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Re: Bette Middler Piece in NY Post- How the Other Half Fund Raises

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Bette Middler Piece in NY Post- How the Other Half Fund Raises
  • From: Grow19@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 16:29:45 EDT

Guess I don't really have to say this, but...(I live in DC and my heart is 
aching for the NY community gardens, so...
It would be good to do several things:

1. Before the ceremony happens (like ASAP), ask Bette Middler to include in 
her acceptance speech some strong language aimed at the continuing crisis in 
NYC with community gardens (and offer to help her draft this if need be.)  
Short but strong, urging Pataki to continue his recognition of her by 
pledging to work closely with Mayor Bloomberg to turn around the city's 
attitude 180 degrees, to embrace community gardens as much needed green 
infrastructure, for reasons of environmental remediation and public health as 
well as creating a liveable city, acknowledging once again that with all of 
the publicly-owned vacant land, there is more than enough land for developers 
to meet housing and other building needs long before endangering a single 
community garden, and finally that many of the current gardens should again 
be considered for permanent park status.  

2.On the date of the ceremony, at its location, hold the biggest possible 
'demonstration' outside, congratulating Bette for her accomplishments, 
thanking for helping to save community gardens, and making the above points, 
all on large placards, etc etc, in the colorful way you NYers have become so 
great at.  

3.Launching a relentless media campaign leading up to the ceremony, aimed at 
getting positive attention on behalf of Bette and on behalf of continued 
needs of NY community gardens.

With love, 
Judy Tiger
Washington DC

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