Jesus Papoleto Melendez (“Papo”), co-plaintiff in Halleck, et al. v. City of New York, et al. (2016, 2017, 2018) is a New York-born Puerto Rican award-winning poet most associated as one of the founders of the Nuyorican Movement. He is also a playwright, teacher and activist. Melendez is the recipient of the Louis Reyes Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award (2004); and a 2001 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. He currently resides in New York. Visit him online at