South Bronx Unite Receives Prestigious Felix A. Fishman Award

 

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a leading civil rights advocacy group, held its 2014 Felix A. Fishman Awards Luncheon at the House of the Association of the New York City Bar. Honored at the event were Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, which promotes the well-being of immigrant communities, and South Bronx Unite, recognized for its progressive advocacy work around social and environmental justice.

“There are organizations that are formed in strength of name only with little impact in their communities and then there are movements.  South Bronx Unite is the latter, demonstrating to our city the need for focused, intentional, relentless, persistent
and unwavering commitment toward change and a better tomorrow for the least of these.  Thank you for being who you are and doing great things for our city.”
–Pastor Que English, Bronx Christian Fellowship Church
“I applaud South Bronx Unite’s tireless advocacy for a
healthy and safe South Bronx. I look forward to continuing to partner with them in the years to come to advance more just and equitable policies and practices, including expanding Bronx residents’ access to the waterfront.”
–City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
“The protesters, meanwhile, say that they won’t stop
their fight. ‘We won’t leave till we can breathe,’ said one protester.  Even if it lands them in jail to make their
point.”
–South Bronx residents quoted on NY1
“South Bronx Unite has fought tirelessly for a better quality
of life for everyone in the Bronx. Many important achievements in our borough would not have been possible without their activism and passion.  I congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition.  The Bronx is a healthier,
cleaner and stronger place thanks to their work.”
–Congressman José E. Serrano
“South Bronx Unite is a testimony to the fortitude and
resiliency of the Bronx community.  We shall not be victims of social injustice but leaders of social reconstruction.  We have the power. We are the power.”
–Karen Washington, Bronx Urban Farmer
“SBU are a truly grassroots community who have made a
collective decision to hold corporate polluters responsible for the public health and economic justice crises in the South Bronx. They are a model of lived democracy and social commitment.”
–Justin Wood, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

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