9 BRONX WEEKLY June 23, 2019 www.BXTimes.com
Halt Southern Boulevard Rezoning
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 benefi t current community members.
(above) Danilo Ramirez (r) wanted to be sure the mayor heard
his objections to the rezoning plan.
(above insert) Yesmin Vega and Marco Casper wanted their
community to have a bigger voice in rezoning and capital
(top left) Labor unions, local businesses, community groups
and residents rallied to protest the mayor’s rezoning plan for
(middle left) Local residents allied with unions and other community
groups to oppose the city’s rezoning plan for Southern
(middle right) (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.
(left) Gregory Jost (l), Banana Kellys Improvement Association
director of Organizing, enumerated the community’s
many objections to the mayor’s rezoning plan.
Photos by Silvio Pacifi co