Monday, April 30, 2012

May 1 General Meeting!

Dear Friends, Members, Fans of OUTRAGE,

We have our General Meeting this Tuesday, May 1st from 6:30-8:00 PM. We will congregate at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church located at 1 Havemeyer St. in Greenpoint. Join us in our fight against garbage inequity and help us to improve the quality of life for our community. We will also be discussing our upcoming actions and events. We will look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Stop Trashing Brooklyn!

This past Monday, OUTRAGE, participated in the Stop Trashing Brooklyn forum hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Members of Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods, a coalition of environmental justice focused organizations (OUTRAGE, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, New York Lawyers for Public Interest, Habitat Map, El Puente, UPROSE) presented at this forum. They shared the injustices their communities face and why the City of NY must implement the Solid Waste Management Plan today. They also called on every borough, wealthy or poor,  to accept their share of the garbage burden in NYC. One, two, or three boroughs can not take the brunt of the garbage problem in NY any longer. We have already waited too long. It takes five boroughs to produce the burden of garbage that North Brooklyn is facing today. This sentiment was not only shared by the panel members, but the respondents panel as well, which included elected officials and representatives from the offices of Stephen Levin, Nydia Velazquez, Diana Reyna, and Brad Lander. They all voiced their own personal stories of how this burden negatively impacts their own quality of life. The only way to ensure fair share of the garbage burden is by implementing the Solid Waste Management Plan of 2006.

You can help us continue the fight for environmental justice by calling Speaker Quinn (212-788-7210) right away to tell her that:
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We thank her for her leadership and support in passing the 2006 Solid Waste Management Plan-however, two communities in Brooklyn still handle an unfair share of the City's garbage! (Greenpoint and Williamsburg)
The Council must FINISH THE JOB-Support legislation to reduce the waste capacity of land-based waste transfer station...s handled in overburdened communities. Make sure that each borough handles its own garbage.
The Council must SAY NO TO INCINERATORS-the "thermal Waste-to-Energy" Industry offers the same toxic incinerator pollution under a different name to our already overburdened communities.

For more information call the Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods-212-244-4664 ex474" or contact Courtney Renken at crenken@stnicksalliance.org.

Let Quinn know today!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Update: Waste to Energy, Art @ Rennaissance, and Dept. of Sanitation Hearing

This week has been very eventful for OUTRAGE and the coming weeks will only prove to be as busy for our members and residents when it comes to garbage! The general meeting was quite productive for both our members and those who are interested in our community organization. OUTRAGE was also asked to respond to the media on the City's interest in Waste to Energy and Mayor's Bloomberg's Announcement for "PROPOSALS TO BUILD STATE OF THE ART CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY FACILITY TO CONVERT WASTE TO CLEAN ENERGY ". OUTRAGE, was one of fifty local organizations who had signed a letter to the Mayor on February 14 stating our opposition to the concept of waste to energy with the understanding that this will only bring more harm to the residents of North Brooklyn. Unfortunatly, it looks like  our voices have been neglected by the City and that they are indeed moving forward with this project. Of course, this will not stop OUTRAGE and local North Brooklyn residents from voicing our opinions and fighting back against injustice. Read more about OUTRAGE's stance on waste to energy in this article released last week in the Brooklyn Paper: http://brooklynpaper.com/stories/35/10/dtg_incinerator_2012_03_16_bk.html.

OUTRAGE was also recently asked to participate in a project by local artist Jill Sigmun and Anthropologist Gillian Goslinga with Art @ Renaissance. She will produce a peice on the North Brooklyn community based on her ongoing Hut Project. Here is an exerpt from her website describing the project:

"The Hut Project is an ongoing series of site-based activities that weaves together themes of sustainability, shelter, real estate, nature, and home. Starting last winter, I began building a series of simple structures from found and re-purposed materials. Each hut acts as a catalyst for local activities such as performance, video, collaboration, and community dialogue. The huts are containers—places where the concepts of dwelling, structure, and art object meet. They function as extravagant versions of the ‘emergency preparedness kit’, vodou ‘paquet congo’ that derive their power from the objects they contain, experiments in subsistence living, and sculptures that one can inhabit."

The project will also include a number of students visiting from Wesleyan University to conduct oral history interviews with local residents and observe them in their daily lives. The most interesting part of this project is that it will focus on garbage! It will be incredible to see some beauty and sustainability produced out of the waste that has burdened our community for years. It should also bring a wider audience to the issues that our residents face.

Last, but definetly not least, OUTRAGE will be testifying at the Department of Sanitation Budget Hearing on Tuesday, March 13th at 10:00 AM. We will be present to support the City's plan to move forward with the implementation of SWMP and the development of Marine Transfer Stations to reduce waste transfer in overburdoned community. We will update you shortly!

Oh, and there really is just one last thing: You can now follow OUTRAGE of Twitter!!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Please join us for an OUTRAGE Meeting on Wednesday, March 7th!

It is that time again! We have an OUTRAGE General Meeting onWednesday, March 7th. This will be our second meeting of the year and I hope we can continue to welcome more members. Here are the details:

What: OUTRAGE General Meeting
When: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 from 6:30-8 PM
Where: 609 Metropolitan Ave

During this meeting we will continue to discuss events, actions, and campaigns focused on the implementation of SWMP and the Truck Traffic and Waste Enforcement Task Force. We hope to address the activities and organizing in the Upper East Side communities as well as continue our discussions around OUTRAGE’s plans as an organization. We also wish to share some poster art that a group of Urban Planning Pratt student's designed for future OUTRAGE campaigns and outreach.. these projects are incredible and we will post them on this site shortly.  Please mark your calendars (...while you're at it, mark EVERY other first Wednesday for OUTRAGE meetings, which would include May, July (it won't be the 4th), September, November) and I will look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I want to begin this update by welcoming our new OUTRAGE Advisory Committee! Their expertise and background in environmental justice and public health is an important and monumental addition to the OUTRAGE family. A big thanks to:

Gavin Kearney, Director of Environmental Justice at New York Lawyers for Public Interest
Michael Heimbinder, Founder and Executive Director of Habitat Maps and Chairperson & Project Manager for Newtown Creek Alliance
Steve Fleischacker, Consultant at Enviro-Sciences Engineering
Desire LaTempa, Chair of the North Brooklyn Asthma Action Alliance (NBAAA)
Edward Fishkin, MD, Medical Director of the Woodhull North Brooklyn Health Network
Eddie Batista, Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

We are excited to work with this amazing group of people and anticipate a bright future for OUTRAGE and the North Brooklyn community as a result.

I also wanted to take the moment to point out some truck-related issues that may have gone unnoticed or unchallenged. Following OUTRAGE's November 17th press release and rally, another group of activists got together to push back against the burden of commercial trucks on their community  The community of Staten Island came out to fight against truck driver's who idle, producing a greater output of carbon emissions into the air, which also correlates with their astronomically high asthma rates... Sounds a little like North Brooklyn! What is exciting and encouraging is that these activists went out to target trucks who were idling and turned the information over to the EPA. As a result, Staten Island has developed an initiative where police officers inspect trucks for emissions and fine truck drivers who are idling. North Brooklyn has also been facing this issue far too often. Their activism is quite inspiring and we hope  to use their success as an example for OUTRAGE. http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/top_stories/152630/north-shore-residents-work-to-put-the-brakes-on-idling-trucks

The other story I would like to draw our attention to is a garbage truck accident that occurred in Clinton Hill on January 17th: http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/top_stories/154323/three-hurt-after-garbage-truck-slams-into-brooklyn-storefront. There is not much to comment on here as the story speaks for itself. Too many garbage trucks is dangerous for our community. If you remember an earlier post, a 25 year old woman was killed in Brooklyn by a garbage truck in December. This happens far too often and this is why OUTRAGE will continue to fight the burden of garbage trucks in our community. Please stay tuned for more updates!