Sunday, October 16 is World Food Day – and New York City Community Garden Coalition thinks that the best way for community gardeners to observe World Food Day is to Occupy Wall Street!
Meet up with NYCCGC at 3:00pm at Chatham Square (Bowery @ Worth St*) this Sunday, October 16 (map). From there we’ll proceed together to join the food justice delegation, who are gathering at Foley Square at 4:00pm (map). (We’re meeting away from the main throng so that we’ll be able to find each other.)
Bring banners, signs, friends - and fruits and vegetables!
Nearest subway stops:
J Train to Chambers Street
B/D to Grand Street
4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge
WHY? As the Official Statement of Occupy Wall Street puts it:
“They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.”
New York City community gardeners are part of the worldwide movement to take back our food supply to grow food that’s healthy, fresh, local – and affordable. No hedge fund trader or corporate chain store is turning a profit from our fresh collards, calaloo, calabaza, cilantro, carrots, and tomatoes!
Our most determined opponent has always been real estate developers seeking to turn our work healing our communities into opportunities for financial gain. Community gardeners have turned bombed-out neighborhoods into healthy, green communities where people want to live - and we get repaid by having our gardens threatened and bulldozed.
Where do those developers get their financing? Through corporate banks whose stocks are traded on Wall Street with one motive: to make even more money for the 1% of the people who own 42% of this country’s wealth.
We are the 99%! Join us on Sunday, and make our voice heard!
* Chatham Square actually lies at the confluence of seven streets: Bowery, East Broadway, St. James Place, Mott Street, Oliver Street, Worth Street, and Park Row.