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  • Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Bronx, NY Focus

    TAKE CARE OF SOUNDVIEW PARK
    Sunday, Aug 29 and Sept. 26, 2010
    Metcalf Ave. and Randall Ave.
    TAKE CARE OF SOUNDVIEW PARK Near track and field. Enter park at Metcalf Ave. and Randall Ave. Sundays August 29, September 26, 11:00 am


    Some news from the Bronx:

    Planned Parenthood Endorses Ramos, Rivera


    Down to the Wire


    KEY NEW YORK STATE SENATE RACE IN THE BRONX:

    Empire State Pride Agenda Endorses Charlie Ramos: From the Albany Project:

    Today Empire State Pride Agenda endorsed Charlie Ramos for State Senate. This might not surprise some of you; Charlie is running against the fiercest opponent of marriage equality and LGBT rights in the New York State Senate. But it's not just that ESPA endorsed Charlie, but rather that Charlie was the only candidate running in a competitive Democratic primary to receive the endorsement of the organization at this time.

    As we've discussed previously, there are many targets in the fight for marriage equality, including 6 Democrats that voted against marriage equality (excluding Monserrate and Onorato). We have competitive primaries against three of them; Diaz Sr., Huntley, and Stachowski. As we get closer and closer to the primary, progressive advocates will need to start choosing races to invest their time and resources in order to maximize our success this cycle. After all, we're competing in an environment with more targets than ever before.

    That's why I'm supporting Charlie. Not only is Charlie running a strong grassroots campaign in the Bronx with a great legion of field volunteers, but he's also the best candidate to maximize our strike against opponents of marriage equality. Taking down Ruben Diaz Sr. will send the strongest message to swing votes in the State Senate that voting against equality is a losing issue and we'll come after you if you vote against it again. It's the maximum bang for our buck.

    It's clear today that Empire State Pride Agenda figured that out. They join Stonewall Democrats and Marriage Equality New York from the LGBT front (as well as many other progressive organizations). Will more progressive and LGBT organizations get it and start supporting Charlie? Stay tuned.


    Just for the record...I beat them in endorsing Ramos :-)

    From Albany Project:

    For the 32nd, Charlie Ramos could use help on election day:

    Charlie Ramos Campaign office
    1554 Westchester Ave.
    Bronx, NY

    Come out and help Charlie defeat Ruben Diaz Sr. on Sept. 14th

    We need folks to help with shifts during the day. Here is list of the shifts:

    5:30am-9am

    9am-12pm

    12pm-4pm

    4pm-9pm

    Please email Natasha.Equality@gmail.com to let us know what shifts you are available. Also, if other time slots are better for you --please let us know and we will fit you in :)


    And from Democracy for NYC:



    To learn more about Charlie Ramos please visit his website.


    Reform the NY State Senate:

    I have put together a NY State Senate Act Blue Page that targets some key State Senate races, including two Bronx races. These are ones where I have some insight into the candidates. I am open to more suggestions for races to target. I ask you to pick one or two of these races and give even $5-10 if you can. If we win even just three of these seats, it will make a difference in Albany.


    Bronx Blogs:

    Hunts Point Express: Serving Hunts Point and Longwood

    The Bronx River Alliance serves as a coordinated voice for the river and works in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor

    Bronx Latino: a project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications

    The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality: seeking to leave our great grandchildren better air, land, and water quality than we have at present.


    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)


    SOME RESOURCES IN THE BRONX:

    List of Bronx Farmers Markets

    Jobs In Bronx

    The Point

    West Farms Technology and Career Center

    Hunts Point Recreation Center


    West Bronx Drinking Liberally: Political Action through Social Interaction
    Drinking Liberally is a fun way to stay politically active
    * When? First and Third Friday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * Where? An Beal Bocht, 445 W 238th St (between Waldo and Greystone)
    * Hosted by Jamin Sewell | Scott Kennedy


    Padre Plaza Farmers Market

    Sustainable South Bronx is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Padre Plaza Farmers Market. Coming this summer, the market will be open every Wednesday from 9am to 6pm at the corner of 139th Street and St. Ann’s Avenue.


    Green Jobs in the Bronx:



    GREEN JOBS, NOT JAILS

    This is 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/

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