Photography show by long-time Sara Roosevelt Park Activist and friend

“VISIONS

The Photography of Joseph A. Hubbard

 September 28 – October 13, 2016

Opening Reception

Wednesday,September 28, 6 – 8 pm

 BRC  30 Delancey Street

Information: (212) 533-2020

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Dumpling Festival SDR Park September 24 Houston Street

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September 24th, 2016

12 Noon to 5PM

Sara D. Roosevelt Park

( on E. Houston St Between Chrystie St and Forsyth St )

 

Voter Registration in Sara Roosevelt Park – M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden

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Join the Chinese Progressive Association for: 

National Voter Registration Day

Saturday September 24

Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Next Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. Help our neighborhood get a head start — join us to register voters this Saturday Sept. 24 at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown/ Lower  East Side.

We’ll have a voter registration table front of M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden which is inside the park.   We’ll help new voters to register so they can vote in November.  We’ll chat with park goers about civic engagement over some iced tea at our table.  We’ll also walk through the park from Hester Street to Houston Street to help new voters get registered

(LUNGS Harvest Arts Celebration will be also taking place inside the community garden.).

Sign up here to volunteer or send an email to: cpanyc@cpanyc.org

Time: Saturday September 24,  11am to 3pm.

Meet at the CPA office (230 Grand Street Room 504) at 11am

11am to 11:45 am – training and orientation

12noon to 3pm – voter registration

If you volunteer until the end, join them for some bubble tea afterwards.

 

 

 

 

 

Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs and Pepper Spray

The Indigenous Peoples of the Sioux nations and their allies are fighting to protect the water for everyone.

Communities are joining to end irrational private profiteering interests when they conflict with rational life-sustaining public interests. When private corporate decisions lead us to the brink of our planet becoming uninhabitable those entities simply cannot be left in decision-maker roles.

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From Democracy Now!

“On September 3, the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they protested against the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction. If completed, the pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to Illinois. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the U.S. and Canada…..

Democracy Now! was on the ground at Saturday’s action and brings you this report

The United Nations stepped in and said that according to a declaration that President Obama signed, the Sioux, who this land belongs to, need to have a say in whether the pipeline happens.

AP: “The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe must have a say with regard to a $3.8 billion oil pipeline that could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members, representatives of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said Wednesday.”

“States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them.”

and last from USUncut:

“Enbridge Energy Partners is pulling out of the equally controversial Sandpiper pipeline in northern Minnesota. The Sandpiper Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline would both have originated from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields. Ground hadn’t yet been broken on the Sandpiper Pipeline, but the Dakota Access Pipeline was expected to open by the end of the year.”

Storm Warnings (and while we are at it: Should the Stanton Building in SDR Park Become An Evacuation Site?

With so few sites out of the FEMA flood zones, why not make the Stanton Building in SDR Park an Evacuation Site?

For a better view and more information go the NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder.

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2016 Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference: Deadline extended for Workshop Proposals!

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If you haven’t submitted your proposal to present or lead a workshop at the 2016 Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference the deadline has been extended for one more week.  All proposals are now due by next Tuesday, September 6th!

This is our 5th Annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference.  Since 2010 we’ve been creating a space for urban and rural farmers, food justice activists, chefs, educators, policy makers and everyday citizens to come together and share innovative ideas, projects, and best practices for reclaiming and reshaping our food system.

 To download the proposal form or submit your proposal online, follow the link:

Black Urban Growers

Former President of the Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition in Kauai

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Our former President (of the Sara Roosevelt Community Coalition) Anne Fredericks moved to Kauai a while back. Here is how she is keeping busy (among other things).

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She now heads this local environmental organization. Its Mission sounds familiar!

More and more environmental organizations  understand that we are all engaged in a complex and indivisible struggle for food, democracy, stewardship and economic justice.

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HAPA’s mission is to catalyze community empowerment and systemic change towards valuing ‘aina (environment) and people ahead of corporate profit.

HAPA advances the work of progressive movements across the islands by sharing resources, creating effective and consistent communication and advocacy, organizing, educating and framing local efforts so we can see their global connections, their root causes, and our linked struggles.

CURRENT CAMPAIGNS

Under HAPA’s 2015 Strategic Plan, the focus of HAPA’s work over the next one to three years is on the following four campaigns to support, promote, and foster local initiatives which advocate:

Fair and Sustainable Food Systems

Forwarding Hawaii’s transition from GMO+Pesticide “Ground Zero” to a more sustainable, fair and secure food system.

Reclaiming Democracy

Interrupting corporate influence on our government, restoring transparency and citizen-driven democracy.

Community Based Resource Stewardship

Supporting customary land-based Aha Moku organizing, and the protection and restoration of sacred sites and traditional food systems.

Economic Justice

Addressing the structural ways that economic inequality is perpetuated, towards a more level playing field for all.

Best of luck Anne!

Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can

From the Guardian:  by Jason Hickel

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“…. extreme events [are] becoming more commonplace, few deny climate change any longer. … a consensus is crystallising … fossil fuels are killing us. We need to switch to clean energy…fast.

… But … As important as clean energy might be, the science is clear: it won’t save us from climate change…

Why? Because the burning of fossil fuels only accounts for about 70% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. The remaining 30% comes from….Deforestation …. industrial agriculture…. industrial livestock farming … Industrial production of cement, steel, and plastic forms …and … landfills…

… the problem is not just the type of energy … it’s what we’re doing with it. …[we] raze forests, build more meat farms, expand industrial agriculture, produce more cement, and fill more landfill sites…

We will do these things because our economic system demands endless compound growth…we have not thought to question this.

… the basic logic of our economic operating system…[is] … the broader imperative of GDP growth.…[it] demands ever-increasing levels of extraction, production and consumption.

Clean energy, important as it is, won’t save us from this nightmare ….rethinking our economic system might. GDP growth has been sold to us as the only way to create a better world.

But we now have robust evidence that it doesn’t make us any happier, it doesn’t reduce poverty, and its “externalities” produce all sorts of social ills: debt, overwork, inequality, and climate change.

We need to abandon GDP growth as our primary measure of progress, … immediately – as part and parcel of the climate agreement that will be ratified in Morocco later this year.

It’s time to pour our creative power into imagining a new global economy – one that maximises human wellbeing while actively shrinking our ecological footprint.

This is not an impossible task. A number of countries have already managed to achieve high levels of human development with very low levels of consumption…”

 

 

 

“This mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working.”

From the Washington Post:

 

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Mayor Richard Berry was driving around Albuquerque last year when he saw a man on a street corner holding a sign that read: “Want a Job. Anything Helps.”

….as part of a push to connect the homeless population to services, Berry had taken to driving through the city to talk to panhandlers about their lives. His city’s poorest residents told him they didn’t want to be on the streets begging for money, but they didn’t know where else to go….

Kellie Tillerson…at St. Martin’s Hospitality Center…said the way to dispel people of the negative associations with panhandlers is for them to do what the mayor did and engage on a human level.

“Genuinely ask why they are in the predicament they are…Many have medical conditions, they don’t have the proper identification — you can’t get a job without one. They don’t have a Social Security card. Those little things we take for granted prohibit people from getting a job. Don’t assume they are lazy.”

…a lot of the people who get picked up by the van were not aware of all the services available to them. One man who recently got out of prison returned to St. Martin’s the day after taking one of the city’s jobs. She said it enrolled him in the day-labor program….

“He now has a support system he…didn’t know existed…“It’s life-changing for them. He …said, ‘I would much rather earn my money than have someone hand it to me.’ ”

 

“In New York City’s Lower East Side, gardening is a political act of resistance”

From the Guardian 2015

In honor of the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, New Forsyth Conservancy and the Elizabeth Hubbard Memorial Gardens. Preserving life as we want to know it for our lives and future generations….

Garden activism includes planting a flower or a free library, collecting rainwater or signatures, creating and maintaining homes for insects or humans, …

We do a lot with a little.

On a hot summer’s day, the sun beats down through a canopy of fruit trees and the breeze carries the smell of roasting pork. Birdsong can be heard alongside salsa music. But this is no Caribbean island – this is downtown Manhattan.

“When you come here, you swear you are in Puerto Rico,” says Marta Montañez, who has lived in and around the Lower East Side for 62 years, after immigrating to the US when she was six.”