A little more than a year from the start of our battle against the relocation of FreshDirect to the South Bronx waterfront, this Monday, March 4th, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest will argue for our rights against an army of attorneys from FreshDirect, the NYCIDA, the NYCEDC, the NYSDOT, Empire State Development Corp. and Harlem River Yard Ventures.
We need all coalition members, supporters and allies from the environmental, food and social justice movements to stand shoulder to shoulder with us on this important day!
When: Monday, March 4, 8:30 am
Where: Bronx County Courthouse, North Steps
What: Press Conference Before Oral Arguments
Over the past year, together we have:
·Achieved a city-wide boycott of FreshDirect (with upwards of 700 people refusing to buy from the company until its plans for the South Bronx are stopped)
·Amassed the support of the local Community Board 1, City Council Members Mark-Viverito, Arroyo, and James, State Senator Serrano and Congressman Serrano
·Mobilized the support of the New York Grocers Association and the Bodega Association as well as individual brick and mortar grocery store owners
·Garnered agreement among 25 South Bronx and other city-wide organizations uniformly calling for an environmental impact statement and a rejection of the subsidies
·Re-envisioned a plan for waterfront development at Harlem River Yards with the assistance of urban planning teams from Columbia, Pratt and Hunter colleges
·Attended more than 100 public events giving presentations, providing testimony, leading tours of the area and handing out fliers with information withheld from the public
We are winning!