Yo Soy 132 is a Mexican protest movement centered around the democratization of the country and its media. It began as opposition to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Peña Nieto and the Mexican media’s allegedly biased coverage of the 2012 general election. The name Yo Soy 132, Spanish for “I Am 132″, originated in an expression of solidarity with the protest’s initiators. Wiki
The US Postal Service was sabotaged by a 2006 bill that requires that the PO fully fund worker retirements for the next 75 years and do that in only ten years. That is the basic reason our Postal Service is in trouble. It’s a scheme to make it seem like privatization is the only way to go.
The Bill sponsored by Bernie Sanders.
I was passing through City Hall Park this afternoon and came upon Mayor Bloomberg making an announcement that NYC now recycles hard plastic.
A large turnout for CB3‘s Land Use committee meeting last night.
Fred Harris from NYCHA came to say that public housing is in financial difficulty as Federal support is drastically down in these political times where support for public anything is difficult to obtain. NYCHA wants to grant 99 year leases to commercial developers to their parking lots, playgrounds and parks (or as he called them “seating areas”. They propose that this is the only way that they can obtain the money to make needed repairs and preserve public housing. The proposal is here Only one person from the public spoke in favor of the leasing plan at this meeting.
The council members for the most part seemed to agree with the opponents of NYCHA’s plans.
Rosie Mendez. District 2 – City Council Member was also critical of NYCHA.
An advocate for trees and sky.
Notes from Kathy von Hartz: I am speaking for Friends of Meltzer, which is a
group of neighborhood residents who live near Meltzer Tower and are opposed to the NYCHA
Infill Plan, especially as it relates to Meltzer with its 250 low income seniors and its adjacent
park.When Meltzer was designed over forty years ago, open space was left to compensate for
the 20 story tower in a low rise area. NOW NYCHA PROPOSES TO TAKE THIS OASIS AWAY
AND LEASE IT TO DEVELOPERS TO BUILD A LUXURY RENTAL TOWER.
Our opposition is based on issues of environmental justice. The senior residents deserve to be
able to enjoy their last years breathin fresh air and walking and exercising and sitting in the
shade of the trees. At Meltzer, the Infill Plan would detroy this park with 30 five story high trees
that are over 50 feel high. THESE TREES AND THE FRESH AIR AND SUNLIGHT AND OPEN
SPACE ARE NOT REPLACEABLE.
Moreover, there are environmental issues for the neighborhood. This is a community with a
high population density. Meltzer Park is an oasis for the residents and the entire community.
When you walk by the park in summer, the temperature of the air is lower by several degrees.
Friends of Meltzer would like your committee to make a motion to oppose NYCHA’S current
plan because it will diminish the quality of life for Meltzer’s residents and the entire community.
Why should a large ungainly structure be imposed on paark space that was designed to make a
plaza for people’s use? This is not compatible with zoning that makes the City more livable.
We love the mayor’s Million Trees Initiative. So why cut down 31 trees in their prime?
Friends of Meltzer would like your committee to include a motion to require NYCHA to hold a
public meeting….as was requested in a letter by most local, state and federal officials. They
also requested that the Infill Plan follow ULURP requirements so that the community can know
the specifics of the NYCHA Infill Plan and have the opportunity to comment, especially as
regards to environmental concerns.
Friends of Meltzer opposes the loss of Meltzer Park because it will affect public health, public
safety and air quality.
I didn’t catch their names but they are environmental lawyers who provided a list of questions that NYCHA needs to answer. The conclusion of the Land Use committee was that this leasing project need to be slowed down and studied and that they need to have answer for many environmental problems.
I was in Tompkins Square Park checking details on my tree map and I heard a ruckus and headed over to find the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping preaching about the evils of the corporate take-over of our neighborhood. Poet Bob Holman favors the absurd to bring home his points.
Radical history walking tour to celebrates the life of Neil Smith (1954-2012), renowned radical geographer, condemner of the capitalist city, powerful agitator for the small and large cause. In this first video Ben Shepard of Times-Up the bicycle activists group, talks about the history of community gardens in the East Village and Lower East Side. It was a rainy day but many people came out for the walk.
Ben Shepard in front of the Creative Little Garden on 6th Street between Avenues A and B.
Matt and Steve two of the organizers of the walk.
Waiting for the tour to start at the Astor Place cube,(The Alamo).
Walking past Tompkins Square Park on Avenue B.
The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
Part 6 in my series of interviews with Father Pat Moloney at Bonitas House on East 9th Street in the East Village. Here he discusses his 44 months in Federal Prison. He was convicted in connection with the 7 million dollar robbery of the Brink’s depot in Rochester, NY in 1993. He maintains his innocence to this day. He describes: “living like a monk” and “killing them with kindness”.
Anti 7-11 corporate and pro local bodegas walk, featuring the chant rhymes of poets Bob Holman and Eileen Myles. More on the Bodega walk on EV Grieve Anti-7-Eleven Activists Hosting Bodega Tour to Support Local Shops Google Map of local bodegas.
Bob Holman: “Slurpy, burpy, 7-11 is jerky.”
Eileen Myles: “7-11 stinks, cause I said it. My bodega gives me credit.”
Update: Coverage on Grieve
In this part of the interview, Father Pat describes how he got on in prison, with other inmates and the authorities. He describes “circuit therapy”, where prisoners are flown all over the prison system, away from press and family and the practice of “Black Boxing”. He tells how he worked the system in order to get his vestments and the other necessities for saying the mass. And he describes how, when all else is taken away, religion is the last resort of the prisoner.
You will notice that this episode has many edits, this was done to present the stories sequentially and by location.
You should view the previous episode Brink’s Arrest to fully understand the circumstances in this episode. The next episode will be more about life in prison and what it was like when he got out.