July 8th from 6-8 pm
“South Bronx Unite: Boycott Fresh Direct!”
Roundtable with: Mychal Johnson
Mychal Johnson is a Bronx resident and activist with South Bronx Unite. His recent focus has been the relocation of Fresh Direct to the South Bronx and the adverse affects it would have on the air quality in the area which has the highest asthma rates in the City. This roundtable connects to the PERCENT FOR GREEN’s focus on the history of the Environmental Justice Movement in the US in low- income areas and communities of color and links green urban issues to health, food and the economy. www.southbronxunite.com
This roundtable is brought to you by PERCENT FOR GREEN, a social practice project by Alicia Grullon. PERCENT FOR GREEN examines how art can facilitate community coalition to create solutions for environmental progress in the City and promote more discussion on Climate Change. The project’s objective is to co-author a bill with Bronx residents that protects the environmental rights of people in underserved areas.
PERCENT FOR GREEN is part of InClimate an exhibition curated by Regina Cornwell being presented under the auspices of Franklin Furnace Archives and its co-founder Martha Wilson.
City residents are invited to round-tables, in public and domestic spaces, where we will engage in conversations on creating solutions for environmental imbalances we identify in our neighborhoods. What we learn from this process will form the basis of the new “Percent for Green” legislation.
PRECENT FOR GREEN will be running from the Longwood Arts Gallery, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street in HOSTOS Community College, June 5th and runs to August 6th.
Project programming consists of roundtables, workshops, presentations and discussions around climate change, the City undeserved groups, and environmental action.
The artist is present at the gallery between 12-3 until June 30 and then from 12-5 from July 1 through August 5, 2014. While in the gallery, she is available to help you brainstorm solutions, discuss legislation points or talk about the environment, economy, and society. Come make 311 calls, contact your local council member or write a letter to the mayor! Bring in any images you’ve taken and your concerns. If you want to use the space for a workshop, presentation, or discussion of your own, submit your idea to: email@example.com
PERCENT FOR GREEN is made possible with public funds from the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentrailization Program and in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
for more information go to: http://percentforgreen.tumblr.com/
Take the #2, 4, or 5 trains to 149th street and the Grand Concourse (so easy from Brooklyn and only 20 minutes by car from the Queens Museum via the Triborough Bridge) or get the the BX #1 or #2 bus