Southern Boulevard Coalition Urges Mayor to Halt Southern Boulevard Rezoning

Labor unions, local businesses, community groups and residents rallied to protest the mayor’s rezoning plan for Southern Boulevard.
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The Southern Boulevard Coalition hosted a rally on Thursday, June 13 at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School challenging Mayor de Blasio’s plans to rezone Southern Boulevard. The coalition, comprised of local residents, community and labor organizations, believes the city must engage in a community-led process with a plan that places local experience and knowledge at its core, builds on existing strengths and assets in the area, and supports collective ownership and equitable development to benefit current community members.

Danilo Ramirez (r) wanted to be sure the mayor heard his objections to the rezoning plan.
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Gregory Jost (l), Banana Kellys Improvement Association director of Organizing, enumerated the community’s many objections to the mayor’s rezoning plan.
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Local residents allied with unions and other community groups to oppose the city’s rezoning plan for Southern Boulevard.
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(l-r) Darlene Cruz; Mystique Chiles, Banana Kelly’s community organizer; Amanda Marino and Rashaun Buchanan rallied to protest Mayor de Blasio’s rezoning plan.
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Yesmin Vega and Marco Casper wanted their community to have a bigger voice in rezoning and capital project decisions.
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