At 8 pm this evening, when Mayor de Blasio was spotted during an unannounced visit to La Morada restaurant in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx, a local resident called members of South Bronx Unite. Within 10 minutes, SBU mobilized a flash mob of 25 members including families with children. Standing outside the restaurant, SBU members raised their voices in protest of FreshDirect’s planned move to the Harlem River Yard in the South Bronx (a move which would involve thousands more diesel trucks per day in a neighborhood long known as Asthma Alley).
Mayor de Blasio came outside to meet with South Bronx Unite leaders, including Mychal Johnson and Corrine Kohut Johnson, who was holding their infant son Jikai. SBU leaders explained their anger over decades of environmental injustice in the South Bronx, which has burdened one in four South Bronx children with asthma, as well as no community access to the Harlem River waterfront. The Mayor, who campaigned to rid New York City of its “tale of two cities” legacy, was told that hundreds have emailed and called his office to request a meeting about FreshDirect’s planned (and subsidized) move to the South Bronx, to no avail. De Blasio repeatedly asked what SBU would like him to do, and agreed to meet.
Please read the blog post by Ed Garcia Conde and see the video about tonight’s amazing mobilization by SBU outside La Morada. Please email and call the Mayor’s office (via Jon Paul Lupo) to hold him to his promise to meet with representatives of South Bronx Unite — no more hiding on these issues!: firstname.lastname@example.org; 212-788-2971.