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South Bronx Unite is an all-volunteer coalition of South Bronx residents, organizations and allies working together to improve and protect the social, environmental and economic future of the Mott Haven-Port Morris section of the South Bronx, a peninsula completely surrounded by highways, fossil fuel power plants, waste transfer stations, subsidized diesel truck-intensive facilities and an 850 acre significant maritime industrial area, the largest in New York City and a significant portion of which is public land.
Our local AMI is $22,471; 49% of our children live in poverty; our asthma rate is eight times the national average; and we have the lowest rates per capita of access to green space (and no waterfront access at all). Rather than assistance and efforts to mitigate the life threatening impact of environmental injustice, our community continues to receive the fallout of windfall corporate subsidies incentivizing diesel truck-intensive business to relocate to our community (e.g., FreshDirect), renewal of permits to operate (what was supposed to be temporary) four fossil fuel power plants (New York Power Authority), and increase to the capacity handled at two waste transfer stations along our waterfront, and no storm surge mitigation plan for our toxic, industry-lined, waterfront despite plans put forth by the community in collaboration with a range of universities, including MIT, UPenn, and Pratt, among others), and a New York State prioritized (but non-implemented) Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan.
Our projects are widespread and currently include the (i) Community Land Trust (building wealth and well-being in Mott Haven-Port Morris), (ii) H.E.ARTS Community Center (aiming to acquire and renovate a vacant, city-owned building in the heart of Mott Haven to provide health (H.), education (E.), and the arts (ARTS) affordably and in perpetuity pursuant to a community-developed plan), (iii) Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan (a dynamic community-driven waterfront plan to mitigate climate change effects on our flood zone community lined with industry and to provide our underserved community open space access to counteract health consequences caused by an oversaturation of highways and truck-intensive businesses), (iv) Environmental Justice Work (from the People's Environmental Impact Statement and environmental justice tours and walks to raise awareness - to our ongoing fights against the re-permitting of four fossil fuel power plants and the expansion of numerous waste transfer facilities as well as the subsidizing of diesel truck-intensive businesses in our community), and (v) No Jail De Blasio (our campaign to stop New York City's plans to build another new jail in the heart of our community where residents already have a plan for affordable housing).
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