Join us for an interfaith vigil to support the DREAM Act
Tuesday, 12/7 @ 6pm
Location: St. Theresa's Church
141 Henry Street
New York, NY 10002-7198
**NY Faith & Justice Executive Director Lisa Sharon Harper will be speaking
As you may know, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the DREAM Act next week.
THANK YOU for making calls!! Just yesterday alone, there were 16,588 calls made nationwide. Please continue to call 866-967-6018 or 866-957-2612 and ask to speak to your Congress member and one of the five Congress members below. Tell them you need them to vote "YES" on the DREAM Act.
* Congressman Michael Arcuri
* Congressman John Hall
* Congressman Brian Higgins
* Congressman Scott Murphy
* Congressman William Owens
On Thursday, December 9th: Governor Paterson Protect Our Communities Rally!
NO MORE DEPORTATIONS. POLICE SHOULD NOT BE IMMIGRATION AGENTS.
RALLY in Manhattan. Thursday December 9, 2010, 11 am. Gov. Paterson's
NYC Office, 633 3rd Ave (btwn 40th and 41st St.)
For more information: Lili Salmeron, NMCIR, 212-781-0355 or
In May 2010, NY State signed a Memorandum of Agreement with ICE
approving "Secure Communities," in which local police send
fingerprints of all arrestees to Department of Homeland Security
databases. This costly program will push thousands more immigrants
into the unjust detention and deportation system, while making us all
less safe and violating our rights. ICE has repeatedly misrepresented
and lied about the program to the state and nation. Join us in
demanding that Governor Paterson terminate the Secure Communities
agreement and that the federal courts require ICE to share all
documents on "opting out" of the program.* New York State should not
cooperate with ICE in tearing apart immigrant families.
**After the rally, a federal judge presiding over NDLON v. ICE will
consider an emergency injunction ordering ICE to make documents public
regarding whether jurisdictions can refuse to participate in Secure
Communities. Please come to the hearing to show your support for this
injunction at 2:00 at US District Court at 500 Pearl Street, Courtroom
15C, NY, NY.
A vote on the DREAM Act in the House is set for TODAY. Please take 5 minutes today and first thing tomorrow morning to call at least 2 Members of Congress, especially our targets below.
Yesterday alone, 19,000 calls were made to Congress, according to Reform Immigration for America. We need to keep up this pressure until the very end.
Call 866-967-6018 or 866-957-2612 and ask to speak to your Congress member and one of the 5 Congress members below. Tell them you need them to vote “YES” on the DREAM Act tomorrow morning.
In addition, please spread the word to your friends and family. You can forward them a link to NYIC's op-ed in today's NY Daily News which explains why it is so critical that the DREAM Act passes tomorrow. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/2wppgxf
You can also post the article on your facebook wall by clicking here and sharing the article with your network.
On Earth Day 2007, PlaNYC was released by the NYC Mayor’s office. The Plan was designed to accommodate a projected population growth of one million New Yorkers over the next 20 years while enhancing the quality of life, protecting public health and the environment, creating economic opportunities, and combating climate change.
The NYC Mayor’s office has been holding conversations throughout NYC in order to give people the chance to share their ideas on how to create a greener, greater New York and contribute to the update process of PlaNYC.
This is where YOU come in! Be part of the Northern Manhattan Community
Conversation on Monday, December 6th from 7 to 9pm!
This discussion will be for community residents, leaders and
* Learn more about PlaNYC
* Help define you and your community's role in making the City
* Work in small groups to develop local goals for PlaNYC
NY Faith & Justice, along with other organizations around the city, are working to get food added on to PlaNYC in order to make NYC’s food system more just and sustainable. Please attend this meeting and share your story of how the lack of access to fresh and affordable food has affected you, your family, and/or your community.
To learn more about PlaNYC click here!
We hope to see you there!
Northern Manhattan PlaNYC Community Conversation
Monday, December 6, 2010
7:00PM - 9:00PM
State Office Building 2nd Flr. Gallery
163 West 125th Street, (enter on 126th)
A, B, C, D, 2, 3,4,5,6 trains to 125th
Please RSVP: Call 212-788-9770 or email CountMeIn@cityhall.nyc.gov
As the Thanksgiving holiday nears and we prepare for a day full of food and family, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to everyone who both took part in the Food, Faith, & Health Disparities Summit as well as those who registered but were unable to attend.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a time when food disparities come in full view. Some of our neighbors are unable to prepare a healthy meal for their family either due to the cost of healthy produce in their neighborhood supermarkets, the lack of fresh produce in their neighborhood supermarkets, or the lack of a neighborhood supermarket all together.
On Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th, people from all five Boroughs came together to develop actions to take that would help create a more healthy and just NYC. I wanted to recap the summit as well as let you know how you can get involved in this movement!
Over one hundred people came out to the Riverside Church of NY on Friday night to kick-off the Food, Faith & Health Disparities Summit. It was a night packed with inspirational performances by Charmaine DaCosta and Christopher Cero as well as powerful speakers. Moderated by NY Faith & Justice Executive Director Lisa Sharon Harper, the evening featured speeches by the Rev. Dr. James Forbes, senior Pastor Emeritus at The Riverside Church of NY; Cecil Corbin-Mark, Director of Policy Initiatives at WeAct for Environmental Justice; Dr. Nick Freudenberg, Director of Hunter College’s Dept. of Public Health; Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, author of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet & and an environmental policy consultant with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability; and Carolyne Abdullah, Director of Community Assistance at Everyday Democracy.
Friday evening set the stage for a very active day on Saturday, October 30th. Over 150 people filled out eight dialogue circles that were formed to take part in a series of four facilitated conversations aimed at coming up with a series of actions that could be taken to combat the food and health disparities that affect so many of our communities. After completing this series of conversations, all eight groups came back together for the action forum.
During the action forum the group from Everyday Democracy reviewed all eight group’s list of actions and produced a list of six actions that were consistent with all of the groups. Working groups were then formed around each action. These groups are charged with meeting over the next six months to a year in order to develop and move on each action.
Below is a list of these six groups along with a brief explanation of each one. If you have not signed up for one of these working groups and would like to get involved, please contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know you would like to join the fight in creating a more healthy and just New York City.
This group aims to find creative ways to get faith communities, schools, and community groups engaged in hands-on activities to make NYC neighborhoods more healthy. This could take the form of helping communities start co-ops, community gardens, or band together to develop centralized CSA’s.
The Farm Bill
This group will focus on the U.S. Farm Bill. They will focus on shifting subsidies from soy, corn and sugar to fruits and vegetables.
Food & Voter Education
This group will focus around educating the public on both political leaders’ positions and records on issues of food and health and on upcoming laws, ordinances or government actions that will have an impact on the food system of NYC. In addition, this group will inform faith communities, schools and community groups about how they can take personal and organizational responsibility to make healthy food choices.
Incentives for Purchasing Healthy Food
This group will focus on working to get NYC to incentivize the purchase of healthy food for people receiving government assistance.
The Living Wage
This group will organize around the effort to get a living Wage Bill passed in NYC. This group will especially focus on making sure food workers are a part of this bill.
This group will focus on getting the business community involved in helping to create a more healthy and just NYC. It will work at getting businesses to support various programs around New York City that promotes health and healthy living. This could mean the launch of another Food Summit focused on building bridges between faith, advocates, and business communities.
We had a very successful Summit, now it’s time to put all of our talk to action!
November 9: Bronx Urban Agriculture
"Drop fingerprinting mandate for food stamps" campaign / Food Policy Update
Bronx Food & Sustainability Coalition Meeting (BxFSC)
Date: November 9 @ 6:30pm
Address: Mary Mitchell Center - 2007 Mapes Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460
Join us on Tuesday, November 9th as we welcome
Karen Washington, lifelong Bronx urban gardener and President of the
New York City Community Garden Coalition. Karen will discuss how
community gardens can play a vital role in combating food insecurity,
promoting healthy diets and providing an untapped source for green
jobs. She will also discuss the new rules for community gardens issued
out by the Bloomberg Administration.
Afterwards - The BxFSC Food Policy Committee will provide policy
outcomes from our last meeting and action plan inc. dropping the
fingerprinting mandate for food stamps campaign.
See you tonight
The NYC Mayor's office is traveling around New York City to discuss PlaNYC, the plan for updating the city's infrastructure to ensure long-term sustainability.
NY Faith & Justice, along with many other organizations, are trying to get food on to PlaNYC. You have a chance to tell your story to the Mayor's office. The next meeting is scheduled to take place in the Bronx next week. Please come out and share your story of how food access affects you and your community and the health problems this lack of access causes you, your family and/or your community!
Below, get all of the information for the upcoming meeting and see how past meetings have gone.
Community Conversations in North Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Lower Manhattan generated great ideas earlier this month, and additional events in Northern Manhattan and South Brooklyn will be announced as the logistics are finalized.
PlaNYC Community Conversations are public town-hall style events designed to generate community input on the PlaNYC update and the priorities of New Yorkers. They are open to the public, and we encourage individuals to bring their friends, family, and colleagues.
WHAT THEY INCLUDE:
The Community Conversations include a brief presentation by PlaNYC staff and a local partner organization working to create a greener, greater community. After those brief presentations, participants break into smaller discussion groups about each area of the plan and work together to develop their own goals and recommendations for consideration as PlaNYC is updated.
Please join us if you can, and please let others know about this upcoming opportunity to help shape the next PlaNYC and the future of our city. Tomorrow I will be calling Community Boards and reaching out to organizations specifically to help get out the word and address concerns. Please spread the word and help pack this session!
If we do not hear it from you who will tell us?
October 26, 6-8 pm
Lincoln Hospital, Bronx
First Floor Conference area, Main Entrance
234 East 149th Street, Between Morris and Park
Co-Sponsored by Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
PlaNYC is a response to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2006 challenge to achieve 10 goals to ensure NYC has a sustainable future. The challenge was primarily focused on land, air, water, energy and transportation and plans have been developed to meet the goals in those areas. Now, the Mayor's office is now considering adding food to PlaNYC.
Food disparity, access to fresh and affordable produce, is one issue that plagues under-resourced neighborhoods around NYC. Over 750,000 people live in what are considered food desserts throughout the city. Because of this, NY Faith & Justice is one of many organizations working to get food added to the Mayor's PlaNYC.
You now have an opportunity to let your voice be heard by the Mayor's office regarding PlaNYC. There are meetings scheduled throughout the city between now and the beginning of November. Check out a meeting that best fits your schedule and share your story of how food access affects you and your community and the health problems this lack of access causes you, your family and/or your community!
If you would like more information on PlaNYC, you can check out their website by clicking here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc2030/html/challenge/challenge.shtml
Community Conversations on PlaNYC have been scheduled in North Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, Western Queens, and Lower Manhattan. Additional events will be held in Eastern Queens, Upper Manhattan and South Brooklyn this fall.
TO RSVP please email: CountMeIn@cityhall.nyc.gov (and note which meeting please!)
North and Central Brooklyn
October 7th, 6-8pm
Billie Holiday Theater at Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton Avenue, Between Brooklyn and New York Avenues
Co-sponsored by Coalition for the Improvement of Bed-Sty
Transit: A/C train to Nostrand, B25 Bus along Fulton and B44 along Nostrand
October 13, 7-9 pm
77 Marsh Avenue, Staten Island
Located behind the Staten Island Mall on Marsh Avenue
Co-sponsored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
October 19, 6-8 pm
Theater 2, Enter through Main Lobby
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)
199 Chambers, NY, NY 10007
October 26, 6-8 pm
Lincoln Hospital, Bronx
First Floor Conference area, Main Entrance
234 East 149th Street, Between Morris and Park
Co-sponsored by Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
November 3, 6-8 pm
Frank Sinatra School for the Arts
Tony Bennett Concert Hall
35-12 35th Avenue, Astoria 11106
Additional events to come.
For additional information on the update process or to send us your ideas, questions, or comments, please email CountMeIn@cityhall.nyc.gov
Proposal to Distribute 5,000 CFLs
to Faith-Based Groups in the New York Area
GreenFaith proposes to distribute 5,000 CFLs (Compound Fluorescent Lamps) to houses of worship and faith-based groups in the greater New York City area between September 1 and December 31, 2010. The following is a brief review of the methodology GreenFaith proposes, and the initial list of institutions with whom we would work to carry out this effort.
GreenFaith is an interfaith environmental coalition which offers a range of regional and national programs to educate and equip diverse faith-based groups as environmental leaders. For further information, see www.greenfaith.org.
Among a number of programs, GreenFaith has distributed over 65,000 CFLs through urban faith and community based groups in New Jersey since September 2008, and has partnered with over 200 groups to carry out these distributions.
GreenFaith has an extensive network of contacts and relationships with religious groups in the New York area, and we would work with these groups to distribute 5,000 CFLs between September 1 – December 31, 2010. GreenFaith staff would contact these institutions, and would schedule distribution events at interested sites on a Sunday or other day on which a large percentage of the members of the institution will be gathered for worship, education or fellowship activities. GreenFaith staff would be present at each event, would ensure the proper distribution of CFLs, and could capture e-mail addresses of interested individuals to receive further e-mail follow-up from NYSERDA. GreenFaith would provide NYSERDA with a list of events and contact e-mails for each event in an Excel file. These reports could be provided monthly or quarterly, as desired by NYSERDA.
GreenFaith has contacts with the following institutions. We would plan to reach out to them to explore the scheduling of CFL distributions.
Name of Institution
Abyssinian Baptist Church
Park Avenue United Methodist Church
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
St. Xavier Catholic Church
Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel
Darul Islah Mosque
Union Theological Seminary
Jewish Theological Seminary
General Theological Seminary
New York Divinity School
New York Theological Seminary
GreenFaith has a number of additional contacts but believes these are the most strategically useful sites because of their prominence, their role as educators of large numbers of clergy, and their religious diversity.
GreenFaith is experienced in the distribution of CFLs through faith-based institutions and would welcome the opportunity to distribute 5,000 CFLs provided by NYSERDA to New York-area institutions during the fall of 2010.
For further information, please contact GreenFaith’s Executive Director, Fletcher Harper, at 732-565-7740, ext. 301 or at email@example.com.