In her first State-of-the-State address, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul demonstrated a commitment to the environment and fighting climate change, though largely came up short in addressing the disproportionate impacts of climate change, air pollution, toxic chemicals, and other
By Emma Urofsky & Robbie M Parks Public green spaces are cornerstones of our communities. Some, like Central Park, have become cultural icons, distinguishing landmarks. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, public green spaces also confer health benefits to those who make
In a May 2, 2020 article in Gizmodo’s Earther, WE ACT’s Environmental Policy & Advocacy Coordinator Sonal Jessel discusses the need for a more equitable approach to New York City’s open streets initiative. Read the Article
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In a June 12th, 2019 article largely celebrating the new development along the East 125th Street corridor as a result of the planned Second Avenue Subway extension and the 2017 rezoning in the area, Crain’s New York Business did acknowledge
Our Director of Special Projects Michael Velarde was interviewed about our East 125th Community Visioning Action Plan, a community-centered development model for East Harlem, on The Next System Project podcast, which aired on May 31, 2019. Listen Here
On April 30, 2019, Patch featured an article on the the East 125th Street Community Visioning Action Plan, which was developed by a coalition organized by WE ACT for Environmental Justice and designed to leverage the Second Avenue Subway expansion
On April 29, 2019, Harlem World Magazine featured the release of the community-driven recommendations designed to leverage the expansion of the Second Avenue Subway into East Harlem / El Barrio as an opportunity to strengthen the East 125th Street corridor.
UPDATE: We have been aggressively advocating for funding to implement many of the recommendations in the Community Visioning Action Plan (see below). This has included two New York Daily News Op-Eds: one calling attention to the disparate impacts of climate
WE ACT worked with over 200 residents, elected officials, and representatives from the NYC Parks to create and put into action a community vision plan for the West Harlem waterfront.