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he had lived in the tunnels underneath penn station. i think there was a photographer who photographed his little little house. he had made himself there . and because of her work, he'd been rescued. he'd been given a home and that he'd been found dead in that home. and he was going to go to hard island and it was there was such a sadness at the idea that this man who had finally achieved a home of his own was going to be dispossessed. it was going to be one of the multitude in these anonymous graves. mm. mm. i'm a new yorker and i believe that new york is more than you know, the old idea of the city on the hill new york is really what america is about
me. and there is a tragedy inherent to in a big metropolis. there are all the stories of the chance has gone by the mistakes or the bad childhood, bad choices or just bad luck. and that's something that any great metropolis contends was but there's something more here that you could have a loving family, a career money set aside. and you could still end up in a mass grave on an island off limits to the public buried by inmates paid $0.50 an hour me
so the hospital gave me a week for me to collect the money. i went to the welfare day after day, day after day the entire week that i was given. and they said no good. and at that point i didn't know my real mother. i didn't know my real family . so i was like, i really don't have nobody. i was alone now here. living actually literally alone. i can be ungrateful because me living on the public assistance. new york city has been helping my children a lot. but when it comes to my son, they fell to me completely because i put all my trust on them. i put my child's
body in their hands to bury him. you know, is not the way i wanted, but i figured at least he's gonna be buried. he'll be a piece. but he's, he was in one hard island is open to new york is on the crush of yet another enormous rush of growth. the city's population basically doubled every 20 years. ah, new york city is the commercial capital america is the center was publishing
industry. ah, it's the center of fashion. and, of course, next to the glitz next to the glamour. next to the mansions, being built by 80 steward of the vanderbilt's, you have the reality of the 5 points. the slums at the very, very difficult lives live by most new yorkers. that is to say, working class and poor new york is force to create a whole series of institutions to deal with the realities of tens of thousands of immigrants coming into the city. continually. there was a sense, i think that these people needed to be separated out that it, people were not comfortable seeing the insane seeing the pauper, seeing an elderly alcoholics on the streets of new york. him, any of these institutions? prisons, lunatic asylums, hospitals, all were erected, created outside manhattan,
on these islands in the east river. there was well fair island. there were the quarantine islands and of course, ellis island. and these were all various processing stations. hard island was the terminal island bay in 1890 s. early 19 hundreds. every spring of the police department would have to fish out scores and scores of bodies that floated to the surface on the harbour and the rivers. what do you do with these bodies? mostly lo, totally anonymous. these folks went to hard island. this is a place that new york has to have up to service the reality of death. mm. i think new yorkers understand that there are always going to be inequalities in the city. huge the qualities and they are in very sharp focus,
but in death were equal. we all die alone. ah, in today's world you have so many families who are a stranger or just lost to each other by distance by misfortune. ah. and yet to know that some one you once loved or that you hoped loved you is buried in a mass grave on hard island that resonates trevor lou.
we got married in 8982. and i get married at my sister's house because i never wanted a big wedding. i'm never the one to be in front of it. you know, where address and have all these people that, you know, sometimes you don't even know half of them. why would you want them? they're joining, but there were a lot of great times with, with bruce in the line. mm hm. when he started spiraling down, that was in 84. we moved right next to a bar called lady, else. we used to go to lady else on on friday nights, got a baby sitter for kimberly. and he started hanging out with a lot of different people and started drinking heavily in the bar was right next door, which is not the greatest thing. didn't think that anything of it when we moved to the house, but it happened and remember back of bottles being under the bad hit in, you know,
so and then they would argue constantly. so i just remember my childhood, not a wonderful. mm. you know, i think that he hurt his back at work and he got addicted to pain medication. then cocaine than alcohol. and he just spiraled downhill. mm. oh, you would always enter my conscience. i always wonder if he is he okay, what is he doing? is he living on the streets? even when i would go to manhattan when i was younger, i would always wonder if i was him. he knew i'd always wanna give money to those people cuz i felt like that was my dad. like i hoped switch. people don't hope that he was either in the hospital or in jail where i would get that one moment that he was sober. and i never got it. and the fact that he was in
a hospital and nobody contacted any family members and then hit his body for 3 years. is crazy. ah ah, well we've made our pilgrimage too big going holy land l. salvatore. we're in l. zante. better known as bitcoin. big country is really ready to go fall, but point hi barbara, quantization joining other countries around the world. the president has made bitcoin legal, xander. people are using bitcoin to buy a coffee in san salvador and it's making a huge impact on the population. with
o is your media reflection of reality in the world transformed what will make you feel safe? isolation for community. are you going the right way or are you being that somewhere? direct? what is true? walk this way. in the world corrupted, you need to descend a join us in the depths or remain in the shallows. ah, there's a patch of water around the try, a seal island that's in contention between canada and the united states. northern
government has suddenly become optimal for lobster. our populations here is exploded, one of the most valuable fisheries that's ever existed. suddenly you had made an canadian fisherman in these waters at the same time jousting for position and attentions are high. violence is bound to happen. this is the last land border dispute between canada and the united states. it could be magnified to the point where there could be costs that would be significant to quote countries. border disputes don't go away, they discussed or something's going to happen. and he really is no thing. they can't ride on police reports in december 2020 a group of anti fascists allowed a film crew access for 3 months. so like if people organization,
if an idea that must be a channel out the gate route, they may kill their faces, but they can say what they believe in. we believe in helping our community. we believe that fascism is one of the major threats to the united states has gotten reuben, this is a chance to see who on t for really are in order for me to extract my 1st amendment rights and say that my life matters have to be on to the teacher to that hallmark is we can't trust the police, we can't trust the government. we can't trust anyone except ourselves to protect ourselves in a ah ah ah ah
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color. now we, at the point, when we stumble upon a part of history that do encounter us as a people of color of honor, of respect, ah ha. and rack. as allan, at the time of 1860 was being conversed, and to champ astor me there was, must, in, over 200000 soldiers code in america was not america at that time. it was federal c in the south,
in up in the no. and what brought us together was the civil war wasn't for these men, we would not be free today. if it wasn't for those united states college troops, we will not be as proud as we are today. mm. mm. united states college troops. we're definitely going that out. and there still are certain little indications that there are so few bodies that still remain. mm hm. and it us knocking at the door who is there to open it? a correctional department. i've never so been familiar needed to have a correction officer direct me in prayer. mm
hm. when the barriers began in 1869, the department of charities and correction was one city agency. and what happened more recently was the department of welfare pulled out of heart allied and left the department of corrections in charge of these burials. so it used to be that there was a dead house at the end of 26th street and a dock. and in the dead house, the bodies were, were unclaimed, were put in these boxes and then put on to a boat. there were 2 steam ships, one was called hope. and the other was called fidelity.
ah, the blunt facts up to the dead house and takes the coffins with their ghastly freight. they are shoved rudely down a slide like the various merchandise. and as they strike the deck, we hear the thud of the body in its rude receptacle. business is good to day. the shower on the stick says as we count the coffins, heaped up per mischievously. we think so too. we steam away and soon touch it. blackwell's island. oh, dear. the bodies of those who died of smallpox and other contagious diseases are taken on board charity hospital is also visited and contributes its quota. the coffins are bundled out to men who cart them away into
a field. handling them is rudely is baggage masters trucks at a depot. trenches are about 15 feet deep and 6 feet wide. the coffins are piled up like wood and cords or fuel and a cold pit, 13 d. as soon as the coffin is placed at the bottom of the trench, a barrow, a dirge thrown over it, and another coffin placed above children's coffins are chucked in at the feet of the others and helped to form a solid mass. the foot of earth is then thrown upon the upper one until the work is completed. thus, all nationalities rest close together. the merge is a close companion of the cease and the suicide is just beneath the pauper. there is no aristocracy
when i 1st heard of heart, i led into a problem, a physician who was at harlem hospital. and she was talking about infants that were born addicted to crack. and that they were buried in shoe boxes a 1000 at a time on hard island. and at that time, hard island was open to journalists and to academics. and so i decided that i was just going to get there. and it just so happened that that day was the very 1st day that these inmates had ever been on hard island.
and these were a young man convicted of misdemeanors like turnstile jumping graffiti. so you know, they're not felons or anything like that. they're young men that couldn't afford a good lawyer. or i used to live in ringo that was one of the bad neighborhoods about about a return only brooklyn and our new york city who's crazy in, in 89. it was cracked and stuff like that and we used to so we'd in, in drugs or stuff like that in our one a getting caught with possession. and our one of going to right is on for a little bit of time. the nose daisy was it was a zoo. you could get anything, you can get a knife for anything more than one term. that guy had a gun in there. it was like like,
like gladiator school every day. and so when i got short, short means that you go home, you don't have a lot of time left in your state and they gave me a job in the hodge, ireland. ah, yes, you know the prism shackles on you did a little boss and didn't they take you on a boat? i'm a little kid could hand cos. i'm on the boat to get the boat going to go, don. i think the worries or whatever. and they take you to hard charlie and i still didn't know the hodge. i was protest. feel i heard of part is feeling movies and stuff like that, but i didn't, i didn't even know what, what he meant. and there's only 2 offices, no french, no, nothing. and there was just smell. i don't know what the snow was. so the next morning is raining. and they told you we're going to go, we're going to go to work in
we will be whole, but it was grace. and then they will lead mass graves. we wouldn't boxes and we're going to move them to put more boxers in there. and the people, though, there are john doors or people that nobody wants to pay for people who get lost in the system. they were like 5 deep. it was a big hole. it was a coffee in the grave. and then the guys will talk about them and they, they would just say crack babies. even though who knows what they were therefore, but mentality, dad does what? those were like undesirables or whatever didn't count or whatever i, ah, when our mayor took office, he was elected because of his campaign on our city,
being a tale of 2 cities. the house and i have not. and those who have not are usually the ones who end up being buried on hard. i am the difficulty in government, especially when you are the mayor and you are managing a very large city. the priorities of the public takes shape and become the most important issues you address and not many people bring hard island to elected officials, attention is out of sight and out of mind. at to so many new yorkers. people just don't care that much unless they have a personal connection. it shouldn't be so removed from the rest of the
city. we should know what happens after people die. we should be able to see that space who the fact that we're using inmates to maintain this active burial site, where 1000000 souls are buried. where so much of new york city history is buried is, is dickensian. and it is a document of the inequality that has existed in the city for centuries. i don't think the states is unique in this respect for in this world. are you not powerful? you get forgotten pretty quickly, and an harland is exactly where our society in our country puts the people who are poor and forgotten. ah, and you have, you know, a situation you couldn't make up in which you have the porn forgotten people who are alive and are in jail,
who are burying the poor and forgotten people who are dead. ah, ah, we'll see levels one's to keep creeping in economic life and i think we're all aware of the disruption of global supply chains with spike in the cost of energy. we're seeing a reappearance of inflation. i think all of these constitute the economists cool down to sign risks, which could mean the weather is still ahead of us. despite the moderation of the severity of the meeting for empowering ourselves to be more efficient or quicker with our transactions. but
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high selection, whole community. are you going the right way, or are you being led to somewhere? direct? what is true? what is great? in the world corrupted, you need to descend a join us in the depths or remain in the shallows. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have. it's crazy confrontation, let it be an arms race is on offense. very dramatic development. only personally and getting to resist. i don't see how that strategy will be successful, very critical time time to sit down and talk
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