Sound the Alarm: South Bronx Community in Crisis

Protesters displayed signs and held each other as a sign of solidarity.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

A coalition of parents, educators, church leaders, children and senior citizens attended the ‘Sound the Alarm: South Bronx Community in Crisis’ rally on Saturday, October 13 at East 149th Street and 3rd Avenue to denounce the neighborhood’s increasing open-air drug use epidemic. According to protesters, The Hub has been transformed into the ‘Hub of Heroin’ and the city appears unable to correct the crisis which has spread from East 145th Street to East 157th Street.

Exhibits A to C were garbage, cardboard boxes usually made into makeshift homes and syringes and caps collected into an orange juice bottle.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

An orange juice bottle held needles and caps discovered around the neighborhood.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

Sophia (l) addressed the crowd on how the epidemic affects herself, her friends and the Bronx’s image.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

A protestor held up a sign demanding for solutions for The Hub’s growing open air drug use.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

Many protesters held up signs demanding change for their afflicted neighborhood.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

Sophia (l) and her family supported the protesters in demanding a positive change for The Hub.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

A priest held a vigil and prayer service at the rally’s conclusion.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

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