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Published on May 2, 2008
Having lived in the same building on 158th Street in Harlem for over 61 years; Mrs. Rice now advocates for herself as she exposes how she was "constructively evicted," from the place she calls home. She's taken refuge with her daughter. Rice is the founder of the Harlem Consumer Education Council. She held a number of state, national and international positions -- lifetime member of Consumer Union, Official Member and U.S. Delegation to the World Congress to the International Women's Year in Berlin, Representative to the United Nations Congress of Non-governmental Organizations, and she presently airs a Cable TV show at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network on Channel 34, and does a lot more. In 1991, the late Congressman Bill Green, recognized Mrs. Rice in Washington D. C. on the floor of the House of Representatives to receive the Frederick Douglass Award at the New York Urban League's 26th Annual dinner. Mrs. Rice has advocated for people her whole life. She's responsible for keeping Con Edison and Verizon from bolting from 125th Street in Harlem -- and she's helped ensure that people who receive federal checks had the option for direct deposit. But, what does all Mrs. Rice's hard work stand for? Nothing. It's not just about Mrs. Rice but it's about how the elderly and ordinary people are being treated under this "New World Order." Are we going back to the old America? Is this the land of the free -- home of the brave? The only brave soul in this eviction case is Mrs. Rice, and one of many questions comes to mind, "Who is responsible for this 'constructive eviction,'" as she was advised, as the cause of her being made homeless.