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Port Authority seems determined to kill off Newark kids by cutting them off from clean air

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Source: Clean Water Action
The Village Voice reports that Port Authority diesel trucks make, “more than 1.4 million trips a year,” through Newark’s Ironbound radiating asthma and cancer-causing vapors everywhere. The smog is especially thick in the morning hours when students are walking to school.

The Voice quotes Newark Mom Tanisha Garner:

…and a few other locals are conducting a tour of sorts, pointing out where Sandy sent toxic water cascading through the neighborhood after the Passaic overflowed. Alexi Martinez, a 25-year-old student who has lived in the Ironbound his entire life, remarks that many of his friends carry inhalers. It wasn’t until he started working with the Ironbound Community Corporation that he discovered why.

“Learning about our problem here is going to be our best hope at solving it,” Martinez says. “Just going down to the port for the first time a few months ago was mind-blowing for me. There’s just so many trucks idling, so much pollution, trucks just chilling there for hours.”

A truck replacement service that was supposed to upgrade port service trucks to a safer form of combustible fuel caused more problems than it solved and was abandoned soon after getting started in 2010.

Learn about Clean Water Action and the Coalition for Healthy Ports NY NJ’s #ZeroEmissionsNow campaign to create healthier port neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey.

Support Stop FreshDirect at 05 Dec court hearing

Boycott Fresh DirectBoycott FreshDirect has a COURT DATE for a hearing to Stop Fresh Direct! They need a good showing of support to be present and ask:

Sisters and brothers, help defend the South Bronx from economic and environmental exploitation and stop the $127 million in subsidies to a polluting corporation that has never made a profit and never consulted the local community. We need people there! 
FreshDirect is a parasite on the public: they use public dollars to aggravate public streets with noise, exhaust, and waste.

Court Hearing to Stop Fresh Direct!
Thurs 05 Dec 2013 | 1:45 pm
27 Madison Ave, Manhattan NY
(between 25th and 26th Streets)
Supreme Court-Appellate Division is:

Mark your calendar, bring a friend, be on time if you can. If you cannot make it get someone or a group to attend!mLet us know if you can make it.

It is extremely important that the courts, the city and the next administration see that people of consciousness and conviction are standing together, tall and proud against environmental and social racism that’s taking place in the South Bronx. 

Please come if you can. We can help with transportation $ if you get there. Together we stand, divided we fall. In peace, for justice.

South Bronx Unite Stop Fresh Direct on Facebook