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  • Saturday, August 29, 2009

    Bronx, NY Focus: Green Collar Jobs, Food Co-ops, City Council Candidate

    Casa Promesa HIV/AIDS Public Advocate Candidate Forum
    Wed, 09/02/2009 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Casa Promesa
    1776 Clay Avenue
    Bronx, NY
    United States

    Casa Promesa will be holding a candidate forum on Wednesday, September 2nd dealing with the issue of HIV/AIDS, moderated by Socrates Caba of the Bronx HIV Care Network. This is the second candidate forum held in the Bronx, although Norman Siegel was the only candidate to show up at the last one so it effectively became a town hall meeting. Regardless of whether the other candidates join Norman this time, we hope you will join us to hear Norm Siegel's thoughts and ideas about combatting HIV/AIDS in New York City, the epicenter of the epidemic in America.


    BRONX CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE:

    Jerome Rice: 12th City Council District (The Bronx)


    Watch Jerome Rice in News  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

    Here is a statement from Jerome:

    Hello, My name is Jerome Rice, I am running to be your next City Councilman for District 12. I am a family man and resident, that attends church in the Bronx, where I serve as both Trustee and Co-chair to Public Safety. I have a Master Degree in Business Administration from Monroe College. I have served 22 years in the New York Army National Guard, before retiring with the rank of First Sergeant. I have a total of 21 years in the NYC Department of Correction, holding the rank of Captain. I have spent the last 13 years in a Civil Rights organization known as 100 Blacks In Law Enforcement Who Care, where I serve as its Director.

    I fought against: Wrongful Police Shooting & Policies such as Stop & Frisk, Operation Lucky Bag, Disparate Treatment against Blacks & Hispanic being arrested for lower crime, Privatizing and Re-Zoing of Harlem. Both your Civil Rights and the Bronx are not for sale.

    I have been fighting and will continue to fight for those who can't.

    Here are some of the concerns, I will address:
    Affordable Homes: Why are we allowing homes to be built in our community, that we can't afford? Homes ranging from $350,000-$400,000 and the average income is only $40,000 - $60,000 a year. Lets make homes affordable. Also I will increase inspections and penalties on Landlord that refuse to provide you a comfortable living envirnoment.

    Education: I have both created and facilitated informative survival workshops on issues affecting our community such as:
    What to do, when stopped by the police
    What to do, when you go to court "Because its Just-Us"
    Gangs "Our community domestic terrorist'
    Disaster awareness "Are you ready" and
    Hunting Season "No where to run, No where to hide"

    Our Youth should learn in a comfortable learning envirnoment, by ensuring that each school has enough School Safety Officers to patrol our school ground. I will also ensure that each school has Up-To-Date programs to prepare our youth for the REAL WORLD.

    Economic Development: Bring in New Business and support existing business. Open more centers for both our senior citizens and youth.

    Public Safety- I will call for increase in Police Patrol, in areas that are seriously impacted with crime. I will introduce new programs to educate our youth and senior citizens on issues regarding crime and health.


    Here is State Senator Eric Adams' endorsement of Jerome Rice:


    Watch Senator Eric Adams Endorses Jerome Rice in Activism & Non-Profit  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com


    Some Reminders about Traitor Espada: Espada is among the sleaziest people in Albany...and that is saying A LOT. Some examples:

    Key Senate Coup Player Pedro Espada: Corrupt or Crazy or Both

    Bronx DA and Andrew Cuomo Investigating State Senator Espada

    Espada Never Seen in Bronx Residence...really lives in Westchester

    Healthcare Funds Go to Espada Campaign, Not to Healthcare...and again

    Espada's "nonprofits" rife with "administrative deficiencies and apparent misuse of funds"

    And the REAL reason for Espada's coup may be that Democrats refused to play his game with the very groups Espada is under investigation for: Before Defecting, Espada Sought $2 Million for Bronx Groups


    GREEN JOBS, NOT JAILS

    This comes from Sustainable South Bronx.

    The City of New York is still moving forward with their plans for a jail in the South Bronx. We’ve been hearing these rumors and plans for a while, but have recently been alerted that the approval proceedings are moving forward. This has to stop. At a time when folks are losing their jobs and prisons are shutting down, why would we still invest over half a billion dollars on a jail that stands to only result in the continuation of limited opportunity. To these ends, we have launched our Green Jobs Not Jails campaign on Facebook. Already we’ve collected over 600 signatures against the proposal. Please join the cause today and sign our online petition. Help us tell the City of New York that communities deserve green jobs, real alternatives to incarceration, not developments that limit our community’s future opportunities. Stay tuned for additional events for our Green Jobs Not Jails campaign.

    As we continue to face the challenges affecting our communities, we should all give thought to the types of sustainable communities we can create. Communities filled with green jobs, clean tech businesses, green roofs, solar panels, healthy children, healthy food, clean air, healthy homes and trees. As our new president inspires us to face some of our country's greatest challenges, SSBx will continue to serve the South Bronx Community and share our work across the globe. We ask that you help us, work with us, support us, and join us.


    La Familia Verde Community Garden:

    La Familia Verde is a coalition of community gardens in the Crotona, East Tremont, and West Farms neighborhoods in the Bronx. Formed in 1998, our mission is to sustain the environment and culture of our neighborhood through education, community service, and horticulture.

    La Familia Verde is part of a community gardening tradition in New York City that dates back over 25 years, when city residents first began taking control of abandoned lots left by the economic and social devastation of the inner cities. Since that time, community gardens have played an important role in helping revitalize some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The gardens are not only pleasing to look at; they serve as educational, cultural, and social resource centers in traditionally underserved communities.

    Today, La Familia Verde is comprised of more than ten community-operated gardens and various community based organizations. The gardens and community organizations help foster community pride, partnership, and activism.

    You can read about their projects here.

    La Familia Verde
    2158 Mapes Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10460
    http://www.lafamiliaverde.org/


    South Bronx Greenway Project

    South Bronx residents have far less open space and waterfront access than other parts of NYC.

    The South Bronx Greenway Project (SBG) is a community led plan for a bicycle/pedestrian greenway along the South Bronx waterfront, which will provide much needed open space, waterfront access and opportunities for mixed used economic development.

    Majora Carter wrote a $1.25 M federal transportation planning grant to conduct a feasibility study for the Greenway to include the NYC Economic Development Corporation as the government sponsor, SSBx and The Point, CDC as the community partners, and landscape architects Mathews Nielsen. The study provided a unique opportunity for our community to impact design and policy. To date, nearly $30 million is secured for greenway related projects.

    The South Bronx Greenway will create bike & pedestrian paths around the Hunts Point and Port Morris waterfront, as well as on-street connections including Hunts Point Riverside Park, the Bazzini Piers, Tiffany St. Pier, and Barretto Point Park, and a connection to Randall's Island Sports Complex.

    One reason people struggle with obesity in the South Bronx is the lack of opportunity to exercise safely outdoors. SSBx is developing the South Bronx Greenway to provide safe public space, and create better transportation policy. Integrating traffic calming measures and truck routes that keep trucks away from the residential areas will help integrate physical activity into daily life.

    Until the Greenway is built, we are getting people active now!

    The South Bronx Active Living Campaign is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living by Design Program. "Active Living" is a public health term which means incorporating physical activity into your daily life. SSBx is developing walking clubs for local residents, including one geared towards parents at PS 48 and one open to any resident who wants to explore Hunts Point history. We are working with local doctors and nurses to create Action Action Plans, similar to Asthma Action Plans that will include advice and information that our local doctors can share with residents about physical activity resources in the neighborhood.

    Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects have collected background information on land ownership and site conditions, and conducted surveys and interviews with property and business owners. The City has approved over $10 million to be designated for the Greenway as part of the work of the Hunts Point Task Force, bringing the total of funding for greenway-related projects in the South Bronx to $28.5M over the next few years. SSBx looks forward to moving into the construction phases of the project. First phase projects will include intensive streetscape and bicycle path improvements on Hunts Point Avenue and Lafayette Avenue, two major thoroughfares in Hunts Point; a bridge connecting Randall’s Island and Port Morris under the Hell Gate span; and a new waterfront park adjacent to the new Fulton Fish Market in Hunts Point.

    Office: 1231 Lafayette Avenue, 4th Floor • The Bronx, NY 10474
    Mailing: 890 Garrison Avenue, 4th Floor • The Bronx, NY 10474
    Phone: 646•400•5430 • Fax: 718•617•5228


    SOUTH BRONX FOOD CO-OP:

    The South Bronx Food Cooperative (SBxFC) is a green shopping alternative to the profit-oriented commercial food markets found in the Bronx. Founded and operated by committed residents, the SBxFC is dedicated to making a difference in the community by working together to provide healthy and affordable food to all who want it.

    The South Bronx Food cooperative carries a wide variety of products, including local, organic and conventionally grown produce; pasture-raised, grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry; bulk grains, sugars, spices and pastas; fair-trade coffees and chocolate; environmentally safe cleaning supplies, and much more. All of this plus a selection of standard supermarket items makes the SBxFC a one-stop shopping destination. Sales are brisk at the SBxFC and inventory is replenished often ensuring that the products we sell are as fresh as possible..

    As a member of the SBxFC you share ownership of the coop with fellow members. Members have a voice in the decision-making process and participate in directing the organization's future. Equally important, as a shopper you will know where your food choices come from. By becoming a member you and your family not only have access to fresh foods at reasonable prices, you will learn about our local farmers, organizations and vendors.

    In addition to providing green/local products and democratic operations (common at most cooperatives), the SBxFC provides various health and nutrition services including workshops, cooking classes and education seminars. Our community education programs are designed and administered by local medical professionals and nutrition specialist. The goal of the SBxFC is to correct the various health disparities faced by Bronxites including diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

    They seem to even have an online shopping option (members only).

    Hours:
    11:00 am – 8pm, Thursday – Monday
    CLOSED Tuesday & Wednesday
    (Additional hours and days of operation will be added in the very near future)

    Website: http://www.sbxfc.org/

    Location:
    3103 Third Avenue
    Bronx NY 10451
    (The corner of 158th St)

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