Thursday, May 15, 2008

Lets Celebrate in Unity!

Come join us in our celebration of community diversity, unity and healthy living. On Saturday, May 17th, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice will be hosting "It's My Park Day". Come and experience a fun filled day of music, dance, art and food in the South Bronx. Parents, bring your children. Children, bring you friends.

Health screenings, immigration services, employment information "Greening" workshops and more!

Time: 11am-4pm
Date: Saturday, May 17th
Location: El Parque De Los Ninos. Corner of Morrison and Westchester Ave.
Directions: 6 Train to Morrison/Soundview station

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Nobody but a Bunch of Mothers

Last Friday it was announced that Alexie Torres-Fleming, our fearless Executive Director, was honored with the 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism. This is a fitting honor for her example of in-place community empowerment and planning. And I am not just saying that because she signs our paychecks (drum fill)! Peggy Shepard, Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice received the 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership.

From Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, who awards the medal:
“Yesterday, May 4th, was Jane Jacobs’ birthday. Today we are celebrating two individuals who follow the Jacobsean priniciple of upholding the needs of living communities in the urban, built environment, and as we approach Mother’s Day, I’m reminded that Robert Moses dismissed Jane Jacobs and her fellow protesters of the Lower Manhattan Expressway as ‘nobody but a bunch of mothers.’ With Peggy Shepard and Alexie Torres-Fleming we have two more mothers and extraordinary citizens who, like Jane, are bold activists who have successfully taken their principles to the streets.”

Congratulations Alexie, we are very proud of you and the work we all do together.

Golden Ball, 2006