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Good News In and Around SDR Park

Free Summer Meals are Back! Rivington Playground!

 

Basketball!

 

 

Gardens in Flower and Respite from the Heat:

 

Water life: Spray shower and Turtle Pond:

 

 

And…Ceci Cela is around the Corner:

 

From Neighbors to Save Rivington House Wednesday, August 8th 4-7pm

Zinn Education Project: Environmental Education Activities

TEACHING ACTIVITIES (FREE)

The Big Red Dot of Environmental Racism

Teaching Activity. By Alma Anderson McDonald.
A teacher looks back on her childhood to discover the meaning of environmental racism. Linda Christensen offers ways to teach about this story with students.

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 – Present
Themes: African American, Economics, Environment & Food, Racism & Racial Identity

Teaching Blockadia: How the Movement Against Fossil Fuels Is Changing the World

Teaching Activity By Bill Bigelow, Adam Sanchez, and Tim Swinehart.
A role-play activity engages students in building solidarity among different groups and organizations fighting fossil fuels and searching for alternatives.

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 – Present
Themes: Environment & Food, Organizing

GreenThumb’s Open Garden Day July 14th!!

 

July 14, 2018 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (rain or shine)

Over 70 community gardens across New York City will open their gates this Saturday and offer free activities to the public. Visit Open Garden Day NYC for a list of participating gardens and find one near you!

M’Finda Kalunga Garden will be Open. All other Sara Roosevelt community stewarded Gardens are “open” year round.

Fun in the Garden

Enjoy a wide-range of free activities offered during Open Garden Day on the 14th. You can tap into your creative side by making art, relax while listening to some music, or skip the gym and do some work in a garden instead. Even though school may be out for the summer, there’s are always time to learn something new, especially on Open Garden Day! There will be cooking and compost demos, garden tours, and informal classes about bees, chickens, and gardening. Plan your day by visiting the Open Garden Day NYC Map to find out the activities each garden will be offering.

 

Congratulations to Colin Kaepernick for Winning an NEA Award!

From the Zinn Education Project:

Colin Kaepernick Wins NEA Award

The Zinn Education Project congratulates Colin Kaepernick, whose Know Your Rights Camp just received the National Education Association’s highest honor, the 2018 President’s Award for Human and Civil Rights “for his work to fight racial oppression through education and social justice activism.”

 

We are pleased the Zinn Education Project was able to play a role in supporting Kaepernick’s efforts. In response to a request from Kaepernick, we sent 250 copies of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States for student participants in the Know Your Rights Camp in New Orleans earlier this year.

 

In requesting our support, Kaepernick wrote:

 

Just wanted to say hello and tell you how much I appreciate the work you do with Zinn Education Project. I think it’s amazing, and extremely important, especially in times like today to be able to help people understand the history and how it applies to what we are going through currently. I have a youth camp called Know Your Rights where we empower children and teach them about finance, health, education, their legal rights, and history. I believe it would be extremely impactful to share the knowledge contained in A People’s History of the United States. I normally arm the kids with information and books that they can learn from and use in their everyday lives when they leave the camps. —-Colin

OUR 10-POINT SYSTEM

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE FREE.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HEALTHY.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE BRILLIANT.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE LOVED.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE COURAGEOUS.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ALIVE.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TRUSTED.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE EDUCATED.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.

 

The Tenement Gardeners of the New Forsyth Conservancy Looking for More Volunteers

The Tenement Gardeners of the New Forsyth Conservancy are looking for more volunteers assist with the first park renewal project of 2018, and we need your help.

This project is different from our routine weekly maintenance. It is a focused project with a lasting impact, and we can’t do it without additional support. Our objective is to rebuild and paint the three gates at the entrance to each of our three plots in Sara D Roosevelt Park. As you can see, some of them really need love and tender care.

Participation in this project will put you in direct contact with the history of park activism of the 1980’s. It is also a great way to be a part of the Lower East Side community dialogue- not to mention a powerful way to make connections to, say, the walking tours. These gates are at the intersection of class, race, city  bureaucracies and grass roots activism. Come see for yourself and be a part of a positive change in the neighborhood.

We will meet at 6pm on Thursday July 12th at the garden in Sara Roosevelt Park on Delancey Street (south) between Forsyth and Chrystie three front plots.

Please call Sarah Tomasewski or me, and we’ll give you directions to the site.

Again, we really need help to see this project through. Indeed, the New Forsyth Conservancy could use some sustained volunteer power, so… Join on!

 

Jason Eisner

Tel: 646-518-3009

www.tenement.org

Community Board 3 Calendar District Needs

Sunday’s Bike Helmet Giveaway in Sara Roosevelt’s “The Pit”

Photos from Department of Transportation:

From Twitter of CM Chin:

“Sending a huge thank you from our team and Team to everyone who joined us for yesterday’s Bike Helmet Giveaway at SDR! In only a few hours, we distributed 621 Vision Zero helmets to residents, including 183 kids… many of whom were getting their 1st ever helmet!”

Coalition: Appreciate bringing resources to our troubled Park.

 

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot in SDR Park? At Stanton Street?

We’ve heard the “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” Crowd are looking for a new ‘home’.

The Stanton Street Area could sure use some positive activity!

Parks Department is saying one night only. Really? Do we have a better offer??

 

 

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’s ‘Track Record’: 

– on  the  Lower  East  Side  fro  23 years, this will be their 24th year.

– offered Shakespeare for FREE for 23 years on the Lower East Side (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from early July to mid August)

– a 501(c) 3 organization

– received grants from both NYSCA and DCA 

– the idea is offer the production FREE of charge to the  Lower  East  Side.

– July 12-28 are  the  dates  our  current  cast of  HAMLET was scheduled to perform.

– from approximately  6pm -10pm. 

– able  team  of  interns  working  with the company through the DOE’s Work Based Learning (WBL) program. Their 15th year in the WBL program.

Employing our youth!

 

 

Sunday July 8th Council Member Chin’s Free Bike Helmet Give-Away

In Sara Roosevelt Park’s :  “The Pit” (Broome Street Entrance)