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).
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.
HAPA’smission 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.
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:
“…. 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.
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 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.”
Photo NYC Parks Department. The Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground has residents worried that the cemetery is not being respectfully maintained.
“The Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground, located at 45-12 165th St., served as a burial site to more than 1,000 African-American slaves and Native Americans since the late 1800s. According to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), death records from 1881 to 1898 reflect that 62 percent of the buried were African-American or Native American, 34 percent were unidentified and over half were children younger than age 5.”
“In New York City, the Natural Areas Conservancy was formed in 2012 by the parks department to support its efforts to preserve these natural areas. Today, the independent conservancy has an annual budget of about $2 million raised through foundation grants and individual donations. Unlike many conservancies, which work only on one park, its staff of 12 leads restoration efforts, gives tours and runs programs in more than 50 parks across the city.”
….Kelly Bamfo, 18, was helping lay another part of the trail. He said it was so quiet that he felt as if he was somewhere far away from the city. “When I come out here, I don’t hear the car honks and the trains and the people screaming and yelling,” he said.
If he was not working at the park, he said he would probably be playing video games with his friends… “I feel like I’m growing,” he said. “I realize now my world is not just about being inside, new apps and new games and things. There’s more to life than just technology.”
As longtime residents of the Lower East Side, we share your concern about the sale of Rivington House (“How Did a Nursing Home Become a Condo?,” editorial, Aug. 2). We, too, have been asking the mayor to explain how this vital neighborhood resource came to be sold to a luxury condo developer under his watch. Like the editorial board, we have yet to receive a satisfactory response.
If the Lower East Side keeps losing services and homes like Rivington House, the aging and the sick in our community will soon have no option but to leave the neighborhood entirely, and with it the network of trusted friends and neighbors, community gardens and parks that have been built over many decades.
This kind of rupture is a loss to all New Yorkers, rich and poor, young and old. We hope that the mayor will see this and choose to help saveRivington House rather than simply managing the controversy surrounding it.
The writers are members of Neighbors to Save Rivington House.