[cg] Nat'l Community Garden Rally:STANDING OUR GROUND!
Hope some of you from outside NYC can make it --
It should be a great time.
If you need accommodations, please contact me directly (212-769-3426).
Some gardeners have offered to host out of town guests for the event.
I've also reserved some hotel rooms at the Marriott World Financial
Center (in lower Manhattan) for $139 a night. The Marriott World Trade
Center is $149 a night (slightly more convenient location). These are
excellent prices for a hotel in NYC, where a shared bath YMCA room is
Hope to meet lots of you at this fun-filled event :)))
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STANDING OUR GROUND!
Conference and Rally to support the
preservation of NYC Community Gardens
Please people, itís time for everyone to unite in this important event.
This is a must-do opportunity for us to work together toward our common
goal, and there are many ways you can participate. Spread the word to
fellow gardeners and either show up at the events and ask how you can
help or, better yet, contact Emily at NYCEJA, 212-866-4120 and find out
how best you can volunteer.
CONFERENCE Friday, April 9, 1999 1 -- 6 pm
St. Augustine's Church, 290 Henry
Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan
RALLY Saturday, April 10, 1999 11am -- 3 pm
Bryant Park, 42nd St. and 6th Avenue,
FREE to all
Community gardeners, garden supporters, media, and the general public
are encouraged to attend this two-day event to show support for and
learn how to permanently preserve these irreplaceable ecological and
cultural treasures of NYC. The conference and rally include
presentations and speeches by activists, politicians, lots of real
gardeners, plus entertainment by live musicians, dancers, and
puppeteers. Speakers will include Velmanette Montgomery and John
Sampson, New York State Senators who have introduced legislation to
protect gardens; Council member Ken Fisher; Richard Brodsky, New York
State Assemblyman; and many more.
Sponsored by: NYC COMMUNITY GARDEN COALITION,
NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ALLIANCE,
and THE SIERRA CLUB, NEW YORK CITY GROUP
1) People to help with mailings -- can your group send out
existing flyers (contact Emily at NYCEJA, 212-866-4120)
or send out the Conference and Rally information in your
newsletter, by E-mail, or phone.
2) Fundraising -- anything you can give would be appreciated,
send donations to Sierra Club, NYC Group
(memo on check: Community Garden Committee)
3) Publicity -- post the information on your garden gate, in your
local stores, community bulletin boards, etc.
4) Outreach to gardeners, church, school, media, and
community groups, etc. Send this info to them to put in their
newspapers and bulletins
5) Phone, fax, e-mail trees -- be a part of sending out
6) Spanish Translation -- all written material needs
to be translated for our many Spanish speaking
7) Sign & banner painting -- there will be fabulous parade
circling Bryant Park at the beginning of the Rally.
Bring protest signs, photos of your garden, banners,
whatever, and join in.
8) Pre-event Construction
9) Decoration preparation
10) Hosting Out-of-Town Guests -- can out-of-town
participants stay with you for a few nights?
11) Prayers for good weather
On the day of the events,
we need help with the following:
2) Load-in / Set-up
4) Sign painting
6) Greeting / Registration
8) Conference Marshalls
9) Stage Coordination
10) Information Distribution
10) Clean-up / Load-out
2) Load-in / Set-up
5) Greeting / Registration
7) Rally Marshalls
8) Stage Coordination
9) Information Distribution
10) Clean-up / Load-out
We are also asking all gardeners to participate by contributing their
own garden materials -- pictures, news articles, wreaths, flowers, etc.
-- to be displayed on special chicken-wire framed panels at both dayís
events. Material can be tied onto the wire, stapled or tacked to the
wooden frames. Mount articles or pictures on cardboard or mattboard,
with the name and location of your garden. The material will be accepted
at the Conference or Rally.
Topics for the boards are:
1) The Press -- help us create a time-line to document
the press before and during our struggle.
2) Lost Treasures -- The Bulldozed Garden Club,
new members not wanted!
3) Gardener Memorial -- Remembering Gardeners who
have passed; bring a picture and biography
4) Going . . . Going . . . STOP!!! For gardens on the
auction Block: bring one page sheet with favorite picture,
address, block, lot, history.
5) Saved Gardens -- one page sheet, same as above,
with how you were saved.
6) International Flair -- Show the cultural diversity of your garden
7) Casita Gardens
8) City Farms
9) Education in the Gardens
10) Kids Only! -- bring their drawings, letters, favorite pictures, etc.
11) Wildlife in the Gardens -- birds, butterflies, rare plants, lists
of identified species.
13) Flyers -- past and future events
There will also be space available at both events for groups who want a
table to distribute information. Because of Park restrictions at the
Rally, food products can not be sold, but buttons, stickers and the like
can. Contact Emily at NYCEJA, 212-866-4120 to confirm.
See you there!
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