"The fact that nobody contributed to Charlie before reflects the fact that nobody ever felt he needed it."
- GARY ACKERMANDemocratic Representative who made his first donation to Charles Rangel last month. With campaign contributions to Mr. Rangel, the Harlem congressman since 1971, dropping precipitously, his political fate has become a source of concern for colleagues.
"They ask me, 'If they send you to the moon, will you go?' I say: 'Absolutely. You have to go everywhere. Life is bigger than Harlem.'
- SHAKIRA BROWNwho is joining an expedition to Antarctica, on comments from her students at a Harlem middle school
"Their absence leaves us scrambling to replace what has been a significant amount of support."
- GEOFFREY CANADA,president and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone; he says that Wall Street's "greedy" companies nevertheless made large contributions to nonprofits like his, which may now be affected by the financial collapse
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