When: Monday, April 20
8:30 am – Fliering/press conference ( 161st St. side of building)
9:00 am – Enter court (Room 405A, Judge Mary Brigantti-Hughes)
Saturday, September 20th, 12 – 3 PM
Meet at Brook Park
E 141st St and Brook Ave, Bronx NY
Arrested for Protesting FreshDirect in the South Bronx, the Mott Haven Nine Appear in Court Today to Fight Charges
Update: We won.
Protest charges dismissed!
“Our actions are reflective of our belief, to paraphrase Dr. King, that one who violates an unjust law is in reality expressing the highest regard for the law.”
– Rev. Rubén Austria, Mott Haven Resident, Director, Community Connections for Youth“How can the city and state give a company $128 million in subsidies when they refuse to even conduct an environmental impact assessment of what thousands of additional diesel truck trips would do to our children, our seniors, and all our neighborhood residents?”
– Mychal Johnson, Mott Haven Resident removed from Community Board 1 by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. after expressing his opposition to the FreshDirect deal“Would New York give FreshDirect $128 million of our tax dollars to pollute public waterfront land in the West Village with up to 2000 diesel truck trips a day? No. This is
blatant environmental racism.”
– Leah Kozak, Mott Haven Resident, Program Director, The Micah Institute, New York Theological Seminary“Our new mayor, our public advocate, our speaker all ran on the platform of overturning Bloomberg era policies that put profits over people and favored corporations over communities. It’s time for them to step up and use their authority to overturn this deal, the way they’ve put an end to other Bloomberg era disasters.”
– Harry Bubbins, Mott Haven Resident, Director, Friends of Brook Park
On Saturday, May 3, people from throughout the city came together for a waterfront walking tour of landmark sites throughout the Mott Haven-Port Morris neighborhood of the South Bronx as well as sites along the community-planned Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan. This dynamic walking tour highlighted local organizing campaigns against subsidies to diesel trucking companies like FreshDirect as well as the effects of policies that have perpetuated air quality degradation and unjust land use from fossil fuel power plants and waste transfer facilities that line the Bronx Kill waterway. Hurricane Sandy hit this flood zone during low tide, causing 3.5 foot flooding in the area, with forceful waves that ripped a pier from its concrete foundation. Learn about innovative solutions the community has offered as a counter to imminent climate change effects on this neighborhood. This tour, organized and led by South Bronx Unite, was part of Jane’s Walk NYC, organized by the Municipal Art Society on May 3rd and 4th, where thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets on 100+ walking tours throughout the city to engage in walking coversations in the spirit of Jane Jacobs.
South Bronx Unite presented to the Bronx Clergy Roundtable, where members made it clear that this was a very important issue for Bronx residents. At a prior Bronx Clergy Roundtable presentation/discussion, Bronx clergy joined in a prayer to strengthen the community’s resolve against projects that cause it harm, including those like FreshDirect, which would bring 1,000 daily diesel truck trips through the community already suffering asthma rates eight times the national average.
Appellate Division will hear oral arguments on the appeal filed by the New York
Lawyers for the Public Interest on behalf of South Bronx Unite,
challenging, among other things, the inadequate environmental review performed
by the NYC Industrial Development Agency for the proposed state and city
subsidized relocation of Fresh Direct from Long Island City to the South Bronx.
Preceding the oral argument, NYLPI and South Bronx Unite will host a press
conference in front of the courthouse.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) submitted an amicus brief to support
NYLPI’s claims that further environmental review is necessary and meaningful, particularly in
underserved and environmentally burdened communities such as the Mott Haven
Giorgio, Staff Attorney for Environmental Justice Program, NYLPI
A. Mychal Johnson, South Bronx Unite
Rev. Ruben Austria, Community Connections for Youth
Libertad Guerra, South Bronx Unite
Bettina Damiani, Project Director, Good Jobs New York
Thursday, December 5, 2013
1:30 pm – Press conference
2:00 pm – Oral arguments
New York State Supreme Court, First Appellate Division
27 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010
One Year After Hurricane Sandy, South Bronx Unite Invites Bronxites & Bikers to Sojourn from the South Bronx Waterfront to City Hall to Join the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding and Thousands from across the City to Call for Meaningful Community Engagement
Where | Start @ Brook Park, E. 141st St & Brook Ave, South Bronx End @ City Hall, 250 Broadway
of all ages to visit sites along the community-planned Mott
Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan and learn about local organizing campaigns against pollution and unjust land-use from polluting fossil fuel power plants and waste transfer facilities that line the Bronx Kill waterway. Hurricane Sandy hit this flood zone during low tide, causing 3.5 foot flooding in the area, with forceful waves that ripped a pier from its concrete foundation.
The tour will highlight the community’s vision for the public waterfront land (including the historic gantries, the 132nd St. pier,
designated open space on the waterfront, boat launches and the Randall’s Island Connector project) as well as the private interests that have been derailing the community’s vision and profiting off of pollution, including the proposed site for FreshDirect’s diesel trucking business (with a $127 million giveaway subsidy).
Hall by Bike or Train –
At 3pm, bikers will trek over the 3rd Avenue Bridge and down the east side of Manhattan via the FDR bike trail to City Hall to join Alliance for a Just Rebuilding and thousands from across all
five boroughs (who are making their own journeys to City Hall by foot, bicycle and public transportation) to demand a just and equitable rebuilding of coastal areas that utilize recovery funds to create thousands of good and green jobs as well as smart and thoughtful planning for future storms that involves real inclusion
and engagement of impacted communities. Those not able to bike can take a train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall.
Click here to get more details and receive updates about the rally. Read more about Alliance for a Just Rebuilding here.