ATTACK ON THE COMMONS: GOVERNOR'S ISLAND & THE HUDSON RIVER
There has been a sustained attack on The Commons throughout the U.S., usually in the form of privatizing public land. We've discussed many examples on past episodes. This week we’re discussing privatizing part of Governor's Island and dumping radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River.
We try to start every show with good news. New Jersey’s Environmental Justice law is now implemented.
We also talk about the New Jersey electoral commission vs the governor and we fondly remember Harry Belafonte, WBAI producer Tony Ryan, Michael Been of The Call, and Gordon Lightfoot.
Our guest is Roger Manning of M.A.G.I.C./ The Metro Area Governors Island Coalition. The coalition has been dedicated to exposing the unethical take-over and co-opting of hard won laws to protect public land, specifically Governors Island. Environmentally sound rulings are being upturned to create luxury housing as opposed to Commons for the people, rejecting a sensible, environmentally friendly plan for the island in favor of luxury housing and corporate deference.
This sounds a lot like what a very rich business leader with a great deal of political influence wants to do with Liberty State Park in NJ. In fact, this sounds a lot like corporate privatization everywhere: East River Park, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Ridgefield Park in Queens, Flushing Meadow Park, in parks in Westchester, and the Bronx as well.
When most of us look at a map and see a green space, we think of it as a place we want to go to and spend time in – but some people look at a green space as a place they can take and make money from. Somehow, without a building, they see land as “unused” or “underused”, totally discounting the value of Nature itself, whether as a refuge for humans or habitat for our fellow creatures.
Developers don't always win. They don't have Flushing Meadow Park yet and they didn't get to put a deadly shadow over the plants in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. And M.A.G.I.C. Is still fighting to protect Governor's Island!
And remember. . . Saturday is the day of the May 6th rally in Cortlandt opposing Holtec’s dumping radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River. The rally is also in support of 2 bills in the State legislature to protect all New York state waters, S5181 and A5338.
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