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urgent call for help in NYC comunity gardens!

  • Subject: [cg] urgent call for help in NYC comunity gardens!
  • From: "Jodi Rhoden" <rhoden@main.nc.us>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 12:52:20 -0500

I am forwarding this on in hopes that some of yall that live a little closer
to NYC can support this campaign to save these community gardens.  Are there
resources from ACGA to help fight/negotiate these evictions?  Does anyone on
this list have more information about these gardens?
Jodi Rhoden
Bountiful Cities Project
Asheville, NC

>Hello, i am sending this message out about two very
>important things going on here in New York. I
>would first like to talk about the community garden
>situation up here. There are only a few community
>gardens left in the south bronx and 3 very important
>gardens have received notices of eviction and have
>been told that they will have to be evacuated by NOV
>29th 2004. These gardens are very important to the
>residents of New York. This attempt to shutdown
>3 gardens is part of a broader assault that the city
>is launching to remove all of the gardens in the
>Bronx. The city is planning on making housing that
>supposedly low income but this housing will only
>rent prices in the neighborhood and help speed up
>entrification. The 3 gardens which are getting
>evicted are: Latinos unidos garden which was started
>10 years ago on park avenue by local residents.  The
>second garden under assault is Sunshine garden which
>was started in 1999 on the site of a former dumping
>ground. The garden was set up to grow fresh fruits
>vegetables for the community. The gardeners
>host cook outs and barbecues for the local
>Local school teachers often bring their students for
>hands on learning about plant life and growth.  This
>garden is located is on 159th street.  The final
>garden under assault is Family garden, which was
>started in 1996 in an abandoned lot full of garbage
>and car parts. Residents of the nearby Andrew
>housing complex cleaned up the lot and transformed
>into a garden...All of these gardens are very
>important to local residents.  You can help by:
>1Coming to NYC and helping with the campaign to
>defend the gardens.
>2. calling borough president Carrion at 718-590-3500
>3. calling councilmember Serrano at 718-402-6130
>4. volunteering with the More Gardens coalition
>For more info call south Bronx United Gardens
>718-292-0697. There is likely going to be a need for
>folks to come help out with direct action on or
>Nov 29th. There will also be encampments at the
>gardens which will need a lot of help.  So if you
>interested in coming to NYC to help a rad cause call
>the numbers above!
>The other major issue in New York which is also
>needing help around the same time is the possible
>eviction of Casa Del Sol, a Native American
>center in the South Bronx that has provided housing
>space for artists to express themselves for over 20
>years.  The caretakers of the building are being
>brought to court by the Neighborhood Restore Fund
>Corporation which is trying to steal the community
>center and turn it into low income housing or maybe
>parking lot. This space is a really rad building
>provided housing for over 100 people during the
>Republican National Convention. The court case will
>to trial on NOV 18. If the caretaker loses the case
>and is not granted a stay or an appeal the city of
>York can move to evict the building
>anytime after that date. There most likely will be a
>need for direct action if the court case is lost.
>is going to be a rally on Nov 18th at 9 am in front
>the Supreme Courthouse--851 Grand Concourse at 161st
>st--while we wait for judge Patricia Williams to
>a decision.
>To get involved, you can call Casa Del
>sol--718-292-6443.  There's also a website,
>www.casadelsol.org, you can check for more info on
>  past and current legal battles.
>It would be appreciated if both of these issues
>be helped out in whatever way you can.

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