WE ACT for Environmental Justice
For Immediate Release: October 14, 2015
Contact: Stanley Fritz, 212-961-1000 ext 320, or Stanley@weact.org
Northern Manhattan Residents come together to improve the Environment
People’s Climate Action at Harlem State Office Comes Ahead of Critical Climate Talks in Paris
NEW YORK, NY – WE ACT For Environmental Justice join 47 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands people from all walks of life came together yesterday to demand action on climate change as part of the People’s Climate Movement’s National Day of Action. From Miami to Seattle to Normal, Illinois to Anchorage, Alaska to Honolulu, Hawaii, a broad coalition of local community groups marched in the streets, rallied for clean power and stood up to protect their neighborhoods from the impact of climate change.
“All across the country we saw communities uniting behind the issue of climate change in a way we’ve never seen before under the bold leadership of front-line communities and those most impacted by climate change,” said Paul Getsos, National Coordinator of the People’s Climate Movement. “Yesterday’s actions were effective in putting our leaders on notice that the climate movement is growing and expanding every day and is even more committed to tackling the climate crisis than ever.”
New York was one of 170 communities that protested on Wednesday where local, statewide and congressional leaders were be challenged to take a public position on improving the environment. The event was supported by the Working Families Party, Community Voices Heard, and residents from all over Northern Manhattan including Taft and Grant houses.
WE ACT member and Bishop at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Darren Ferguson was one of the speakers at the Northern Manhattan Action. He shared his experience during hurricane sandy and pleaded religious groups to become more active on climate issues. Saying,
"We need our church family in this climate fight, there is no way we can win without you! My advice for those who want to make a difference is this; after you pray, ask God to give you the power to go out and make a change, because our communities need environmental justice today."
New York State Senator Kendrick Perkins attended the event and provided participants with information on the climate focused bills that he has sponsored saying,
"This is the most important thing I can do today, is to make sure that you walk away with the bills that we are sponsoring in Albany, that we are going to need you to be supportive of. We need each and everyone of you to support these."
To support the expansion of community involvement, WE ACT worked with residents of Harlem and Northern Manhattan to create a climate action plan that caters to neighborhood specific challenges. In this plan, residents emphasized a need for additional resources for political education, participatory budgeting, emergency preparedness and creative energy resources.
The organizations that participated in the rally and members of the Peoples Climate Movement include, AFSCME DC37, ALIGN, Align, Alliance for Climate Action, Community Voices Heard, Greenfaith, Make the Road NY, NY Communities for Change, the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, People's Climate Arts, Rising Tide NY, Rockaway Wildfire, SEIU 32bj, SEIU 1199, Working Families Party, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice.
West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. Follow us on Twitterand Like us on Facebook