Black Lives Matter
Statement of Solidarity
Guardians of Flushing Bay stands in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and the protests against systemic racism and police brutality. We condemn the brutal murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless other Black men, women and LGBTQ+ folks who have died at the hands of the police. We stand with protesters who have taken to the streets (and our park!) and those fighting for justice at home, employing numerous forms of advocacy and community strategies to demand systemic change.
As a coalition fighting for the health and wellbeing of Flushing Waterways and the watershed communities who surround it, Guardians of Flushing Bay understands that communities with the worst environmental hazards are often those with the deepest social injustices. The watershed communities we serve—East Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights, Flushing and College Point—are predominantly low income, vastly multi-ethnic and often undocumented. In the United States, communities with these characteristics are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards, more vulnerable to climate change and more threatened by police brutality.
Environmental justice often weaves together economic equity, community power, and community-based planning. A healthy and equitably accessible Flushing Waterways is only achievable if we address complex systemic racism that has kept our waterways and watershed communities under-resourced and overlooked. GoFB strives to respond to the root of social and economic barriers that prevent our neighbors from accessing our vast, critical open space and disallow Flushing Waterways from becoming a waterbody that the community and ecology deserve. By collaborating with local leaders fighting for housing and economic justice, we work to foster community power and add another lens with which to grasp how racial and socio-economic injustices plague our watershed communities.
GoFB is committed to aligning itself with individuals and groups giving voice to the issues that impact our watershed communities. We are dedicated to creating systems and implementing structures that prioritize and uplift our most vulnerable neighbors. In this spirit, we commit to reexamining how our work could align more closely with efforts fighting against anti-black racism and police brutality in our watershed.
These concepts may be new to you, and that’s okay! We encourage you to learn more about the systemic racial and environmental challenges affecting our watershed and the community initiatives and groups fighting for racial, economic and environmental justice using some of these resources:
Some of the racial, environmental and economic justice groups in our watershed:
Environmental Racism + Justice Resources
Police Reform Resources
Conversation on reevaluating the police budget: