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!

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