WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Harlem Community Voices

August 2011

Volume 3, Issue 1
A Publication of WE ACT for Environmental Justice 

In This Issue
To view the entire newsletter in PDF form, click here.


Mother Clara Hale Task Force: Last Thursday of every month  


TRAC Summer BBQ: August 13th  


Hacia Afuera: August 13th -14th 


NYC Health Fair + Expo: August 20th


153rd Street Block Fest: August 20th


Garbage, Pests, and Pesticides Meeting with Local Businesses: August 25th


Deadline for Art Submissions for Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot: August 26th  


Percy Sutton 5k Run: August 27th



Please confirm meeting times and locations with Charles Callaway (212-961-1000
ext. 309), or Charles@weact.org.

About WE ACT 

WE ACT for Environmental Justice (aka West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.) is Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income meaningfully participate in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. WE ACT works to secure Clean Air; Affordable & Equitable Transit; Reduced Waste, Pests & Pesticides; Toxic-FreeProducts; Good Food in Schools; Sustainable Land Use; Open & Green Space; and Healthy Indoor Environments.

Make a Donation
Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Reform in the Works
SCHF_logo In 1976, the Apple Computer Company was established, an American Panel warned that CFC's use in Aerosol Cans were causing a hole in the ozone layer, and the VHS home video cassette recorder was first introduced to the world. Now, just 35 years later, one can hardly ride the subway without spotting a passenger clicking away on one of Apple's products, CFC's have been phased out, greatly reducing their threat to the ozone hole, and Blu-ray and DVDs make VHS cassettes look like dinosaur fossils stored on living room shelves. Technology has been growing at an exponential rate, and our modern lives continue to recognize and respond to the swift changes. Yet, one feature of science's drastic 35-year transformation has not been adequately confronted: the wave of new and poorly understood chemicals that are flooding the market and leaking into our environment and our homes. More...
WE ACT asks City Council to Bring Good Food to Schools
brooklyn acres On Thursday June 16th, 2011, dozens of protesbrooklyn acresters camped outside 250 Broadway challenging Mayor Bloomberg's budget cuts. The demonstrators waved their signs and chanted in unison "They got bailed out; we got sold out!" While this energetic rally of citizens demanded attention from all those bustling through the City's financial district, a less obvious front against the administration's budgetary agenda was united inside the building. In a spacious room on the 14th floor, WE ACT joined forces with roughly five other panels to advocate for New York City's Food Metrics Act. More...
Preventing Lead Poisoning in Immigrant Home
ana parks

Ana Parks, WE ACT's Community Organizing and Outreach Coordinator

To many born on foreign soil, New York City is a land of opportunity. However, after traveling thousands of mile reach the concrete jungle, it does not take long for most to discover the struggles in the immigrant experience. Much of New York City's immigrant population resides in homes contaminated with indoor pollution and dangerous concentrations of lead. The deterioration of poorly managed apartment units- occupied largely by recent immigrants who are drawn by the low rent costs- not only divulges the reality of their new hardships, but also uncovers poisonous lead that remains present beneath coatings of fresher paint in old buildings. As the paint on their walls chips and cracks, a layer of the American Dream is peeled away. More... 

WE ACT publishes the Harlem Community Voices newsletter to keep community residents informed about our organizing campaigns and our progress toward a more healthy, sustainable and just environment. Please contact Community Organizer Charles Callaway at Charles@weact.org if you have any questions or comments about our work.