or an all-out, jazzy live show, Bruno Mars concerts are always a hit with fans. Mars started perfecting his stage presence almost as soon as he could walk: As a three-year old, Mars rose to fame as one of the world’s youngest Elvis impersonators. Over the years, the crowd-pleaser has learned how to treat his audiences with an energetic live show that features a healthy mix of old-school choreography, vocal-heavy power ballads, and soulful musical interludes.

Today, Bruno Mars concert dates are a truly unforgettable live experience. With his decades spent in the spotlight, Mars delivers live performances with a raw, authentic R&B feel and the polish of a veteran performer. In perfect sync with his band, The Hooligans, Bruno Mars powers through a setlist of his latest songs and greatest hits while fans sing along to every word. 

Over the course of his career, some of the most popular tracks of his setlists have been his first two singles, “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade.” These two all-time favorites continue to blow away fans for their powerful vocal work. Slower ballads like “When I Was Your Man” can easily move an audience to tears, but Mars always picks up the energy with tried-and-true set-closers like “Gorilla” and “Runaway Baby.”

Sample Bruno Mars Setlist

Marry You
If I Knew/It Will Rain
Runaway Baby
The Lazy Song
Nothin' On You
When I Was Your Man
Just the Way You Are
Locked Out of Heaven
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:28


Cincinnati Reds Ticket Information

The surging play of one of the National League’s most dominant squads has kept the entertainment flowing during Cincinnati Reds baseball at Great American Ball Park. Catch all of the action in person this year, beginning early on when spring rolls around with Reds Opening Day tickets, signaling the start of a brand new season of MLB baseball.

The constant influx of top-notch competition gives fans plenty of opportunities to buy Cincinnati Reds tickets for a marquee matchup. A scroll through the 2017 Reds schedule will reveal regular opponents in the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, on top of interleague rivals such as the visiting Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, and Kansas City Royals.

How to Purchase Reds Tickets

  1. Check out the Reds schedule above and use our convenient filtering options to find the game you want to see. Break down games based on filters like home/away, day/night, specific opponent, month, or day of the week.
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:11


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Maurizio Cattelan came out of his self-imposed, five-year retirement from the art world just in time. His work has always been prescient, sometimes uncannily so. His life-like wax portrait of Pope Paul II in full papal regalia lying inert under a felled meteorite—La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour) (1999)—presaged the sexual abuse scandals of the Catholic Church. AC Forniture Sud (Southern Suppliers FC [Football Club]), a performative piece from 1991 in which the artist organized an Italian soccer team exclusively comprising North African immigrants, coincided with the establishment of a xenophobic political party in Italy. What Cattelan couldn’t have predicted was the unprecedented number refugees that would land on Italian shores seeking asylum, or the rising tide of hatred and fear now sweeping Europe in response.

Cattelan’s 2007 sculpture, Ave Maria, is also shockingly anticipatory. The work is composed of three white male arms protruding at an angle from a gallery wall, their precise positions and overt repetition unmistakably evoking the intense choreography of the “Heil Hitler” salute (despite the religious inflection of the title). The fact that the appendages are wearing business attire—a sign, perhaps, of the unabated rise of corporate power—frighteningly suggests today’s normalization of neo-Nazi ideology here and abroad.

Enter Cattelan’s America” (2016), the 18-karat gold, fully functioning toilet that has been installed at the Guggenheim for nearly a year in a long-term, sculptural performance of interactive art. Like all of Cattelan’s most complex works, this sculpture is laden with possible meanings. There is the art-historical trajectory, from Duchamp and Manzoni to more contemporary artists like John Miller and Wim Delvoye, that traffics in scatological iconography. The equation between excrement and art has long been mined by neo-Marxist thinkers who question the relationship between labor and value. Expanding upon this economic perspective, there is also the ever-increasing divide in our country between the wealthy and the poor that threatens the very stability of our culture. Cattelan explicitly comments on this fact by creating what he called “one-percent art for the ninety-nine percent.” The gold toilet—a cipher for the excesses of affluence—has been available for all to use in the privacy of one of the Guggenheim’s single-stall, gender-neutral bathrooms. More than one hundred thousand people have waited patiently in line for the opportunity to commune with art and with nature.

Yet it is the Trump reference that resonates so loudly today. When the artist proposed the sculpture in mid-2015, Donald Trump had just announced his bid for the presidency. It was inconceivable at the time that this business mogul, he of the eponymous gilded tower, could actually win the White House. When the sculpture comes off view on September 15, Trump will have been in office for 238 days, a term marked by scandal and defined by the deliberate rollback of countless civil liberties, in addition to climate-change denial that puts our planet in peril.

That Trump is synonymous with golden toilets was proven not at the Guggenheim but in a recent satirical pop-up “exhibition” in midtown Manhattan staged by Trevor Noah of the Daily Show that he called the “Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library.” In addition to framed tweet storms, visitors were treated to a “tour” of the Oval Office, where they could don a Trump wig and pose with an, albeit fake, golden toilet.

Cattelan’s “America,” like all his greatest work, is at once humorous and searing in its critique of our current realities. Though crafted from millions of dollars’ worth of gold, the sculpture is actually a great leveler. As Cattelan has said, “Whatever you eat, a two-hundred-dollar lunch or a two-dollar hot dog, the results are the same, toilet-wise.” Art-wise, the work reached a certain pinnacle of acceptability—or notoriety—when it was featured on the cover of the New York Post (September 15, 2016) with the headline, “We’re #1 (and #2!),” and an article titled, “The Guggenheim Wants You to Crap All Over ‘America.’” However, Cattelan’s anticipation of Trump’s America will, perhaps, be the lasting imprint of the sculpture’s time at the Guggenheim.

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Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century, a radical designer and intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems as well as avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics. Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, MoMA presents Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition that critically engages his multifaceted practice. The exhibition comprises approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited. Structured as an anthology rather than a comprehensive, monographic presentation of Wright’s work, the exhibition is divided into 12 sections, each of which investigates a key object or cluster of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, interpreting and contextualizing it, and juxtaposing it with other works from the Archives, from MoMA, or from outside collections. The exhibition seeks to open up Wright’s work to critical inquiry and debate, and to introduce experts and general audiences alike to new angles and interpretations of this extraordinary architect.

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Organized by Barry Bergdoll, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; with Jennifer Gray, Project Research Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

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Speaker Mark-Viverito and coalition of community activists and faith leaders urge de Blasio Administration to include J. Marion Sims statue in review of hate symbols city property

El Barrio, NY – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, elected officials and community leaders today rallied outside Central Park to demand the New York City Parks Department remove a patently offensive statue that pays tribute to a physician who conducted sadistic and horrifying medical experiments on enslaved Black women.

“El Barrio residents have waited long enough for the City to act,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “At a time when Neo-Nazis, white nationalists and hateful right wing extremists run rampant throughout the country with impunity, we must send a definitive message that the despicable acts of J. Marion Sims are repugnant and reprehensible. J. Marion Sims conducted horrific, painful, medical atrocities on non-anesthetized enslaved Black women with free-reign. Mayor de Blasio and the Parks Department must remove this repugnant statue from our neighborhood once and for all.”

Located on 103rd Street and 5th Avenue in El Barrio/East Harlem, the J. Marion Sims statue is a constant reminder of the United States’ malignant treatment of people of color.  Since 2011, Speaker Mark-Viverito has repeatedly called on the Parks Department to remove the offensive Sims statue glorifying the dehumanization of black women from Central Park and the Parks Department has denied every request.

Last year, the Parks Department announced that it would add a plaque to the Sims monument to provide historical context to the statue and to honor Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey – three victims of Sims’ medical experiments, though Speaker Mark-Viverito, the Community Board and local residents continued to call for the statue’s full removal. However, despite working with the Speaker’s office and the community at large to finalize suitable language for the plaque, the Parks Department has not yet placed it on the site.

“Charlottesville serves as a reminder that we each can make a difference,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “The violence and tragedy that occurred at the hands of white supremacists and Neo-Nazi protestors is a significant tipping point in our efforts to combat racism, hate and bigotry. Now it is up to each of us to stand united and on the right side of history to do what is required of us as public servants. Hateful symbols and monuments in honor of individuals such as J. Marion Sims, are a constant reminder of the suffering and pain that African-Americans and communities of color have endured for generations. We must remove these symbols of hate from our community once and for all.”

“Slavery wasn’t just an affliction on the south, it’s also a moral stain on the history of the north,” said Council Member Levine, Chair of the Council’s Parks Committee. “A man who took advantage of enslaved women who were unable to give consent for medical experiments, does not deserve to be memorialized our City’s parks. I therefore join my colleagues and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in calling for the immediate removal of the Sims statue, and I look forward to working with the Parks Department to replace it with a more appropriate monument consistent with New York’s morals and values.”

“This statue has stood for far too long as a reminder of the dark legacy of our nation, which viewed the lives of people of color as merely a means to an end,” Council Member Robert Cornegy. “In New York City, there is no place for statues of men who treated enslaved Black women with the kind of repulsive disdain that J. Marion Sims did. I urge the Mayor and the Parks Department to remove this statue and show New Yorkers that the monuments we choose to erect in this City reflect the values of respect and ethical treatment of all people that we hold dear.”

“Central Park should not have a statue honoring a doctor that experimented on enslaved human beings — women who had no free agency. The fact that J. Marion Sims chose not to use anesthesia — which was apparently available — when operating on enslaved women is also profoundly disturbing. In large part because of these experimental surgeries, Sims made some significant contributions to women’s medicine. But his use of enslaved women as patients/subjects must be brought to the forefront. Sims’ statue should be replaced by a memorial honoring his patients,” said Council Member Helen Rosenthal.

“The statue of J Marion Sims is another symbol of this country’s continued disrespect of women of color. If we as community leaders stand by and don’t speak out to remove this statue we are sending a signal to the next generation that being treated inhumanely is okay for women and people of color and not okay for everyone else. We will no longer stand for this in our own backyard,” said State Senator Brian A. Benjamin.

“The public monuments of our city should reflect the values of our city,” said State Senator Liz Krueger. “ J. Marion Sims performed medical procedures on enslaved women against their will. In the 21st century we should be mature enough as a society to recognize that this is not a legacy that should be publicly celebrated. I urge the parks department to remove the Sims statue as part of the mayor’s commitment to ensure our monuments reflect our values.”

“When statues are erected in our streets, parks, and public spaces they represent a choice, and the only way to deal with a wrong choice is to own up to it and correct it,” said Manhattan Borough Gale A. Brewer. “It’s time for us to carefully review, remove, and replace statues that honor figures associated with racism, bigotry, and other forms of oppression.”

“The monument is a constant reminder of the bigotry and oppression men and women of color endured in American history and unfortunately medical science,” said Diane Collier, Chair, Community Board 11.  “Community Board 11, our councilperson, East Harlem organizations have been asking the administration for several years to remove the J. Marion Sims statue from our East Harlem community once we learned the true story of his discoveries.  CB11 members overwhelmingly voted in June 2016 against the city proposals adding the tortured women names to the marker and formally reiterated our call for the statue to be moved.   Intrinsically, the removal of the Marion Sims monument in East Harlem is long overdue; and should be at the top of the Mayor’s 90 day review list removing statues of hate and racism in NYC.”

“The systemic racist thought and practice that continues to be part of the infrastructure of this nation must be challenged, confronted and destroyed at all levels of society,” said  Marta Moreno Vega of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. “It means developing an impactful educational system that confronts racism, instituting systems of equal access to all without consideration of color, gender, religious practices, economic, cultural or immigrant status. It means having monuments that speak to heroes and heroines that stand for racial justice and equity as all levels to instill the values of a true democracy. Images like that of J. Marion Sims must be removed. They don’t represent the human values that El Barrio and the nation should support.”

“We share a collective duty to stand against racism and bigotry in all its forms,” said Andrea Miller, President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health.  “We should no more celebrate white supremacy today than commemorate its existence in the past. New York City can make a powerful statement against the shameful legacy of abuse against black and brown people by removing the J. Marion Sims statue immediately.”

“We applaud the Speaker’s efforts to remove the statue of J. Marion Sims,” said Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation. “As a doctor, his inhumane medical experiments on enslaved Black women further victimized a vulnerable population. His statue honors an individual who exploited Black women and is a reminder of the horror he perpetrated on them. We stand in solidarity with our leaders who reject and act to remove all symbols of racism and hate in this country.”

“Medical progress achieved through immoral practices is not an achievement of which we should be proud,” said Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President, New York Board of Rabbis. “We who have been victims of prejudice cannot be silent when others have suffered injustice.”

“As a leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care for New Yorkers, Planned Parenthood of New York City supports the removal of the statue of Dr. James Marion Sims in Central Park,” Christina Chang, VP of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood of New York City. “19th-century physician Dr. Sims, often called “the father of modern gynecology,” performed experiments on enslaved Black women without their consent and without anesthesia, which was available at the time. Sims’ experiments are part of a long history of medical experimentation on African Americans and directly connects to the ongoing unequal medical care that Black patients continue to receive today. Black patients still receive less pain medication than white patients, and a 2016 study by the University of Virginia found medical students still think Black people feel less pain than whites. As we saw Charlottesville, racism and white supremacy continues in our nation. This country’s long history of controlling and threatening people of color’s safety and control over their own bodies, and any statue that represents this violence and hatred has no place in our city.”

Speaker Mark-Viverito and others today renewed their demand for the de Blasio Administration and the Parks Department to include the J. Marion Sims statue in the 90-day review the Administration is currently conducting of all symbols of hate on city property.  On Friday, Speaker Mark-Viverito issued a letter to Mayor de Blasio formally requesting the City evaluate the Sims monument.

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