Autumn 2012

Dear Friends of Friends of Brook Park,

Friends of Brook Park has much to be grateful for this time of year. Foremost is our gratitude to the indigenous peoples of this continent and across the world. Our Indigenous Culture Committee has helped facilitate numerous events that recognize and respect the values and traditions that respect Nature and help educate the next generations.

In addition, this year:

*we served more people than ever before, on land and water, with our gardening and canoe programs

*the Harlem River Working Group coalition that we helped form hosted the Secretary of the Interior on the Harlem River

*that Con Edison started the deconstruction of the navigation obstacle on the Bronx Kill that we advocated for years to remove

*that the South Bronx Unite coalition is winning the effort to stop $127 million in public subsidies to Fresh Direct to take over our waterfront

*that we only lost a noble willow and our community greenhouse in the storm, when so many people lost more

*the Brook Park chickens are the only fowl on twitter, and we had the best honey harvest yet from our bees

*that our efforts garnered the attention of an unprecedented number of reporters and film makers

*that our Alternatives to Incarceration program has helped steer youth away from the prison industrial complex

*we were able to continue to work with great students and local youth, host numerous activities from a Columbia University waterfront visioning project to the 25th Anniversary of local group Vamos La Pena because of the generous support from foundations, public agencies, and individuals like you.

Thank you for being a part of our continuing success.
Please consider keeping us growing with a year-end gift.
Friends of Brook Park need you to continue the global revolution!

With best wishes from all of us at Friends of Brook Park for a safe and happy Autumn,


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