Friday, November 7, 2008

Join SSBx's Bike Club

Hey looking for some cool folks to ride with here in the South Bronx. Then join our LCI certified bike instructors Erin & Erica on our 2nd bike club ride.

We meet at Sustainable South Bronx and tour several spots in the hood! Its lots of fun.

See Flier below. Hope to see you there...

Sustainable South Bronx Bike Club

Come join SSBx and other members of the community for a nice Saturday morning group bike ride

Information on our upcoming rides:

When: Saturday Nov. 8th at 10 am

Rain Date Scheduled for Nov. 15th at 10 am

Where: 1231 Lafayette Ave-Bank Note Building

Directions: Take the 2 or 5 Train to Prospect Ave. Walk/bike down Longwood and across Southern Blvd. Cross the Bruckner Expressway on the left hand side to Lafayette Ave. The Bank Note Buliding is on the left hand side just past the Gas station. OR take the 6 Train to Longwood and follow the above walking/biking directions.

Save the Date:

When: Saturday December 6th and 10 am

Rain Date Scheduled for Dec. 13th at 10 am

Where: Meet at Hunts Point Riverside Park

For More Info Contact Erica Johnson at or by phone

at 646-400-5435. Visit our website at

All riders must be wearing helmets. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Veggie Bus Visits SSBx

Friday, October 17th SSBx was visited by the Bio Tour Bus- one of the two that is currently travelling around the country. It was exciting to see how 6 people have been traveling cross country on this bus for the last 6 months advocating for the sustainability movement to different and diverse communities across the country in this funky bus that runs on reused vegetable oil and uses solar panels to power all of the electricity used on the bus.

Just the day before it came to us the Bio Bus got its name tagged on the side in graffiti by an artist during its visit to Brooklyn. It looked so cool. During their visit here, they videotaped Miquela, Sergio and I for their iPod video cast in our conference room, it felt good to tell them all about the amazing work we do. I felt so happy to hear how impressed they were with all the work that we have done in the last 6 years. I must say that it made me feel proud to work here.

Later that day my daughter, Jealeen, and I walked down Lafayette Ave. towards this funky blue and silver bus in the distance; Jealeen and I were so excited to see the inside of the bus. I was not disappointed in what I saw. The bus had this welcoming friendly vibe just like the amazing people who lived in it. As we sat there, Jealeen along with the bus crew decided to start a band and they all started playing these instruments and everyone joined in a funny song Jealeen wanted to sing called Down by the Bay. It was a blast and a day we will never forget. Then we rode on the Bio Bus towards Barretto Point Park and it seemed so amazing to me to be on this bus that goes across the country just like the thousands of diesel trucks, but this one was actually making a difference in this oh so big world.

It was beautiful to see the sun set on the East River, for a minute it made me forget about all the burdens we deal with in this community and it made me look forward to a better tomorrow.

I would like to thank Bio Tour for the visit. It was amazing, inspiring and fun and I hope that we have the chance to hangout once again this was truly a once in a life time experience that SSBx will never forget.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We thank those who came out on Thursday, October 9th. We had our third Community Council Towards Change Meeting at Hunts Point Alliance for Children.

Getting down to business

The meeting went well. Over a delicious meal from Yosanty restaurant, while the kids giggled and created artwork with staff member Sheila, we discussed the proposed Hunts Point Jail that the city plans to build and what we could do to stop it. We also vetted out what we could do to increase the local visibility of SSBx as well as how to get more people through the door.

Sheila enriches the minds of future activists.

CCTC members had awesome and creative ideas and quite a few will be implemented. The commitment of the members was also amazing. ALL CCTC committed to petitioning to stop the jail, as well as bringing at least one new person to the next meeting.

Carl taking it all in

The CCTC is set to do some great work in the Hunts Point and greater South Bronx area.

If you are a stakeholder in the South Bronx Community then we need to see you there. If you are a community member, student, teacher, doctor, health care provider or property owner, you have a vested interest in helping to create a cleaner, safer, more enjoyable South Bronx.

So let's do it together!

CCTC meetings happen the second Thursday of each month. Our next meeting is November 13th at 6 PM. Childcare, food and Spanish translation is available. To RSVP for the next meeting or for more info please feel free to contact Tanya or Martha at 646.400.5455 or

Surprise visit from founder Majora Carter!