Stand for our Land! Mayoral Forum and Grassroots Organizing Teach-in

Saturday, April 27th, 9:30am – 4:00pm
The Great Hall at Cooper Union: 7 East 7th Street
Twitter hashtag #gardenforum

Register for the forum here. Please arrive promptly at 9:30 to check in.

Join New York City Community Garden Coalition, Fellow Community Gardeners, Parks Advocates, Friends and Allies for the NYCCGC 2013 Forum. This event will serve as a platform for mayoral candidates to go on record with their policies on community gardens, parks, and urban agriculture. We will also use this day to organize and inspire the grassroots movement to protect and increase our community gardens and open public spaces so New Yorkers can grow healthy food, learn from one another, celebrate our diversity, and nurture our planet and our communities.

Forum Schedule at a Glance:

9:30AM - 11AM – Registration
10AM - 10:30AM – Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker
10:30AM - 12PM – Mayoral Candidates
12PM - 12:45PM – Pete Seeger & Musicians
12:45PM - 1:30PM – Lunch (Free lunch will be available for those who pre-register and cannot be guaranteed for those who register at the door.)
1:30PM - 3PM – Grassroots Organizing Teach-In
3PM - 3:30PM – Teach-In Report-Back
3:30PM - 4PM – Raffle & Closing Statements


Karen Washington has been a community activist since 1985, striving to make the New York City a better place to live. Karen is a community gardener with the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition and board member of NYCCGC, Just Food, NY Botanical Gardens, and Black Urban Growers (BUGS).


Confirmed so far:
Sal Albanese
Adolfo Carrion
Randy Credico
Bill de Blasio
Tony Gronowicz
John Liu
George McDonald
Christine Quinn
Erick Salgado

Moderator: Robert Knight


Pete Seeger
This world-renowned artist, social justice advocate and avid environmentalist. has crusaded in support of international disarmament, civil rights, and environmental causes. His 94th birthday is the week after the forum!

Musical Guests:
Morley: Socially-conscious singer-songwriter for social justice and global equality
Stephan Said: Singer-songwriter, rapper and global activist for social change
Pierce Turner: Poetic Celtic soul
Fula Flute: Haunting sounds of West African flute duo Bailo Bah & Sylvain Leroux
Rude Mechanical Orchestra


Workshops will include:
* Defending Public Open Space - How We Can Protect our Gardens, Parks and Playgrounds from Private Development - by LaGuardia Corner Gardens and their lawyer, Jim Walden
* Vacant Buildings, Vacant Land, and Human Rights - by Picture the Homeless
* Procuring Materials, Resources and Funding for your Garden - by Howard Hemmings, Community Coordinator with NYCHA
* Introduction to Grassroots Legislative Organizing - by Tenants & Neighbors
* "Stand for Our Land" 101: Preservation, Self-governance and Transparency - by the NYCCGC Legislative Committee
* Still Dealing with SANDY: Aftermaths that won't go away - by La Plaza Cultural Garden and LUNGS
* Youth & Child Empowerment in Community Gardens: Using the chicken magnet, fruit tree power & other tools for transformation - by Children's Magical Garden
* Privatizing Public Land: Boycott FRESH DIRECT - by South Bronx Unite
* Fracking in New York
* Campaign Organizing - by Community Voices Heard

Register for the forum here.


Attendees who pre-register will be automatically entered to win garden prizes! Prizes include donations from Green New Yorkers and more.


HUGE thank you to North Star Fund, Cooper Union, and Citizens Committee for NYC, for their financial and in-kind support!

Co-Sponsoring Organizations
596 Acres
Brooklyn Food Coalition
Brooklyn Queens Land Trust
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
East New York Farms!
Farming Concrete
Tenants & Neighbors
Brooklyn GreenBridge
Green Guerillas
Just Food
More Gardens
New Yorkers for Parks
Bronx Green-Up
New York Restoration Project

Register for the forum here.