South Bronx Unite, an environmental justice ally of BCJN headed by Mychal Johnson, has a packed agenda this spring. Come learn about the geography and environmental justice campaigns in the South Bronx, on a bike and on foot. And help pack the court as SBU goes head to head in the Bronx Supreme Court in its campaign to keep FreshDirect out of the Bronx. Details and links below.
On a bike:
South Bronx Environmental Justice Waterfront Bike Tour and Tree Giveaway
On Sunday, April 19, 11am-1:30pm, meet at Brook Park, East 141st St and Brook Avenue. (RSVP HERE if you need a bike). Participants of all ages will visit sites along the community-designed Mott Haven-Port Morriis Waterfront Plan, including the proposed Lincoln Avenue waterfront park, the 132nd St. pier, and the historic Port Morris gantries. For more details on this event, go HERE.
South Bronx vs FreshDirect Back in Court!
On Monday, April 20, 8:30 am, meet at Bronx Supreme Court, East 161st St and Grand Concourse (161st St side of building) for flyering and a press conference. Enter court at 9 am, Room 405A, Judge Mary Brigantti-Hughes. Can public land be used by a private developer with no public benefit? Join SBU in the courtroom as New York Lawyers for the Public Interest argue on a motion to renew to allow standing to sue on this important issue.
On Sunday, May 3, 1-3 pm, resident members of South Bronx Unite will lead a waterfront walking tour of landmark sites throughout the Mott Haven-Port Morris neighborhood of the South Bronx, as well as sites along the Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan, a community-designed blueprint for alternatives to decades of policies that have perpetuated air quality degradation and unjust land use. The tour will offer a window into the craftsmanship of the 1800’s, the oversaturation of industrial facilities causing alarmingly high asthma rates, and the myriad signs of resiliency. It will highlight local community gardens and local organizing campaigns for climate resiliency and against subsidies to diesel trucking companies like FreshDirect.
In addition to all these events, please TAKE ACTION IN SUPPORT OF SBU–details are on BCJN’s website HERE.