BCJN Meetings & Events

Above: A girl dances under a protest parachute during the 9/21/14 People's Climate March. Photo: Carlo Allegri, Reuters

A girl dances under a protest parachute during the September 21, 2014 People’s Climate March. Photo: Carlo Allegri, Reuters.

On this page, please find upcoming BCJN meetings and events, in reverse chronological order. All are free and open to the public. Please join us, and learn what we’re up to! For suggestions about climate-related events and meetings around the city, please visit the BCJN Blog.

May 2017

Wednesday, May 17

Sunday, May 7

  • BCJN Film Screening: 50th anniversary conversation between Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow) and civil rights leader Ruby Sales, at Riverside Church about Dr. Martin Luther King’s seminal address, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
    • 2-4:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, Riverdale section of the Bronx

Thursday, May 4

  • BCJN General Meeting
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, location tbd

April 2017

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day 2017

  • BCJN House Party & Film Screening: Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock
    • 8:30 pm, home of BCJN member Mary Hemings, (please email bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com for address)

Sunday, April 2

  • BCJN General Meeting
    • 3-5 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, Riverdale section of the Bronx

Between June 2016 — March 2017, BCJN substituted its monthly schedule of meetings with many other forms of activism. Please find brief descriptions of those activities below.

March 2017

3/30/17, 11-noon: BCJN’s Food Justice Working Group helped to organize and participated in the “Cesar Chavez Rally for New York State Farm worker Rights” on the steps of NYC City Hall, in its ongoing work on the Steering Co. of Justice for Farm Workers. Ray Figueroa, president of the NYC Community Garden Coalition, spoke at BCJN’s invitation.

3/26/17, 3-5 pm: BCJN participated in a spring planning meeting of Friends of Tibbetts Tail.

3/25/17, 11-4 pm: BCJN participated in an important community project organized by partners Church of the Mediator and Community Assn. of Marble Hill, “Greening Up the Mediator,” a day of mulching in a multi-phase preparatory process in constructing a community urban farm on the south grounds of the Church of the Mediator, in the location of a former parking lot.

3/18/17: BCJN co-sponsored and participated in #DivestmentDay–Defund Dirty Energy, a Union Square, NYC protest followed by visits to local banks to close accounts in support of #DefundDAPL. Rick Chavolla of the American Indian Community House spoke, at BCJN’s invitation. With Grassroots Action NY and more.

3/17: BCJN participated in monthly meetings and a Town Hall of the Northwest Bronx Indivisible Group as part of its participation in local #ResistTrump efforts.

February 2017

2/25/17: BCJN co-sponsored Verso Books panel in Brooklyn, “Fighting for the Climate in the Age of Trump,” a discussion of Standing Rock, climate change, the national pipeline struggle, and Indigenous rights. With Grassroots Action NY and The New Inquiry.

2/17: BCJN presented at the monthly meeting of the new local organization, Bronx Progressives.

2/15/17: BCJN joined a newly formed New York City DefundDAPL coalition, and signed an organization letter urging Mayor de Blasio to divest NYC from banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.

January 2017

1/15/17: BCJN worked with others to ensure that the Peoples Climate Movement National Steering Co. issues a statement in solidarity with Standing Rock, and worked in collaboration with local Indigenous activists to encourage a strong NYC Indigenous turn-out at the April 29, 2017 Mobilization for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in Washington, D.C.

December 2016

12/15/16: BCJN member and Taina elder and activist Vanessa Inaru gave a presentation to the Marble Hill Senior Center about the Standing Rock movement. Many members of the Senior Center are Taino (Indigenous Puerto Rican – Boriquen).

November 2016

11/29/16, 5:30 pm: With Fordham University’s Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, BCJN’s Food Justice Working Group hosted a forum — “Food Justice in the Bronx” — at Fordham University, with speakers Raymond Figueroa, president, NYC Community Garden Coalition and Fordham U. Professor Garrett Broad, author of More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change.

11/19/16: BCJN co-sponsored “This is Not a Drill: Stop SPECTRA from Hudson River Drilling,” another in a series of direct action protests to stop the Spectra Energy Co. from constructing the AIM fracked-gas pipeline 105 feet from critical infrastructure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, 30 miles from NYC.

11/15/16: BCJN co-organized, with local 350.org affiliates, Indigenous organizations, and other environmental and justice groups, a major NYC protest — “NYC Call to Action: We Stand with #StandingRock” — at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices in downtown Manhattan, demanding that ACE block the permit for Energy Transfer Partners to drill under the Missouri River. 3,000 participated; 39 were arrested in nonviolent direct action. Facebook event page HERE.

11/10/16, 7-10 pm: BCJN co-organized and co-hosted “Who Feeds the City?,” a fundraiser for the farmworker justice campaign of our partner, Rural & Migrant Ministry, at the Mayday Space in Brooklyn.

October 2016

10/26/16: BCJN members joined hundreds at “It’s Now or Never, Senator Schumer,” a rally and nonviolent civil disobedience action at Senator Charles Schumer’s midtown Manhattan office to demand that he take action to shut down the AIM pipeline. BCJN members Cecile Lumer and Jennifer Scarlott were among 15 arrested while blocking a doorway to Senator Schumer’s building during the action.

10/23/16, 2-4 pm: BCJN held a General Meeting to discuss past work and upcoming plans at Church of the Mediator, W. 231st St. & Kingsbridge Avenue.

10/6/16: BCJN published its official statement: “BCJN Stands in Solidarity with the Water and Climate Protectors of Standing Rock ~ No Dakota Access Pipeline”

10/2/16: BCJN’s Green Vision Working Group, partnering with the Nature Group of Van Cortlandt Park, hosted a “walking meeting” in Van Cortlandt Park, to see and discuss daylighting Tibbett’s Brook and the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) problem in the Kingsbridge-Marble Hill area, the NYC Parks Department’s proposal to asphalt pave the Putnam Trail, and ramifications for the Class I wetland adjacent to it, and more.

September 2016

9/15/16, 5:30-7 pm: BCJN launched its Solidarity with Standing Rock campaign with a #NoDAPL solidarity protest at TD Bank and Citibank in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx attended by 60 including members of the New York State Nurses Association, local Taino activists, and members of the Marble Hill Senior Center.

August 2016

8/12/16, 11:30-3 pm: BCJN’s Green Vision and Food Justice Working Groups, with its partner the Community Association of Marble Hill, and led by BCJN member and Bronx environmental activist and artist Alicia Grullon, organized a NW Bronx field trip to Swale, a floating food/forest barge at Concrete Park in the South Bronx.

8/4/16, 7 pm: BCJN promoted and participated in “Jews4BlackLives” rally and march in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, organized by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice.

July 2016

7/17/16: BCJN joined with Bronx community partners including Mothers on the Move in organizing and participating in a #BlackLivesMatter #StopTheViolence march in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, on the second anniversary of Eric Garner’s death.

June 2016

6/29/16, 8:30 pm: The BCJN Film Series held a screening and discussion of “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things That Climate Can’t Change,” home of BCJN Steering Co. member Mary Hemings.

June 2016-October 2016

BCJN’s Green Vision Working Group, Steering Co. and other members participated in planning and implementing monthly clean-ups and planting at Tibbett’s Tail Park, Bailey Avenue between W. 234-238th Sts., in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. BCJN is a member of Friends of Tibbett’s Tail.

Between June 2016 — March 2017, BCJN substituted its monthly schedule of meetings with many other forms of activism. Please find brief descriptions of those activities above.

May 2016

Monday, May 30:

  • BCJN May General Meeting
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, Church of the Mediator, W. 231st St & Kingsbridge Ave.

Sunday, May 22:

  • March for Farmworker Justice
    • 10 am-all day, rally & lunch location tbd. The March will move through the NW Bronx from Washington Heights to Dobbs Ferry on Broadway.

Monday, May 16:

  • BCJN Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7:45-9:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road.

Sunday, May 8:

  • BCJN Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 3-4:30 pm, Conference call, please email bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com for details.

Tuesday, May 3:

  • BCJN Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 5:30-7 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway.

Sunday, May 1:

  • BCJN Film Screening & Discussion of new climate movement film “Disobedience” and Q&A re Break Free Albany, coming up on Saturday, May 14.
    • 1-2:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway.

April 2016

Monday, April 25:

  • BCJN April General Meeting (w/ the Community Assn of Marble Hill)
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, Marble Hill Houses Community Center, 228th St. and Broadway.

Monday, April 18:

  • BCJN Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7:45-9 pm, location tbd.

Sunday, April 17:

  • BCJN Food Justice Forum: Uniting Farmers, Farmworkers and Consumers in the Hudson Valley and Beyond
    • Co-hosted by the Community Association of Marble Hill
    • 2-5 pm, Christ Church Riverdale, 5030 Henry Hudson Parkway East @ W. 252nd St.

Sunday, April 10:

  • BCJN Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 3-4:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway.

Tuesday, April 5:

  • BCJN Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 5:30-7 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway.

March 2016

Monday, March 28:

  • BCJN March General Meeting (w/ the Community Assn. of Marble Hill)
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, Marble Hill Houses Community Center, 228th St and Broadway.

Wednesday, March 23:

  • BCJN Book Group Meeting
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, email bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com for location

Monday, March 21:

  • BCJN Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7:45-9:15 pm, email bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com for location

Sunday, March 13:

  • BCJN Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 3-4:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway, basement meeting room.

Tuesday, March 1:

  • BCJN Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 5:30-7 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway, basement meeting room.

February 2016

Monday, February 29:

  • BCJN February General Meeting
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, for location, email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

Monday, February 15:

  • BCJN Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7:45-9:30 pm, for location, email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

Sunday, February 14:

  • BCJN Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 3-4:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway, basement meeting room.

Tuesday, February 2:

  • BCJN Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 5:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway, basement meeting room.

January 2016

Monday, January 25:

  • BCJN January General Meeting
    • 7:30 pm, for location, email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

Monday, January 18:

  • BCJN Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7:30 pm, for location, email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

Sunday, January 10:

  • BCJN Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 3:00 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway, basement meeting room.

Friday, January 8:

  • BCJN Book Group Meeting
    • 7:30 pm, for location, email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 5:

  • BCJN Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 6:00 pm, An Beal Bocht, Irish pub, 445 W. 238th St. in central Riverdale (bet. Waldo and Greystone Aves)

December 2015

Monday, December 21:

  • BCJN Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7:30 pm, for location, please email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

****CANCELLED****: Tuesday, December 15:

  • BCJN Combined Nov/Dec General Meeting
  • 7:30 pm, Church of the Mediator, corner of W. 231st St and Kingsbridge Avenue, Kingsbridge section of the Bronx

Sunday, December 13:

  • BCJN Green Vision Working Group Meeting
  • 3-4:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway

Tuesday, December 1:

  • BCJN Food Justice Working Group Meeting
  • 6-7:30 pm, An Beal Bocht, Irish pub, 445 W. 238th St. in central Riverdale (bet. Waldo and Greystone Aves)

November 2015

  • BCJN November General Meeting
    • NB: BCJN’s usual end-of-the-month general meetings will not happen in November or December due to the holiday season. Instead, we will have a combined Nov/Dec general meeting on 12/16, for details see December calendar above.
  • BCJN Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • NB: Congratulations to Energy Solutions for organizing BCJN’s first major public event, “Made in the Bronx: Green Buildings, Green Jobs,” on Saturday, November 14, 2-5 pm. Energy Solutions will not meet in November. See you on December 21 (details in December calendar above)!

Sunday, November 22:

  • Film Screening & Discussion of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate” — co-hosted by Bronx Climate Justice North and Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
    • 3 pm, Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale section of the Bronx. Refreshments. Donations welcome. The film is suitable for ages 12 and up.
    • See the film website and trailer.

Sunday, November 15:

  • Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 3-4:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway

Saturday, November 14:

  • BCJN’s first major public event – “Made in the Bronx: Green Buildings, Green Jobs”
    • 1:45-5 pm, Co-hosted by Manhattan College Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES), Smith Auditorium on the Manhattan College campus. The event is free, but please register on Eventbrite, and join and invite friends on our Facebook event page. Please share widely!

Tuesday, November 3:

  • Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 6-7:30 pm, Cumin Indian Restaurant, 3549 Johnson Avenue (235/236th), central Riverdale

October 2015

Monday, October 26:

  • BCJN October General Meeting
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, for location, please email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

Monday, October 19:

  • Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway

Sunday, October 11:

  • Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 3-5 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway

Wednesday, October 7:

Tuesday, October 6:

  • Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 6-7:30 pm, Cumin Indian Restaurant, 3549 Johnson Avenue (235/236th), central Riverdale

September 2015

Wednesday, September 30:

  • BCJN September General Meeting
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, for location, please email bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

Sunday, September 27:

  • A Climate Teach-in for Everyone: Climate Crisis and Community — Mobilizing for a Safe Future!, 350NYC, co-sponsored by BCJN
    • 1:30-6:30 pm, Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave (88th St), part of 350.org’s “Power through Paris” Global Day of Action, free and open to the public

Monday, September 21:

  • Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, CHANGE of location: please email to bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com for new location

Saturday, September 12:

  • Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • CHANGE: We’re meeting online this month, stay tuned for an October meeting date

Tuesday, September 1:

  • Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 6-8 pm, Cumin Indian Restaurant, 3549 Johnson Avenue (235/235th), central Riverdale

August 2015

Tuesday, August 25:

  • BCJN August General Meeting
    • 7-9 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway

Monday, August 24:

  • Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7:30-9:30 pm, An Beal Bocht, Irish pub at 445 W. 238th St. in central Riverdale (bet. Waldo and Greystone Aves)

Sunday, August 16:

  • Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 3-4:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway
  • Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • We’re actively meeting online this month — to join in, please email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com or email to BCJN’s Food Justice listserve

Sunday, August 2:

July 2015

Sunday, July 26:

  • BCJN July General Meeting
    • 3-5 pm, Church of the Mediator, large basement meeting room, 260 W. 231st St (corner of Kingsbridge Ave), a 2-block walk from the 231st St. stop on the #1

Tuesday, July 14:

  • Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7-9 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway

Sunday, July 12:

  • Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 4-5:30 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway

Wednesday, July 8:

  • Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 6-7:30 pm, Palombo Bakery, second floor, 3700 Riverdale Ave at W. 236th St., Riverdale (#7 bus)

June 2015

Saturday, June 27:

  • BCJN June General Meeting
  • 3-5 pm, with Demetrius McCord, new chair of the Community Board 8 Environment & Sanitation Committee — Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway

Wednesday, June 17:

  • Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7-9 pm, Church of the Mediator, 260 W. 231st St (corner of Kingsbridge Ave), a 2-block walk from the 231st stop on the #1
  • June Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • We’re actively meeting online this month — to join in, please email: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

Friday, June 5:

  • Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 4:30-6 pm, at Palombo Bakery, 2nd floor, 3700 Riverdale Ave at W. 236th St., Riverdale (#7 bus)

May 2015

Sunday, May 31:

  • BCJN May General Meeting — Van Cortlandt Park Hike & Picnic!
    • Watch this space for details

Wednesday, May 13:

  • Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7-9 pm, at Church of the Mediator, corner of W. 231st St/Kingsbridge Avenue, 2 blocks west of the 231st St. stop on the #1 subway

Sunday, May 10:

  • Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 3-5 pm, at Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, Riverdale section of the Bronx

Sunday, May 3:

  • Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 4-5:30 pm, at the home of Carolyn Eubanks, please email bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com for address

April 2015

Thursday, April 30:

  • BCJN April General Meeting
    • 7-9 pm, St. Stephen’s Church, 146 W. 228th St., Marble Hill, Bronx, (short walk from 225th or 231st St. stops on #1 train); Featured Speaker: Mark Dunlea, about the campaign to transition NYC and NYS to 100% renewables by 2030, followed by BCJN business.
    • Mark’s bio: Mark Dunlea is a lifelong environmental and economic justice activist. He was a co-founder of NYPIRG and serves on the steering committee of 350nyc.org. He is active in the fossil fuel divestment campaign. As part of the Green Education and Legal Fund, he is helping to coordinate statewide efforts to have NYS transition to 100% Green Energy by 2030. He recently resigned as Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of NYS after 29 years to focus on climate change.

Thursday, April 23:

  • Energy Solutions Working Group Meeting
    • 7-9 pm, Church of the Mediator, small basement meeting room, 260 W. 231st St. (2 blocks west of 231st St stop on #1 train), Kingsbridge section of the Bronx
    • At this meeting, in addition to working group business, we’ll have a presentation followed by a discussion with Ms. Leslie Davis, a regional outreach coordinator with Solar One, a non-profit that works with NYSERDA (the NY State Energy Research and Development Authority), on community outreach on energy efficiency and the use of renewables in NYC buildings and neighborhoods.

Sunday, April 19:

  • Earth Day Brust Park Clean-up with Manhattan College Green Club
    • At 11 am, join BCJN and the Green Club to help with the Club’s annual Earth Day clean-up of Brust Park, located between Manhattan College and the Fieldston School, Riverdale section of the Bronx. Meet at the entrance to Brust Park, on Manhattan College Parkway, across the street from the main campus. Wear long pants, long sleeves, closed shoes, if possible bring gloves, trash bags, a broom, rake or garden shears. Clean-up cancelled in the event of rain.

Sunday, April 12:

  • Green Vision Working Group Meeting
    • 3-5 pm, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road (corner of Manhattan College Parkway), Riverdale section of the Bronx

Friday, April 10:

  • BCJN/Church of Mediator Film Screening & Discussion – Blue Gold: World Water Wars
    • 8 pm, Church of the Mediator, 260 W. 231st St (2 blocks west of 231st St stop on #1 train), Kingsbridge section of the Bronx

Friday, April 3:

  • Food Justice Working Group Meeting
    • 5-6:30 pm, Palombo Bakery, second floor, 3700 Riverdale Ave at W. 236th St., Riverdale section of the Bronx
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A flyer for a BCJN General Meeting featuring Ray Figueroa of New York City Community Garden Coalition and Alicia Grullon of Percent for Green.

 

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