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Gardens at risk!!

With our listowner's permission, I am passing on this petition to preserve community gardens in New York City. I checked out the web page and it is very legitimate and extremely important to the folks in these communities.


Subject: NYC Community Gardens

Please consider supporting the following petition to voice your support

for New York City's community gardens. With 14,000 empty, buildable
lots in New York City and only 750 community gardens, Mayor Giuliani
plans to
auction off over 120 thriving community gardens in May. This is the
auction in which gardens have been targeted. These gardens, many of
them decades
old, were established with the city's blessing on abandoned and vacant
lots that had often been centers of drug and crime activity.

New York City's gardens are known across the country. They are studied

in our nation's schools. Their disappearance would mark not only a
tragedy for the city, but would set a dangerous precedent for other
cities across
the country whose garden programs are struggling to survive.

The Mayor thinks only a small minority care about the gardens. If he
were made aware of the large numbers of people, not only in New York but

across the nation, who care about this issue, he will be forced to
reconsider his policies.

Please take a moment to read this petition. Sign at the bottom if you
agree and forward the petition to all the people you know who would
support it.
If you are the 50th, 100th, 150th...(etc) signature, please also e-mail

the petition to: <mailto:NYCgardens@cobite.com>NYCgardens@cobite.com

For more information about New York City community gardens and
the efforts to save them, visit <http://www.nycgardens.org/>http://www.nycgardens.org/


Dear Mayor Giuliani,

Community gardens represent one of the best and most all around
positive developments in New York City. They are founded by working New

Yorkers, thrive on principles of a true democracy, provide solace,
learning, and
pleasure to young and old, offer bridges across cultures and ethnic
groups, offer space for a multitude of cultural activities, and turn
neighborhoods and indeed the city as a whole into a more vibrant and
healthy environment.

New York's gardens have set a national example of innovative and
successful public policy and urban renewal. They are studied and
admired across the country. Their preservation represents a special
opportunity to set a
critical environmental benchmark in this issue and to evidence
foresight for the cities of the future.

We hereby ask that you withdraw the gardens from the auction list.


1. Myla Goldberg, Brooklyn, NY
2. Mark Leger, Brooklyn, NY
3. Julie Warsowe, Brooklyn, NY
4. Alan Chin, New York, NY
5. Jill Underwood, Brooklyn, NY
6. Ed Gilmartin, Brooklyn, NY
7. Daniel Kleinfeld, Manhattan, NY
8. Colin Young, Brooklyn, NY
9. Katherine Puma, New York, NY
10. Katherine Harber, New York, NY
11. Patrick Boyd, New York, NY
12. Jay Douglas, New York, NY
13. David Aron Damane, NY
14. Katy Grenfell, New York, NY
15. Rommy Sandhu, New York, NY
16. Charles Michael Cone, New York, NY
17. Jay Poindexter, Brooklyn, NY
18. Scott Rednour, New York, NY
19. Vicki Manning, Brooklyn, NY
20. Paul B. Haydon, Jackson Heights, NY
21. Jeffries Blackerby, New York, NY
22. Martha McCully, New York, NY
23. Judith Newman, New York, NY
24. Elizabeth Crow, New York, NY
25. Heather Lord, New York, NY
26. Joanna Clark, Brooklyn, NY
27. Michael Trigilio, San Antonio, TX
28. Aurelio M. Montemayor, San Antonio, TX
29. Liz Moore, San Antonio, TX
30. Jennifer Popiel, Los Angeles, CA
31. Carol Mills, Lafayette, IN
32. Jon Mills, Lafayette, IN
33 Myrdene Anderson, Lafayette, IN
34. Maria Lydia Spinelli, Chicago, IL
35. Patricia Monaghan, Chicago, IL
36. Elyse Guttenberg, Fairbanks, AK
37. Ava Torre-Bueno, San Diego, CA
38. Susi Torre-Bueno, San Diego, CA (NYC resident for 25+ years+)
39. Jose Torre-Bueno, Encinitas, CA (former NYC resident)
40. Nan Sterman, Olivenhain, CA

Don't forget that in order to 'sign' this petition, the best way is to
copy the whole thing and paste it on a new outgoing email and add your
(Copy and paste the subject line as well!)

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