In support of longstanding environmental justice efforts by community organizations in the South Bronx led by South Bronx Unite, this work is a project of BCJN’s Green Vision and Energy Solutions Working Groups
FreshDirect, the online grocery delivery company whose products many in the South Bronx cannot afford, is seeking to build a new facility in the Harlem River Yards. Operation of the facility would involve more than 1,000 truck trips each day on already diesel-saturated streets. The facility is planned for a neighborhood called “Asthma Alley.” One in four children in the South Bronx suffer from asthma, up from one in five a few years ago.
For three years, the community has stood against the bogus claims of the company, which is dangling the offer of (non-living-wage) jobs. South Bronx Unite and a coalition of organizations, with support from BCJN and a growing number of climate and environmental justice organizations around New York City, are standing up for the health of the people of the South Bronx, and the community’s right to determine its own future. Join with Bronx Climate Justice North in supporting the courageous efforts of South Bronx Unite to defeat the FreshDirect move.
Please read Bronx United Against FreshDirect, a BCJN Point of View piece published by The Riverdale Press on November 27, 2014.
Join South Bronx Unite in stopping a FreshDirect move to the South Bronx:
1) Boycott: Please boycott FreshDirect, and urge friends and neighbors to do so.
2) Sign the Petition: Please sign the Change.org petition informing Mayor de Blasio and FreshDirect that you are boycotting the company; share the petition to your networks.
4) Contact Mayor de Blasio: Please call the Mayor and urge him to stop the FreshDirect move to the South Bronx. Contact the Mayor via Jon Paul Lupo at 212-788-2971 and firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTICLES AND VIDEOS
The following provide essential detail about this critical environmental justice struggle:
Watch the video — South Bronx Unite Demands Health AND Jobs
Mott Haven Herald, Nine protesters arrested at Harlem River Yard, 3/22/14
Thinkprogress, ‘Environmental Racism’ and the fight for green space in the South Bronx, 10/9/14
The Guardian, ‘Environmental Rascism’: Bronx activists decry FreshDirect’s impact on air quality, 3/9/15
Grist, The South Bronx isn’t falling for FreshDirect’s dirty trucks, 3/10/15
Daily Kos, by BCJN member Marcia Yerman, The South Bronx fights air pollution in “Asthma Alley,” 4/8/15.
Al Jazeera America, “FreshDirect Bronx Dilemma: Health or Jobs?” 4/14/15